Sergei Ovchinnikov







Mathematician with specialty in functional analysis and algebra. Current research interests include ordered sets, decision analysis, fuzzy logic, and knowledge-based systems.

Professional History:

1983-date: Professor of Mathematics, San Francisco State University.
1981-1983: Lecturer, Mathematics Department, San Francisco State University.
1980-1981: Research Associate, Computer Science Division, UC Berkeley.
1975-1980: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Institute of Business and Economics, Moscow, USSR.
1972-1975: Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Integrated Automation, Moscow, USSR.
1970-1972: Research Scientist, Institute of Control Science, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR.

Representative Professional Experience:

Over 40 years teaching mathematics on all levels from secondary school to graduate courses. Supervised a doctoral dissertation. Carried out research in the areas of functional analysis, group representation theory, ordered sets, mathematical social sciences, fuzzy set theory, and decision analysis. Developed Expert Algebra Tutor Software. The software has been used as a supplement to over 20 college algebra textbooks.


1971: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Moscow University, USSR.

1969: M.S. in Mathematics, Moscow University, USSR.


  • Grant from National Science Foundation for studies in the area of computational linguistics, 1984-1986.
  • K.S. Fu Certificate of Appreciation, 1988 (NAFIPS activities)
  • Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA), 2011


  • American Mathematical Society
  • International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)

Editorial Affiliations:

  • International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness, and Knowledge-Based Systems (World Scientific, An International Publisher)
  • MATHWARE, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Presented papers at more than 100 international and domestic conferences.


Over 100 publications in English, Spanish, and Russian. List of recent publications; work in progress.