by Slávka Jadlovská. Published: 19 November 2012

In October 2012, the Technical University of Košice was accepted as associate member of the ALICE experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.

Since its foundation in 1952, the Technical University of Košice (TUKE) has come to be recognized as a leading scientific and educational institution at the national level, and as a highly respected university of technology at the international level. Not only does the University secure a wide range of educational needs for the region of eastern Slovakia, but in a number of technological areas, it serves as the only center of science and research in central Europe.

Presently, the University is organized into nine academic faculties: Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnology, Faculty of Metallurgy, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies with a seat in Prešov, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Aeronautics. By offering a variety of study programs and innovative research areas, each faculty succeeds in meeting the requirements presented by industry, region, and society.

Technical University of Košice. Established in 1952, is a public university of technology whose main aim is to provide eastern Slovakia with access to technological / economic education and research.

The research and educational activities covered at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (FEEI) reflect themselves in three crucial directions of development:
• informatics and cybernetics;
• electronics and telecommunications;
• high-current electricity and electronics.

The Faculty consists of 11 departments, one of which is the Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence (DCAI) . Major research areas investigated by the Department include modeling and control of dynamic physical systems, intelligent methods and algorithms, and the employment of information and control systems in industry.

The active cooperation of the University and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) started in February 2010, when a grant for a 6-month stay in CERN was bestowed on a PhD student supervised by Associate Professor Ján Jadlovský from the DCAI, FEEI. During her stay, the postgraduate became actively involved in solving tasks related to the GRID-wall architecture in the ALICE experiment.

On October 12, 2012, the Technical University of Košice was accepted as associate member of the ALICE experiment. This event was preceded by meetings and consultations of Associate Professor Jadlovský, acting as the TUKE representative, with the representatives of the ALICE experiment in Geneva. Specific areas of cooperation were defined that expect successful participation from the newly-formed TUKE research team, with Associate Professor Jadlovský designated as Team Leader. The said areas are associated with the modernization of Detector Control System at CERN (CERN-DCS) at all levels of control. Emphasis will be put on the optimization of data exchange interface between an online and offline database. The team is also interested in taking part in scheduled activities related to the CERN-DCS upgrade during the Long Shutdown period.

The TUKE team is predominantly composed of the members of Center of Modern Control Techniques and Industrial Informatics – a research group that is part of the DCAI FEEI TUKE. The involvement of the Center in the cooperation was encouraged because the CERN-DCS infrastructure is similar to that of the DCAI Distributed Control System (DCAI-DCS), which was developed by past and present members of the Center and has the form of a custom-designed five-level model. Most addressed tasks related to interlevel and level-to-level communication (such as OPC servers, PLC control, SCADA, monitoring and logging of level-to-level communication) have been shown to be alike for both infrastructures.

The DCAI-DCS infrastructure represents a model of a complex information and control system built over a set of physical laboratory models available in the laboratories of the Department

The DCAI-DCS infrastructure is included in the Center of Excellence of FEEI TUKE – ( Center of Information and Communication Technologies for Knowledge Systems" ) and for more than two decades, it has been widely used for educational and research purposes. It serves as a reference frame for courses, labs and final theses in all three degrees of study (bachelor, master and doctorate) dealing with modeling and control of nonlinear physical systems, as well as diagnostics and control of distributed systems. Detailed description of research activities in these areas is listed here . The results of research projects and dissertation theses authored by the Center members (see here for current research), are continuously implemented into the DCAI-DCS architecture, keeping it constantly up-to-date.

Integration of available educational models of production lines and physical dynamical systems into the DCAI-DCS architecture has contributed to the quality and conciseness of modeling and control education at the Department.

To provide technical and program support for tasks related to the ALICE experiment which will be solved at TUKE, an IT workplace was built and equipped with several servers. The installed software is tailored to the needs of application development for the ALICE experiment. The said workplace is interconnected with the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice, which has a long history of cooperation with ALICE.