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Particle Physics and IT gathered renowned scientists at the Santa Maria University

Experts in the fields of Theoretical and Experimental Physics and Computing sciences met at the International Advanced Computing and Analysis techniques in Physics research, ACAT 2016 that led by the IT Department, it gathered at the Campus 100 exhibitors from all over the world.

Experts in the fields of Theoretical and Experimental Physics and Computing sciences met at the International Advanced Computing and Analysis techniques in Physics research, ACAT 2016 that led by the IT Department, it gathered at the Campus 100 exhibitors from all over the world.

acat 1acat 2acat 3The 17th International Advanced Computing and Analysis techniques in physics Workshop (ACAT), took place at the Santa Maria University´s Headquarters, with the objective to convoke Scientists in Theoretical and Experimental High Energy Physics together with specialists in the IT sciences, for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Conducted every 18 months, this conference organized by the USM´s IT Department- in collaboration with the Chile and Bio-Bio universities, the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaiso (CCTVal), the Mathematical Modelling Center (CMM), the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC) and CERN-, has academics and researchers from all over the world as participants, who during five days debated about new technologies and advances in the fields of Particle Physics and High Performance Computing.

Also, it is worth mentioning that this is the first time the international conference is held in South America and it represents a “great honor” for the USM to be chosen as the headquarter for this version of the conference, as was expressed by one of its organizers, the IT Department´s professor, Claudio Torres.

“Being chosen it´s a great honor for the USM, because we competed with other major institutions. We were selected and we have been able to organize it, with a lot of effort”, the academic manifested.

The conference counted with 5 plenary talks each morning, in addition to three different parallel tracks in the afternoon that tackled specific subjects like, Technology in Computing for Physics Research; Data Analysis- Algorithms and tools; and Calculus in Theoretical Physics: techniques and methods.

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“The conference has been very interesting. One of the main reason to attend this kind of events is that very innovative and new ideas are gathered, which can be very beneficial for the sciences”, Dr. Britton manifested, a participant from the Glasgow University (United Kingdom), whose presentation was about the optimization for memory usage in computing. “In addition, it´s an excellent opportunity to meet new people and reunite with acquaintances, which makes this a very productive event” he added.

The possibility to interact with colleagues and to explore new collaborations are also aspects that attracted Dr. Liliana Teodorescu, specialist in particle physics at the Brunel University (UK), who expressed having great interest in the cooperative work with IT scientists, especially in algorithms to analyze data in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

“This is the first chance I have to interact with the USM colleagues, and it´s a relationship that we are very interested in cultivating. We know that the students here are very well prepared, and we would like to have them in the United Kingdom to exchange experiences with our students”, she said.

Dr. Teodorescu gave a plenary talk about “a first approximation to Evolutionary Computation that it´s a field little explored in the area of computing sciences, with scopes in particle physics”, she explained.

Finally, the specialist in particle physics and STAR Software & Computing Director from the Brookhaven National Laboratory (United States), Dr. Jerome Lauret, emphasized the importance of ACAT as one of the few conferences that allows for “cross pollination” by gathering theoretical and experimental specialists and computing scientists to focus on solutions and common subjects.

I have been involved with this conference for many years, and I think that it´s very interesting what ACAT represents by assembling multiple subjects in sciences in the area of physics”, Lauret indicated. “I have always heard great things about the Santa Maria University and the quality of the events and workshops organized here, it is also great to be here and take advantage of its beautiful location”, he added

ACAT 2016 finalized with the oral presentation given by the three best participating posters, as chosen during the conference, developed by different research groups who will be able to show in more detail, the results of their experiments. ACAT´s next version will be held in 2017 in Seattle, United States.

Escrito por Super User 01 · Mar · 2016

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