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Unicorn College successfully realized a workshop at University of Oxford

Another Unicorn College's successful event in the scientific field, this time at University of Oxford.
On 26thand 27thOctober, a workshop was held at University of Oxford focused on the progress of work on the project of the Product database (PD) for the new internal detector in the ATLAS internal detector experiment that is going to be implemented as substitute for the current internal detector operating within the large hadron collider at CERN. Unicorn College was represented by Marek Beránek, Vladimír Kovář, Lukáš Sýkora and Václav Vacek.
Members of the Unicorn College staff and some students have been working on the PD proposal and development project since 2015. Unicorn College has already organized two international workshops dealing with the topic (June 2015 and October 2016) attended both times by a large group of foreign participants from the community around the ATLAS internal detector. Three bachelor theses dealing with component topics related to the database project have already been defended by students supervised by Unicorn College teachers. The students also got their opportunity for short-term internships at renowned workplaces (e.g. CERN, Oxford University, Cambridge University).
The recent event at University of Oxford, administratively guaranteed by Professor T. Weinberg from the Physics Department, was attended by 14 experts, mainly representatives from the Strip segment of the internal detector and two invited representatives from the Pixel community of the detector. The programme part of the workshop was fully covered by the Unicorn College representatives. An important lecture by Marek Beránek filled the morning programme of the 26thOctober 2017. It thoroughly mapped the progress and state of work on the PD in the 1.0 version developed for the strip part of the project. Vladimír Kovář suitably contributed to the programme with a lecture dealing with general experience with proposals and monitoring of large database systems. In the discussion, Václav Vacek reminded the representatives of the detector Pixel community of the opportunity to use the existing three-year experience with the development of the strip part of the PD designed to incorporate their needs into the complex conception of PD of the whole internal detector. The afternoon programme on 26thOctober 2017 was realized in the form of “hands on PD, version 1.0“, i.e. all participants gained an opportunity to try and actually work with the database (from the signup into the system through its configuration to storing data into PD). Lukáš Sýkora, a UC student, also joined this training part of the programme. The afternoon programme of the second day, i.e. 27thOctober 2017, offered a discussion among the participants of the workshop, mapping their experience from the practical use of PD in its current version, classifying their comments and modification suggestions. Before concluding the workshop, the participants attended an excursion in the afternoon into the Physics Department labs with a robotized workplace which carries out plating the strip structures (staves) with so-called tapes (flat cables several microns wide for reading electronics).
The UC group in front of the Physics Department at Oxford – next to one of the Colleges in Oxford
The UC staff during the “hands on PD, version 1.0” briefing of the workshop participants