Hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory
October 5 - 11
New York, NY
17th Biennial International Conference on Accelerator
and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems


Last updated May 10th, 2019

Monday, October 7th, 2019

SpeakerJim Misewich (Associate Lab Director for Energy and Photon Sciences, BNL)

Jim Misewich joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2002 where he is currently the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Photon Sciences (EPS). In this role he has responsibility for a broad portfolio of energy R&D spanning the spectrum from discovery science to deployment of technologies. The EPS Directorate includes departments in Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, and Sustainable Energy Technology and two DOE national user facilities: the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). He also has represented Brookhaven National Laboratory on the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium.

Misewich is also a Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University where he teaches and has research collaborations and where he works with the SBU-BNL Energy Frontier Research Center on Energy Storage, the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties. His current research is focused on strongly correlated electron physics.

Prior to Brookhaven, he worked for 20 years in the Laser Physics Group in the Physical Sciences Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights where he made contributions to laser science, correlated electron material transport, and nanoscience. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1983 and joined IBM directly from graduate school. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

TitleBuild the Future Harnessing Advanced Technology Innovations and Inclusion
SpeakerFlorence D. Hudson (Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC)

Florence Hudson is Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, consulting in advanced technology, diversity & inclusion. Her expertise includes technical and business leadership, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), smart campus and cities, cybersecurity, connected healthcare, clinical IoT, blockchain, innovation, strategic growth, business development, partnerships, ecosystems, change management, marketing, diversity & inclusion. She is a sought-after strategist, keynote speaker, editor in chief and author.

She is a former IBM Vice President of Strategy & Marketing and Chief Technology Officer, and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. She has served as a director on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. She is Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University leading cybersecurity research transition to practice, and Special Advisor for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University enabling US-EU collaboration for Next Generation Internet. She leads IEEE standards work on clinical IoT data and device interoperability, TIPPSS - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security, and Blockchain for Clinical Trials.

She is on the Editorial Board for Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and on advisory councils for Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Union County College, and Computational Approaches for Cancer workshops at SuperComputing conferences. She has presented in many venues worldwide, including a TED talk on sustainability on a smarter planet. As Editor in Chief for "Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT" she brought together 17 women authors from around the world to share their views and work on this important and growing topic, including an information security fellow at CERN in Switzerland.

Ms. Hudson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, beginning her career at Grumman Aerospace Corporation and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. She attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

AbstractAdvanced technology innovations are disrupting our world, while eagerly making it more efficient and connected. The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, big data and analytics, all with the need for cybersecurity. IoT is everywhere, in your homes, cars, labs and lives. Increased connectivity brings risk to the integrity of our scientific experiments, to the safety of humans in connected vehicles, and protection of connected healthcare devices and patients. We will discuss how to harness the power of advanced technology innovations, while securing the future, with a focus on TIPPSS - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security. Inclusion is an imperative for innovation, let's harness advanced technology innovations and the diversity of our world to build our tomorrow...starting today.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

TitleWhy Cybersecurity Should Not Be Left to the Experts
SpeakerAllison Bishop (Co-Founder and President of Proof Trading)

Allison Bishop is a computer scientist whose research spans cryptography, distributed systems, and stock trading. She is currently a co-founder and President of Proof Trading, a new broker-dealer for US equities. She was formerly an assistant professor of computer science at Columbia University and a quantitative researcher at IEX. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Princeton University, a certificate of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a Phd in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
AbstractFor too long, cybersecurity has been treated as an optional special topic in computer science: separable from the core design and development of emerging technologies. It has also been practiced and learned by a select and narrow group of specialists, typically lacking in diversity. This has led to predictable failures to anticipate certain kinds of challenges to securing systems in practice, and also to accommodate the needs of diverse users of technology. In this talk, we'll discuss early-stage efforts to create a cybersecurity curriculum for the general public, and how scientists from other disciplines can become more informed and more involved.

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

TitleGravitational Wave Detectors: Controls at the Femtometer Level
SpeakerGabriele Vajente (CALTECH, Pasadena, California)

Gabriele Vajente earned his doctoral degree in experimental physics from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, working at the commissioning and sensitivity characterization of the European Virgo gravitational wave interferometric detector. He worked ever since in the field of experimental gravity, contributing in particular to the design, contraction and operation of second generation gravitational wave detectors: first working at the design of the European Advanced Virgo instrument, and then joining the LIGO laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, where he is a staff research scientist. He is currently involved in the operation of the Advanced LIGO detector, in the design of improved high reflectivity coatings for future upgrades, and in the application of modern control techniques, including machine learning, to gravitational wave detectors.
AbstractThe detection of Gravitational Wave signals from binary black holes and binary neutron stars coalescences opened a new era in modern astronomy. Those discoveries were made possible by high accuracy control systems, capable of maintaining the resonance condition in the interferometric detectors at the femto meter level in the length degrees of freedom, and at the nano radian level in the angular degrees of freedom. This talk describes the control strategies currently implemented in the LIGO gravitational wave detectors, their performance and limitations, and discuss future research directions.

Friday, October 11th, 2019

TitleHow Data Technology and Computational Power Are Advancing X-ray Synchrotron Science
SpeakerAndi Barbour (National Synchotron Light Source II, BNL)

Andi Barbour is a member of scientific staff in the Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy program at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) found at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. She spent the last 4 years commissioning two new x-ray beamlines: the Coherent Soft X-ray beamline (world leading in coherent soft x-ray flux) and the Soft Inelastic X-ray beamline (world leading in energy resolving power - 20meV at 930eV). Moving forward, Dr. Barbour is most interested in understanding dynamics related to spin and electronic order in quantum materials and using machine learning to improve data collection and analysis.

Dr. Barbour has had a varied career, which began with the completion of a B.S. in Chemistry at North Carolina State University, followed by employment as a Systems Integration Engineer at Abbott Laboratories. There, she contributed to the research and development of automated medical diagnostic instruments and received Abbott's Vice President's Award for Excellence and a Division Director Award. Andi then attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as a Chemical Physics Fellow to study growth of Van der Waals films (thermodynamics, structure, and dynamics), which included the use of neutron scattering techniques. After earning her Ph.D., she became interested in surface diffraction and using hard X-rays to understand surface dynamics while a member of the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory.
AbstractThe technologically advanced instruments and devices available to synchrotron scientists in the last 15 years or so are making for both better and faster experiments. With that comes more data that is also markedly more complex than that of the single point detector used at the first x-ray synchrotrons in the 1980s. At the start of NSLS-II, there was a realization that a new generation data system is necessary to meet the imminent needs of a 21st century facility. I will discuss the journey of the implementation and evolution of the NSLS-II data system and how it enhances commissioning activities and enables powerful data collection and analysis to advance user science.