VII International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research

ACAT 2000
(Formerly AIHENP)

October 16-20, 2000

 Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Artificial Intelligence, Innovative Software Algorithms and Tools, Symbolic Problem solving and Large Scale Computing
in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics, Accelerator Physics and Nuclear Physics

Sponsored by
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, The U.S. Department of Energy and The National Science Foundation

Recent revolutions in computer hardware and software technologies have paved the way for the development of advanced methodologies in computing, data exploration and analyses. Adopting these advanced techniques is crucial to the success of increasingly more complex and challenging projects we undertake in physics research. The goals of this workshop are to disseminate knowledge of these techniques and foster closer interactions between computer scientists and physicists with the hope of generating new ideas and initiatives that will have a significant beneficial impact on research.

The workshop will cover four main topics: (1) Artificial Intelligence, (2) Innovative Software Algorithms and Tools, (3) Symbolic Problem Solving and (4) Very Large-scale Computing. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss, the advances in these areas. We shall address, for example, the use of these techniques in on-line triggering, monitoring and analysis of data in large experiments; operation and control of accelerators; data selection and pattern recognition of complex and rare physical phenomena; complex and large-scale theoretical calculations and large-scale simulation of events, accelerator and detector components.

The workshop should be of great interest to the on-going and future high energy, nuclear and astrophysics experiments which will need effective means of mining and exploring, and efficiently analyzing unprecedented amounts of data. Present and future endeavors in accelerator physics should similarly benefit from the topics covered. 

Researcher in other fields who may have interesting contributions to the workshop are welcome to contact us by writing to .

Pushpalatha Bhat
Matthias Kasemann


Organizing Committee

Pushpalatha Bhat (co-chair, Fermilab)
Mark Fischler (Fermilab)
Irwin Gaines (Fermilab)
Al Goshaw (Fermilab and Duke U.)
Stephen Holmes (Fermilab)
Matthias Kasemann (co-chair, Fermilab)
Rocky Kolb (Fermilab and U. Chicago)
Lee Lueking (Fermilab)
Joe Lykken (Fermilab)
Ruth Pordes (Fermilab)
Harrison Prosper (FSU)
Betsy Schermerhorn (Fermilab)
Marjorie Shapiro (LBL)
Vicky White (Fermilab)
John Womersley (Fermilab)
Conference Secretariat

Mari Herrera
Michelle Lopez
Emily Pahlavan
Cynthia Sazama
International Advisory Committee

Halina Abramowicz (Tel Aviv Univ.)
Karl-Heinz Becks (Wuppertal Univ.)
Chris Berger (RWTH-Aachen Univ.)
Pushpalatha Bhat (Fermilab, Batavia)
Rene Brun (CERN, Geneva)
Bruce Denby ( Versailles Univ.)
Jochem Fleischer (Bielefeld Univ.)
Raoul Gatto (Geneva Univ.)
Gaston Gonnet (ETHZ, Zurich)
Viacheslav Ilyin (INP/MSU, Moscow)
Fred James (CERN, Geneva)
Robert Jones (CERN, Geneva)
Jacques Jousset (LPC Clermont-Ferrand)
Toshiaki Kaneko (Meiji Gakuin Univ., Yokohama)
Andrei Kataev (INR, Moscow)
Setsuya Kawabata (KEK, Tsukuba)
Christian Kiesling (MPI, Munich)
Paul Kunz (SLAC, Stanford)
Marcel Kunze (Ruhr Univ.)
Leif Lonnblad (Lund Univ.)
Victor Matveev (INR, Moscow)
Denis Perret-Gallix (IAC Chair, LAPP, Annecy-le-Vieux)
Peter Overmann (Wolfram Research, Inc.)
Carsten Peterson (Lund Univ.)
David Quarrie (LBL, Berkeley)
Ettore Remiddi (Bologna Univ.)
Jose Seixas (UFRJ,Rio de Janeiro)
Yoshimisu Shimizu (KEK, Tsukuba)
Dmitri Shirkov (JINR, Dubna)
Alexandre Smirnitsky (ITEP, Moscow)
Ludwig Tauscher (Basel Univ.)
Jos Vermaseren (NIKHEF, Amsterdam)
Monique Werlen (LAPTH, Annecy-Le-Vieux)

Preliminary Deadlines

Submission of Papers for Proceedings: November 20, 2000


$300.00 - Registration

Registration Form

Workshop Location

The Workshop is going to be held at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
The sessions will be held in the Hi-Rise.

More information will be available soon.



Off-site with Special Rates for Fermilab:


There are a number of hotels located near Fermilab.
Reservations should be made directly with the hotel of your choice. 
Prices subject to change.  The hotels noted below have special Fermilab rates. 
Please mention that you are visiting Fermilab and traveling on business for the ACAT2K workshop.


Holiday Inn, Naperville
1801 North Naper Boulevard
(Wheaton-Naperville Road)
Naperville, Illinois
Telephone: (630) 505-4900
Fax: (630) 505-8239
No Block Established; rooms will be provided
on an availability basis at the Fermilab
Rate of $94 per night or with a Government
I.D. card at the rate of $89 per night.


