CERN School of Computing 2011 15-26 August 2011 - Copenhagen, DK

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CSC2011 Examination Results

Examination: Best marks


In addition to its warmest congratulations to all the candidates who successfully passed, the jury of the CSC final examination is pleased to announce the following distinctions


François Fluckiger, CSC Director

The 2011 Podium


Alejandro Alvarez Ayllon

CERN, Geneva Switzerland



Simone Amoroso

Physikalisches Institut, Universität Freiburg - Germany


Darren Demicoli

University of Malta, Msida  - Malta

Andrea Mattera

Uppsala University - Sweden

Pablo Pera Mira

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


David Martin Clavo

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


Will Rogers

STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot – United Kingdom

2011 Podium: all 6 students with pictures and bio

Individual marks can be provided to students upon request, by email, to the Examination Coordinator, Ivica Puljak (Ivica [dot] Puljak [AT] cern [dot] ch)

Examination: facts and figures



34 multiple choice questions were proposed. After deliberation, the jury decided that all 34 questions should be validated.

Pass / No-Pass threshold

To be declared as having successfully passed the examination, the student must have replied correctly to 50% or more than 50% of the questions. 

Number of correct answers for successful pass

Any student having replied correctly to 17 or more than 17 questions has been declared as having successfully passed the CSC examination

Number of successful students

55 students succeeded in the examination.


  • CSC Diploma will be handed over to the students at the occasion of  the closing ceremony, Friday 26th  of August.

  • The students with the highest marks will be announced at the closing session Friday 26th of August.

  • ECTS Certificates will be sent by post to the successful students as soon as they have been printed by the University of Copenhagen.


Individual marks will be available on demand by email, after the closing session only, from Ivica Puljak (Ivica (dot) Puljak  AT cern (dot) ch).


Examination: List of successful students

The CSC Jury is pleased to warmly congratulate the following students who have successfully passed the 2011examination.

The students below have successfully passed the examination.
We congratulate them!, François Fluckiger, CSC Director

Aguilar, Jonathan
Alonso Canella, Irene
Alvarez, Alejandro
Amoroso, Simone
Arsuaga-Rios, Maria
Au-Yeung, Fu Kit, Jay
Belhay, Mehdi
Berzano, Dario
Borer, Claudia
Bozyigit, Serkan
Butenas, Ignas
Cervigni, Francesco
Chatal, Francois
Ciubancan, Mihai
Delle Fratte, Cesare
Demicoli, Darren
Drasal, Zbynek
Dudziak, Agnieszka
Falabella, Antonio
Frank, Eike
Garcia-Martinez, Raul
Hajj, Raghida
Kepinski, Maciej Piotr
Kulakov, Igor
Leitgab, Martin
Lomidze, David
Luzzi, Cinzia
Magalhaes, Bruno
Magradze, Erekle
Malo de Molina Martinez, Manuel
Mancilla, Sebastian
Margiolas, Christos
Martin Clavo, David
Martin Marquez, Manuel
Martin Montull, Javier
Mascetti, Luca
Mattera, Andrea
Morawski, Piotr
Nikiel, Piotr
Nowotka, Michał
Pera Mira, Pablo
Perez Perez, Antonio
Praczyk, Piotr
Remenska, Daniela
Rodrigues Fernandes Rabacal, Bartolomeu Andre
Rogers, Will
Sahin, Mehmet Ozgur
Saornil Gamarra, Sandra
Sindrilaru, Elvin
Subbiah, Vijay Kartik
Svirin, Pavlo
Tarocco, Nicola
Ubeda Garcia, Mario
Ustyushkin, Dmitry
Zyzak, Maksym

55 students have successfully passed the examination


2011 Podium: Pictures and Bio

1st Mark


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


The first time I arrived to CERN was as an Openlab Summer Student, in 2008. The next year I came back as a Technical Student, working for the former Grid Deployment group. I started doing testing of work elements at first, and storage later. After some time, I developed a framework to enable nightly builds and tests through ETICS, framework that is still at use and was presented at the 1st EMI Technical Conference in Vilnius.  Finally, in November of 2010 I got the fellow position in the same group (now named Grid Technology), and started moving from testing to more development duties, although I am still maintaining the testing framework.


