Oct 10 – 16, 2021
Split, Croatia (or online)
Europe/Zagreb timezone


Daniel Campora | Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Daniel Cámpora received his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Sevilla, and has worked at CERN between 2010 and 2019. He is an expert in GPU computing and co-leads the Allen project, a GPU trigger application for LHCb. He has worked in the Online teams of ATLAS and LHCb and has various years of experience in Data Acquisition Systems in the high throughput, real-time conditions that occur at the LHC.

He likes to keep up with the latest processor developments and software techniques, multi and manycore alike. He is now Assistant Professor at the University of Maastricht and an active researcher of reconstruction algorithm techniques in LHCb.

Andrzej Nowak 

Andrzej Nowak spent the last 15 years at the juncture of technology, business and innovation. Between 2007 and 2014 he worked at CERN openlab - a collaboration of CERN and industrial partners such as Google, HP, Huawei, Intel, Oracle and Siemens. Andrzej was also part of the openlab CTO office, where he helped set up next-generation technology projects for CERN.

More recently, Andrzej founded a small technology and innovation consultancy (TIK Services) as well as a fintech start-up. In the last few years, he worked in management consulting in finance and in innovation management.

Andrzej co-founded various schools and course series, including the thematic CSC, that trained over 2,000 students in 17 countries.

Danilo Piparo | CERN

Danilo is an experimental HEP physicist and works at CERN in the Experimental Physics department since a decade.

He coordinates the Offline Software and Computing team of CMS, responsible for the delivery of the experiment's software and the distributed data processing of the data.

He previously held responsibilities in the parallelisation of the CERN software suite, most notably working on Gaudi and ROOT as well as contributing to the initial parallelisation and vectorisation of the CMS software.

He obtained a PhD in Particle Physics at the Karlsuhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Sebastien Ponce | CERN

Sebastien Ponce is a member of the EP department at CERN where he works on the LHCb software framework. He is the leader of the LHCb software upgrade targeting the LHCb run 3 and aiming at parallelizing, vectorizing and in general optimizing the LHCb code.

He has previously spent 10 years in the CERN IT department, working on Mass Storage solutions as the lead developer of the CERN Advanced Storage Manager (CASTOR), the software holding all CERN's physics data (> 150PB). He has obtained a PhD thesis at EPFL, working on parallelization of the LHCb computing software framework. He originally graduated as an engineer in the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecoms in Paris and before that as an engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique Paris.

Ivica Puljak | University of Split, Croatia

Ivica Puljak is Professor of physics at University of Split, Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB). He obtained PhD from University Pierre and Maire Curie in Paris in 2000, while working at Laboratory Leprince Ringuet (LLR) at Ecole polytechnique, Palaiseau. He was head of Department of mathematics and physics, head of Chair of physics and Vice-Dean for Science and Informatics at FESB, member of Board of governors of Institute Rudjer Boskovic in Zagreb and has been awarded with several national and international prizes for science and education. In 2011/2012 he was research associate at CERN and in 2016/2017 distinguished visiting professor at Ecole polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.

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, physics of the Higgs boson and astroparticle physics.

Dorothea vom Bruch | CPPM/CNRS, France

Dorothea vom Bruch has worked in the field of high-throughput real-time data selection using GPUs for over seven years. She was responsible for track reconstruction on GPUs for the Mu3e experiment during her PhD with Heidelberg university, Germany. 

Since three years, she co-leads the Allen project, which is the first software trigger stage implementation on GPUs for LHCb, to go on-line in 2022. She has worked on this project both as a Postdoc at LPNHE, CNRS, Paris, and now as research scientist with CNRS at CPPM, Marseille, France.

Her research interests also include the study of lepton flavor universality, which she studied at the PIENU experiment at TRIUMF and now at LHCb in semileptonic decays.

Guest lecturer

Toni Šćulac | Faculty of Science, University of Split, Croatia

Toni was born and lives in Split, Croatia where he works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Split.

He started working for the CMS experiment at CERN in 2015 as a part of his PhD studies. In 2018, he successfully defended his PhD thesis at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France) and University of Zagreb (Croatia).

His main expertise are studies of electron identification and Higgs boson physics. In 2020, he became a convener of the group that studies Higgs boson decays to two Z bosons.

During his studies, Toni attended CSC in Madrid in 2017 and tCSC in Split in 2018. Since he became associate professor in 2019 he already mentored several Bachelors and Master’s thesis and already co-supervised a PhD thesis. While continuing to develop as a scientist his main passion is mentoring students.