New technologies to search for new phenomena in particle physics


Educational part of the Project “Prospective Technological, Methodical and Material Solutions for New Physical Effects Searches”

The educational program is:
• inter-disciplinary: high energy physics / material science / IT
• open to every interested person and free
• international: in partnership with CERN and some other world-leading research centers.

Full program
#Title of the lectureDateLecturerSeminar tutor, the project
1Introduction to Particle Physics — I02/10 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Mitesh PatelElena Graverini. Signals from underground: challenges of data processing in fundamental physics
2Problems of the Standard Model and Searches of Physics Beyond It09/10 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Vladimir ShevchenkoSergey Shirobokov, Light Dark Matter searches
3Introduction to Particle Physics — II16/10 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Kostas PetridisOliver Lantwin, Simulation and optimisation techniques at extreme intensities — the SHiP active muon shield
4Introduction to Particle Identification23/10 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Andrey GolutvinAntonia Di Crescenzo, Physics of tau-neutrino
5Introduction to Machine Learning30/10 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Andrey Ustyuzhanin-
6Basics of Particle Detectors06/11 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Olaf Steinkamp-
7Dark Matter Searches and Neutrino Physics with Nuclear Emulsions13/11 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Giovanni De Lellisv-
8Particle Interactions with Matter20/11 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)IRichard JacobssonDaria Strekalina
9Modern Methods of Data Analysis27/11 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)Nico Serra-
10Where is New Physics?04/12 17:30 Boiling Point Kommune (Точка кипения — Коммуна)VMikhail DubininMikhail Gorshenkov
Our speakers
Andrey Golutvin
The Leader of the SHiP Experiment at CERN
Professor Andrey Golutvin is Chair in Physics at Imperial College London. As an expert in particle physics working in the area for more than 30 years, he contributed or continues to contribute to a number of large international collaborations, including ARGUS (DESY) and LHCb (CERN), which he was heading in 2008-2011. Starting from 2013 Professor A. Golutvin is the spokesperson of the SHiP collaboration at CERN.
Richard Jacobsson
Technical coordinator
Dr. Richard Jacobsson is a Senior Staff Physicist at CERN. His current research activities concentrates on the LHCb experiment where he was responsible for the commissioning and operation during 7 years, and on the newly proposed Search for Hidden Particles (SHiP) experiment at the CERN SPS accelerator. Dr Jacobsson is one of the principal proponents and Technical Coordinator of the SHiP experiment.
Giovanni De Lellis
University of Naples
INFN WP3 project leader
Giovanni De Lellis is Professor of experimental physics at the University “Federico II” of Naples and he has been affiliated to the Italian Institute for Nuclear Research (INFN) over the last twenty years. He was appointed Spokesperson of the OPERA experiment in 2012 and re-elected for a second mandate in 2015 when he announced the discovery of tau neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam. He is leading the efforts for the neutrino detector of the SHiP experiment and the proposal for a directional Dark Matter search with a nuclear emulsion detector and novel readout technologies.
Andrey Ustyuzhanin
Head of Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at NRU HSE and Yandex School of Data Analysis
His team contributes to frontier research international collaborations: LHCb — collaboration at Large Hadron Collider, SHiP (Search for Hidden Particles) — experiment being designed for the New Physics discovery. His group is unique for both collaborations, since majority of the team members are coming from the Computer and Data Science worlds. The major priority of his research is the design of new Machine Learning methods and using them to solve tough scientific enigmas thus improving the fundamental understanding of our world. Discovering the deeper truth about the Universe by applying data analysis methods is the major source of inspiration in Andrey’s lifelong journey. Andrey is co-author of the course on the Machine Learning applied to the High Energy Physics at Yandex School of Data Analysis and organises annual international summer schools following the similar topics.
Nico Sera
University of Zurich
Physics coordinator
Nico Serra is Professor at the University of Zurich and group leader of the Experimental Flavour Physics group. He has been one of the initiators of the SHiP experiment and he is also member of the LHCb experiment. In LHCb he has been main proponent of several important analyses, including the first measurement of the so-called B0 → K*μμ anomaly. He was awarded several prestigious grants, including the SNF Professorship in 2013, and the SNF Starting Grant in 2016.
Shevchenko Vladimir
Doctor of Science,
NRC “Kurchatov Institute” / NUST “MISiS”
Vladimir Shevchenko ’s scientific interests include high energy physics, quantum materials physics, particle detector physics, and quantum limits of information handling. He received a number of results in the field of physics of strong interactions, marked by the State prize of the Russian Federation for young scientists for outstanding works in the field of science and technology of 2003. Since 2008 Vladimir has been a member of the LHCb collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Under his leadership in 2014-2018, the Russian development team created a production infrastructure, improved technology and organized the manufacture of detector modules of large tracking detectors based on scintillation fibers (the project SciFi was a part of the modernization of the LHCb experiment). Since 2015 he has been co-coordinator of Russian participation in the SHiP experiment at CERN.

