IMB Controls was founded by Dr. Igor Boiko, who is a leading researcher in the field of control systems.

Dr. Igor Boiko is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi (, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Control, Instrumentation and Process Automation, supervises graduate students and an Adjunct Professor of Ellectrical and Computer Engineerin at University of Calgary. He also manages Automation and Control laboratory of the Petroleum Institute Research Center, leads a group of researchers and graduate students and conducts research on a few projects in process control.

He received MSc/BSc degrees in Electro-mechanical Engineering and a PhD degree in Control Engineering from Tula State University (Tula, Russia) in 1984 and 1990, respectively. In 2009 he received a DSc (Habilitated Dr.) degree in Control Theory from Supreme Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russia).

Dr. Boiko is known for his works in nonlinear control theory and frequency-domain methods of analysis and design of nonlinear control systems as well as for contributions to process control theory and applications. He authored 4 books: “Discontinuous Control Systems”, Birkhauser, 2009, “Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers”, Springer, 2013, “Self-Oscillations in Dynamic Systems”, Birkhauser, 2015 (in co-authorship with L. Aguilar, L. Fridman, R. Iriarte), and “Parametric Sensitivity and Performance of Dynamic Systems”, 1988 (in co-authorship with V. Kainov, in Russian). He also authored/co-authored nearly 200 journal and conference papers, book chapters. Such his theoretical developments as the Locus of a Perturbed Relay System (LPRS) method, the paradigm of coordinated test and tuning of PID controllers, the notion of phase deficit, dynamic harmonic balance principle, the notion of fractal dynamics are recognized as important contributions to the control theory.

Dr. Boiko has also substantial industrial experience. He worked in the oil and gas industry for over 15 years. He had leadership roles in and provided a significant personal contribution to the distributed control system (DCS) design on a few Canadian industrial multi-billion projects in the oil sands industry: Shell Albian Sands and Syncrude UE-1; developed a novel advanced control for the Claus (sulfur recovery) process currently used in the industry. He worked for such companies as Honeywell, Shell, Syncrude Canada, ChevronTexaco, SNC Lavalin.

Dr. Boiko is a Fellow (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RAE), Senior Member of IEEE. He is awarded with Wilhelm Leibniz Medal by European Scientific and Industrial Consortium (2015), Vernadsky Medal by Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2014), the title of Merited Scientist and Educator by Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2014).