In 1964, a department called “Department of Automation and Control Fundamentals” was established at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. This department was founded by the Nestor of Košice cybernetics Prof.J.Spal, CSc. and for 8 years he was in charge. The mission of this department, which presented new trends in automation, especially mechanical engineering, was primarily control technology and the introduction of computer technology, which was at the very beginning.
An important milestone in the development of the department was the establishment of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at VŠT Košice in 1969. At the same time, the department became its integral part with the changed name “Department of Automation and Regulation” and ensured teaching in the field of Technical Cybernetics. In 1972, the Department finished the first 20 graduates. Four years later, in 1973, the department was renamed again, this time to the “Department of Technical Cybernetics” and is headed by Prof.Ing.Milan Jelšina, CSc. A year later, two specializations were created at the department, namely “Cyber Systems” and “Electronic Systems”. The dynamics of the department was very large and therefore in 1975 three fields were established – “Electronic systems”, “Electronic computers” and “Control and automation systems”. This situation lasted 5 years and in 1980 there were three specializations at the department: “Control technology”, “Automated control systems” and “Robotics”.
Rapid technological development in the world, observation of new prospective trends and their introduction into the pedagogical and scientific research process logically required division of the department in 1989 into two departments – the “Department of Computers and Informatics” and the Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence.