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Dr. Boris Kogan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Computer Science Department. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Charkov Electrical Engineering Institute, USSR in 1938. The Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control he received from Moscow Institute of Automation and Telemechanics, USSR Academy of Sciences in 1945. He also received the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences (in Computer Science) from the Air Force Military Academy, Moscow, USSR in 1962.
In former Soviet Union Dr. Kogan's scientific activity was devoted to research in the field of automatic control, computer design and computer simulation. He worked at the research Institute of Control Science in Moscow from 1940 until 1981 as junior, senior researcher and as a first director of the Computer Simulation Laboratory created by him. He lectured part time as a full professor in the Moscow Institute for Physics and Engineering from 1948 until 1980. He has received the former USSR State Prize in 1951 for creating the first analog computer.
After immigration to the USA in 1987, his research interests have been transferred from automatic control, analog and hybrid computers, and computer simulation to the investigation of electrical wave propagation in excitable media (special type of nonlinear distributed in space dynamic systems) using massively parallel digital computer systems. This study is focused on peculiarities of electrical wave propagation along the healthy and diseased heart muscle in order to find, together with cardiologists, the mechanisms of heart fibrillation and the corresponding preventing means. He has had over 120 papers published and is the author of two books.
Dr. Kogan is a member of the editorial board of the journal "Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation" and also of the American Heart Association and Society for Computer Simulation.