Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University
Formerly known as the Saint Petersburg Technical University, the Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University is Russia’s major technical university located in St. Petersburg. This university has a lot of former names, including Peter the Great Polytechnical Institute and Kalinin Polytechnical Institute. It was founded in 1899.
From 1910 to 1914, it was named the Saint Petersburg Peter the Great Polytechnical Institute. From 1914 to 1922 it was Petrograd Peter the Great Polytechnical Institute, then it was further changed to First Petrograd Polytechnical Institute from 1922-1923. It was named again as Petrograd Polytechnical Institute in 1923-1924, followed by Leningrad Polytechnical Institute from 1924 to 1930.
For four years commencing in 1930, it was divided into several colleges and branches using different names. In 1934 -1940 the name Leningrad Industrial Institute was adopted. Then in 1940 up to 1990 it was named as Leningrad Polytechnical Institute again. The name was changed again from 1990-1991 to Leningrad State Technical University. Saint Petersburg State Technical University was adopted from 1991-2002 before it finally settled to what is now named today.
Abbreviated as SPbSPU, this university is Russia’s top research facility and is the leading educational institution in the fields of applied physics and mathematics, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering and several other academic disciplines.
This Russian university is comparable to Caltech in the US, and houses one of Russia’s most advanced research laboratories in hydro-aerodynamics. SPbSPU offers several academic programs in Bachelor, Master Degrees and Doctorate levels. It also has four main scientific faculties: the Faculty of Physics and Mechanics, the Faculty of Radio-physical Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Physical Science and Technology and the Faculty of Medical Physics and Bioengineering.
In 2000, the University established its Department of Telematics, which aims to research in the field of network technologies for data, information processing and gaining for measuring and computing systems, virtual instruments, devices, information security and tools of space robotics.
Here, the department managed to create a telematic platform for making clusters of virtual instruments with a reconfigurable structure based on FPGA technology. The department also took part in several research activities and space experiments in Russia’s segment of the International Space Station, carried out in collaboration with Germany’s Institute of Mechatronics and Robotics.
Another department of the university is the Central Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics which was created as a special design office of technical cybernetics. Among its basic functions includes robotics and control systems, photon techniques, special instrument creation, laser technology and Telenetics.
Here, enrollees can opt to study in their Bachelor Degree Directions, which offers Automation and Control and the Information Science and Computer Engineering. Master degree Directions is also available where students can study in several programs, including Elements and Devices of Computer Engineering and Information Systems, Control in Engineering Systems, Automation of Technological Processes and productions, Computer Networks and Telecommunications, and Computer Modeling.