Maria Dimou in the CERN Academic Training Committee (ATC)

The CERN Academic Training is a valuable tradition that lasts for over 50 years with about 10 lecture series each Academic Year.

Timeline of my presence in the ATC

  1. 2010-2016 IT representative in the ATC
  2. 2013-2017 Applied Physics and Technology Working Group chairperson and IT representative in the ATC
  3. As of June 2016: ATC Chairperson (at which time I resigned from missions a and b to avoid over-concentration of mandates) See Appendix.

Documentation & Projects I completed

Lectures suggested, voted, organised &/or sponsored

Since I entered the committee, I sponsored over 25 lecture series as a ATC member and assisted my colleagues with others. With my IT experience I contributed with work in planning (Indico) and recording (CDS). Thanks to good relationships with Seminars, Colloquia, Technical Training organisers, colleagues in various departments, the area universities and other institutes, good collaborations were born and famous lecturers agreed to come despite the negligeable (9K CHF in 2018) ATC budget. See comments in parentheses in the appended list.

  1. 2011 - 2 lectures on "Linux vs other Operating Systems & Afs vs other distributed filesystems" - entry point: (by the AFS elders J.Altmann & D. Brashear)
  2. 2011 - 3 lectures on "Microprocessor programming" - entry point:
  3. 2012 - 4 lectures on "Computer security - entry point:
  4. 2012 - 2 lectures on "Cloud computing" - entry point:
  5. 2012 - 3 lectures on "Very Large Scale Engineering Projects" - entry point: (I found the lecturers - sponsored by another ATC colleague)
  6. 2013 - 3 lectures on "LHC operations" - entry point: (I suggested the topic - sponsored by another ATC colleague)
  7. 2013 - 2 lectures on "LHC controls" - entry point: (I found the lecturer - sponsored by another ATC colleagues)
  8. 2013 - 4 lectures on "The making of antimater" - (proposed a sequel of and negotiated with the lecturer)
  9. 2014 - 2 lectures on "Game theory" - entry point:
  10. 2014 - 2 lectures on "Cryptography & the bitcoin protocol" - entry point:
  11. 2015 - 2 lectures on "Big Data challenges in the era of Data Deluge" - entry point: (this technical solution was purchased by IBM shortly after this series)
  12. 2015 - 3 lectures on "Future Computing Technology" - entry point:
  13. 2015 - 2 lectures on "The Art of Way Finding" - entry point: (ancestral navigation techniques in the Marshall islands, studied by an ATLAS member from Harvard. The topic became a NYTimes article.
  14. 2015 - Lecture on a 7000-languages' dictionary - entry point (suggested to and hosted by Computing Seminars)
  15. 2015 - Lecture on "Salient objects in images" - (sponsored as a White Area lecture)
  16. 2016 - Lecture on "Stuxnet & the Cyber-warfare" -
  17. 2016 - 2 lectures on "Parallelism, Concurrency & Acceleration" - entry point
  18. 2016 - Lecture on " Data visualisation" - (subsequent collaboration with the ATLAS outreach dev. team)
  19. 2016 - 2 lectures on "Energy Efficiency in Computing" - entry point
  20. 2016 - Lecture on "The History of the Night" - (Lecture repeated at The Geneva Hardt Foundation).
  21. 2016 - 2 lectures on "Complex Dynamical Systems with Neural Networks" - entry point
  22. 2017 - 2 lectures on "Supercomputing" - entry point
  23. 2017 - Lecture on "Sonification as a Data Analysis tool" - (suggested to and hosted by the CERN Colloquia)
  24. 2017 - Lecture on "Video as a Medium for Learning & Teaching" - (on research work done at CERN and Geneva University under my supervision)
  25. 2017 - Lecture on "Data driven Education Technologies and Methods" - (sponsored by my ATC colleagues on an abstract sent to me from EPFL)
  26. 2017 - Lecture on "Fast queries on heterogeneous data" - (sponsored by my ATC colleagues on an abstract sent to me from EPFL)
  27. 2017 - Lecture on "Data privacy" by field expert Bruce Schneier (lecture not organised due to thin ATC budget)
  28. 2018 - 2 lectures on "How source code becomes a controlled electron flow" - entry point (sponsored by my ATC colleagues)
  29. 2018 - Lecture on "The Antikythera Mechanism" -
  30. 2018 - Lecture on "Big Data & Social Media" - (by Internet father Vint Cerf)
  31. 2018 - 2 lectures on "Teaching in Africa" - entry point (suggested to and sponsored by my ATC colleagues)
  32. 2019 - 2 lectures on "Evolutionary Psychology" - entry point (by Roy Baumeister - his book)
  33. 2019 - 1 seminar on "MirageOS robust and secure services for the cloud" - details in (suggested to the IT ATC representative, who passed it to the Computing Seminars sponsor).
  34. 2020 - Lecture on "Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers" - by world expert on Computer Security Bruce Schneier.


From: Frederic Hemmer <>
Subject: RE: Academic Training Committee
Date: April 27, 2016 at 14:10:42 GMT+2
To: Luis Alvarez-Gaume <>
Cc: Rolf Landua <>, Ian Bird <>

Dear Luis,

Sorry for delay.

Copying Ian, whom she reports to... This is fine with me.

> Frédéric
> --
> Frédéric Hemmer              tel:    +41-22-7676104
> Department Head             fax:    +41-22-7669215

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Luis Alvarez-Gaume
> Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 16:59
> To: Frederic Hemmer <>
> Cc: Rolf Landua <>
> Subject: Academic Training Committee

Dear Frederic,

I hope life is treating you well (and also the new management.).  
I am writing to you concerning the Academic Training Committee.  
As you know, Maria Dimou is representing IT activities there.  
This coming September I am taking a leave from CERN for a year or two, 
perhaps more, and someone has to replace me to head that Committee.  
I cannot find anyone better than Maria.  
She does a great work in it, she is very committed to academic activities, 
and has thought of many ways to improve and modernise what we do here, 
and in my opinion would be the best person to replace me.  
Since you are her direct supervisor, I need to ask you first, to make sure there are no objections, 
so that she can take over starting in the Fall.  
Of course, this also depends on who is going to be the ECO person (Education, Communication and Outreach), 
something that should be known quite soon.

 All the best


-- MariaDimou - 2018-10-15

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