CERN School of Computing 2013
19-31 August, Nicosia, Cyprus

CSC2013 Examination Results

Examination: Best marks


In addition to its warmest congratulations to all the candidates who received the CSC diploma for their success in the examination and full attendance to the entire programme , the jury of the CSC final examination is pleased to announce the following distinctions


François Fluckiger, CSC Director

Awards for Best Marks
The following 5 students are ranking first and received the 2013 CSC Award.


Daniel Cervenkov


Charles University, Prague - Czech Republic


Ladislav Chytka

   Palackı University, Olomouc - Czech Republic 32 
 Ivan Kadochnikov    JINR, Dubna - Russia 32 
 Hanno Perrey    DESY, Hamburg – Germany 32 
 Laura Rueda    CERN 32 

2013 Best Mark award: all 5 students with pictures and bio

Special distinctions

In addition to the 5 students who obtained the Best Mark of 32, the jury of the CSC examination is pleased to award a special distinction to the 6 students below who obtained a mark of 31 and ranked 6th.

6 Ioannis Agtzidis CERN 31
Lene Bryngemark University of Lund - Sweden 31
Charles Delort CERN 31
Jonas Kunze Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz - Germany 31
Martin Ljunggren University of Lund - Sweden 31
Aleksandra Wardzinska CERN 31 
2013 Special distinctions: 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 and attended the entire scientific programme.

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

59 students succeeded in the examination.


  • CSC Diploma will be handed over to the students at the occasion of  the closing ceremony.

  • The students with the highest marks will be announced at the closing session Friday 30th  of August.

  • ECTS Certificates will be given together with the CSC diploma.


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 will receive the CSC Diploma as having  have successfully passed the 2013 examination and fully followed the entire programme.

The students below received the CSC Diploma as  having successfully passed the examination and fully followed the entire programme.

We congratulate all of them! François Fluckiger, CSC Director


Abi Akl, Maya
Agtzidis, Ioannis
Akishina, Valentina
Ameri, Parinaz
Antosik, Marta
Attikis, Alexandros
Bagiacchi, Paolo
Beche, Alexandre
Beermann, Thomas
Bryngemark, Lene
Caberletti, Marco
Calvet, Ivan
Cervenkov, Daniel
Chang, Wei-Jen
Chinzer, Lisa Azzurra
Chytka, Ladislav
Contreras-Campana, Christian
Dearnaley, William
Delort, Charles
Dorland, Tyler
Ehrhart, Sebastian
Ernis, Gunar
Fiorini, Benjamin
Gouveia, Vtor
Hahne, Daniel
Hammer, Josef
Heikkila, Seppo
Ieri, Andrea
Jimnez Estupin, Ral
Kadochnikov, Ivan
Khandanyan, Hovhannes
Kucharczyk, Katarzyna
Kunze, Jonas
Lazaridis, Christos
Lettenbichler, Jakob
Ljunggren, Martin
Lpez Gonzlez, Juan
Malta Rodrigues, Alan
Mancinelli, Valentina
Manzali, Matteo
Manzi, Andrea
McCrea, Alison
Messi, Francesco
Montuenga, Pedro
Moreno Pascual, Fernando
Morgenstern, Marcus
Morvaj, Ljiljana
Musheghyan, Haykuhi
Nguyen, Khoi Nguyen
Nikiforou, Savvas
Perrey, Hanno
Porobic, Tomica
Richert, Tuva
Rueda, Laura
Shadura, Oksana
Sripada, Raja Babu
Timmerman, Jens
Viazlo, Oleksandr
Wardzinska, Aleksandra

59 students receive the CSC 2013 Diploma as having passed the examination and fully followed the entire programme


2013 CSC Awards: Pictures and Bio

Highest Mark
CERVENKOV Daniel Charles University, Prague - Czech Republic
  I am a first year particle physics PhD student working on the Belle & Belle II experiments at the KEKB accelerator in Japan. My task at Belle is a time-dependent angular CP violation analysis of a specific decay of neutral B mesons. At Belle II I contribute to the analysis software used to test the upcoming Belle II pixel detectors (DEPFET technology). Both projects utilize C++ with extensive use of the ROOT framework libraries, Python and Bash/csh. I have reasonable experience with Mathematica, which I use to speed up some of the more tedious analytical calculations, and Linux OS administration, as it has been my OS of choice for ~7 years.


Highest Mark
CHYTKA Ladislav Palackı University, Olomouc - Czech Republic
  I am a PhD student at Palackı University in Olomouc and a member of ATLAS experiment where I am an active member of the ALFA and AFP detector groups. My main task is currently an implementation of the model of ATLAS forward region - beam pipe and magnet elements - under the Athena framework to allow full (Geant4 based) simulation together with all existing forward detectors. I also help with an implementation of the AFP model under the Athena and with preparatory simulations of AFP.


