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Vsevolod Mykhailovych Kuntsevych is a well-known scientist in the field of theory and practice of control systems, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1992), Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Laureate of State Prizes of the USSR (1979) and Ukraine in science and technology (1991, 2000). Director of the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1996-2007), editor-in-chief of the journal Problems of Control and Informatics (1994–2009), and later of the International Scientific and Technical Journal Problems of Control and Informatics 2009-2019).
He was born on March 15, 1929. In 1952 he graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He began his professional career as an engineer at the Institute of Mining of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1957 he became a graduate student of the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the USSR Academy of Sciences, where after defending his dissertation he worked as a junior and then senior researcher in the laboratory of automatic control of production processes. During these years Vsevolod Mikhailovich studied the problems of theory and application of extremal systems, which were just emerging as a new scientific direction of general control theory.
In 1963, V.M. Kuntsevich transferred to the Institute of Cybernetics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences and since 1966 headed the department of discrete control systems. His research of this period is devoted to the development of the foundations of the theory of a special class of nonlinear control systems with frequency-pulse modulation. The obtained results were included in the monograph, which was the first work in this direction both in the former USSR and abroad. In the scientific works of the scientist of 1973-1978 the problem of synthesis of control systems by means of the apparatus of Lyapunov functions of is covered. During this period the problem of synthesis of optimal control systems of a wide class of nonlinear objects is investigated and solved.
V.M. Kuntsevich and his students have developed a new approach to building adaptive control systems based on methods of solving parametric identification problems that provide guaranteed estimates, as well as on new algorithms for solving optimal control problems in conditions of uncertainty.
Since 1986, Vsevolod Mikhailovich pays attention to the modern problem of control theory — robustness, in the process of which he obtained a number of significant results in the field of robust stability.
V.M. Kuntsevich led several projects related to the development of technical means of ACS TP, which are implemented in the aviation industry, as well as in the automated control system in the oil refining industry.
In 1988 Vsevolod Mykhailovych was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and in 1992 — Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 1995, V.M. Kuntsevich became deputy director of the V.M. Glushkova Institute of Cybernetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and in May 1996 he headed the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the National Space Agency of Ukraine. As director, Vsevolod Mykhailovych focused his activities on the establishment of the Institute as a leading institution of space science in our country, as well as on the development of basic and applied research and coordination with the main areas of the National Space Program of Ukraine. Considerable attention V.M. Kuntsevych devotes to basic questions to future experiments aboard the Ukrainian research module of the International Space Station.
V.M. Kuntsevich is the author of more than 250 scientific works, including 8 monographs. He created a scientific school in Ukraine in the field of discrete control systems, prepared more than 30 candidates and 11 doctors of sciences. For more than 25 years Vsevolod Mykhailovych has been giving a course of lectures on control theory at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. As part of the author's team of the world's first "Encyclopedia of Cybernetics" V.M. Kuntsevich in 1979 received the State Prize of the USSR in the field of science and technology; in 1991 — for work on the theory of invariance and its applications. Together with other scientists he was awarded the title of Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine. In 1987, for a series of works on the theory of digital control systems Vsevolod Mikhailovich was awarded the prize. S.A. Lebedev Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and in 1995 — the award. V.M. Glushkov for the development and application of methods of systems analysis. Vsevolod Mikhailovich's scientific achievements were also marked by government awards — the Order of the Badge of Honor, the Order of Merit of the III degree and the medals "For Labor Distinction" and "For Valiant Work". In 1999, V.M. Kuntsevich was awarded the title of "Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine", and in 2000 for a series of scientific papers on multi-channel control systems of transport facilities and rolling mills was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in science and technology.
In 1988, Vsevolod Mikhailovich became the editor-in-chief of the journal "Automation" (since 1994 - "Problems of Control and Informatics"), and since 2009 - the International Scientific and Technical Journal "Problems of Control and Informatics". The scientist was a member of the USSR National Committee for Automatic Control for a long time, and in 1992 was elected chairman of the National Committee of the Ukrainian Association of Automatic Control — the National Organization of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).
V.M. Kuntsevych — Honorary Director of the Institute of Space Research of the National Academy of Sciences and the State Committee of Ukraine, Chief Research Fellow of the Institute of Space Research.