History Of The Department

The Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technology (previously – the Department of Automated Systems Management) has successfully carried out educational activities for over 50 years – in 2014, the department celebrated its half-century anniversary. It originated in 1964, when Areh Vagarshakovich Dabahian, a Professor of the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, together with Vladimir Grigorievich Sergeyev, Chief Designer of Electropribor Design Bureau, founded the department intended to train research engineers in the field of automatic motion control. In 1977, the Department of AMC was reorganized into the Department of ASM, and in 2015 renamed into the Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technology (SEMIT).
The training of specialists was carried out according to the original curricula developed personally by A.V. Dabahian: for the first time in the country, the study of computer programming on the ECM began for students in the first semester. During the first years of the department activities, the main ordering party of the ARW was the Electropribor Design Bureau, whose executive management initiated the establishment of the department. The staff of the department was able to declare itself to be a highly qualified and reliable partner in solving complex scientific and technical problems associated with the creation of control systems for technical objects operated on earth and in space.

In the 70-90 years. the department efficiently collaborated with the Scientific Research Institute of Cosmonauts Training Center n.a. Y.A. Gagarin (Moscow), DB “Elektropribor” (Kharkiv), National Research Institute of Civil Aviation (Moscow), Scientific Research Institute CA “Aeroproject” (Moscow), Scientific Research Institute “Agat” (Moscow) and other leading enterprises of the industry. Since the late 90s the department has begun to work with the National Department of the Insurance Documentation Fund of Ukraine (Kharkiv); economic agreements have been concluded with Kharkiv enterprises: DB “Promavtomatika”, LLC “ASMgazservis”, and the regional gas production department “KharkivGazDobycha”.

In 1964, the postgraduate training program was opened at the department. So far, the department has trained more than 100 Research Doctorates, many of them have become Doctors of Science. These are M.D. Godlevsky – Head of the Department of Automated Systems Management (now SEMIT), G.А. Sukhorukov – deputy Director for scientific work of the Ukrainian Scientific Research Institute of Environmental Problems, B.I. Kuznetsov – head of the Magnetic Field Problems Department of the Scientific and Technical Center of Technical Objects Magnetism of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, V.P. Avramov – founder of the Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles Department, Y.T. Kostenko – Head of Kharkov Polytechnic University, A.S. Kutsenko – Head of the System Analysis and Analytical Information Technologies Department, V.Y. Zaruba – Head of the Department of Economic Cybernetics and Marketing Management, E.E. Alexandrov – Head of Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles Department, I.V. Kononenko – Head of the Department of Strategic Management, I.P. Gamayun – Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Software Engineering, N.V. Tkachuk – Professor of the SEMIT Department, L.A. Gambarov – Professor of the SEMIT Department and others.

Today, the department is developing two themes of state budget research of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine: “Information and analytical software development for performance and quality management in complex systems for Ukraine’s European integration” (under the supervision of the head of the department, Professor, Doctor of Technical Science M.D. Godlevsky) and “Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems” (under the supervision of the Dean of the CS Faculty, Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences I.P. Gamayun).
One of the most important aspects of the department activities aimed at improving the quality of education and expanding the range of scientific research is collaboration with foreign partners: the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), the University of Linneaus (Sweden), Hamburg Technical University (Germany), the University of Paris 13 (France) and the Poznan University of Economics and Business (Poland). Since 2015, the department has been a partner of the international educational project MASTIS.
In 2001, under the leadership of the rector of NTU “KPI” Prof. L.L. Tovazhnyansky and with the participation of representatives of the SEMIT Department Professors M.D. Godlevsky and N.V. Tkachuk, as well as the Chairperson of the German Informatics Society (GI), Professor G. Mayer, the conference “Information Systems Technology and its Applications” (ISTA) was organized, which covered a wide range of the most modern information technologies. More than 100 scientists and specialists from different countries of the world, including Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Finland, took part in it. In the following years, the ISTA conference was held in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA), Wellington (New Zealand), Klagenfurt (Austria), Sydney (Australia), Yalta (Ukraine).
Since 2001, the Department has been operating the Center of modern information technologies (IT-Center). The main task of the IT Center is to create conditions for the successful implementation of pilot projects in the field of modern information technologies.

Today, the department provides training in 2 qualifications: “Computer Science” and “Software Engineering.” A unique project is implemented on the basis of the postgraduate training program of the department – a system of dual education (theoretical training and paid practical work synthesis), which allows reducing the graduate’s adaptation period at the employment market for 2-3 years, gaining employment history necessary for subsequent professional growth. The high level of educational and methodical work allows to provide employment of graduates not only in the prominent Kharkiv and Ukrainian IT-companies (over 30 companies of different scale: EPAM, Telesens, NIX Solutions, Sigma and others), but also in internationally recognized IT-enterprises (Google, Siemens, Facebook, Yandex).
The main objective of the department of Software Engineering and Information Technologies Management NTU “KPI” has always been a fundamental training of specialists in the field of information systems and technologies. Such an approach began in the 60-70s of the past century and has declared itself in the subsequent years. A great many of graduates of the department have become renowned scientists, university professors, heads of large-scale enterprises and organizations, achieved significant success in business.
Key success factors in science and education of the department are: high level of students training in the field of computer mathematics, information technology and foreign languages based on a careful selection of applicants; professional competence of the department teaching staff; high-end computer equipment. The goal of the SEMIT department is to train qualified specialists who meet the highest standards, and for 50 years this goal has been achieved by the teaching staff at the international level.