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.