ATEP Department was founded in 1958 and was the first in the field of Ukrainian industrial automation. Today it remains the leading department in training specialists needed in the market of automation and software development. The department is recognized by the Association of Enterprises of Industrial Automation of Ukraine as the best department in this area. The reason for its creation was the need to prepare specialists in the field of automated control systems – one of the most breakthrough areas of scientific and technological progress in the twentieth century. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, automatic control has become truly ubiquitous, penetrating all aspects of human activity from industrial processes to everyday items, from life support systems (climate and safety in the premises, smart home, etc.) to economic and biological processes. Automatic control changes production and human life and makes technologies and objects more “intelligent” and convenient. All this, along with the Internet, lies at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. If earlier control was carried out mainly with the help of electronic regulators, then since the 90s it has been carried out based on computers and microprocessor technology, which opened up new features for control systems:

  • application of intelligent control algorithms;
  • possibilities of Internet interaction with other subsystems within a distributed automated control system;
  • opportunities for “communication” with the system user, who is provided with more comfortable working conditions.

All this made the specialist in automation and computer integrated technologies, first of all, a programmer. Programmers know algorithmic possibilities to control processes of different nature and therefore can set and solve complex tasks of software development. It is a creative and highly professional activity – the future belongs to it. Our department educates exactly such programmers who can analyze technological and business processes of production, set algorithmic control tasks and program them.

The specialist in the field of AKIT-Automation and Computer-Integrated Technologies is:

  • the programmer of real-time control systems,
  • technological process analyst,
  • system integrator – an engineer who can make the production process work under the control of automation.

It is not about computer toys and web pages development!

Our specialist can come up with, design, implement and follow up an automation system that can control any technological complex – from a “smart house” to the power system of the country. We educate exactly such specialists.

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The founders of the department were an outstanding scientist, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine M.M. Dobrokhotov and his student, Ph.D., prof. V.S. Kocho, who became its first head.

For 62 years of work, the department has trained more than 3100 specialists who work in many engineering, design, research firms and organizations, are leading specialists and managers of a large number of small and large firms.

Specialists from many countries, including Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Cuba, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Egypt and Sweden have been educated and trained at the ATEP Department.

The department’s contribution to science is significant. By teachers and employees of the department, it is published more than 1000 scientific papers, including 13 monographs, received more than 200 copyright certificates for inventions. The department has published 3 textbooks, more than 50 textbooks and many printed textbooks. In recent years, new didactic tools have been developed and introduced into the educational process:

  • a complex of training modules of built-in systems,
  • simulators for training students and specialists in the field of automated control of thermal power plants and nuclear power plants;
  • systems of automated design of an industrial control system.

Many graduates and employees of the department have achieved great creative and production success. Among them, it should be noted such as Director of PTIMA NASU Academician Naidek V.L.; Head of the Department of the same institute, Corresponding Member of NASU, PhD. Pereloma V.A.; Rector of Zaporizhzhia Industrial Institute, Doctor of Science, Professor Revun M. P.; Head of the Department of this Institute, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Grankovsky V.I.; Rector of Chisinau Polytechnic Institute, Professor Antosyak V.G.; pilot-cosmonaut of the Mongolian People’s Republic of China Maydarzhavin G.; Minister of the Ministry of Chernobyl Kholosha V. I.; Director of Trypillya TPP Chekaramit O.I.; heads of TPP and NPP shops in Bulgaria Marinov A. and Germany Mulka B.; manager of Siemens in CIS countries Herpl H.; technical director of the firm Klinkman Batiuk S.; President of the firm Raut-automatic Prosyanikov V.D.. For several years Professor Azhogin V.V. worked in the employees of the department, later – he becomes a Rector of Odessa Polytechnic Institute. And Professor Zgurovsky M. – Rector of National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Minister of Education of Ukraine (1994-1999). Over the years, the department has established the following scientific schools:

  • since 1958 – school of measurement and automation of technological processes headed by Professor V. Kocho;
  • since 1980 – the school of modelling and optimisation of technological process control systems led by Professor V. Azhogin and Professor Y. Zaichenko;
  • since 1991 – the School of Modern Computer Technologies in Power Engineering has been developing under the leadership of Professor Y. Kovriga.

