Issue date: 15 June 2004

ISSUE DATE: 15/06/04

Professor Jean-Marie Le Goff, who is Visiting Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of the West of England, will give his professorial lecture on Monday 21 June at Frenchay Campus. Jean-Marie Le Goff is currently the Head of the Technology Transfer Group at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory where the World Wide Web was born.

Professor Goff will speak on Research and Technology Transfer at CERN – the challenges and issues in an internationally funded research organisation.

Professor Goff gives a flavour of his professorial lecture:

“In order to carry out its research program in fundamental physics, CERN, in collaboration with a large number of the best institutions worldwide has to build particle physics accelerators and experiments to probe the behaviour of matter in conditions very close to those that took place just after the Big Bang. This very complex program requires very high tech R&D that pushes technologies to the limits currently reachable by industry.

“The resulting developments constitute a wealth of technologies and know-how that can find applications in many domains such as ICT, Energy and Medicine.

“Since 1999, CERN upon request from its 20 Member States has been pursuing a pro-active Technology Transfer program in view of disseminating these developments to industry and society at large in order to foster public recognition as a centre of excellence for technology.

After a short presentation of CERN and its Technology Transfer background, Professor Goff will address the Technology Transfer issues that are specific to the CERN international environment and present the Technology Transfer policy derived from the experience gained in the last five years and the results obtained.


Editor’s notes

Jean-Marie Le Goff is currently the Head of the Technology Transfer Group at CERN, the world largest particle physics laboratory where the World Wide Web was born.

He did his doctoral research in physics at CIEMAT in Spain and at MIT in the US on the very large muon spectrometer of the L3 experiment of the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP). He graduated from CAEN University in France in 1985.

In the 1990's he turned his attention to computing and software engineering problems in high energy physics, at a time when most scientific computing was done on an ad hoc basis by PhD students and post-doctoral assistants. He brought a new rigour to this discipline and was soon in charge of a team to design and implement control software for a new generation of experiments.

His association with UWE's Centre for Complex Cooperative Systems also dates back to this time. This collaboration flourished especially with the next major project, CRISTAL, which tamed the almost impossible task of managing the construction of a large experimental apparatus even as the experimental physicists were refining their thinking and requirements and the design and construction of the components was evolving.

He obtained a DPhil in Computing from UWE in 2001 for this research. This work has since been exploited in a number of different settings, a process which brought Jean-Marie into the world of technology transfer.

Jean-Marie Le Goff was appointed Visiting Professor of Computer Science at UWE in 2001 and has continued working with colleagues on a number of further projects, most notably the MammoGrid project which provides a distributed infrastructure to support breast cancer screening.

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