FIFTH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON NEW COMPUTING
TECHNIQUES IN PHYSICS RESEARCH
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, NEURAL NETS, GENETIC ALGORITHMS,
EXPERT SYSTEMS, SYMBOLIC ALGEBRA, AUTOMATIC CALCULATIONS
# AIHENP'96 #
# EPFL Lausanne #
EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland)
2 - 6 September, 1996
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--- Call for Papers---
This is the First Mailing for the 1996 edition of the AIHENP workshop series.
The workshop will be held in EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
in Switzerland on 2-6 September 1996. It is co-organized with EPFL and IPNL.
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The AIHENP series was originally intended for scientists working in fields
related to High Energy and Nuclear Physics; however, since the first workshop
in 1990, the real driving force behind the workshops was to open a forum where
experts from various scientific origins could communicate with each other;
where they could present both conceptual advances on artificial intelligence
and real-life applications; where they could describe specific problems and
generic solutions. Many disciplines were involved, from software engineering,
computer language and artificial intelligence research to telecommunication,
space and industrial applications, together with the standard HENP
This pluri-disciplinary aspect of the series has lead to the opening of the
domain of the workshops to all aspects of physics research, where common
problems may have common solutions and to pave the way for possible future
These workshops address many of the practical problems encountered in the
running and data analysis of large experiments, including: monitoring and
fault diagnosis of large numbers of detector channels; software management of
sometimes millions of lines of code, written by hundreds of scientists
scattered around the world; control of accelerators, ion sources, reactors,
tokomaks, satellites and space probes; data selection and pattern recognition
for complex events and physical phenomena; and the computation of lengthy
theoretical calculation to a high degree of precision.
Those of you who have attended previous editions will remember that the series
began in Lyon, France, in March 1990, and has subsequently been sited in La
Londe les Maures, France, in January 1992, in Oberammergau, Germany, in
October 1993,and, most recently, in Pisa, Italy (April 1995).
Computer technologies evolve rapidly. Even on the time scale of our workshop
series the scene has changed remarkably, and physicists must update their
knowledge periodically in order to work effectively. Thus it is necessary to
bring together on a regular basis not only the physicists, but also computer
scientists, electrical engineers, and experts from industry, in order to keep
abreast of developments which may be useful to us for future endeavours. On
the HENP front, this includes such projects as LEPII, LHC, NLC, the new
B-Factories, the CEBAF and RHIC machines, as well as the ongoing work at HERA
and the planned upgrades of the CDF and D0 experiments at Fermilab. On the
space/remote sensing front, such new projects as (AMS, ALLEGRO, space station
ALPHA, IBIZA) are beginning to put constraints on software development and
data analysis. Condensed matter, solid state, plasma physics, telecommunication
and astro-physics, are all evolving toward more sophisticated computing
activities to handle the exponentially growing amount of data and to fulfil the
requirement of an increasing level of measurement or calculational accuracy.
Dealing with artificial intelligence methods or techniques, the workshop
will also be covering Neuro-science developments leading to application in
The AIHENP series workshops have always been less formal than full conferences,
stressing new results, and with sufficient time allowed for spontaneous
discussions to develop. Incentives for creating working groups on specific
issues like standardization are very strong.
As in the past, the 1996 workshop will consist of plenary sessions and three
parallel sessions covering our three subgroups,
A) SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
B) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, NEURAL NETS, GENETIC ALGORITHMS, EXPERT SYSTEMS
C) SYMBOLIC MANIPULATION, AUTOMATIC CALCULATION
along with tutorials and demonstrations, poster sessions, industrial booths,
and a final round-table style discussion within each subgroup. We have also
invited a few experts from other fields to come and give keynote talks
which should give us some new perspectives.
We give below a list of some of the subjects covered in the three subgroups:
(A) Group: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
1) Subgroup: Languages and Systems
- Conventional languages, Fortran, C, ...
- Object Oriented Languages, C++, Eiffel, ADA 95, SmallTalk, ...
- Mixed languages environment.
- Operating systems HEPIX, ...
- Parallel computing
- Network wide application software maintenance.
- Porting packages between languages and OS.
- Data Base maintenance (updating, access protection).
- Persistent object manager.
- Data description and representation.
2) Subgroup: CASE Tools for Developing, Maintaining and Designing
- Intelligent editors.
- Maintenance of multi-version application: CMZ, Historian, CVS...
- On-line documentation (HTML and the WEB), ...
- Symbolic debuggers.
- Data representation.
- Software design and simulation.
- System simulation for real-time application.
3) Subgroup: Interactive Analysis
- Event server.
- Graphical user interface.
- Interactive analysis packages PAW, Reason, IDAL, ...
- Virtual Reality techniques for visualisation.
