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

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Students at CSC2011

The following people have attended the 2011 CERN School of Computing.

Students  1-15 Students  16-30 Students  31-44 Students  46-59
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana - United States


After a ‘Magister’ of physics at the University of Vienna in 2008, I started my studies as a PhD student in physics with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. As my thesis work I have mainly been working on the extraction of charged hadron multiplicities from datasets collected by the Belle detector at KEK, Japan, which gave me experience in writing analysis modules in C++ on Scientific Linux, in utilizing batch job/LSF queues and c-shell scripts to harvest the Belle datasets and in using ROOT to analyze and display the extracted data. Since September 2010 I have also been involved in the ‘Fast Muon Trigger’ upgrade project at the PHENIX experiment at RHIC/Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. My main tasks consist of hardware installation, operations software development, detector/trigger commissioning and raw data ‘fast production’, where I obtained basic experience in Perl, PostgreSQL and PHP. As my future work, I would like to apply computational methods and technologies to tackle medium to large scale problems of sustainability, disaster prevention or communication.


Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz - Germany


Since February 2010 I work on PhD Degree at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Mainly I work on form factor measurement of Ke3 decay channel using NA62 data of 2007 year run.  I develop Moun Veto Detector (MUV1) for NA62 experiment, working on prototype tests and test data analysis. Created MYSQL based database for test data storage and online monitoring application for MUV1 testing processes.  Previously (2004-2009) I worked at INFN di Napoli in collaboration with the CMS experiment. I was engaged in different tasks related to the muon trigger detector with Resistive Plate Chambers. Mainly I contributed in the development of the CMS RPC online and offline Data Quality Monitoring (DQM), which is dedicated to the real time studies of the detector and trigger performances with real event data. In addition worked on the design and test of the power system for the RPC. Developed online tools for automatic readout of the detector responses as function of high voltage and front end board threshold for final quality certification.


Cinzia LUZZI

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am a PhD student of Computer Science at Ferrara University. I’m working on the AliEn project, a distributed Grid computing system developed and used in the context of the ALICE experiment. AliEn, is a production environment that implements several components of the Grid paradigm needed to simulate, reconstruct and analyze data in a distributed way. Currently,  I am working on the integration of Parallel analysis facilities in AliEn, in order to allow physicists to analyze much larger datasets on a shorter time scale, allowing file analysis in a parallel way on remote computer clusters. The aim of my project is to integrate in AliEn a new framework named PoD (Proof on Demand), that allows users to use this parallel analysis facilities in a more user-friendly and convenient way, giving a dynamic cluster on request. The AliEn code is written mostly in Perl, but in the past I also had experience using C and C++. The project environment is SLC5.



EPFL, Lausanne - Switzerland


I am a software engineer for the Blue Gene (a 16000 computer cluster) at the Blue Brain Project: I perform daily computation and analysis of parallel algorithms for neural structures and circuits. Using MPI, MPI/IO, Hdf5 and other parallel tools my main task is to increase efficiency and stability of the parallel systems. I assist other doctoral students and scientists in articles publishing, by providing them with the tools, statistics, and methods that can lead to better results: an example of such is a parallelization of a 3D volume (a neural circuit), by slicing all data into subvolumes (using regular and irregular slices) and providing each CPU with a slice, then gathering all results. I am highly skilled in C/C++, particularly in MPI and MPI IO. I have experience in Cuda and multi core programming across networks - my MSc specialization. I have good knowledge of Java and scripting languages eg Perl. I use ubuntu as daily OS for my tasks.



II Physics Institute of Georg-August, University of Göttingen  - Germany


Currently I am working on my PhD thesis at II Physics Institute of Georg August University of Goettingen. My research interest is scientific computing with respect of data analysis using Fuzzy Sets Theory and Neural Networks also development of expert system for efficient GRID infrastructure monitoring. I am working on development and implementation of GRID sites automatic exclusion/inclusion system with ATLAS SSB team. For development of the system for ATLAS SSB I am using python2.6 and for expert system (Neural Networks and Fuzzy sets algorithms) mainly I code in java and using MatLab, also for monitoring of different issues on II Physics Institute tier2 center I am using bash shell environment for scripting and PHP as well. I have master’s degree in computer science and 3 years experience as a system and network Administrator with more than 150 computers network (Headquarter and 5 branches) at a private company.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


Last year after finishing my Master Thesis on Computer Engineering at University of Oviedo (Spain) I came to CERN to work for IT-OIS Group as a Project Associate. I am part of the Web Services team, we provide the infrastructure and management tools for the hosting of websites in CERN. Currently my tasks include developing new tools for our web application to help the users manage their websites more efficiently, as well as keeping them secure controlling user access; upgrading our systems to keep up with the newest technologies; and managing our web hosting servers, both UNIX and Windows machines. For these I use mostly C#, ASP.NET, scripting languages and several web technologies. I also feel comfortable working with Java, Python and C++.


Sebastián MANCILLA

Federico Santa María Technical University, Valparaíso - Chile


I am an undergraduate student of Computer Science at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile. In the last year I have been collaborating with HEP projects of the Physics department, and my current work is the development of data analysis applications for the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab. For one side I am developing an API to implement a full analysis package with a simple interface to make easy write programs and use the data files. And the other parallel project is the implementation of the electro-calorimeter reconstruction using a service oriented approach and a framework developed by people of JLab. My thesis will be about the C++ implementation of the framework. I am familiar with C, C++, Java and Python, and I have advanced knowledge of the Linux operating system.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am studying Computer Science at University of Crete and I am going to graduate after my internship at CERN. I work at PES group of Information Technology department and I am responsible for the design and implementation of a distributed modular service for system level resource monitoring. My interests are Multi-core Architectures and Parallel Computing, Computational Accelerator Programing (GPUs and CELL BE), Performance Analysis and Optimizations, System Runtimes and Compilers, Distributed systems. I am experienced with system level development on various architectures (x86, ARM, CELL BE, PowerPC). I have used Assembly(x86, CELL BE), C, C++, Python and Java for various projects needs.



