Prof. Alexei Semenov

A prominent mathematician and computer scientist, Professor Alexei L. Semenov plays a key role in the development of Russia’s K-12 math education standards. He is president and CEO of the Moscow Institute of Open Education, which is responsible for teacher training in Moscow and many regions of the Russian Federation. He is a professor at the Department of Mathematical Logic and Theory of Algorithms at Moscow State University and leads its Kolmogorov seminar on complexity, which he co-originated. In 2006, he was awarded the Kolmogorov Prize by the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Semenov is an elected member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Education, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, the field’s major international body.

In 1985, Prof. Semenov organized the influential “Shkola” Project for the Soviet Academy of Sciences and helped to introduce computer science and technology courses to all USSR high schools. He co-authored a computer science textbook, of which 2.5 million copies were published, and led the development of curriculum and other materials on “mathematics of informatics” for primary schools that are still used today. He also founded the Institute of New Technologies in Education, an acclaimed organization that develops and implements innovative approaches in secondary education. For his achievements in designing and implementing ICT-based educational systems, he was awarded the Prize of the President of Russian Federation.

Prof. Semenov was a plenary speaker at Second UNESCO World Congress on Informatics and Education and has authored UNESCO publications on education technologies. He serves on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Technology and Teacher Education,” “International Journal of Computer for Mathematical Learning,” and various international committees and working groups. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Moscow State University and a Doctor of Mathematics from the Steklov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.