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Related Web sites

School home page:

SharePoint site: TBD

Key dates

1 August (or 1 September): start of publicity
15 October: End of application period (if needed: 1 November)
15 October: Start of evaluation period
15 October: Start looking for new tutors and teacher (to replace people that cannot dome to the school) 1 November: Notification of the students (at the latest)
9 December: Material for the labs leaves CERN 9 December: Lab book 13 January: Start of the school

Action items

Item target date to be done by Done Remarks
Establish a financial plan 1 July Local organizers in progress -
Update the new e-group "" 1 August Markus TBD RUHL colleagues have to be removed
Create a Web site 1 August Local organizers done Includes a tentative schedule - indico page created
Create a poster 1 August Local organizers done -
Look for sponsors - COC, LOC, volunteers done -
Open CERN conference account 1 August BvH - Patricia done -
Organize Kick-Off meeting 1 July BvH done -
Collect channels for making publicity 1 August All done -
Start publicity campaign 1 August All done -
Confirm the availability of the lecturers and tutors 1 October COC ongoing -
Look for new tutors to fill the holes 1 October COC ongoing -
Look for new lecturers to fill the holes 1 October COC ongoing -
Organize training of new tutors 1 October COC TBD -
Set up the exercises by using local material 1 November All TBD experienced tutors to provide help
Shipping of material to Valencia 1 December COC TBD What will be shipped depends on the available of material in Valencia

Issues for later

  • Decide on policy for funding the travel of tutors and lecturers

Teachers and tutors - Availability for ISOTDAQ2020

Name Availability 2020 Arrival and departure dates Funding
Alessandro Marchioro (CERN) YES 16.1. - 21.1 CERN
Markus Joos (CERN /ATLAS) YES 10.1. - 23.1. CERN
Enrico Pasqualucci (INFN/ATLAS) YES   INFN ???
Francesca Pastore (RHUL/ ATLAS) YES   RHUL
Hannes Sakulin (CERN/CMS) YES 13.1. - 19.1. (TBC) CERN
Andrea Negri (INFN/ATLAS) YES 12.1 - 22.1 INFN
Kostas Kordas YES   A.U.Thessaloniki & ISOTDAQ
Roberto Ferrari YES   INFN
Manoel Barros Marin YES   CERN & ISOTDAQ
Gokhan Unel YES   UCI
Martin Purschke YES   ISOTDAQ & BNL
Serguei Kolos     ISOTDAQ & UCI
Paolo Durante YES   CERN
Fabrice Le Goff YES   CERN
Alessandro Thea (RAL/CMS) YES   RAL
Barthélémy von Haller YES   CERN
Petr Zejdl YES   CERN
Tommaso Colombo     CERN
Gianluca Lamanna YES   INFN & ISOTDAQ
Dominique Gigi YES   CERN
Sophie Baron NO   CERN
Adam Abed Abud YES   CERN
Gary Boorman YES   CERN/RHUL
Andrew Rose     Imperial College
Adriaan Rijllart YES   CERN
Danilo Cicalese     CERN
Wojciech Brylinski     ISOTDAQ
Marc Dobson YES   CERN
Cristovao Beirao YES   CERN & ISOTDAQ
Vincenzo Izzo (INFN/ATLAS) YES   INFN
Giovanna Lehmann Miotto     CERN
Johannes Martin Wuthrich YES   ETHZ & ISOTDAQ
Carlos Abellan YES   ?
Vesa Simola YES   CERN
Simone Bologna YES   50% Institute and 50 % ISOTDAQ
Filippo Costa YES   CERN

