by Ayben Karasu Uysal. Published: 02 November 2012

I started working with ALICE as a Ph.D. student at Yildiz Technical University. At that time Yildiz University was not a full member of ALICE and it was the first time that a Turkish university was collaborating with ALICE.

This was the situation when I met Prof. Okatan, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Karatay University (KTO) and discussed with him the possibility of tightening the relations of Karatay University with CERN and specifically with the ALICE collaboration.

Last May Prof. Okatan visited CERN and thanks to Paolo Giubellino and Jean-Pierre Revol he had the chance to visit the ALICE Experiment at P2 as well as the CERN computing department. Prof. Okatan is a Professor of Electrical Engineering but he has always been keen in physics and computing. Following his visit to ALICE he decided that Karatay University should join the ALICE Collaboration and started formally the application process.

From left to right: Helmut Oeschler, Paolo Giubellino, Ali Okatan, Jean Pierre Revol and Ayben Karasu Uysal at CERN

KTO Karatay University (KU) was founded in 2009 in Konya a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. Karatay University serves as a center of excellence and intensive research and holds close links to the educational, commercial and industrial community of Turkey.

Our aim is to construct a grid facility for ALICE, which will be the first Turkish grid node. We are planning to strengthen the facilities of our university in physics and computing and becoming members of ALICE would certainly help us towards this direction. The Engineering Faculty is heavily investing in the development of new algorithms, artificial intelligence, bio-informatics, intelligent systems, mobile technologies, simulation, software engineering, systems engineering and wireless networks. As part of this effort, we are trying to get our master and PhD students to work on projects related to ALICE physics and computing and fund more students so that they can spend some time at CERN.

Karatay University in Konya, Turkey, serves as a centre of excellence in education and research.

My personal research interests lie in the field of data analysis and more specifically on the analysis of the ?++(1232) resonance in pp collisions at ?s=7 TeV using TPC and TOF detectors together in order to cover a large momentum region. I am actually planning to get one of my students to continue working on this analysis in Pb-Pb and p-Pb collisions and perhaps spend some time at CERN. Currently, our group consists of 5 people: 2 scientists, 1 Ph.D. student in computing engineering and 2 technicians. I hope that we will grow very fast both on the physics and the computing side and that we will benefit from our collaboration with ALICE.