In 2009 he initiated (together with A.Golutvin) contacts between Yandex and CERN in order to study the prospects of using both the advanced IT-developments of CERN for the main activities of Yandex and the products of Yandex in the works carried out at CERN. He has given a number of master ’s and postgraduate courses, and has repeatedly delivered science-popular lectures to various audiences.
Mitesh Patel
Reader in Particle Physics
Imperial College London / NUST MISiS
The main research of Dr. Patel is concentrated on data analysis of LHCb experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Mitesh Patel is a specialist in the field of search of rare decays of beauty particles (that is containing a heavy b-quark in the structure), in 2012-2014 he headed the working group “Rare Decays” in LHCb. Under its guidance a number of world-class tests of the Standard model were made. In particular, he played an important role in receiving one of the most significant results of an experiment of LHCb — detection of super-rare decay of a strange B-meson on a muon — anti-muon pair. Dr. Patel is a member of the international group of data fitting on heavy quark flavours (HFAG). It developed new inclusive algorithms of reconstruction of events with a neutrino in a final state and also studied application of the software of the Yandex company for search of rare decays.
Within an upgrade of LHCb Dr. Patel together with colleagues from Imperial College London works on improvement of the Cherenkov detector RICH. Also he takes active part in development of design of a new experiment SHiP oriented to search of particles of the so-called “hidden sector”.
Elena Graverini
Elena is a scientific collaborator at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL). She is studying rare decays of B mesons in order to establish whether these are lepton universal, or if they are mediated by yet undiscovered particles beyond the Standard Model.
Elena graduated in Experimental Particle Physics in Italy, with research projects ranging from the development of innovative detectors to the design of a trigger system for rare kaon decays. She then received a Ph.D. degree at the University of Zurich, following her extensive contributions to the design of the SHiP experiment, and her search for deviations from the Standard Model prediction using semileptonic decays of beauty mesons recorded by the LHCb experiment.
Antonia Di Crescenz
Antonia Di Crescenzo graduated from the University of Naples “Federico II,” where in 2013 she defended her thesis under Professor Giovanni De Lellis on the subject of searching for the oscillations of muon neutrino to tau neutrino in the OPERA experiment. Antonia is currently active in the SHiP experiment, where she is responsible for developing of SND detector design focused on finding light dark matter and studying tau neutrino.
Konstantinos Petridis
Senior Lecturer
University of Bristol / NUST MISiS
Kostas Petridis’ main interests are in the field of searches of physics beyond the Standard Model. As a member of the LHCb collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Dr. Petridis is involved in the search for rare decay of beauty particles (i.e. containing a heavy b-quark). In addition to this, he is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a collaboration focused on the study of neutrino properties, and is also a member of the CERN Physics Beyond Colliders working group. Since 2015 Kostas Petridis has taken part in the collaboration SHiP. Dr Petridis has extensive teaching experience, teaching a number of general education and special courses at the University of Bristol and at other universities.
Oliver Lantwin
Senior Lecturer
PostDoc at the University of Zürich / NUST MISiS
Oliver is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich. He completed his MSci at Imperial College London in 2015 studying rare decays with the LHCb experiment. Continuing at Imperial College, he got involved in the design of SHiP — a proposed experiment searching for super-weakly interacting new particles beyond the Standard Model. He completed his PhD on the optimisation of the SHiP experimental design with a focus on the active muon shield in 2019. Now at the University of Zurich he resumes his work on LHCb, studying the lepton flavour universality of rare decays, while continuing to work towards realising the SHiP experiment.
Sergey Shirobokov
PhD student at Imperial College London
Sergey Shirobokov graduated from the Department of Physics of Moscow State University in 2015. Currently, Sergey is a PhD student at Imperial College London and a student at the Yandex School of Data Analysis. He has been involved in the simulation of the neutrino detector at the SHiP experiment. Sergey is also responsible for the application of machine learning techniques in searches for a Dark Matter in the detector. In 2009 he initiated (together with A.Golutvin) contacts between Yandex and CERN in order to study the prospects of using both the advanced IT-developments of CERN for the main activities of Yandex and the products of Yandex in the works carried out at CERN. He has given a number of master ’s and postgraduate courses, and has repeatedly delivered science-popular lectures to various audiences.