Engineering Faculty

As technologies grows in complexity and sophistication, their application becomes a challenge that requires professionals to come up with new solutions. I am convinced that the study programmes we offer here at TSI will enable future generations of engineers to achieve this goal.

Alexander Grakovski

Professor Dr. sc. ing.

Aleksandr Grakovski

Acting Dean

Engineering Faculty

Study Programmes

Master

Credit points: 80 CP | 120 ECTS / 60 CP | 90 ECTS
Duration: 
1.5 - 2
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 160 CP | 240 ECTS
Duration: 
4
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 160 CP | 240 ECTS
Duration: 
4
 or 5
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 180 CP | 270 ECTS
Duration: 
4.5
 or 5.5
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 160 CP | 240 ECTS
Duration: 
4
 or 5
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 160 CP | 240 ECTS
Duration: 
4
 or 5
 years

Bachelor

Credit points: 160 CP | 240 ECTS
Duration: 
4
 years

Engineer

Credit points: 200 CP | 300 ECTS
Duration: 
5
 or 5.5
 years

Master

Credit points: 80 CP | 120 ECTS
Duration: 
2
 or 2.5
 years

Master

Credit points: 60 CP | 90 ECTS
Duration: 
1,5
 or 2
 years

Master

Credit points: 80 CP | 120 ECTS
Duration: 
2
 or 2.5
 years

PhD

Credit points: 120 CP | 180 ECTS
Duration: 
3
 or 4
 years

Acting Dean

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Aleksandr Grakovski
Acting Dean
Engineering Faculty
Alexander Grakovski
+371 67 109 394

Academic degree and current position in TSI: professor, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of BSc Program “Telecommunication Systems and Computer Networks” and MSc Program “Master of Engineering Sciences in Electronics”.

Previous experience: for more than 6 years was Dean of Computer Science and Telecommunication Faculty, Head of Telecommunication Department in Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI), founder of the Laboratory of Image Processing, Biometry & Automated Border Control Systems in TSI.

Membership: Member of ECTRI (since 2017), Latvian Operations Research Society, Latvian Higher School Professors Association; member of European Engineering Deans Council (2012-2013); has been a member of the steering and programme committee of the International Conference on Innovative Vocational Education and Training in Transport Area (IVETTA), 2005; programme committees of the International Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (RelStat), Latvia, (9 events), Dependability of Computer Systems (DepCoS-RelMex), Poland (2 events), etc., and reviewer in transportation journals and conference proceedings. Member of Editorial Board of Journals: Transport and Telecommunication (WoS, SCOPUS), Computer Modeling and New Technologies (2012), etc.

Academic experience: Author of more than 90 publications, incl. 14 books and textbooks, chapters in the book “Sensor Network Technology Applications in the Water Supply and Transport Systems”, Ribickis, L., et al. (Scientific Monograph, Riga, RTU Press, 2017, in Latvian), papers in International Journal of Transport, Transport and Telecommunication, Mathematical Modelling and Analysis. An Expert in Transport and Logistics (2008-2021) and Civil Engineering (since 2021) at the Latvian Council for Science; member of the PhD promotion committee. Member of the expert working group of the Electronic Communications Sector Council of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia (since 2010).

Teaching at post- and graduate level: System Theory (Dr. ing. in Telematics and Logistics, TSI); Computer Vision and Image Processing (MSc in Computers Science, TSI); Laboratory Research Workshop (MSc in Electronics, TSI); etc.

Participation in projects: as a leading researcher has participated in more than 15 European and Latvian research projects and 2 national transportation studies, has been a scientific coordinator in 4 of them, has participated in COST Action TU0804, Horizon 2020, FP, INTERREG, BSR programme’ s projects.

Research Interests: Mathematical modelling, numerical methods, dynamics of chaotic systems, signal and image processing in different fields (transportation sphere, biometry, networks, logistics and others). 

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Promoted 1 Doctoral, more than 50 Master theses and 60 Bachelor theses, anofficial reviewer of 7 PhD theses.

Awards: by Latvian Education Fund in Computer Science (2017), IT industry (X-Infotech, 2016-2017), Riga Municipality (2010).

Vice Deans

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Aleksandr Medvedev
Engineering Faculty
Aleksandr Medvedev

Academic degree and current position in TSI: professor, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of BSc Programmes “Aviation Transport Maintenance”, instructor of theoretical training and examination in Academic and Professional Aviation Centre (TSI/APAC Part-147). Advisor and lecturer in Association Latvian Auto (L-auto) and Scientific Training Advisory Transport and Logistics Centre (ZMKTLC).