Overview of lectures

Number Duration Day Title (RHUL) Lecturer 2019 confirmed or likely Lecturer 2020 (Valencia)
1 60 TBD Introduction to data acquisition Andrea Negri Andrea Negri
2 60 TBD Networking for data acquisition systems Fabrice Le Goff Vesa
3 60 TBD Introduction to VME bus Markus Joos Markus Joos
4 60 TBD Introduction to trigger Alessandro Thea Alessandro
5 60 TBD Trigger hardware Andrew Rose  
6 60 TBD Microcontrollers Mauricio Feo Feo
7 60 TBD PCIexpress Paolo Durante Paolo
8 60 TBD Introduction to FPGAs Hannes Sakulin Hannes Sakulin
9 60 TBD Modular electronics Markus Joos Markus Joos
10 60 TBD DAQ hardware Vincenzo Izzo Izzo
11 60 TBD LabVIEW Gary Boorman Gary Boorman or Adriaan Rijllart
12 60 TBD Introduction to detector readout Gokhan Unel Gokhan Unel
13 60 TBD Timing for DAQ Sophie Baron Filippo Costa
14 60 TBD Programming for today's physicist and engineers Alessandro Thea Alessandro
15 60 TBD TDAQ design: from test beam to medium size experiment Roberto Ferrari Roberto
16 60 TBD DAQ software Enrico Pasqualucci Enrico Pasqualucci
17 60 TBD Optical links Paolo Durante Paolo
18 60 TBD A scalable, portable DAQ system design Martin Purschke Martin
19 60 TBD An Introduction to medical imaging devices Martin Purschke Martin
20 120 TBD Microelectronic technologies for HEP Instrumentation Alessandro Marchioro Alessandro
21 60 TBD GPU in HEP: online high quality trigger processing Gianluca Lamanna Gianluca
22 60 TBD Design and implementation of a monitoring system Serguei Kolos Serguei Kolos
23 60 TBD Intelligent triggering: pattern recognition with Associative Memories and other tools Kostas Kordas  
24 60 TBD The Trigger and DAQ system of the EUDET-type beam telescopes Jan Dreyling-Eschweiler TO BE REPLACED
25 60 TBD Continuous DAQ systems (DUNE, protoDUNE) Giovanna Lehmann-Miotto  
26 60 TBD Advanced FPGA programming Manoel Barros Marin Manoel Barros Marin
27 60 TBD T/DAQ for the LHC experiments and upgrades Francesca Pastore Francesca
28 60 TBD Facebook lecture Manos Karpathiotakis  
29 60 TBD Storage Intel Adam

Candidate lectures and lecturers

Title / subject of the lecture Potential speaker Additional information
"Introduction to FPGA" or "FPGA101, basics of VHDL" or "TDAQ DUNE" Kunal Kothekar ISOTDAQ 2019 student
Waveform Digitizing and Signal Processing PSI - Gary Eric Boorman also proposed to do it (2019) not available this year
TBD Jacopo Pinzino ISOTDAQ 2012
Machine learning with FPGAs Sioni Paris Summers expert FPGA, from CMS L1, Imperial College
TBD Andrew Rose (Imperial) CMS L1 (Particle Flow in FPGA)
Threaded programming and trigger/reco software Stuart Martin-Haugh (RAL) ATLAS Trigger Core Software Co-Convener
Project management Will ?  
Storage systems for DAQ Adam Abed Abud (Liverpool/CERN)  
Networking Vesa Simola recommneded by Eukeni
Solve demand control and service quota management across Facebook backend systems especially when thousands of engineers use the same infrastructure shared as different services like monitoring, batch, logging, ETL and many more. Facebook -
Under sea fiber optics and how Facebook goes about managing a global highly connected and available network. Facebook -
Machine learning Intel? -
Internet of things idea proposed by Sandro -

