VIII International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research
ACAT'2002, June 24-28, 2002, Moscow

Organized by Moscow State University (Moscow) and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna)

Workshop sponsors:
News: 12 May 2003. ACAT'2003 : IX INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED COMPUTING AND ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES IN PHYSICS RESEARCH (ACAT03), 1-5 December, 2003, Tsukuba, Japan.
Organizer: High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK).
4 May 2003. Publication data for the ACAT'2002 Proceedings are available (also as a Word file).
14 July. Photo Galery (slides etc) is under construction.
14 July. Poster presentation materials (slides etc) appear on the Web ...
7 July. SLIDES of Tutorials.
5 July. SLIDES of plenary talks and presentations on parallel sessions.

The main goal of the ACAT (formerly AIHENP) series of workshops is to foster close collaboration between physicists and computer scientists. The swift evolution of computer hardware and crucial developments in software methodologies in recent years, provide a solid basis for essential breakthroughs in many challenging projects in physics. However, the achievements in computer science do not easily make their way into physics research as state of the art: physicists should experiment with sophisticated computational techniques in their work while computer scientists require feedback for further development and for tailoring of the methods to address practical problems. Thus, direct interactions between computer experts and physicists pave the way for new ideas and innovations both in physics research and computer science.

Among the various hot topics in the field to be discussed at the Conference, the following stand out:

Unprecedented amounts of data (hundreds of Terabytes to Petabytes) in on-going and future high energy and nuclear physics experiments pose a real challenge to all basic components of computing in physics research such as data mining, treatment and analysis. Together with the fact that many modern experiments involve a huge number of researchers (hundreds to thousands), from many laboratories around the world, this requires creation of very large distributed computing systems - GRIDs.

Finding the signals of new physics often require extracting tiny signals in the data from amidst huge backgrounds. Making precision measurements also require extraction of signal with high efficiency. Impressive success of the artificial intelligence methods (in particular, the neural networks) promises further achievements for solutions to these kinds of problems.

The computer algebra finds a wide application area, in particular as an effective tool for preparation and evaluation of problems, as well as for providing precise measurements on the basis of exact theoretical computations of physical quantities.

This year a new topic "Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Analysis" has been added to the program at ACAT'2002 in order to more fully cover Advanced Data Analysis Techniques. We welcome contributions from Statisticians and Physicists to this new session.

The workshop will cover five main topics (more details see here):

Traditionally, researchers from high energy and nuclear physics together with experts in computer science take part in the ACAT series of workshops. But nowadays computing problems of quite similar nature and scale appear in many other fields, e.g., in astrophysics, accelerator physics, space research, biology (a good example in this area is the study of human genome), ecology and chemistry, as well as in industry and finances. Thus, researchers from these and other fields are welcome to join us in discussions on modern computing techniques and ways for new developments.
The meeting will have a mixed character of both a workshop and a conference. Reports on applications of modern computing techniques in different areas of physics will be followed by discussions of the problems as well as new ideas and projects within working groups and in the framework of round tables.
Participation of young investigators just starting research in the field will be of great importance for the real success of the workshop because ideas and initiatives to be discussed there are assumed to be realized and further developed in the future by this new generation of scientists.
The Workshop will take place in Moscow State University from June 24 till June 28, 2002. One day session is planning to be held in Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, 120 km from Moscow).
Researcher who may have interesting contributions to the workshop as well as any kind of questions are welcome to contact us by writing to
acat02@sinp.msu.ru

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