The Lviv Polytechnic National University is the oldest technical educational institution in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The history of Lviv Polytechnic University dates back to the foundation of the Technical Academy in Lviv in 1844. Today it is a higher educational institution of the highest 4th level of accreditation.
Lviv Polytechnic University consists of 12 educational and scientific institutes, as well as Institute of Distance Education, Institute of Postgraduate Education, Institute of Land Forces and Institute of Education, Culture and Collaboration with Diaspora, technical and techno-economic colleges, two high schools, 32 academic and laboratory buildings, 14 halls of residence, 3 recreational camps for students and teachers.
Over 31 000 students study at the University. Specialists are trained in 56 directions and 106 specialities. The education process is ensured by the professorial and teaching staff, which includes over 200 professors and over 1000 associate professors. About 300 scientists belongs to the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The University offers a wide range of courses for the first (Bachelor`s) and the second (Master`s) stages of training. It also conducts the Candidate’s of Science (Ph.D) and the Doctor’s of Science stages of training through post-graduate and doctoral courses respectively. The University has wide international relations: General cooperation agreements have been signed with more than 40 leading Technical Universities of Europe, America and Asia.
The CAD Department was founded in 1989 on the base of Radio-Electronics Design and Manufacturing Department. Today its academic staff consists 5 professors, 15 associate professors, 3 senior lecturers and 7 assistants. Each year the Department releases two academic groups of bachelors, specialists and masters in speciality “Information Technologies in Computer-Aided Design”.
CAD graduates are able to conduct system analysis and design proces for various technical objects and systems, to develop requirement specifications for the computer-aided design/ manufacturing/ engineering systems, to maintain and support all computer-aided systems and tools on the base of modern progressive technologies and equipment. Graduate specialists can work in scientific-research, product design, manufacturing and other organizations, which develop, deploy, maintain or support Computer-Aided Design Systems in various domains.
Labs and practice trainings are conducted in five computer educational laboratories which are equipped with modern personal computers and work-stations. All computers are plugged in the local University network with INTERNET access, which allows students, teachers and researches to access the newest scientific and educational information.
The research mission of the CAD Department covers nearly all aspects of computer-aided modeling, design and simulation in mechanics, electronics and microsystems areas. Main scientific-research directions, which are conducted by the department staff, include:
a) Development and application of software tools, models and methods for microsystems design and simulation;
b) Development and application of CAD layout tools for the PCB design (nonregular structures): automatic and interactive placement, automatic and interactive routing, verification;
c) Development and application of the CAD tools for the mechanical and thermal design of electronic systems and objects;
d) Developing models, methods and algorithms for intelligent data processing and global optimisation, based on artificial neural networks (ANN), fuzzy logic (FL) and genetic algorithms;
e) Modeling, simulation and optimization of various technical and organizational systems, objects and processes.
The CAD Department cooperates with a wide range of Education and R&D organizations and institutions in Europe. Last 15 years it have been participated in 8 international projects. It organize 3 regual international conferences, conserning Microelectronics (CADSM), Microsystems (MEMSTECH) and Machinery Design (CADMD).