by Panos Charitos & Chinorat Kobdaj . Published: 16 November 2013

A presentation on ALICE was given in NANOTEC during a special NANO Talk session. “Thailand is one of four countries in Asia, the other three being China, Japan and South Korea, that participate in this collaboration” said Dr. Luciano Musa, Head of ALICE ITS Upgrade Project in his presentation. “The participation means that there are greater opportunities for scientists, researchers and engineers to exchange new knowledge and strengthen national research capacity”.

In NANOTEC Luciano Musa delivered a special presentation about ALICE and the upgrade plans of the collaboration.

During the visit, Dr. Musa had the chance to visit NECTEC and took this opportunity to meet with Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of Thailand’s National Nanotechnology Centre (NANOTEC) while he also visited the Integrated Nanosystem Lab (INS). It has been agreed that INS researchers will work on some pilot bonding of electrode contacts to see whether it could be applied to the ITS Upgrade Project. Furthermore, if this step is successful, further researcher collaboration will be discussed for the future.

Luciano Musa also met Dr. Saowapak Thongvigitmanee from Image Technology Laboratory who leads the team to develop X-ray CT (computer tomography) scanners for medical applications. The project has been pioneered by Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, who was the founder of NECTEC and the scientific advisor of the princess for many years. Musa says: “The detector technology we are developing for the ITS can also be applied to the CT scanners; there have been discussions to set up a plan for a close collaboration in such a development.”

From left to right: Dr. Chinorat Kobdaj, Dr. Luciano Musa, Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, Dr. Thorsten Kollegger, Pierre Vande Vyvre and Dr. Sornthep Vannarat

Pierre Vande Vyvre and Thorsten Kollegger also held fruitful discussions with Dr. Pansak Siriruchatapong, the Director of National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) and Dr. Piyawut Srichaikul (Deputy Director of NECTEC). During their visit to NECTEC they also met with Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong (NSTDA), a senior advisor for NECTEC, and Dr. Sornthep Vannarat, Lab head of the Large Scale Simulation Research Laboratory. They were all very positive about extending the present collaboration with ALICE and getting further involved in projects in the area of computing.

Moreover, Pierre and Thorsten visited Thammasart University (TU) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) where they presented the plans for the future O2 project and learned more about the current research activities that could have some relevance to the O2 . Dr. Kasidis Chanchiew in TU and his team work on several topics that could be potentially linked to the O2 project: virtualization and scalable infrastructure, cloud computing and live migration of virtual machines as well as Open Stack and GPU. Prof. Tiranee Achalakul’s group in KMUTT is also very active in the fields of Hadoop, map/reduce, scientific workflow scheduling, computing and storage virtualization, and big data analytics. Pierre and Thorsten are now in contact with both of them to explore how they could collaborate on specific tasks of the O2 project and to have some of their students at CERN during next summer.