Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences was founded according to the Decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR dated 19.12.1977 and the Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences dated 19.01.78 on the basis of the Computer Science Department of Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences as Leningrad Research Computing Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences (LRCC). In 1985, LRCC was transformed into the Leningrad Institute for Informatics and Automation of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
In 1992, when the historic name of St. Petersburg was returned to the city, the Institute was renamed St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS). According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 30, 2013, № 2591-р, the Institute was transferred under authority of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations of the Russian Federation (FANO).
Scientific and methodical management of the Institute is carried out by the Russian Academy of Sciences as well as Department of Nanotechnologies and Information Technologies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Institute carries out basic research and applied research in the field of computer science, intelligent automation systems and information technologies.
Director of the Institute, RAS Corresponding Member - Rafael Midhatovich Yusupov.