Lecturer Biographies 2012

Sebastian Lopienski


Sebastian Lopienski is CERN’s deputy Computer Security Officer. He works on security strategy and policies; offers internal consultancy and audit services; develops and maintains security tools for vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection; provides training and awareness raising; and does incident investigation and response. During his work at CERN since 2001, Sebastian has had various assignments, including designing and developing software to manage and support services hosted in the CERN Computer Centre; providing Central CVS Service for software projects at CERN; and development of applications for accelerator controls in Java. He graduated from the University of Warsaw (MSc in Computer Science) in 2002, and earned an MBA degree at the Enterprise Administration Institute in Aix-en-Provence in 2010. His professional interests include software and network security, distributed systems, and Web and mobile technologies.

Pere Mato Vila


Pere Mato studied physics at University of Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained the Ph.D. in 1990. Since 1986 has been working at CERN in a number of projects. Started with the 3081/E emulator project at the DD division, and later moved to the Aleph experiment in the area of DAQ and slow controls. In 1994 he took the overall responsibility of the Aleph TPC detector until the end of LEP. From 1998 he led the development of the core software and framework for the LHCb experiment (Gaudi). In 2005 has been appointed Applications Area manager of the LCG project,  and later he has been leading the Software Development for Experiments (SFT) group in the Physics department.


Andrzej Nowak


Andrzej Nowak is a staff researcher at CERN openlab - a collaboration of CERN and industrial partners such as HP, Intel, Oracle and Siemens. He holds a Master Engineer degree in Computer Science from the Gdansk University of Technology, specializing in distributed applications and internet systems. Andrzej's early research concerned operating systems security, mobile systems security, and wireless technologies. During his studies in 2005 and 2006, he worked at Intel, where he researched custom performance optimizations of the Linux kernel and took part in developing one of the first implementations of the IEEE 802.16 "WiMax Mobile" standard. In January 2007, soon after obtaining his diploma, he joined openlab as a Marie Curie Fellow sponsored by the European Commission. Andrzej's current research is focused on performance tuning, parallelism and modern many-core processor architectures. Another significant area of his work is the teaching of these topics at courses both within and outside of CERN.

Ivica Puljak

University of Split  - Croatia

Ivica Puljak is Professor of physics at University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Enginnering and Naval Arhitecture (FESB). He completed his BsC studies in electrical engineering at FESB and MsC studies in particle physics at University of Zagreb. He has been working for his PhD thesis at Laboratory Leprince Ringuet (LLR) at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, and got his PhD in particle physics from University Paris VI in 2000. In 2011/2012 he was research associate at CERN. He is a member of CMS collaboration since 1994 and MAGIC collaboration since 2009. His research interests are construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS detector, search for the Higgs boson and astroparticle physics. 



Are Strandlie

Gjøvik University College - Norway

Dr. Are Strandlie received his Master of Science degree in Theoretical Physics in 1995 and his Doctor of Science degree in Experimental Particle Physics in 2000, both from the University of Oslo. He was a Research Fellow at CERN between 2001 and 2003, where he was working on track reconstruction software development for the CMS Tracker. Strandlie held a position as Associate Professor of Physics at Gjøvik University College between 2003 and 2006, and is currently Professor of Physics at the same institution. He also holds a position as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo. He is now involved in the ATLAS experiment at CERN.  Strandlie's research interests are concentrated around various aspects of the analysis of high-energy physics data, including the development and application of adaptive methods for track reconstruction and probabilistic approaches to particle mass determination.

Benjamin Radburn-Smith

University of Manchester & STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, U.K.

Benjamin Radburn-Smith is a final year PhD student with the University of Manchester’s Particle Physics Group and the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Particle Physics Department, where he is based. He joined the RAL CMS group and has been a member of the experiment since 2009. For his research, Benjamin is studying multivariate visualisation techniques which can be used in conjunction with a physics analysis. The visualisations of most interest include parallel coordinates and the grand tour. He is interested in physics beyond the Standard Model and works within the CMS Exotica group. He is currently investigating collimated groups of leptons called Lepton Jets, which are possible signatures of new physics.

Assistant to Lecturer Biographie 2012
Giuseppe Lo Presti


Giuseppe Lo Presti studied Computer Science Engineering in Palermo. He joined CERN in 2004 to complete his PhD studies with a Thesis on Peer-to-peer technologies for Data Acquisition systems in the CMS Experiment. As a post-doc INFN fellow he then joined the CERN IT Department, where he has been one of the major contributors in the software design and development of the CERN Advanced Storage manager (CASTOR), a Hierarchical Storage Manager used at CERN for all physics data (tens of Petabytes). He currently holds a staff position in the Data and Storage Services group, where he is responsible for the database backend and the Grid Storage Resource Manager (SRM) interface of the CASTOR system.


Andreas J. Peters


Andreas Peters is member of the CERN data management group. Since 1997 he worked as a student for the NA48 Collaboration at CERN in the development of the data acquisition system and a zero suppression system for the electro-magnetic calorimeter. He finished his PHD in physics at the University of Mainz in 2002 studying direct CP-violation in the neutral kaon system. 2002 he joined as a research fellow the ALICE experiment doing mainly development of GRID software and data management tools. From 2004 on he stayed at CERN working for the European grid project EGEE focused on development of end-user tools for distributed analysis and distributed data management. In 2008 he joined the CERN data management group doing research and development for future data management at CERN.



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