Previous experience: was chair of Transport Department and Aviation Transport Department for more than 15 years, Transport and Logistics Faculty, Director of BSc programmes “Commercial Transport Operation”, “Aviation Transport Maintenance” in Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI).

Membership: Member of the Scientific Council of TSI, Member of the program committee of the conferences: “Research and technology – a step into the future” and “Actual problems of education”

Academic experience: Author of more than 140 publications, incl. 25 books and textbooks: Organization of vehicle maintenance processes (in Russian), 2011; Theory and optimization methods. Part 1. Linear programming (in Russian), 2011; Information technology and transport logistics (in Russian), 2015; Aircraft structure (in Russian), 2016; Aircraft structure (textbook). Part 1. Glider (in Russian), 2018; Aircraft design. Part 2. Aircraft systems and equipment (in Russian), 2018, etc.

Participation in projects: As a leading researcher has participated in 12 European and Latvian research projects.

Research Interests: Transport and Logistics, Aviation Transport.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Three doctoral students’ theses were defended and Dr.sc.ing. degree obtained by 1 person; more than 15 Master theses and more than 200 Bachelor theses supervised.

Assistant professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Maksim Smolaninov
Engineering Faculty
Maksims Solaninovs foto

Current position – assistant professor, Dr.sc.ing. Engineering Faculty

Experience – Mechanical engineer, “Aviatest LTD”, Ltd [01/2004 – 01/2010], Project manager, “Aviatest LTD”, Ltd [01/2010 – 06/2016], Researcher, “Aviatest LTD”, Ltd [06/2016 – Current], Lecturer, Riga Technical University, Aeronautics Institute [09/2018 – 09/2020], Docent, JSC “Transport and Telecommunication Institute” [09/2020 – Current]

Teaching activityAviation engine, Technical drawing, Transport Maintenance Control, Descriptive geometry

Publication activity – Author/co-author of 19 research publications in journals and conference proceedings (one is indexed in SCOPUS).

Supervised theses – Bachelor, Engineer, Master, Doctoral

Research fields/domains – aviation engines, CAD systems, aviation construction strength, composite materials

Assistant to the Dean

Lecturer 

Mg. sc. ing.
Elena Larina
Engineering Faculty
Jelena Larina

ENGINEERING FACULTY ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBERS

State emeritus scientist, professor 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. habil. sc. ing.
Igor Kabashkin
Engineering Faculty
Igor Kabaskin

Academic degree and current position in TSI: Professor, Dr.sc.ing. Dr.hab.sc.ing, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of PhD Programme “Telematics and Logistics”.

Previous Experience: Founder and President of Transport and Telecommunication Institute for over 15 years, Vice-rector for Research and Development Affairs for more than 10 years

Membership: Member of the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee (OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, ITF – International Transport Forum), Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Corresponding Member of Latvian Academy of Science, President of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association, President of Latvian Operations Research Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Transport and Telecommunication”, Member of the board of the Journals “Transport”, “Technological and Economic Development”, “Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering” etc.

Academic experience: Author of more than 600 academic and research publications, author of 68 patents. Expert of the Latvian Council of Science in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of promotion council for PhD degree in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of Professor Council in Telematics and Logistics.

Teaching at post- and graduate level: 45 years of pedagogical experience in university; courses: Research Methodology (PhD programme); New Trends of Telematics and Logistics Development (PhD programme), Research Methodology (MSc programme), Theory of Systems and System Analysis (MSc programme), Transport Policy (MSc programme), Intelligent Transport Systems (MSc programme), Reliability Engineering (BSc programme) etc.

Participation in projects: has participated in 37 international projects (in 26 projects as national coordinator of the projects) and 26 Latvian research projects and programs (in 23 as head of the projects) within the frame of COST Activities, Horizon 2020, Framework Programs, INTERREG etc. 

Research Interests: Transport Telematics and Logistics, Smart Cities, Analysis and Modelling of Transport Systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Reliability of Electronics Systems, Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Information Technology Applications, Electronics and Telecommunication, Decision Support Systems, Avionics, Air Traffic Control Systems and others.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Supervisor of 9 PhD theses and more than 200 Master and Bachelor theses.

Awards: 2 Gold and 5 Silver Medals of International Research and Innovation Exhibition of Innovators (1985-1990); Honorary title “Latvian Honored Inventor”, Latvian Parliament (1989); Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, USA (1998); Award and memorial medal for outstanding research in computer science and informatics,  Latvian Academy of Sciences (2001); Award and memorial medal for outstanding performance of research in air navigation, communication and radar technology, Latvian Academy of Sciences (2002); Certificate of Recognition as a significant contribution to the research and educational work in the transport, logistics and information technology, as well as on the international success in science, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (2014); Certificate of Honor of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for research in the field of transport and logistics (2019).

