from 27 August 2017 to 9 September 2017
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Europe/Zurich timezone


School Committee

Sebastian Lopienski (CERN)
Xavier Ferré Grau (UPM)
Marinela García Fernández (UPM)

School Infrastructure & logistics

Maria Fernandez (UPM)
Cath Noble (CERN)

Technical Infrastructure

Nikos Kasioumis (CERN)


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Xavier Ferré

Dr. Xavier Ferré, associate professor at the Computer Science School at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), is Associate Dean for Internationalization at such School since 2016, and was the Director of the Master Universitario en Ingeniería del Software – European Master on Software Engineering at UPM in the period 2011-2012 and Associate Director for International Relations for this same Master program since 2014. He was the associate director of the UPM - El Mundo chair on Digital Communication in the period 2013-2015.

His primary research interests are usability and User eXperience (UX) in mobile applications, and the selection of UCD (User-Centered Design) methods for application in software development projects. He has participated in the program committee of international conferences such as INTERACT, the Spanish and Latin-American INTERACCIÓN conference, and the Intl. Conf. on Human-Centred Software Engineering (HCSE). He has been a visiting researcher at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics), Switzerland, and at the HCIL (Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory) - University of Maryland, USA. He has been hired as High-End Foreign Expert by the Chinese government for research collaboration with Tongji University, China (2015-2017).


Marinela García

Marinela Garcia, associate professor of the Department of Linguistics Applied to Science and Technology at the Computer Science School at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

She was in charge of the International Affairs of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, as member of the Rector´s Board during three consecutive mandates for more than 15 years. Since then, she has become Associate Dean for International Affairs at the Computer Science School, position that she still runs as Associate Dean for International Affairs and Mobility programs, since 2016.

Her primary research interests are Applied Linguistics to Science and Technology, being the founder and first Director of the Department of Linguistics Applied to Science and Technology at UPM and founder and first President of AELFE (European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes, and the development and quality enhancement of the International Affairs applied to the engineering HE institutions. As a result of those two fields, Prof. Garcia  has created the Program of Languages for Internationalization (PROLINTER) for UPM, being the Director of the Program since its creation.( 2004 - 2017/…).

She has been awarded several prizes in the international arena, highlighting the SEFI Fellowship Award (2004), honour conferred to SEFI Individual members that recognises meritorious service to engineering education in Europe.

María Fernández Pérez

María leads the International Area of the Postgraduate Center at the Computer Science School at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

She is in charge of the administrative management of European Double Degree Master’s programmes, as for example the European Master on Software Engineering and the EIT Digital Master’s Programme in Data Science. She also works in the Associate Dean for Internationalization secretariat at the Computer Science School.



Sebastian Lopienski

Sebastian Lopienski is director of the CERN School of Computing (CSC).

Sebastian also serves as 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.

Nikos Kasioumis

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

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.

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.

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