2nd Mark


Physikalisches Institut, Universität Freiburg - Germany


After working in the CDF experiment during my master thesis I have started this year a PhD in Freiburg, working in the ATLAS SUSY group. I am currently involved in developing a general search strategy for new physics, looking at deviations from SM predictions in all possible event topologies, to minimize the chance of missing new phenomena. I am also taking part in an upgrade of the muon DCS. My preferred OS is a Debian Linux, but if obliged I not disdain working on Windows. I have extensive experience with C/C++ and the ROOT framework, and some knowledge of python, LabView and VHDL.



University of Malta, Msida  - Malta


Last year I finished my BSc in Computer Science and AI at the University of Malta. My main research area was reliable programming of decentralized distributed systems. Currently I work as a Linux/Unix system administrator and database administrator. My main responsibilities include deployment, configuration and management of servers (mainly RHEL4-6), as well as IBM Informix database administration which includes performing schema changes, configuration tuning, database backups/restores, replication and database storage maintenance. I also get a reasonable firsthand experience with server virtualization and various storage technologies including storage libraries and SAN’s. My future plans include furthering my studies in computational science and performing research in a scientific computing domain.



Uppsala University - Sweden


Last year (10/2010) I took my MSc in Physics at the University of Insubria (Italy), with a specialization in Medical Physics and a thesis dealing with Boron Neutron Capture Therapy applications.  I am now pursuing a PhD in Applied Nuclear Physics at Uppsala University (Sweden). I will work in the measurement of neutron-induced fission yields of several actinides and at different neutron energies, to provide information to be used in future Gen-IV power plants or for the handling of Spent Nuclear Fuel.  I am currently developing an analysis tool to perform the analysis of the data that will soon be collected at the IGISOL-JYFLTRAP facility in Jyväskylä (Finland).



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am a software engineer working for the controls group at CERN. We develop the software that the operators in the Control Center use to operate the accelerator complex. Before coming to CERN, I spent some time doing research multi-espectral image analysis in the Technical University of Valencia, Spain, and also worked for Google, in Zurich, in the Google Base team. I happened to be there when they launched Android, and I've been developing (and launching) Android applications since then. I had already explored a bit the mobile development world via Java ME on MIDP while I was studying in the KTH, Stockholm, where I stayed for a year. I am originally from Spain, and looking forward to make the best out of CSC.


3rd Mark


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am a software / web engineer currently working in the CERN Service Management Team as a Fellow in GS-SMS. My work consists mostly in technical aspects related to the Service-Now system at CERN. I am the main developer of the CERN Service Portal ( ). I am also involved in the Drupal "movement" at CERN (ENTICE), having developed . Previously, I worked two years in the Indico team, where I integrated Indico with several collaboration tools (EVO, Vidyo...).  Before that, I worked one year in NTT Data (Japan), contributing to the ActiveMQ Apache project.  Given all of the above, my technical knowledge covers: HTML/CSS/Javascript, Python, Java, PHP, relational and object databases. My current interests are website design / usability, search engines, application performance, and security. I hope to learn more about some of these topics in the CSC.



STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot – United Kingdom


I did an MSci in physics at Cambridge before taking a year to travel.  I then started work at STFC near Oxford in the e-Science department.  I am currently working on two projects. One is APEL, the grid accounting system used by EGEE and EGI. I am working on developing a new version of the system in Python.  The second involves collecting data from scientific experiments including ISIS, a particle accelerator. My project is to collect data from different sources including Microsoft Sharepoint and Oracle databases, and prepare the storage database for the experimental data. I have got two years' experience programming in Java and Python on Linux and I am currently gaining experience programming C# in a Windows environment.  I also like playing many different sports and doing puzzles.


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