Status of the labs

Availability of tutors and equipment

Lab CERN responsible Description Confirmed / Likely Tutors 2020 Orphaned sessions Equipment to be provided by Valencia Lab Book
1 Joos VMEbus programming Joos 0 1 monitor (with DVI-I cable), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) TBD
2 Joos NIM Pastore, Negri, Izzo 0 One digital oscilloscope and one function generator. One voltmeter and a tiny screw driver TBD
3 Joos NIM & scintillator Ferrari, Kordas 0 One digital oscilloscope, one voltmeter, one tiny screw driver TBD
4 Joos Muon DAQ Pasqualucci, Beirao 0 1 monitor (with DVI-I cable), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) TBD
5 Sakulin FPGA Gigi / Zejdl 0 1 monitor (VGA), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) TBD
6 Sakulin MicroTCA Sakulin / Dobson 0 1 monitor (VGA), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) TBD
7 Durante LabView Rijllart maybe with help from Boorman 0 1 monitor (VGA or HDMI (not yet defined)), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB), 1 Power Cable TBD
8 Durante ADCs Barros Marin 0 One digital oscilloscope (possibly high-end),1 monitor (VGA or HDMI (not yet defined)), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) TBD
9 von Haller Networking Simola 0 1 monitor with VGA cable (and power), 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, 4 power chords (for our computers and switch) Done (Gitlab)
10 Sakulin Microcontroller Bologna, von Haller (as backup/help if needed) 0 1 PC with internet access (+FullHD screen, keyboard, mouse), 1 generic power supply with banana plugs (up to 12V/3A), 1 support stand + 2 clamps similar to the attached image. TBD
11 Durante Storage systems Durante, Colombo 0 1 monitor (VGA), 1 keyboard (USB) and one mouse (USB) for the server we'll ship, plus one desktop so more than one student can do the exercise in parallel TBD
12 von Haller Control systems DT-DI - Person(s) to be determined 0 2 Desktop PCs running CC7 connected to the network, 2 monitors (with DVI cable), 2 keyboards (USB) and two mouse (USB) TBD
13 Durante SoC FPGA Wüthrich 0 2 monitors (VGA), 2 keyboards (USB), 2 mouses (USB), if possible 1 (64bit) computer running virtualbox TBD
14 von Haller GPU Lamanna 0 mouse, keyboard and a large monitor TBD

General: 20-30 power cords

GitLab repository for the labs

Candidate labs

Title / subject of the lap Proposed by Additional information
beam telescope Hendrik Jansen (DESY) proposal from 2015. Was not in the program of Vienna
Chip design Sandro As an evening activity
unclear Jubin MITRA  

Candidate tutors

Name Background Interested in exercise financial status
Kunal Kothekar ISOTDAQ2019 FPGA Basics (5) or ADC Basics for TDAQ (8) UNCLEAR
Marcelo Vicente ISOTDAQ2015 FPGA (ex13) UNCLEAR
Ioannis Xiotidis ISOTDAQ2016 2 (or 5) UNCLEAR
Suerfu Burkhant<> ISOTDAQ 2017 5, 10 and others unclear
Jacopo Pinzino ISOTDAQ 2012 5, 14 (or others) had volunteered in 2019 for the SoC lab but came too late. Contact him for the 2020 edition
Sioni Paris Summers CMS L1, FPGA expert any, interest in FPGA and MC no travel (London)
Simone Bologna ISOTDAQ 2019 student Microcontroller (10), Mauricio knows him unclear
George Gimas ISOTDAQ 2019 student SoC (13) unclear
Christos Bakalis ISOTDAQ 2019 student FPGA (also as lecturer) unclear
Vesa Simola recommneded by Eukeni networking unclear

Action list based on 2019 debriefing

--> Action 1: Have a lecture to give the big picture and introduce the program. Resize some other lectures to fit it in and avoid duplication.

--> Action 2: Have a lecture at the end of the program to wrap up the program.

--> Action 3: Have the survey opened the first day to evaluate every single lecture and lab.

--> Action 4: Distribute the female students randomly. We make the groups by alphabet.

--> Action 5: Consider a ML lecture for next year.

--> Action 6: Start lectures sharp on time (if there are no exceptional circomstances)

--> Action 7: Lab book: Use a common document editable by many at the same time, such as Google Doc.

--> Action 8: Make sure that social activities happen also, if not in majority, during the first week.

--> Action 9: Remind lecturers that the aim is to have a mix of mentoring lectures and informative lectures. Also that it should be 5-10 minutes shorter to let time for questions.

--> Action 10: We should categorize the lectures : overview, technology, special interest. We can then encourage lecturers of a certain group to have a meeting to harmonize their lectures.

Checklist for the local organizers

This is based on the feedback collected in 2018.

  • Check lab book before printing
  • WIFI in hotel is important
  • Dinner should be on the last day or the day before the free day
  • Bigger screens for the labs
  • Bigger room for labs
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