Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

About the department

 1. What are the Control and Informatics?

Control is the science that studies the principles of constructing of control systems that are operating both with and without the direct human intervention.

Informatics is the science of methods of receiving, storing, processing and transmitting information in order to control some process from a distance.

Control + Informatics is a cycle of disciplines that are studying the general laws of control and transmission of information in technical systems, living organisms and society.

The Control and Informatics are

  • automatic control and monitoring systems that are used in all areas of science, technology, medicine and biology

  • computer expert and intelligent prediction and decision-making systems for control of economic and ecological systems

  • personal computers and the latest software means for digital signal processing, computer-aided control system design and simulation

  • the latest technical means for digital communications and telecommunications.

2 . What and how students are taught at the Department?

The Department of Control Systems and Informatics (CS&I) prepares:

Bachelors in directions:

27.03.04 Control in technical systems. Educational program “Control in technical systems”

15.03.06 Mechatronics and Robotics. Educational program “Intelligent technologies in robotics”

Masters in directions:

15.04.06 Mechatronics and Robotics, Master Educational program “Intelligent technologies in Robotics”

27.04.03 System Analysis and Control, Master Educational program “Intelligent control systems for technical processes”

27.04.04 Control in Technical systems, Master Educational program “Digital control in modern Technics”

The duration of study is 4 years for BEng, and 2 years for MEng (applicants must have BEng Degree).

The courses include 

  • advanced studies of higher mathematics, physics and theoretical mechanics

  • studying of general technical disciplines such as computer science and programming, circuit design, electronics

  • studying of the economic disciplines and foreign languages

  • studying of special subjects such as control theory, information theory and coding theory, microprocessor systems, computer-aided design.

The practical skills of working with modern control systems and their elements the students gain in the laboratories of the Department

  • Laboratory of Mechatronics and Robotics

  • Laboratory of Automation Electronic Devices

  • Laboratory of Information Transmission.

Department of Control Systems and Informatics offers PhD research across the following subject areas:

05.13.01 System Analysis, Control and Information processing (in technical systems) (technical sciences);

05.13.05 Elements and devices of Computational Technics and Control Systems (technical sciences).

PhD Research takes 4 years  for full-time course and 5 years for part-time course.

For 70 years of existence the Department has prepared over 5000 specialist.

3 . What do the graduates of the MS&I know and what are they capable of?

The graduates of the MS&I Chair know

  • scientific methods for research and construction of automatic control systems, as well as of modern systems of information transmission and transformation

  • statistical methods for research of processes in technical and socio - economic systems

  • theoretical foundations of the modern microelectronics and electrical engineering

  • theoretical foundations and the principles of digital technology construction, modern software of personal computers

  • foundations of economic activities: management, marketing and logistics.

The graduates of the MS&I Chair are able to

  • develop and maintain the automatic control system used in the various sectors of the modern economy

  • design and maintain modern telecommunication systems, discrete (digital) devices for automation, signaling and transmission of information

  • work with CNC systems of modern technological equipment

  • design, program and build microprocessor control and regulation devices on the basis of modern microprocessors

  • create mathematical models and scientific predictions of the results of performance on the basis of the statistical analysis of experimental data

  • use the modern software facilities: work with MatLab application packages for scientific computing and modeling, develop databases, use computer-aided design systems for electronic devices.

4. Job prospects and our partners

The graduates of the Chair are focused on the following professional activities

  • production and management

  • design and engineering

  • research

  • operational.

The extensive profile of preparation, knowledge of the universal methods for research and design of control systems, practical skills of working with modern software allow graduates of the Chair to find a job at manufacturing plants, technical services and computer centers of various organizations and institutions as well as in commercial structures. The graduates of the Chair of the recent years work at the Leningrad NPP, KirovEnergoMash (Chair of Automation and Instrumentation), Pulkovo airport service (electricity and light maintenance service), the CISCO company, Open Joint Stock Company Concern CSRI Elektropribor, SPA "Electroautomation", Krylov SRI, St. Petersburg Center for training of managers of the knowledge-based industry, Town Council of St. Petersburg (Computer Information Chair), the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the Russian Federation, the tax office, etc. The partners of the Chair in the industry are more than 20 Russian and international companiesincluding: General Motors, Maxon Motor, CISCO company, Open Joint Stock Company Concern CSRI Elektropribor, SPA "Electroautomation", Krylov SRI, etc. Within the academic and student projects and exchanges the Chair actively cooperates with foreign universitiesincluding: the University of California, San Diego (USA), Beijing Polytechnic University (China), the Technical University of Eindhoven (Netherlands), etc.