Where students turn into teachers"
6-8 March 2006, CERN

Building 40 - Room 40-SS-D01

Welcome to iCSC, a novel idea already prototyped in 2005.

iCSC is a two-to-three-day series of lectures, organized and delivered by selected students of the previous CERN School of Computing (CSC), but where the students go one step further, combining their skills and elaborating on CSC related subjects.  iCSC takes place six months after the previous CSC

iCSC-2006 is taking place at CERN, Building 40 Attendance is free, but participants who register in advance will get a printed version of the handouts. Registering will also help us in organizing the logistics of the event.

Enjoy the school.

François Flückiger, Director, CERN School of Computing

All on iCSCs


iCSC2006 poster (PDF)

Programme overview

The programme is formed of three themes, selected from proposals developed by students via an electronic forum.

  Computational Intelligence for HEP Data Analysis The Art of Designing Parallel Applications Software Testing: Fundamentals and Best Practices
Liliana Teodorescu

Brunel University

Anselm  Vossen


Marek Biskup

Warsaw University


Vijayalakshmi Sundararajan



Key words
  • Statistical Learning

  • Attribute Selection

  • Optimal Classification: Bayes theorem

  • Classification and Grouping Algorithms

  • Structural Risk Minimization

  • Kernel Methods

  • Support Vector Machines

  • Neutral Networks

  • Parallel Architectures

  • Parallel Applications

  • Distributed Programming

  • Synchronization of Parallel Processes

  • Design Patterns in Concurrent Programming

  • Portable Programming

  • The ROOT Framework

  • PROOF - Parallel Analysis with ROOT

  • Principles of Testing

  • Testing throughout the Life-cycle

  • Dynamic Testing Techniques

  • Static Testing Techniques

  • Test Management

  • Tool Support for Testing


Liliana Teodorescu

Brunel University

Anselm  Vossen


Jaroslaw Przybyszewski

Warsaw University of Technology

Marek Biskup

Warsaw University


Yushu Yao

University of Alberta

Vijayalakshmi Sundararajan


When Monday 6  March
9:00 - 17:30


Tuesday 7 March
9:00 - 16:30


Wednesday 8 March
9:00 - 11:00



iCSC2006  Frequently Asked Questions

Why an inverted CSC?

Because we noted that at regular CSCs, the sum of the knowledge of the students  often exceeds that of the lecturer teaching at that time, and that it is not infrequent  to find someone in the room who knows more than the lecturer on a particular aspect. Why not to try and exploit this?  This is the idea behind  iCSC, which was prototyped in 2005.

Who will provide lectures?

Only selected CSC2005 students.

When and where?

6-8 March 2006, at CERN,  Building 40

Who can attend?

Anyone interested, attendance is fully free

Should I register?

This is not mandatory if you work on the CERN site. But it is highly recommended:  If you do register, you will get a hard-copy of the lecture handouts. This will also help us for the logistics.

I am not at CERN, may I attend?

Yes with pleasure. You must register prior to the event as an external attendee prior to the event in order to get access to the CERN site.  We will organize access cards for you.

How is the programme organized?

The school lasts two and a half consecutive days. There are three themes, one per day, the third one being shorter..

May I attend only one theme?

Yes of course, attendance is fully free.

May I attend only a few lectures? Yes. Lectures, though forming a consistent series, are generally structured to be followed rather independently. Some have more "fundamentals" components, other tackle more in-depth topics.

However, to avoid disturbing classes, we ask you to not enter or leave the classroom during lectures. There is always at least a ten-minute break between any two consecutive lectures, so that participants can easily come in or quit the school between lectures.

Will there be handouts?

Yes, a printed version for those who have registered, and web access for the others.

I am a former CSC2005 student. Anything special for me?

Yes, as a former CSC2005 student in Saint-Malo, if you register, you are welcome to participate in a dinner in Restaurant No. 1 on Monday  6 March at  19.30 hours (to be confirmed)

Where does the programme come from?

CSC2005 students interested in contributing in iCSC-2006 made proposals via an electronic discussion forum. The regular school track coordinators selected the best / most relevant proposals and proposed to cluster them into three themes. Theme coordinators were appointed, having responsibility to finalize the content of their theme.

Is there a common dominator between themes?

Yes, the idea is that the lecturers go one step further than the tuition delivered at CSC2004, focusing on novel ideas and technologies. Most of what will be taught at iCSC has rarely or never been taught at CERN before.

iCSC is part of a programme of actions to progressively increase the active involvement of CSC participants

Enquiries and  Correspondence

All enquiries and correspondence related to iCSC should be addressed to:

Mrs Fabienne Baud-Lavigne

CERN School of Computing

CERN IT Department

CH-1211 Geneva 23


Telephone:  +41 22 767 4262

E-mail:  Fabienne (dot) Baud-Lavigne (at) cern (dot) ch