Emeritus professor 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Jurij Tolujev
Engineering Faculty
Jurij-Tolujev-foto

Current position – Emeritus Professor of the Engineering Faculty, Director of the study direction “Transport and Business Logistics”.

Experience – More than 50 years of academic and research experience; Professor at Transport and Telecommunication Institute (2004-2020); Privatdocent at Otto-von-Guericke University (Germany) (2001-2014); Project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (Germany) (2001-2020); Docent at Riga Technical University (1971-2001).

Membership – Member of the Latvian Simulation Society (since 1994); Member of the ASIM Simulation Society (Germany)(since 1989); Expert of Latvian Council for Science in Engineering Field (2017-2023); Member of Program Committee of International Winter Simulation Conference (USA) (since 2012); Member of Programme Committee of International Multi-Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (since 2015); Member of editorial board “Transport and Telecommunication” journal.

Teaching activity – Modelling of systems (2ECTS, doctor level); Business process modelling (2ECTS, doctor level); Mathematical methods and models in logistics research (2ECTS, doctor level); Supply chain risk management (4ECTS, master level); Modelling of logistics and transport processes (4ECTS, master level); Modelling of systems (6ECTS, bachelor level); Simulation modelling in logistics (4ECTS, bachelor level).

Publication activity – Author/co-author of more than 160 research publications in journals and conference proceedings; ca. 30 publications are indexed by SCOPUS/WoS.

Projects – More than 35 contract research projects with the industry by working at Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (Germany) (2001-2020).

Supervised theses (TSI) 10 master level and 4 doctoral thesis supervision with successful defence.

Research fields/domains – Analysis, modelling and simulation of production and logistics systems.

Awards – Honorary Order of the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (2014).

Motto – “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself” (Albert Einstein).

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Irina Yatskiv
Engineering Faculty
Irina Yatskiv
+371 67100665

Academic degree and current position in TSI: professor, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of MSc Program “Transport and Logistics”

Previous experience: more than 10 years was Vice-rector for Research and Development, Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI), founder of the Laboratory of Applied Systems and chair of Mathematical Methods and Modelling Department in TSI

Membership: From 01.2017 member of ECTRI Board and from 2019 – vice-president of ECTRI; an external scientific expert in Association of Paneuropa Coach Terminals from 2009; has been chair or member of the organizing and the programme committees of the International Conference on Applied Statistics (6 events), Transportation Research (15 events), Complex Systems (4 events), etc. and reviewer in transportation journals and conference proceedings. Member of Editorial Board of Journals: Transport (WoS, SCOPUS); Maintenance and Reliability (SCOPUS), Transport and Telecommunication (WoS, SCOPUS), etc. Guest redactor of Volumes of Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems and Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure in Springer; Procedia Engineering published by Elsevier etc.

Academic experience: Author more than 170 publications, incl. 9 books and textbooks, chapters in the books “From Transit Systems to Models: Purpose of Modelling” in book: “Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems” (Springer Verlag, 2016), “3D City Models and urban information: Current issues and perspectives” (edpsciences, 2014), papers in International Journal of Transport, Transport and Telecommunication, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, etc. Guest redactor of Volumes of Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems and Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure in Springer; Procedia Engineering published by Elsevier etc. An Expert in Transport and Logistics (2008-2021) and Civil Engineering (from 2021) at the Latvian Council for Science; member of the PhD promotion committee

Teaching at post- and graduate levels: Data Analysis (PhD in Business Management, RSEBAA-BA); Multivariate Statistical Analysis, Transport Modelling, Scientific Seminar (Dr. Ing. in Telematics and Logistics, TSI); Data Mining (MSc in Computers Science, MIS, TSI); Research Seminar; Methods of Data Analysis and Business Forecasting (MSc in Transport and Logistics, TSI); etc.

Participation in projects: as leading researcher has participated in more than 20 European and Latvian research projects and more than 14 national transportation studies, and was scientific coordinator in 8 of them. Is/was national representative and management committee member of COST Actions CA16222 (WISE-ACT), TU1306 (CYBERPARKS), TU1004, TU0903, TU0804 and TU0801. Has great experience in coordinating different kind of projects in frame of Horizon 2020, FP, INTERREG, BSR programmes, she was coordinator of Horizon 2020 project “Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges” (ALLIANCE)

Research interest: Data analysis, data mining, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling and simulation with application in different fields (transportation sphere, business, economics, networks, logistics and others)

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Promoted 6 Doctoral, more than 90 Master theses and 70 Bachelor theses an official reviewer of 7 PhD theses

Awards: (2019) by Ministry of Education and Science; (2017, 2010, 2008) Latvian Education Funds; (2011, 2010, 2008) Riga Municipality

Professor 

Ph.D.
Emmanuel Merchan
Engineering Faculty
Emmanuel Merchan foto2
Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Irina Pticina
Engineering Faculty
Irina Pticina

Academic degree and current position in TSI: associate professor, Vice-dean of the Engineering Faculty, senior researcher, chair of Laboratory of Software and Information Systems Development Laboratory”, PhD thesis: Urban Public Transport Quality Estimation” (2015).

