Department history

The history of the systems analysis and information-analytical technologies has began since 1982 year, when the official order was issued by the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute on the organization of   the Technical cybernetics department. However, really the beginning of its origin should be considered 1964. In this year KhPI began the training research engineers in the area “Flight dynamics and control” in the Automatic traffic control department, which was founded by Dr., prof. Dabagyan A.V. The new specialty was focused on training specialists in automatic control for the rocket and space industry, which developed rapidly in the sixties of last century.

The high demands on the quality of controlled processes in such science-intensive facilities as ballistic missiles and spacecraft have necessitated a fundamentally new approach to training for the rocket and space industry.

Created by the founders of the Automatic traffic control department A.V. Dabagyan and the general designer of KB “Elektropriladobuduvannya” VG Sergeev’s curriculum of the new specialty contained a fundamental mathematical basis, which consisted of a set of disciplines needed to solve a wide range of problems of analysis and synthesis of complex control systems, mathematical modeling of processes in controlled, not only aerospace, objects. The second component of the curriculum was disciplines related to the use of digital and analog computers to solve specific management problems. At that time, algorithmic languages ​​were just beginning to appear in the field of practical application, but the basic programming algorithms and methods for solving mathematical problems have survived to this day. Due to this, the amount of computer training was relatively small. The third group of disciplines studied by students were disciplines directly related to the theory and practice of automatic control, in particular, flying objects.

The seventies and eighties of the last century can be characterized by the widespread introduction of mathematical methods and information technology in the field of industrial production and management of technical and economic systems. In accordance with these circumstances, new departments were created on the basis of the Department of Automatic Traffic Control, one of which was named the Department of Technical Cybernetics, and later, the Department of Systems Analysis and Management. The initiator and first head of the Department of Systems Analysis and Management was the Rector of the University Yuri Trohimovich Kostenko.

After his death, from 1999 to 2020, the department was headed by a graduate of the Department of Automatic Traffic Control Kutsenko Oleksandr Serhiyovych, who, after completing his postgraduate studies at the same department in 1974, worked for more than 20 years at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where he defended his doctoral dissertation in the field of mathematical and computer computer modeling of energy conversion processes in transport power plants. From 2020, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Dorofeev Yury Ivanovych becomes the head of the Department of System Analysis and Information and Analytical Technologies. Yuri Ivanovich Dorofeev graduated from the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in 1989 with a major in “Robotic Systems and Complexes”. In 1995, he defended his candidate’s thesis on the specialty “Automation of technological processes”. In 2015, he defended his doctoral dissertation in the specialty “Automation of control processes”. Since 2016, he has been a professor at the Department of System Analysis and Information and Analytical Technologies.

The main educational concept of the new department was based on the departure from the narrow professional training of specialists in one specific field of knowledge. The educational programs and plans of the department were focused on the broad integration of scientific fields aimed at the creation of various science-intensive devices, devices and technologies. The basis of such integral training was, first of all, applied mathematical methods, including linear algebra, the theory of differential equations, probability theory, discrete mathematics, numerical methods and other disciplines. The second component of the educational program of the department was computer training, which includes the study of such disciplines as programming, computer architecture, operating systems, databases, network information technologies, etc. As the subject area on which the training of specialists was oriented, robotics was chosen. It combined most of the fundamental scientific directions and perfectly fit into the main educational concept of the department.

The main scientific direction of the department was the application of mathematical models of computer technology in the automation of technological process management and scientific research.

The accumulated experience in the field of computerization of experimental research allowed the staff of the department to participate in a long-term cycle of work in the field of automation of research and testing of aviation equipment products, which was started at the initiative of Yu.T. Kostenko and was conducted under his leadership and with his direct participation. In cooperation with the specialists of the Soyuz Turaevsky Machine-Building Design Bureau, the Moscow Aviation Institute, the Institute of Applied Electrodynamics, the research group of the department developed fundamentally new methods of non-contact optical diagnostics of high-temperature gas flows and combustion processes in multiphase environments, and started priority research in the field of industrial computer tomography . These studies formed the basis of a number of farm contract works with the most important topics, carried out by the government authorities of the USSR. The obtained results, including automation techniques and software, were implemented at a number of enterprises of the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR, were used in tests of jet and gas turbine engines, and provided a significant economic effect. At the same time, interesting works on the automation of bench tests on the thermal strength of elements and assemblies of gas turbine engines were also carried out by order of the production association ZPO “Motorobudivnyk” (now “MotorSICH”).

