Mikhail Belov

Professor of the Practice
Center for Digital Engineering

Mikhail Belov joined SKOLTECH Center for Digital Engineering as Professor of the Practice in 2023. He has 40+ year of industrial experience centered on cutting edge fields of enterprise systems engineering and management, economics and finance, enterprise digital transformation, technology-enabled business transformation, data analysis, operations research, electronics. He spent most of his career in executive positions in major Russian banks and companies and for over 20 years Mikhail was Deputy CEO of IBS responsible for new technologies and business development, when he implemented (as project director and architect) and supervised hundreds of projects in the field of enterprise management systems, engineering IT systems, PLM and other industrial IT systems. He also founded and led a startup specializing in advanced technologies for ultra-wideband multiradar systems.

Research interests
Control problems of enterprise, sociotechnical system, complex adaptive system, system of system: mathematical modelling and optimization, business applications.

Academic experience
2023 – Present SKOLTECH, Moscow, Center for Digital Engineering, Professor of the Practice
2016 – Present Moscow Aviation Institute, Moscow, Management School, Visiting Professor;PLM-lab, Chief Scientist
2018 – 2020 MISIS National University of Science and Technology, Moscow, College of Information Business Systems,Visiting Professor, Head of Department
2013 – 2017 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow,Faculty of Innovations and High Technologies, Visiting Professor

Professional experience
2020 – 2023 SKOLTECH, Chief Systems Engineer
2009 – 2020 IBS, Deputy CEO
2004-2009 GelioSoft consulting (startup, private firm), President & Owner
2000-2004 IBS, CFO & COO
1991-1999 Russian Banks and Companies, VP and executive positions
1982-1991 Central Scientific Research Institute “Cometa”, Engineer, R&D Group Leader

Education and degrees
Doctor of Science, Institute of Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; June 2019
MBA Finance; Joint program of MIRBIS business school, Moscow, Russia, and Guildhall University, London, UK; May 2001
M.S. Finance; Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russia; February 2001
PhD. (candidate); Central Scientific Research Institute, Moscow, Russia; May 1988
M.S. Electronics; Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow, Russia; February 1982.

Research in the fields of Systems Theory and General Theory of Control, mathematical methods of Cybernetics, and their applications to control sociotechnical and complex adaptive systems including:

  • Systems Theory and systems engineering – sociotechnical systems, enterprise systems, complex systems, systems of systems engineering and management;
  • Enterprise/product lifecycle value and cost modelling;
  • Operations research;
  • Contract theory and economic game theory;
  • Stochastic processes, statistics, disorder problem; optimization methods in complex systems and economics;
  • Mathematical modelling of economics of complex project/program management;
  • Systems aspects of cognitive science, AI, internet of things.


  1. M. Belov, D. Novikov Methodology of complex activity – Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020. – 310 p.
  2. M. Belov, D. Novikov Models of technologies – Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020. – 113 p.
  3. M. Belov, D. Novikov Optimal Enterprise. Structures, Processes and Mathematics of Knowledge, Technology and Human Capital. CRC Press, 2021. – 344 p.
  4. M. Belov, D. Novikov Methodology of complex activity (in Russian) – Moscow: Lenand, 2017. – 310 p.
  5. M. Belov, D. Novikov Models of technologies (in Russian) – Moscow: Lenand, 2019. – 160 p.
  6. M. Belov, D. Novikov Control of lifecycles of sociotechnical systems (in Russian) – Moscow: Lenand, 2019. – 380p.
  7. M. Belov, D. Novikov Models of activity (in Russian) – Moscow: Lenand, 2021. – 216 p.


Book chapters

  1. M. Belov IBS Group, Eastern European ITS Services – Capability-Based Development for Business Transformation // Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering / Gorod, A., B. E. White, V. Ireland, S. J. Gandhi, and B. J. Sauser – Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. P. 129-164.
  2. M. Belov Advanced manufacturing management approaches (in Russian). // Whitepaper for Advanced manufacturing technologies. Moscow, SKOLTECH, 2015. P. 23-51.
  3. M. Belov Successful Business Transformation within a Russian Information Technology Company // BKCASE Editorial Board. 2019. The Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), v. 2.0 R.J. Cloutier (Editor in Chief). Hoboken, NJ: The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology. Accessed 01.09.2019. www.sebokwiki.org. BKCASE is managed and maintained by the Stevens Institute of Technology Systems Engineering Research Center, the International Council on Systems Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. P. 955 – 966.
  4. M. Belov, D. Novikov Structural models of complex activity (in Russian) // Modern problems of Large Complex Systems development. (Issue 3) / Tsvirkun A. (Ed) – Moscow: Phismatlit, 2018. P. 24-29.
  5. M. Belov, D. Novikov Methodological Foundations of the Digital Economy // Big Data-driven World: Legislation Issues and Control Technologies. Springer, 2019. – P. 3-14.
  6. M. Belov, D. Novikov Reflexive models of complex activity // Cybernetics and Systems / Sergio Barile (Ed.), Raul Espejo (Ed.), Igor Perko (Ed.), Marialuisa Saviano (Ed.) – London: Routledge, 2019. – P. 535-540.
  7. Belov M.V., Novikov D.A. (2020) Methodology of Complex Activity. In: Metcalf G.S., Kijima K., Deguchi H. (eds) Handbook of Systems Sciences. Springer, Singapore.


Some conferences and papers of 2014 and later

  • Belov, M. A Capability Based Approach to Improve Effectiveness of Information and Computer Technologies / M. Belov // 9th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, Adelaide, Australia 9-13 June 2014, IEEE Catalog Number: CFP14SOS-POD; ISBN: 978147995228; P. 43-48.
  • Belov, M. How We Engineer Enterprise Systems / M. Belov // INCOSE Italian Chapter Conference on Systems Engineering (CIISE2014) Proceedings, Rome, Italy, November 24-25, 2014. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1300/ID13.pdf
  • Belov, M. General-System Modelling Framework of Complex Activity/ M. Belov // 10th European Modelling Symposium on Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation. Ed. D. Al-Dabass, V. Colla, M. Vannuci, A. Pantelous. IEEE Conference Record No. 40530. Pisa, 2016. – P. 13-18.
  • Belov, M. General-System Approach to the Development of Complex Activity Technology / M. Belov, D. Novikov // Procedia Computer Science. – 2017. – Volume 112. 2076 2085 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050917316241)
  • Belov, M. Models of adaptation in dynamical contracts under stochastic uncertainty / M. Belov, D. Novikov // Advances in Systems Science and Application. – 2018. №1. – P. 110 131.
  • Belov, M. Theory of Complex Activity as a Tool to Analyze and Govern an Enterprise / M. Belov // 13th Annual Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE 2018). Paris, France 19-22 June 2018. IEEE Catalog Number: CFP18SOS-POD; ISBN: 9781538648773 P. 541-548.
  • Belov, M.V., Novikov, D.A. Network Active Systems: Models of Planning and Incentives. Autom Remote Control 80, 2229–2244 (2019) doi:10.1134/S0005117919120117
  • Belov and D. Novikov, “Optimal Enterprise: Engineering and Control,” 2020 IEEE 15th International Conference of System of Systems Engineering (SoSE), Budapest, Hungary, 2020, pp. 000235-000242, doi: 10.1109/SoSE50414.2020.9130549 https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9130549
  • Belov, M.V., Novikov, D.A. Models of Experience. Control Sciences 1, 37–52 (2021).
  • Belov, M.V. Optimal Control of the Life Cycle of Complex Systems. Control Sciences 1, 15–26 (2022).

Lecturing on course “Systems engineering”, supervising of MS and PhD students.