· Over the years, Mr. Smirnov took scientific internships and taught at universities in the USA, Canada, France, Great Britain, Holland and Turkey.
· Mr. Smirnov has government awards, the medal of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, the badge honour and the medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
In 1962, Mr. Smirnov graduated with honours from the Plekhanov Moscow Institute of the National Economy; 1961 – 1964, he studied at the MSU Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics. In 1964, he won his degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences and in 1971 he won his degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences. Since 1972, Mr. Smirnov has been holding the academic rank of Professor.
In 1965-1974, Mr. Smirnov was head of the laboratory and department of the Central Economic Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. In 1974-1990, he held responsible positions in the Government of the USSR and the CPSU. In 1980-1982, he was head of the Chair of the Presidential Academy of National Economy at the Government of the USSR. In 1990-1992, he held the position of Chief Academic Secretary at the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Smirnov headed the Higher School of Commerce “Aviabusiness”.
Since 1994, Mr. Smirnov has been Professor of the SHFM RANEPA.
He is the author of over 150 research articles, papers, and pre-prints, published both in Russia and abroad, on various aspects of economic modelling, theory of finance and macroeconomic.
His monograph "Modelling and Forecasting of Socialist Reproduction" (1970) was one of the first Russian papers on macroeconomic models and aroused great interest both in Russia and abroad. For years, the textbook “Economic Cybernetics” (1982), written by Smirnov AD in collaboration with N. Kobrinskiy and E. Maiminas, was used by students of various economic disciplines. His monograph "Lectures on Models of Macroeconomics" (2000) is used as an introduction to the problems of modeling of complex economic and financial systems.
In 2001-2011, “The Economic Journal of Higher School of Economics” published a series of Mr. Smirnov's papers on models of macro-financial processes, theory of financial markets, financial “bubbles” and crises. The study of critical phenomena in finance, including the global credit crisis of 2007-2009 (“Problems of Economics” journal, 2008), highlighted the methodology of complex system analysis, including percolation models and phase transitions.