As stated above, the organiser and first head of the department was Valentin Kocho (1914), who graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute (1937). In 1941, he defended his PhD dissertation on measurement technology issues in metallurgical production. During the war, he worked in the Urals, in Sverdlovsk as head of control and measuring equipment bureau, and was involved in the intensification of heat exchange processes in steelmaking units, where he formed an understanding about the importance of controlling and managing heat processes. After the war, he moved to Kyiv to work with Academician N. Dobrokhotov. In 1958, he defended his doctoral dissertation. Professor Kocho’s scientific interests were very broad and covered the most topical problems of various metallurgical units, including control and management of technological processes. He and his students considered a mathematical description of mass and heat transfer processes in steelmaking baths, optimisation of fuel combustion and heating, gaseous and liquid oxygen blowing of metal, continuous measurement of liquid metal temperature in furnaces and converters. The methods developed for analyzing the thermal performance of industrial facilities, such as the method of “instant” reverse thermal balances, methods for measuring direct and reverse thermal flows using heat meters and thermoprobes, as well as methods for optimising heat transfer and efficiency by melting periods, have become the basis for algorithmic support for automated control systems at many industrial facilities. В. Kocho has received over 400 scientific and educational works, including five monographs and two study guides.

He has mentored over 60 PhD and Doctors. The results of work under the leadership of Kocho V.S. were implemented at many factories of the country and during the period 1969-1982 gave an economic effect of about 9 million rubles. He was awarded 6 medals and badges of honour, many diplomas.

At the department, he begins training postgraduate students in a new speciality. Among the first scientists were known in the future Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Naydek V.L., Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Pereloma V.A., Professor Antosyak V.G., Professor Revun MP, Professor Lisitsa V.K. and others. Among the first teachers of the department were Doctor of Technical Sciences, prof. Kornilov Yu.G.; Ph.D., Assoc. Grankovskaya V.I.; Ph.D., Assoc. Barzilovich V.S., doctor of technical sciences, prof. Chernega D.F.; Doctor of Technical Sciences, Chizhsky A.F.

Kornilov Yuriy Georgievich came to the department from the Gas Institute, where he worked as the head of the automation department and defended his Doctor’s Dissertation. In 1959 he became a professor, and in 1960, he headed the department of “Automation of chemical industries”, created at the Faculty of Chemical Technology. Author of the first textbook on the applied theory of automatic control.

Barzilovich Vadim Sergeevich graduated from KPI in 1941 and went to the front. After the war, he returned to his native institute. He worked a lot on the creation of the technical base of the department, especially the laboratory of technical control equipment. In 1970 he defended his dissertation, became an associate professor, based on his dissertation published a monograph on the automation of continuous furnaces.

Grankovskiy Vadim Ivanovich went to the front for 18 years. Having returned from the front, he entered the KPI and graduated from the Institute in 1950. After the postgraduate study, he defended his PhD thesis and did a lot for the creation and development of the department. He was the responsible executor and head of many scientific works, which were performed by research workers and postgraduate students of the department. Under his leadership, the curricula of the speciality, programs of disciplines, laboratory works and methodical manuals on their implementation, programs of production practices, etc. were developed. In 1963. Grankovsky V.I. moved to Zaporizhzhia, where he became head of the department of automation of metallurgical processes in Zaporizhzhia Industrial Institute, where he also defended his Doctor’s Dissertation.

The first head of the laboratory of the department was Chuprovsky Leonid Feopentovich, who, despite his age, managed to fight as a cabin boy on the torpedo boats of the Navy during the Great Patriotic War. He came to the department as an experienced engineer and headed the difficult work on creating laboratory stands. It was done not only by employees of the department but also by senior students. Thus, the students of the first group in the created department (and there were only 10 of them) had to do one work for two during a semester: to assemble a stand, to develop a methodology and to write a work execution protocol. Chuprovsky L.F. was also successfully engaged in research work in the field of development of methods and means of automatic control of metallurgical processes parameters and defended his PhD Dissertation.

The teaching staff of the department was gradually strengthened by postgraduate graduates (V. G. Antosyak, V. A. Pereloma, V. L. Naidek), and experienced specialists from research institutes were invited (A. Strelchenko).

Strelchenko Olexander Georgiyovych came to the department from the Kyiv Institute of Automation. He developed methods for continuous measurement of metal temperature during melting using a high-temperature thermocouple protected by a three-layer tip. With this device for the first time in world practice it was possible to obtain graphs of heating of liquid metal in open-hearth furnaces (Strelchenko O.G.), bessemer and oxygen converters (Payzansky L.D.) and arc electric furnaces (Korobko I.M).

Antosyak Volodymyr Georgiyovych graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys worked at the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant, where he was invited to graduate school. In 1962 he defended his dissertation. He later transferred to the Chisinau Polytechnic Institute, where he became head of the department and then rector of the institute.

Pereloma Vitaliy Oleksandrovych graduated from KPI in 1956. He was the first graduate student, invited by professor Kocho V. S. The candidate’s dissertation was devoted to the issues of pressure regulation in open-hearth furnaces. In 1968 he moved to work at the Institute of casting problems, where he became a doctor of technical sciences and head of the department, and later deputy head of the science department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Naidek Volodymyr Leontiyovych was left at the department, graduated from graduate school and defended his dissertation. He taught a fundamental course in the theory of automatic control. He later became a doctor of technical sciences, professor, director of FTIMS, academician of NASU.

Pryadkin Leonid Leonidovich, a pupil of the department, a talented researcher and teacher, later deputy director of the Institute of Automation.

At present, the department successfully works in the field of automation of thermal metallurgical processes, maintains large economic agreements with metallurgical enterprises: “Zaporizhstal”, “Azovstal”, “Kryvorizhstal”, Dniprodzerzhynsk, Alchevsk, Makeyevka metallurgical plants and others. In 1962. the department moves to the Faculty of Heat and Power Engineering and changes its name – henceforth it is the Department of “Automation of Heat and Power Processes”. It includes new teachers: docents Payzansky L.D., Kiselyov Y.E., Eroshenko V.A., Kovrigo Y.M., Samsonov V.A., senior teacher Batyuk G.S.

In 1979-1980, docent Viktor Yosypovych Pershin, became the head of the department. During these years, computer technology began to be intensively introduced into the educational process. A training laboratory on analog computers on the theory of automatic control was organized, and the «Myr» computer was installed and mastered. In the past, the energy producer Pershin V.I. established scientific relations with Kyivenergo and the Institute of Automation (Kyiv). Students began to practice at workplaces in installation and commissioning organizations, at the Chernobyl and Kola NPPs, in the automation shops of Donbasenergo, Kyivenergo, Lvivenergo and others, in design and research institutes. The exchange of experience with related departments, which trained automatic specialists for energy and other industries, has significantly expanded. The great contribution of Pershyna V.I. in the development of teaching methods and setting course work for one of the most important subjects – “Theories of automatic control”.

In 1980 Azhohin Vitaliy Vasylʹovych was elected the head of the ATEP department. He was born in 1938. After Suvorov’s school and service in the army he entered the KPI at the Faculty of Automation and Electrical Engineering, where he remained to work at the Department of Technical Cybernetics. In 1972 he defended his dissertation, and after an internship in the United States – a doctoral dissertation.

Azhohin Vitaliy Vasylʹovych made a significant contribution to the technical equipment of the Department of Digital Computer Science and its implementation in the educational process. He laid the foundations of the scientific direction of the department in the field of modeling and optimal control of continuous technological processes, as well as computer-aided design systems, which made a great practical contribution to production. According to the results of scientific work in this period, he and his staff published a monograph, textbooks, many articles, received 15 copyright certificates. In 1983 Azhogin V.V. was elected dean of the Faculty of Automation and Electrical Engineering (FAEPS) and headed the Department of Computer Engineering, Engineering and Economic Calculations (VTIER) KPI, and in 1985. was elected rector of Odessa Polytechnic Institute. Unfortunately, in 1987 he passed away early, having left many students, among them: Zgurovsky M.Z., Movchan A.P., Romanenko V.L., Misak V.F., Novikov A.N., and others.

In 1983-1989 professor Zaychenko Yuriy Petrovych headed the ATEP department. He was born in 1942. in Kyiv, graduated in 1964 from KPI with a degree in Automation and Telemechanics. In 1981 he defended his doctoral dissertation on “Automated Control Systems”. His main research is related to the theory of decision making, modeling and optimization of computer networks. Professor Zaychenko Y.P. – author of many publications and books, over the years of his work at the department published books “Operations Research” (1984 and 1988) and “Structural optimization of computer networks” (1986). He currently works as a professor at the Department of “Mathematical Methods of Systems Analysis” of the educational and scientific complex “Institute of Applied Systems Analysis”.

