Oxford School - Outline Programme

 

This programme will be updated with full details of the speakers and classes in the coming weeks.

Outline of parallel sessions 

July 9: Afternoon/evening – registration and welcome reception

 

Outreach: Poster exhibition with posters from both Academia and Industry will be installed for the whole duration of the School.

 

July 10: Introduction session and Advanced CMOS technologies, 3D technologies and Industry Trends.

 

After an introduction on the meaning of “intelligent signal processing chain for the 21st century instruments”, and why this is needed, today’s session will address the technology(ies) to design the crucial Front-End processing stage of this chain.

Intelligent devices need compact and closely-integrated FE processing. The micro-electronic engineers are thus challenged to use cutting-edge Very Deep Sub Micron technology and novel integration techniques for designing this new generation of Front-End circuits, both for research and many areas of applied life. This is a very exciting and fast evolving technology field, tackled in this session.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L1-1

General Introductory talk to the school:

Intelligent  signal processing chain for 21st century instruments: what does it mean? What for?

 

1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L1-2

Advanced CMOS Technologies: current trends and future prospects


1300 – 1400: Lunch.


1400 – 1600: Parallel sessions (choice a la carte
)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

Parallel Session 1: Lab session

                             

Parallel Session 2: classes with computer-aided lessons

 

Parallel Session 3: dedicated “masterclass” lectures based on questions asked by students concerning morning (or previous) lessons (interactive exchange)

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Lecture L2

The 3D technology or towards full integration

 

18-20: Dinner/Beer at the Pub….

20-21h30: Outreach event &  public lecture

"Future trends in  Medical Imaging" 

Professor David Townsend, Clinical Imaging Research Centre, University of Singapore

 

July 11: The (Si)PMT signal FE processing and new developments.

 

Photomultipliers (PMT) are widely used since very long in the addressed fields. Since some years the SiPM-based technology is taking over with very appealing emerging new developments. Today session will cover the related challenges and new trends of this signal processing technology and applications.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L3-1

PMTs versus SiPMs and related signal processing issues for low photon flux detection (Calorimetry, Medical Imaging, etc..)


1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L3-2

SiPM used as PMT devices for ionized particle detection and new trends on related pixel technology, signal processing issues and applications.


1300 – 1400: Lunch


1400 – 1600: Parallel sessions (choice a la carte
)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Lecture L4

Philips digital photon counter - applications to Astrophysics, High-Energy Physics and Medical Physics

 

20-21:30          Outreach event & Public lecture: "The after-Higgs discovery: vision on the Particle Physics strategy"

Speakers: Prof. Philip Burrows (Oxford University), Prof. Gigi Rolandi (CERN & Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)

July 12: FE signal processing for semi-conductor Microstrips and Pixels based devices.

 

Instrumentation based on semi-conductor technology is more and more widely used, profiting from the fast-evolving advances in the semi-conductor field and its potential for including front end processing.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L5-1

Introduction to the use of microstrip and pixel based devices and the corresponding main challenges to be confronted by their associated Front-End Electronics.


1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L5-2

Micro-strip based detection systems: advances and new technological developments


1300 – 1400: Lunch.


1400 – 1600:  Parallel sessions (choice a la carte
)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Lecture L6

Intelligent Signal Front-End Processing for micro-strip based instruments including triggering capability   

 

 

 

 

 

July 13: MicroStrips and Pixels FE signal processing (cont’d)

 

Mainly dedicated to the pixel case.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L7-1

Intelligent Front-End for pixel based instruments: Front-End and novel ideas.


1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L7-2

Intelligent Front-End for pixel based instruments: digital processing of the pixel matrix part.


1300 – 1400: Lunch.

 

1400 – 1600: Parallel sessions (choice a la carte)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Lecture L8

Application of micro-strips and pixel detector technology to the Medical Imaging: special signal processing issues and new developments.

 

 

 

19h30 for 20h00 School Banquet at Exeter College

 

                                    

July 14: Realtime filtering, selecting & triggering on-instrument: the 21st century challenges

 

Intelligent devices means that the associated Front End signal processing provides digitized information that includes real-time filtering allowing to further select on Physics or diagnosis bases, the information at this early front-end stage.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L9-1

Novel Processing Units to beat real-time filtering on 21st century instruments


1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L10

 The challenges of real-time processing on detector in Astro, HEP & Medical worlds in the 21st century (3 talks)

Free afternoon 

             

July 15: Front-End Signal Transmission technology: interconnected worlds

 

Once the VFE processing, real time filtering and selection are performed, the intelligent FEE must transmit the processed information, using the most advanced communication means that fit their needs. This is the subject of today session.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L11-1

Signal transmission challenges on the instruments: main solutions & new prospects

 

1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L11-2

The interconnected world: needs in Astrophysics, Particle Physics & Medical World

(3 contributions)


1300 – 1400: Lunch.

 

1400 – 1600: Parallel sessions (choice a-la-carte)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Lecture L12

New trends in the Telecom world

20h-21h30 Outreach event & public lecture:

 "The next steps in the Exploration of the Universe"

Dr Chris Lintott, Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford

 

July 16: New trends on Test-bench and evaluation/characterizationTools

 

Developing fancy and challenging FEE processing circuits is very exciting but one has to ensure at the end that what was designed and developed is indeed working according to the specs: design and setting up evaluation and characterization test benches is thus the common duty of engineers and physicists. Main concerns are high performance quality and reliability of the product. It is indeed one of the steps in the R&D process where the two “worlds” work in close collaboration. Today session tackles this important topic emphasizing the novel tools needed for these advanced high tech devices.

 

0830 – 0900: Coffee


0900 – 1100: Lecture L13-1

Test bench: specificities and evolution for each field of application (3 talks)


1100 – 1130: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1130 – 1300: Lecture L13-2

Test automation of 3D integrated system


1300 – 1400: Lunch.


1400 – 1600: Parallel sessions (choice a-la-carte
)

Lab sessions/or classes/or dedicated lectures

 

1600 – 1630: Coffee, discussions with lecturers


1630 – 1800: Awards session.