Highest Mark
KADOCHNIKOV Ivan JINR, Dubna -  Russia
  I have always been interested in both physics and computer science. As I enrolled in Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology (MIPT) I sometimes dreamed of being able to simulate a macroscopic object from the quark level up. Another topic I am very interested in is machine learning. As part of getting my degree I studied and worked at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). After graduating in 2011 I continued working at JINR and started my PhD there. At the same time I shifted focus from physics to IT. Most of my work done at JINR is related to WLCG, CERN and monitoring. I took part in Tier3 monitoring, XRootD federation monitoring and data transfer monitoring projects. Right now I am involved in an effort to integrate HBase and Hadoop as a Dashboard back-end and use it for data transfer monitoring.
Highest Mark
PERREY Hanno DESY, Hamburg - Germany
  I am currently working as Fellow at DESY in Hamburg, Germany. My main activities are test beam studies for the CMS phase-I pixel barrel upgrade and the development of a high-rate pixel beam telescope within the European AIDA project. Together with a colleague I coordinate the development on EUTelescope, a generic test beam data analysis framework based on ILCSoft's Marlin application framework and written in C++. I also work on improvements and modifications of EUDAQ, a flexible and multi-threaded data acquisition framework written in C++, used in the telescope data taking. Both EUTelescope and EUDAQ are in use by various groups, and I participate in the user support. For the CMS test beam studies I work on the client-side test suit software that communicates with the testboard/ROC, mainly on UI and USB communication.
Highest Mark
RUEDA Laura CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
  I graduated BSc+MSc in Computer Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain and I am currently studying for a divengent second MSc in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. I started working at CERN as a technical student in the IT-CIS-DLT section for the EU Project CRISP and now, I am a fellow in the GS-SIS-OA group. I am currently working for the EU Project ODIN on designing an interoperability network of persistent identifiers that will ease the reuse of data in the scientific community. These developments would enhance the HEP information system INSPIRE. My background includes experience in communication and social networks and I am particularly interested in how technology can help to overcome scientific and social challenges.

2013 Special distinctions: Pictures and Bio


Second Highest Mark
AGTZIDIS Ioannis CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
  I am currently a student at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During my university studies I gained a wide spectrum of knowledge which varies from electrical circuits and mathematics to computer programming and electronics. As a perfect complement to my studies, I am currently doing a one year internship at CERN IT Department which gives me valuable working experience of the best quality, on the subject that I am most interested in. Finally CSC is ideal place to meet people of same interests, improve my technical skills and enjoy a beautiful island.
BRYNGEMARK Lene University of Lund - Sweden
  I am doing my second year of Ph.D. at Lund University, within ATLAS. My thesis will focus on beyond Standard Model physics searches with jets. This requires thorough knowledge of the jet reconstruction. I have evaluated an event-by-event correction of jets for pile-up (detector signals originating from additional proton collisions in the same and adjacent bunch crossings, overlaid with signal from the triggering collision). My work resulted in a new standard ATLAS jet pile-up correction. To further deepen my understanding of our jet measurements I am also involved in detector operation within the Liquid Argon calorimeter team.
DELORT Charles CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
  I am a French computer scientist currently working at CERN. I have a PhD in computer science, obtained in 2011 from Paris 6 University, France. The main focus of my thesis was on multi-objective combinatorial optimization. I work for the ALICE data acquisition team, where I am developing a simulation of the data flow for the upgrade of the experiment that will be implemented in LS2 (2018). I am currently doing an overview of simulation tools that will be used by a working group to create the simulation by the end of the year. I am familiar with Linux and Windows environments and comfortable using C/C++, Java, Python, and other programming languages.
KUNZE Jonas Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz - Germany
  I am a German Physicist and PhD student working for the NA62 Experiment at CERN and as Linux administrator at Mainz, Germany. During my diploma thesis I have developed the PC-Farm and software framework for the online trigger of NA62. Through this work I have become an expert in network and parallel programming and my thesis has been honored with an award. Within my current work I am analyzing the feasibility of using commodity processors within low-level triggers at high-energy physics experiments like NA62, LHCb and ATLAS. Using processors enables it to use general-purpose programming languages like C++ for low-level trigger algorithms instead of hardware description languages like VHDL. This would facilitate the handling of low-level triggers and potentially reduce acquisition costs. Privately I have developed the social network which has become the biggest German database concerning heavy metal music.
LJUNGGREN Martin Lund University - Sweden
  I finished my master's degree analysing test beam from a prototype time projection chamber (TPC) constructed by the LCTPC collaboration for R&D towards a detector for the ILC. I have since started a PhD in the Alice collaboration and am currently involved in studies for an upgrade of the Alice TPC, where I am analysing test beam data from a prototype (GEM-based) readout system. I am also working on simulations of the upgraded TPC. Here I use mainly ROOT and possibly Geant in the near future. Another part of my Phd-work is the analysis of anisotropic flow of protons, pions and kaons in Pb-Pb collisions using data from the Alice-experiment. Here I use mainly ROOT (and AliROOT). Other than C++, I am somewhat familiar with Fortran and Matlab. In operating systems, I am familiar with Linux and Windows.
WARDZINSKA Aleksandra CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
  I am a software engineer with 6 years of work experience, most of it acquired at CERN. My current work activities are focused around EDMS (Engineering & Equipment Data Management Service), which stores the technical documentation of CERN and the LHC. I do programming mostly in Java and PL/SQL, I also design features for EDMS and supporting software (external APIs, batch data imports). I supervise a small team developing a new web interface for EDMS. I have MSc in Computer Science obtained from Warsaw University of Technology.

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