August 28, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone

Lecturer biographies

Francois FluckigerFrançois Flückiger - CERN

An Internet Veteran, François Flückiger was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013 ("Influential engineers, activists, and entrepreneurs changed history through their vision and determination").

Director of the CERN School of Computing from 2003 to 2013, he was in charge of CERN external networking for two decades and held positions in infrastructure and application networking.

He was at the inception of Internet initiatives including CCIRN, RIPE, Ebone and ISOC. He took over Tim Berners-Lee to manage CERN's World-Wide Web team when the Web inventor left CERN for the MIT. As leader of the CERN Web team, he organized in 1994 the first ever open-source release of the CERN web software.

He is a lecturer at the University of Geneva, a member of the Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC) and the W3C Advisory Committee, and the author of the reference textbook "Understanding Networked Multimedia" as well as more than 80 articles. He has 40 years of experience in networking and information technologies.

François Flückiger graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité in 1973 and holds an MBA from the Enterprise Administration Institute in Paris in 1977.

Bob Jacobsen - University of California at Berkeley, USA

Bob Jacobsen is an experimental high-energy physicist, currently working on using machine learning techniques to search for dark matter with the LUX and LZ liquid xenon detectors.  He is the Freedman Professor of Physics at the University of California Berkeley, where he also serves as a Dean of the College of Letters and Science.

He has previously been a member of the BaBar (PEP-2), ALEPH (LEP) and MarkII (SLC) collaborations. His original academic training was in computer engineering, and he worked in the computing industry before becoming a physicist.

Thomas Keck - KIT

I am a Ph. D. student in Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany. As a member of the Belle II collaboration I am responsible for the development and implementation of multivariate analysis methods in the Belle II Software Framework. 

In particular my work is focused on hadronic and semileptonic tagging algorithms, and their application to rare B meson decays. I am an experienced C++ and python developer, and interested in any new technologies in the field of computer science. At the moment I have a strong interest in deep learning techniques and their application in physics. Besides work, I enjoy playing guitar and practicing taekwondo.

Sebastian Lopienski - CERN

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.

Andrzej Nowak - TIK Services

Andrzej Nowak currently runs a FinTech start-up and TIK Services, a technology consultancy based in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier, Andrzej worked at Intel and in the CERN openlab - a collaboration of CERN and industrial partners such as HP, Huawei, Intel, Oracle and Siemens. In the openlab, Andrzej was part of the CTO office, which set up next-generation technology projects for CERN. A second part of his job was to research optimization and parallelization opportunities for complex code, with a focus on performance tuning, parallelism and modern many-core processor architectures.

Andrzej co-founded a computing course series, including the thematic CSC, that trained over 1,500 participants both within and outside of CERN.


 Alberto Pace - CERN

Alberto Pace is a member of the IT department at CERN where he leads the Data Management group ensuring a coherent development process for Physics Data management activities, strongly driven by operational and user needs.

For several years he has been an official judge at the Intel Science & Engineering Forum (ISEF), and currently represents CERN in the Advisory Board of the Internet Society (

He has more than 20 years experiences in computing services, infrastructure, software engineering, accelerator control and accelerator operation. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 1987, where he received the first prize out of all the students of the North Italy section.

Danilo Piparo - CERN

Danilo is an experimental HEP physicist. As a member of the CMS collaboration, he graduated in 2007 but already during his studies he worked for the CERN IT department. He obtained his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2010 to then immediately join CERN as responsible of many software operations of the CMS experiment.

The high performance and parallel software expert of the CERN Software group, he joined the ROOT team in 2013. His main responsibility is the I/O subsystem but he is actively involved in the development and support of reflection and mathematical libraries.


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.

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.

Arnulf Quadt - Universität Göttingen Germany

Arnulf Quadt is Full Professor of Physics at the University of Göttingen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford, working on the ZEUS experiment at HERA. Subsequently, as postdoc he worked on projects on ZEUS at HERA, OPAL at LEP, D0 at the Tevatron and ATLAS at the LHC with the following institutes: University of Oxford, CERN, University of Bonn, Rochester University, Max-Planck-Institute of Physics and the University of Göttingen.

He founded the particle physics institute at the University of Göttingen in 2006. His main research interests are top quark physics, searches for Higgs bosons, searches for supersymmetry, grid computing and the ATLAS pixel detector.

He is the ERASMUS coordinator of the physics department, and hence deeply involved in teaching students from different countries as well as the transfer of credit points and grades.

Arnulf is the director of the II.Institute of Physics in Goettingen and teaching physics and computer science in Goettingen at undergraduate and graduate level.

Andreas J. Peters - CERN

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. 

Since 2010 he is project leader and core developer of the EOS storage system providing 135 PB of disk storage to all CERN experiments and a large user community.

Enric Tejedor - CERN

Enric Tejedor received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain) in 2013. He conducted his doctorate research as a member of the Grid Computing and Clusters group of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, where he participated in several EU research projects. As part of his Ph.D., he also carried out two internships at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (NY, USA). In 2015 he joined the CERN PH-SFT group as a senior fellow. He is currently working on ROOT parallelization and SWAN (a service for web-based analysis with ROOT).

Assistants to Lecturers

Nikos Kasioumis - CERN

Nikos is a member of the Web Frameworks team in IT Department at CERN. He first joined CERN at 2008 as a technical student where he completed his thesis on searching and personalization services for the CERN Document Server. In 2011 he returned as a fellow, leading the software infrastructure work package for the European project "BlogForever". The project's objective was to create robust facilities for the preservation, management and dissemination of blogs.

Since 2012 he has been a staff member working on the development and operation of the CERN Document Server, on the development, operation and automation of the E-Publishing service, on the development of a Co-Authoring service, as well as a contributor for the "Invenio" open source digital library software suite. He actively participates in CERN's outreach activities such as TEDxCERN, CineGlobe and CERN Open Days.

Cath Noble - CERN

Cath has been working at CERN since 2004 and is a member of the IT Department. She covers a wide range of activities;  she is part of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid project office, is extensively involved in CERN IT public outreach projects, as well as being a Drupal front-end web developer. She took over as administrative manager of the CERN School of Computing in 2016.

Cath is extremely active in mountain sports (hill-running, ski-touring, competitive enduro mountain-bike racing), and formerly taught and competed in freestyle whitewater kayaking and canoe polo.