The results obtained in these and subsequent years in the field of automation of design and testing of new equipment made up a worthy part of the work awarded in 1997 with the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology.

Comprehension of the scientific problems that arise when solving practical tasks of automation presented the scientific team of the department with the need to solve a number of theoretical problems of automatic control. These efforts were crowned with a number of significant successes. A group of scientists, headed by Leonid Mykhailovych Lyubchyk, obtained new scientific results on fundamental issues of control theory – control of systems with distributed parameters, theory of invariance, theory of robust control of multidimensional systems, methods of solving inverse dynamics problems. The results were repeatedly presented at the most prestigious international conferences in the USA, Japan, Italy and other countries.

The department’s successes were noticed and properly evaluated in Ukraine. The department established fruitful contacts with the National Committee of Ukraine on Automatic Management, whose members were A.S. Kutsenko and L.M. Lyubchyk It was not by chance that KhPI was chosen as the venue for two scientific and technical conferences on automatic control, the brilliant organization and high scientific level of which were unanimously noted by all participants.

The organization of the department became a significant event not only on the scale of KhPI. Thanks to constant work, talented teachers and scientists from our university and other universities and research institutes were attracted to the department for the development of a new direction. In a short period, a powerful laboratory base was created, a number of orders from various enterprises were fulfilled, and the department was equipped with computing equipment.

The Department of System Analysis and Information and Analytical Technologies is characterized by a trend of constant development while preserving the traditions of fundamental education. Thus, over the past 17 years, the department has licensed the specialties “Applied Mathematics”, “Information Systems in Management”, “System Analysis and Management”, “Informatics” and “Social Informatics”.

The department can be considered a forge of doctors and candidates of sciences. Thus, while working at the department, Y.T. defended his doctoral theses. Kostenko, V.Ya. Zaruba, A.S. Mazmanishvili, L.M. Lyubchyk, V.P. Severyn, L.G. Raskin, T.B. Nikitina, as well as doctoral graduates G.K. Voronovsky and A.A. Gorelik A. Galuza, O. Nikonov, and O. Sira, graduates of the department, also became doctors of science. More than 30 graduates of the department defended their candidate theses, both within the walls of KhPI and in other specialized councils.

A number of employees of the department became heads of other departments of KhPI and other universities. So V.Ya. Zaruba – Dean of the Faculty of Economic Informatics and Management, L.G. Raskin – head of the department of computer monitoring and logistics, L.M. Lyubchyk – Head of the Department of Computer Mathematics and Mathematical Modeling, T.B. Nikitina is the head of the Department of Natural Sciences and Humanities of the Kharkiv National Road University.

The department is the base for the specialized academic council D 050.60.07 on dissertation defenses in the following specialties:

  • 05.13.06 – Information technologies;
  • 05.13.07 – Automation of managed processes.

In the conclusion, the main perspectives of the department’s educational and scientific activity should be noted. In the educational direction, the department is working on the licensing of a new specialty: “Computerized technologies and systems of publishing and printing enterprises.” The opening of this specialty will allow to orient the scientific and pedagogical staff of the department to a modern knowledge-intensive industry, the development of which is most closely related to the fundamental areas traditional for the department: applied mathematics, informatics, theory of management and decision-making.

The scientific activity of the department, as before, will be focused on research and development of modern management systems for complex processes occurring in technical, economic and social systems. At the same time, the main emphasis will be on solving the problems of improving the quality of electricity generation at thermal power plants and nuclear power plants, as well as the efficiency of building heat supply systems based on fundamentally new approaches to mathematical modeling and synthesis of control systems.