In 1990, professor Kovryho Yuri Mykhaylovych (born 1945) was elected head of the department. After graduating in 1962 from the Kiev College of Electronics, majoring in “Equipment of Automation and Telemechanics”, he entered the KPI, which in 1967. graduated with honors from the Department of ATEP, where, after graduating, he works as an assistant, associate professor, professor and head of the department. After a scientific internship in 1979-1980. at the Royal Higher Technical School in Sweden, under the guidance of famous scientists T. Bulin and K. Ostrem, where he studied modern methods of identification and construction of control systems, Kovryho Yu.M. returned to the department and set a new course “Identification and modeling of control systems.” At the same time, he is conducting serious work – in the field of ACS TP NPP and modal management, which began to grow young scientists Izgorev M.Yu., Bun V.P., Hrudzynskyy Yu.Ye., Tsymbalyuk E.V. and others.

At this time, the world began the transition of automation to computer and microprocessor-based. The automation specialist had to become a programmer without losing mastery of control algorithms and understanding of technology. Responding to this challenge, the school began to form a school of modern computer technology in energy. The staff of the department was replenished with new teachers who corresponded to this direction, associate professors Chuyko Yu. M., Kamayev Yu.M., Izgorev M.Yu., Oliynyk S.Yu., senior teachers Stifzon O.Y., Bun V.P., Bobkov V.B., Hrudzynskyy Yu.Ye., Bagan T.G., Gikalo P.V. In 1992 on the initiative of Kovryho Yu.M., for the first time in Ukraine, a new specialty “Computer-integrated technological processes and production” was founded and opened in KPI.

Prof. Kovryho Yu.M. – author of more than 200 scientific works, textbooks and inventions (including 6 books), 6 copyright certificates and patents. He has prepared 7 candidates of science, has 2 government awards, in particular the award of the Ministry of Education and Science “Petro Mohyla”. A well-known expert, he is a member of several Scientific and Expert Councils, the developer of the standard in the field of “Automation and computer-integrated technologies”. Among the achievements of the scientific team of the department – made under the leadership of Kovryho Yu.M. according to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine six State contracts, including “Development and implementation of principles of construction, technical means and standard solutions for automation systems of municipal energy facilities”, introduction of computer accounting and heat management in the buildings of the Presidential Administration, commissioning of a full-scale simulator of the 300 MW power unit at Kyiv TPP-5 and introduction of the information and diagnostic system of the turbogenerator at TPP-6.

At the beginning of the XXI century, thanks to the new technical capabilities of computer control systems, they have become much more integrated into technological processes and production (including large and small energy), which became the main direction of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT).

The department, which is a leader in this field in Ukraine, had its own revolution:

Significantly rejuvenated the teaching staff, which was replenished with staff with the latest technologies, namely: Stepanets O.V., Lyubitsky S.V., Polishchuk I.M., Golinko I.M., Fomenko B.V., Nekrashevich O.V., Oliynyk O.Yu., Larina K.Yu., Novikov P.V., Polishchuk M.A., Mariash Y.I.

Relationships with companies operating in the industrial automation market have been intensified, thanks to which the Regional Center PR-4.0 was opened on the basis of the department by the Association of Industrial Automation Enterprises of Ukraine (APPAU).

Thanks to the interaction with partners (SIEMENS, Honeywell, WAGO, RautAutomatic, Phoenix Contact EduNet, Schneider Electric, Klinkmann, Unitronics) new laboratories were created: laboratory complex of simulation modeling of thermal power ATC (IM ATC), head Batyuk S.G.; Cisco Network Technology Laboratory, headed by Stifzon O.Y.; laboratory of automation of engineering systems of buildings, head Polishchuk I.M.; laboratory of the international educational network Phoenix Contact EduNet, head Stepanets O.V.; laboratory of Internet of Things, head Grudzinsky Y.E.; Siemens industrial automation laboratory, head Gikalo P.V.

New didactic tools have been developed and new curricula have been introduced into the curricula, which reflect the latest achievements and technologies of the specialty: disciplines in technologies and programming languages, disciplines in mathematical basics of automation, disciplines in process and production automation, disciplines in software and hardware automation, disciplines on modern technologies of digitalization of enterprises.

In 2019, the department was headed by Dr. Sc. Voloshchuk Volodymyr Anatoliyovych, a young scientist who created a new direction of modeling of technological processes within the framework of a traditional scientific school, based on thermodynamic approaches, in particular exergy. On the basis of these approaches under his leadership scientific works on development and realization of methodology on creation and automated management of objects and systems of heat supply of settlements of new, fourth generation (low-temperature systems) are conducted. Voloshchuk V.A. published more than 110 works of scientific and educational nature. He is the co-author of three monographs, one of which was published in Springer, and three manuals.