Where students turn into teachers: the sixth Inverted CERN School of Computing

For the sixth time since 2005, the CERN School of Commuting has scheduled its inverted school for February. iCSCs are part of the CSC series of events, together with the main summer school to be held this year in Cyprus and the thematic school in Split next June.


The inverted CSC, iCSC2013, will take place at CERN on 25 and 26 February, in Room 513-1-024.

The inverted CSCs stem from the observation that at regular CSCs it is common to find someone in the room who knows more on a particular (usually advanced) topic than the lecturer. So why not try and exploit this and turn the students into teachers?

CSC2012 students made proposals via an electronic discussion forum, from which a programme was designed. This year’s programme focuses on timely, challenging and innovative topics, inlcuding: GPU computing in High Energy Physics, Computer vision, Testing in large scale distributed systems and Grid Interpretation by LHC experiments.

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Though most of the lectures are part of a series, the programme is designed so that lectures can be followed rather independently. Registration is not mandatory, but will allow you to obtain a copy of the full printed booklet (first registered, first served).

iCSCs are also one key step in a process in place since 2004 for identifying and training young lecturers for the main CSC. In Cyprus this year, the small team of core lecturers will comprise three former CSC students who went through the whole training process.

Programme overview

Monday 25 February 2013
10:00-10:15 Opening

10:15-11:10 Series: GPU computing and its applications in High Energy Physics
                      Lecture 1: Introduction to parallel computing on GPUs
10:15-11:10  Lecture 2: Use of GPUs for triggering in HEP experiments

14:00-15:55 Series: Introduction to Computer Vision
                       Lecture 3: Introduction to the human visual system and image pre-processing
15:30-16:25  Lecture 4: Introduction to image feature detection and 3D reconstruction
16:35-17:30  Lecture 5: Introduction to object recognition and scene understanding

Tuesday 26 February 2013
09:30-10:30 Lecture 6: Testing methods and tools for large scale distributed systems
11:00-11:55   Lecture 7: How the LHC experiment have interpreted the Grid model

In case of question, see the FAQ or contact computing.school@cern.ch

par François Fluckiger, CSC Director