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CERN School of Computing 2008 25 August-5 September 2008 - Gjövik, Norway

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Lecturer Biographies


Bertrand Bellenot


Primary working in Aluminum industry as process engineer, developing software for data acquisition, data analysis, statistical process control (SPC) and for X-Ray spectrometry.  Involved in ROOT development since 2001 by porting ROOT to Windows.  Member of the ROOT development team at CERN since 2005, actually working on GUI (Graphical User Interface), Windows support, integration of ROOT in other toolkits (i.e. MFC, Qt, Fox, PVSS) and Proof (Parallel Root Facility).

François Flückiger


François Flückiger, Director of the CERN School of Computing, is Technology Liaison Officer for Information Technologies at CERN and Manager of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. Before joining CERN in 1978, he was employed for five years by SESA in Paris. At CERN, he has been in charge of external networking for more than 12 years and held positions in infrastructure and application networking, including the management of CERN's World-Wide Web team after the departure of the Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. He is an adviser to the European Commission, a member of the Internet Society Advisory Council and the author of the reference textbook "Understanding Networked Multimedia" as well as more than 80 articles. He has 36 years of experience in networking and information technologies. François Flückiger graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité in 1973 and holds an MBA from the Enterprise Administration Institute in Paris in 1977.

Rudi Frühwirth


Rudi Frühwirth studied mathematics in Vienna. In 1977 he joined the Institute of High Energy Physics in Vienna, where has been working ever since. He has developed online software, simulation software, pattern recognition software, and track and vertex reconstruction software for various experiments. He has taught mathematics and statistics at the University of Economics and regularly gives courses on data analysis at the University of Technology in Vienna.

Bob Jacobsen

University of California at Berkeley  

Bob Jacobsen is an experimental high-energy physicist and a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley.  He's a member of the BaBar collaboration, where he lead the effort to create the reconstruction software and the offline system.  He has previously been a member of the ALEPH (LEP) and MarkII (SLC) collaborations. His original academic training was in computer engineering, and he worked in the computing industry before becoming a physicist.

Sverre Jarp


Sverre Jarp is active in the CERN openlab, a joint collaboration with leading industrial partners in order to assess cutting-edge information technology for the Large Hadron Collider’s Computing Grid.  He has been working in computing at CERN for well over 30 years and has held various managerial and technical positions promoting advanced but cost-effective computing solutions for the Laboratory.  In 2001-02 he spent a sabbatical year in HP Labs (Palo Alto, USA). Inside openlab, his main focus is currently compilers and platform optimization as well as virtualization and Grid middleware. S. Jarp holds a degree in Theoretical Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.


Erwin Laure


Dr. Erwin Laure is the Technical Director of the EU-funded Enabling Grids for E-Science (EGEE) project. He has been involved in Grid training for over four years and contributed to previous Grid summer schools as lecturer and program committee member. Prior to his appointment as Technical Director he was co-leading the middleware re-engineering activity of EGEE and was also the Technical Coordinator of the EU Data Grid (EDG) project. He holds a PhD in computer science and business administration from the University of Vienna, Austria and is active in research on parallel and distributed systems for over 10 years.



Martin Liendl


Martin Liendl works as an Examiner in the area of Computers at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich (Germany). Before joining EPO, Martin was working several years as project co-ordinator and software designer and developer in international organisations and companies in the fields of telecommunication (Siemens), high energy physics (CERN), and in the financial sector (SWX Swiss Stock Exchange). He holds a PhD in Computer Science (2003) from Vienna University of Technology, where he graduated in Physics (1996).

Sebastian Lopienski


Sebastian Lopienski works at CERN in the IT Department, designing and developing software to facilitate managing and supporting computing services hosted in the CERN Computer Centre. He is also a member of the CERN Computer Security Team, where his duties include incident analysis and response. During his work at CERN since 2001, he has had various assignments, including development of applications for accelerator controls in Java, and providing Central CVS Service for software projects at CERN. He graduated from the Computer Science Faculty of Warsaw University in 2002 (Master's thesis on Distributed Computing in Java). His professional interests include software and network security, cryptography, and distributed systems.



Axel Naumann


Starting off as a physicist, Axel studied physics and math at Muenster, Germany. In 2000, he got a PhD position for high energy physics at Nijmegen, The Netherlands. They sent him to Fermilab at Chicago, where he worked with the D0 experiment - which also meant writing software from PCI drivers to data analysis code. During that time he got involved with ROOT, slowly converting from a user to a developer. He contributed to whatever he needed, e.g. the statistics part, the documentation engine, and porting it to cygwin. After a position with the Fermilab Computing Division in 2005 he ended up at CERN in the ROOT development team. He is now responsible for the reflection system, the interpreter CINT, and the documentation system.


Andrzej Nowak


Andrzej Nowak has been working at CERN openlab, a partnership between CERN and the industry (Intel, HP, Oracle), since 2007. His early research concerned operating systems security, mobile systems security, and wireless technologies. During his studies in 2005 and 2006, Andrzej worked at Intel, where he researched custom performance optimizations of the Linux kernel and took part in developing one of the first 802.16e (WiMax Mobile) wireless MAN networking standard implementations. Soon after obtaining his diploma, he joined openlab in January 2007. Andrzej deals mostly with multi- and many-core architectures and parallel processing. Another significant area of his work is platform optimization and performance assessment.


Alberto Pace


Alberto Pace is a member if the IT department at CERN where he leads the Internet Services group providing Electronic Mail, Central Web and Windows Desktops services for CERN. He has more than 15 years experience in computing services, infrastructure, software engineering, accelerator control and accelerator operation. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 1987.

Heinz Stockinger

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne   Switzerland

Heinz Stockinger has been working in Grid projects in Europe (European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN) and in the U.S. (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, SLAC) for many years and in various functions. Within the European DataGrid project (EDG) he was the Education and Outreach Manager as well as responsible for replication software in the Data Management workpackage.
Heinz is currently affiliated with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he works for the Embrace Grid project. He has been appointed associate professor (Privatdozent) at the University of Vienna (Faculty of Computer Science), where he was leading of the Research Lab for Computational Technologies and Applications in 2005. Currently, he also has a teaching appointment with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne). Heinz holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Assistant to Lecturer Biographies

Aatos Heikkinen

HIP Helsinki

Aatos Heikkinen is an experimental high-energy physicist at the Helsinki Institute of Physics.  He has graduated in Computational Physics from the University of Helsinki.  He is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration, where he has developed software for detector simulation, and multivariate data analysis using neural networks.  Aatos is a member of the Geant4 collaboration, where he has specialized to modeling of intra-nuclear cascades, and acted as a Geant4 Hadronic Physics Group coordinator.




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