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.


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am a Doctoral Student in the Data Management section of the Beams department at CERN. My Ph.D. research activities are focused on the study of new parallel biomemetic approaches for non-linear and non-Gaussian time series forecasting, in order to detect in advance any malfunctioning of the LHC control system. I am also actively involved in many other projects related with the main activities of the DM section, some examples are: CCDB - Data-driven control configuration database system for the CERN accelerator complex. RBAC - System for managing authorization data for role-based access to the control equipment, (CERN and Fermilab collaboration project) and FESA - Framework for the LHC control software architecture, (CERN and GSI collaboration project). The different roles I have developed for the projects as mentioned, include: user requirements analysis and modeling; relational and XML database design, implementation and support; interface development - web interfaces.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I had my first contact with CERN during the last year of my studies in Computer Science at Jaume I university (Spain) when I spent a year working as a technical student for the IT-UDS group.  After obtaining my degree I returned with a fellowship position and I am currently working on the development of the INSPIRE services in collaboration with the other developers in GS-SIS-OA, IT- UDS-CDS and SLAC. Bringing INSPIRE from its current "beta" version into a full production system. The main task is to optimise and complete the toolset for the DB operators to ingest, classify and curate records. This is a crucial step to switch off the SPIRES system, where curation still happens, and fully deploy all operational resources in INSPIRE at the four libraries involved in the process (CERN, DESY, FNAL, SLAC). In my daily work I use Linux and the following programming languages: Python, Javascript, MySQL.


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I am currently a fellow at CERN in IT-DSS group. Here I'm working as system administrator on the new multy-petabyte EOS storage, an high reliability and high availability redundant diskpools used by ATALS and CMS.  Here I developed and integrated the EOS diskserver setup into the Automatic Installation Management System in order to minimize the human intervention and I also specified different failure scenario for the system.  I received my Master degree in Computer System Engineering in December 2010 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy with a thesis concerning the Green Traffic engineering where I developed optimization methods for energy savings in IP traffic engineering.



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).



The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Science, Krakow - Poland


I am currently working on my PhD thesis in The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics in Cracow. The main goal of thesis is the measurement of the CKM's gamma angle with tree-like diagrams. Besides my analysis I am also involve in developing primary vertex reconstruction package for the LHCb experiment. In my work, I mainly use the mix of C++ and Python, preferably under Linux environment.

Piotr Pawel NIKIEL

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I develop control and signal acquisition software for CERN Accelerators. My work is mostly focused on OASIS, ACCOR and FESA projects. I'm interested in real time systems, control systems, signal processing, electronics, but also in many other topics. After hours I enjoy making music and doing some sports. Previously I worked at CERN in TOTEM and ATLAS experiments. I come from Krakow, Poland.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and am studying towards a master’s degree in Computer Science. Presently I'm working on web applications for monitoring grid services and providing global real time visualization of the computing resources held by the LHC experiments on the WLCG infrastructure. I have prior experience with Linux, C++, bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence. I'm also very interested in web frameworks and open web standards.


Instituto de Física Corpuscular, Valencia - Spain


I am Elena and I started my PhD in 2007 at IFIC, Valencia. I'm working in ttbar resonances for Beyond standard model in the ATLAS experiment which is at CERN. Also, I am working in the ATLAS Spanish Tier-2 as a member of the User Support IFIC helping with the Grid tools. Moreover, I do shifts in the Distributed Analysis Team Support and Computing at Point One for ATLAS. I hope to finish my PhD in the near future.



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.


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I arrived last year as a Technical Student and was working on the CERN Computer Security Team. After one year and finishing my studies, I got a Fellowship and I'm currently working in the same team as software developer, sysadmin and computer security analyst. I'm always eager to learn new stuff, I dig trying new technologies, love my day-to-day work and I consider myself a Free Software enthusiast.  My preferred development languages are Python, shell scripting and C++. I've done also web development (Django mostly and PHP) and I'm quite experienced on Linux internals and its system architecture.


Francesco PERFETTO

Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Napoli - Italy


After spending two years at University of Roma "La Sapienza" in Na62 experiment, actually I'm working at University of Naples "Federico II" in the WArP experiment. The experiment is dedicated to the search and to the study of galactic Dark Matter in the form of WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles).  In particular my work concerns more aspects: test on photomultiplier tube (PMT), I am testing the PMT Hamamatsu R11065, at different temperature (room and cryogenic) to characterize them; study on the optical properties of the liquid scintillator (Argon) and last but not least physics data analysis on data that we have got in which I use the ROOT framework. I am familiar with the following operating systems: Unix, Linux, OSX and with following programming languages: Fortran, C, C++. I also have basic knowledge of Perl and bash scripting.  I expect from my participation at the CSC Cern School to improve my knowledge on ROOT -oriented data analysis- and the optimized use of computing resources.


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


I have finished master studies in mathematics (University of Warsaw) and in Computer Science (joint programme between University of Warsaw and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam).  Since my highschool I worked as a programmer in several IT companies ( , and ). In 2008 I came as a summer student and in June 2009 I started as a technical student at CERN.   Since September 2010 I am working as a PhD student.   My project aims at providing infrastructure for managing and searching for figures from scientific publications. I am working with the Inspire project.