by Lukasz Graczykowski & Malgorzata Janik. Published: 28 March 2014

A delegation from the ALICE experiment visited the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) on 11 March 2014; Paolo Giubellino, spokesperson of ALICE, Pierre Vande Vyvre, DAQ project leader and O2 co-project leader, and Barthélémy von Haller, DQM project leader and chairperson of CWG9. The main aim of their visit was to meet the members of a newly formed group, that will work on the data visualization system in ALICE, and to discuss future directions.

Pierre Vande Vyvre, Barthélémy von Haller, Adam Kisiel and Paolo Giubellino during their recent visit to Warsaw's University of Technology.

The visit started with a meeting organized by Prof. Rajmund Bacewicz, Vice Rector for Science of WUT. Among the distinguished guests were Prof. Miroslaw Karpierz, Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Prof. Irmina Herburt, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science (MiNI), Prof. Ryszard Romaniuk, Director of the Institute of Informatics at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (EiTI) and the Head of the Computer Graphics Department at EiTI, Prof. Przemyslaw Rokita.

Paolo Giubellino presented the current status of the ALICE experiment, the new technologies developed to meet the challenges of the ALICE future upgrades, and the opportunities for training of young researchers. The University’s authorities expressed their interest to further strengthen the cooperation between CERN and WUT; especially with a significant participation of doctoral and undergraduate students. They also underlined the role of CERN as a “cradle” of new technologies and modern science.

Following this meeting, the ALICE delegation visited the Faculty of Physics where they were guided by Dean Prof. Miroslaw Karpierz in four laboratories, two on material sciences and two for optics. A special visit took place in the Nanostructures laboratories, where a group led by Dr. Mariusz Zdrojek works on graphene research. This field of research could lead to a new possible collaboration in future detector R&D.

Then, the visitors were received by the Heavy Ion Reaction Group (HIRG) - a research group at the Faculty of Physics which includes researchers as well as doctoral and undergraduate students working in heavy-ion physics. The HIRG group participates in all major heavy-ion experiments: ALICE and NA61/SHINE at CERN, STAR at BNL and MPD under preparation at JINR. The respective group leaders gave short presentations of their activities and discussed the experimental areas of research in which they are involved.

Following the lunch break a meeting took place with the group formed to take responsibility of ALICE visualization system. Pierre Vande Vyvre presented the ALICE O2 Project and Barthélémy von Haller described in detail the goals and the work of the Computing Working Group 9. Prof. Adam Kisiel outlined details on the current activities of the WUT group in ALICE. In addition, Przemyslaw Dobrowolski, from the Computer Graphics Departement at MiNI, and Julian Myrcha, from the Computer Graphics Department at EiTI, introduced the groups in which they are involved and the research that is currently conducted. Lukasz Graczykowski gave an overview of the research funding system in Poland. Finally, undergraduate students from MiNI and EiTI presented the projects that they accomplished under the guidance of PhD students.

The meeting ended with a discussion on possibilities of future participation of computer science students and researchers in the visualization system of ALICE. Paolo Giubellino said: "Warsaw University of Technology was the very first institute I visited in my functions as deputy spokesperson more than ten years ago, so it was particularly significant for me to witness the amazing growth of the group and the prospects for further development of the activity there. It is an institution which is particularly rich in the most precious commodity, human capital, with many very motivated young students."

You can view the Indico agenda of the visit

We would like to thank Prof. Jan Pluta for kindly providing photographic material for this article