João Silva (Software Engineer @ CERN)
I'm a passionate software engineer and avid runner born and raised in sunny Lisbon, Portugal. When I'm not out there running and preparing for my very first half-marathon, you can find me on sites like Stack Overflow, sharpening my programming skills, whilst helping others. I'm also a big fan of chocolate, and I favour vi over Emacs.
Currently, I'm working at CERN, in not-so-sunny Geneva, Switzerland, which operates the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. Previously, I've worked for Accenture, focusing mainly on the design and development of enterprise-wide information systems.
While in college, I've studied Computer Science and Engineering, at Instituto Superior Técnico, where I've also proudly served as a teaching assistant for an introductory programming course. I did my master thesis on the topic of question answering, under the supervision of Professor Luísa Coheur, of the Spoken Language Systems Lab (L²F).
Derek Mathieson (Principal Software Engineer @ CERN)
CERN: From an IT Perspective
Talk, 14h00 to 15h20, February 25, 2014
Speakers: João Silva, Derek Mathieson
Information technologies, in all its forms, are key to CERN’s activities. In this presentation, Derek will give an overview of the organization’s mission, and highlight some of its ground-breaking activities from the perspective of an IT professional, beginning with the inception of the World Wide Web, to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, which provides the resources to store, distribute, and process the ~25 petabytes of data produced annually by the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.