4) Subgroup: Software Engineering in Lattice Gauge Theory
(B) Group: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND NEURAL NETS
1) Subgroup: "Traditional AI"
- AI languages.
- Mixing AI languages, OOL and conventional languages in
- Off-line support/On-line assistance
- Hardware testing and maintenance.
- Real-time expert systems.
- Embedding E.S. support in detectors or systems.
2) Subgroup: "Adaptive Methods"
Artificial Neural Networks:
- Applications to offline data analysis.
- Online applications:
Triggers for high energy physics
Filtering for remote sensing and space applications
- Neural Nets for Control:
Accelerators, ion sources, reactors, tokomaks
Satellites, space probes
- Hardware and software applications
- Evolutionary and genetic algorithms.
- Boolean Networks.
- Learning algorithms.
- High speed massively parallel hardware.
- Decision tree methods.
- Multivariate statistical techniques.
- Handling systematic errors in multidimensional analyses.
(C) Group: SYMBOLIC MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES
1) Subgroup: Languages and Tools
- News about general purpose systems (Schoonschip, Form, Reduce,
Maple, Mathematica, Axiom-Scratchpad II, GAL, ...).
- Graphical interface (diagrams display, multi-dimensional
function visualisation, ...).
- Databases in symbolic calculations (physical data and structures,
intermediate results, formulae for loop integrals, sub-diagrams, ..)
2) Subgroup: Automation of Feynman Diagrams Computation
- Full automation systems and projects, advanced packages
(GRACE/CHANEL/BASES/SPRING, CompHEP, FeynArt/FeynCalc,
ESP project, Physica, HIP, ...).
- Multiloop diagram generation.
- Symbolic-numeric interface (problem of code optimisation,
analysis of numerical instability sources, ...).
- Phase space integration and event generators.
- Standardization problems and interfaces between systems and packages.
3) Subgroup: Advanced Feynman Diagrams Computation
- Methods and algorithms for the evaluation of high order radiative
corrections and N-loop Feynman diagrams.
- High order corrections to the anomalous magnetic moments.
- Fast evaluation of 1-loop integrals and problem of automation of
1-loop correction calculation.
- Particular problems in specific processes and calculations.
4) Subgroup: Quantum Field Theory and Super-Algebra and other Fields
- Main computational problems and applications of computer algebra
in Quantum Field Theory.
- Calculations with effective electroweak and QCD Hamiltonians.
- Programming of Dirac Algebra and gamma5 in Dimensional
- Calculations in SUSY models.
- Calculations in Supergravity and SuperString theories (problems
of programming for differential algebra and geometry and other
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Preliminary DEAD-LINE MAY 1, 1996
Applications should preferably be sent by electronic mail. Fax and postal
submissions will also be accepted. Applications should include an abstract
describing the work done, a title and a list of authors which indicates which
one is the contact person. The contact person should include his postal
address, electronic mail address, and telephone and fax numbers. THE ABSTRACT
PLUS ALL ACCOMPANYING INFORMATION SHOULD FIT ON ONE PAGE. An abstract booklet
will be prepared from these submissions so reasonable care should be taken in
preparing them (late submissions may not be included in the abstract booklet).
Please follows the template given hereafter (PLAIN ASCII TEXT IS MANDATORY).
Approved E-mail abstracts will be available on the WEB.
The application should contain an indication of the subgroup which most
closely matches the topic of the paper (i.e., 1-Software Engineering,
2-Artificial Intelligence, 3-Symbolic Manipulation). Papers which the author
believes are suitable for the workshop but which do not fit precisely into
any of the three subgroups will also be considered.
All applicants will receive an initial confirmation of receipt, which does
not necessarily indicate acceptance. Final notification of acceptance will be
done after the papers have been reviewed.
Past experience has shown that we will probably not be able to fit in
all accepted papers for oral presentation. If so, we will try to retain
those papers with the broadest general interest for oral presentation, and
encourage authors of papers of more specific interest to consider presentation
in the poster sessions. Applications directly to the poster sessions can
also be made. Presentations of a tutorial or review nature are also possible.
All papers accepted for oral or poster presentation will be published
in the workshop proceedings, which, as in past workshops,
will be a hard-cover edition with the workshop logo in colour on the cover.
Qualifying papers will probably be published in a special edition of a
Template for Abstracts:
Workshop session: Soft. Eng., Art. Int., Symb. Manip., ...
Author(1), Author(2), ......................, Author(n)
Mail address :
< Abstract Text (less than one page (total)) >
Addresses for Submission
Electronic Submission (preferred):
aihenp96 at lapp.in2p3.fr
(41) (21) 692 3605 in care of M. Werlen
Submission by Post:
Monique Werlen - AIHENP96