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Fifth International Conference
“History of Computing in the Russia, former Soviet Union and Council for Mutual Economic Assistance countries”
Russia, Moscow, October 6th–8th, 2020
Registration Call for papers
Call for papers

Call for papers

SORUCOM-2020 welcomes original, previously unpublished and high quality papers addressing the topics mentioned above.

There are two categories of submissions:

  • Regular papers: 10–12 pages, 20 000–22 000 characters (.doc, .rtf);
  • Short papers: 5–6 pages, up to 10 000 characters (.doc, .rtf).

Format of Submissions

  • Full name, academic degree, affiliation, country and e-mail or postal address should be added after the title of submission;
  • Key words (3–5);
  • Times New Roman, 12 pt, 1,5 interlineage, 20 mm margins (left-right, top-bottom).

Working languages: Russian and English.

Proceedings will be available during the conference. All the papers will also appear on the website of Virtual Computer Museum Selected works will be published in English in the book of papers indexed by Scopus.

Important Dates

Full text of submissions should be sent till June 30th.

Notification of acceptance – August 10th.

Revised papers to be printed in Proceedings should be sent not later than August, 15. Conference dates: October, 6–8.


Beginning of Computing in the Soviet Baltic Region

Enn Tyugu
Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinn, Estonia

Keywords:  computer science curriculum, early computing history

Title of the work sets the time period of the subject – until fall of the Soviet Union, practically in the end of the 1980s. Most of the material of the present paper is available from a talk given at the Conference on History of Nordic Computing held in Turku, Finland in 2007. The geographical focus is on three Baltic republics: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Leningrad. My personal experiences relate to Estonian computer engineering and science. Therefore, we will consider computing in this small country in more detail.

Nikita Khruschov suddenly decided in 1958 that the country urgently needed a larger number of computer engineers and mathematicians with computing skills for defense and space industry. Several hundreds young physicists, mathematicians and electronic engineers were reeducated in two years in Leningrad Polytechnical Institute (LPI) and Moscow Energy Institute (MEI) providing them as good education in computing as it was possible in those days. It may be interesting to look at the computer science curriculum of those days.