Previous experience: Dr.sc.ing. Irina Pticina has been the chair of Department of Software Engineering Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI) for five years.

Membership: National representative in some COST Actions:  TU0903 „Methods and tools for supporting the use, calibration and validation of traffic simulation models (MULTITUDE)”, TU0804 “Survey harmonization with New Technologies Improvement”

Academic experience: Author of more than 11 publications cited in scientific journals. The conference “Research and technology – step into the future”, Member of the programming committee.

Teaching at post- and graduate level: Image Processing (MSc in Computers Science, TSI), Programming, System Programming (Bachelor in Computer Science, TSI), Algorithms of Computer Graphics (Bachelor in Computer Science, TSI), Development in Net (Bachelor in Computer Science, TSI); etc.

Participation in projects: has participated in 6 European and Latvian research projects and 8 national transportation studies as researcher. National representative of COST Actions TU0903 „Methods and tools for supporting the use, calibration and validation of traffic simulation models (MULTITUDE)”, WG3: “Continuous National Travel Surveys”, European committee COST355; TU0804 “Survey harmonization with New Technologies Improvement”

Research Interests: Software Engineering, Programming, Computer Graphics, Transportation, Transport surveys. 

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses (number): Promoted 7 Master theses and 79 Bachelor theses, supervised the PhD student in the Doctoral program Telematic and Logistics.

Awards: Competition for the bachelor’s theses in IT in Latvia, as a supervisor (2017, 2020). Open international competition for the best doctoral, masters, students and student research work related to the Riga city traffic problems winner of the research activity „ “Development of an urban transport system quality indicator for passenger transport””(2010).

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Mihail Savrasov
Engineering Faculty
Mihail Savrasov
+371 67100665

Current position: Vice-rector for Academic and Research, Associated professor and leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of the MSc study program “Computer Science” and MSc study program “Management of Information Systems”, head of the “Laboratory of Applied Modelling (SimLab)”, head of research cluster “Modelling-Based Systems Analysis and Design (MADSYS)”.

Experience: more than 17 years of academic and research experience, more than 10 years in academic and research administration positions: Dean of the faculty, head of Research and development department. Microsoft Certified professional in Microsoft SQL Server;  Certified specialist in using PTV VISION software (traffic flow simulation); Coursera certificates in Creating Dashboards and Storytelling with Tableau, Essential Design Principles for Tableau, Fundamentals of Visualization with Tableau, Visual Analytics with Tableau, Enterprise Systems, Innovation Product Management, Building Conversational Experiences with Dialogflow; IBM Cognitive classes certificates in Big Data Foundations – Level 2, Applied Data Science with Python – Level 2, Deep Learning.

Membership: Member of the Latvian Simulation and Modelling Society, member of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association (LaTDEA), Expert of Latvian Council for Science in Engineering Field, programme committee member of International Multi-Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (2017-2020), programme committee member of Conference on sustainable urban mobility (2016, 2018, 2020), Programme committee member, member of editorial board Transport and Telecommunication Journal.

Teaching activity: Enterprise Information Systems (6ECTS, master level), Research Seminar 2 (3ECTS, master level), Simulation in Logistics (3ECTS, bachelor level), System Modelling (6ECTS, bachelor level), Chatbot Design and Development (3ECTS, bachelor level).

Publication activity: Author/co-author of more than 30 research publications in journals and conference proceedings (indexed in SCOPUS/WoS). Co-author of several methodological books for students, co-author of the monography “Sensor Network Technology Applications in the Water Supply and Transport Systems” .

Projects: for the last years participated in more than 8 international projects (Horizon2020, FP7, Erasmus+, IEE, COST) and more than 10 contract research projects with the industry.

Supervised theses: 23 master level and 16 bachelor thesis supervision with successful defence; supervision of PhD thesis in a topic “Cargo hubs management based on advanced technologies”; the official reviewer of 4 PhD thesis.

Research fields/domains: simulation modelling, information systems, AI application.

Awards: Award in competition „For the best bachelor, master and PhD work related with transport issues in Riga city” (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007), Khaim Kardonsky memory foundation award for research in statistics and reliability (2007), K. Irbīša award (2004).

Motto: “Do not be afraid of new things”.

Hobby: Carpentering, numismatics.

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