Soviet Cybernetics Review, Volume 4, No. 3

by Wade B. Holland


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Four articles devoted to process control and industrial automation are featured. One summarizes progress in the introduction of automated control systems in five Leningrad plants. Leningrad is second only to Moscow in Soviet R&D. Another details the use of computerized systems by the Soviet railroad network, including system shortcomings. Of interest are plans for an automated ticketing and seat reservation system the Soviets say will streamline passenger handling, trim employee workloads, and completely pay for itself in four years. It is scheduled for introduction by 1975. Other articles examine trends in the development of process control systems, computer selection of specialization curricula in computational mathematics, and use of the computer to simulate experiments in psychology. A recent [Pravda] item reveals that basic design of the M-1000 was conducted under the auspices of the Tbilisi Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Construction and Means of Automation, a group not previously identified with any significant Soviet computer developments.

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