Radisson Lisle-Naperville
50-Room Block
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, Illinois 60532
Telephone: (630) 505-1000
Fax: (630) 505-1165
$99 per night, Single or Double


Travelodge, Naperville
25-Room Block
I-88 and Naperville Road
Naperville, Illinois
Telephone: (630) 505-0200
Fax: (630) 505-4291
Quoted Rate of $60 per night
rate includes continental breakfast.


Exel Inn, Naperville
50-Room Block
Naperville, Illinois
Telephone: (630) 357-0022
Fax: (630) 357-9817
$46.99 per night one double bed
$52.99 per night two double beds


Fairfield Naperville Inn  
1820 Arbiter Court
Naperville, IL  60563
Phone:  (630) 577-1820
Fax: (630) 5770120
Rate:  $84/night+ tax Single or Double; includes continental breakfast


Hampton Naperville Inn
1087 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL  60563
Phone:  (630)505-1400
Fax: (630) 505-1416
Rate:  $89/night+tax Single or Double; includes continental breakfast


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Transportation Information

Transportation to Fermilab Directions to Fermilab

Transportation to Fermilab

Transportation to and from Chicago O'Hare Airport or Midway Airport is available by limousine or car rental. There is no public transportation to Fermilab, and taxi service is costly. You are strongly encouraged to rent a car or arrange to share a rental car with one of your colleagues, as no transportation will be provided to and from Fermilab and your hotel.

Car Rentals

As stated above, you are strongly encouraged to rent a car. All of the usual rental companies (Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, etc.) are located at the airports. For the best price, we recommend Ace Rent-a-Car at O'Hare Airport, telephone 1-800-243-3443 or 847-297-3350, as their prices are competitive and include the cost of insurance.


Reservations for limousine service should be made in advance when possible.

Airtran reservations:
out of State: call 1-800-851-0200
local: call (630) 961-5500

West Suburban Limousine:
out of State: call 1-800-345-LIMO
local: call 630-668-9600
for pickup instructions AFTER your arrival at O'Hare Airport or Midway Airport, call 1-800-942-LIMO.

Limo Company O'Hare Midway Each Additional Person
Airtran $35.00* $42.00* $7.00
West Suburban Limousine Service $33.00* $40.00* $7.00

* Rate does not include tip.

Airtran from 11:00pm-4:30am add $15.00.

West Suburban Limousine from 11:00pm-1:00am the rate is 1.5 times the normal rate and from 1:00am-4:00am the rate is double the normal rate.

All prices are subject to change without notice.


Drive to Fermilab

Directions to Fermilab from Chicago

From Chicago, travel west on the Eisenhower (I-290) to I-88 (40 cents)
Exit I-88 at the Farnsworth exit, north or right (30 cents).
Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right at Pine Street, Fermilab's main entrance.
Public Affairs is located in Wilson Hall, first floor, east side, behind the elevators.

Directions to Fermilab from O'Hare

From O'Hare, take I-90 east toward Chicago. After just a couple of miles, take I-294 south, toward Indiana (40 cents)
From I-294m take the exit to I-88, the east-west tollway, toward Aurora (40 cents).
From I-88, take the Farnsworth exit (30 cents). Turn north onto Farnsworth.
Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street, the Main Entrance to Fermilab. Come to Wilson Hall, the High Rise.You'll see it sticking up off the prairie.
Take the steps to the front door, As you face the reception desk in the atrium of Wilson Hall, the Public Affairs Office is to your left, just to the right of the elevators.

Directions to Fermilab from Midway

Take Cicero Avenue North to the Stevenson Expressway South (I-55) to I-355 North (toward Northern Suburbs).
Take I-355 to the East-West Tollway (I-88).
Take I-88 West for approximately 10 miles to the Farnsworth North Exit and turn right.
Travel 2.9 miles to the Pine Street entrance to the Fermilab site.

Fermilab on Maps


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Deadline Submission of Abstracts: June 30, 2000

Abstracts submitted after the deadline date will be considered only if time permits.

The Scientific Program will consist of plenary and parallel sessions and working groups.

Topics for ACAT2000

1. Artificial Intelligence 

  Applications of Neural Networks in Triggering Hardware/Software,
   Programmable Hardware, Evolvable Hardware, Data Exploration,
   Classification, Parameter Estimation, Function Approximation
  Fuzzy Logic
  Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms
  Expert Systems for Controls & monitoring
  AI Languages & Tools
  Applications in Accelerator Physics
  Applications in Astrophysics
  Standard Multivariate Methods

2. Innovative Software Algorithms & Tools

  Open Source Issues
  Innovative Software Engineering
  Mapping and Differential Algebra
  Lattice Gauge Theory Algorithms
  Simulation of Real-Time Applications
  Collaborative and problem-solving Tools
  Human-machine Interface
  Data Browsing and Visualization
  Advanced Analysis Environments
  New methods of fitting large amounts of data

3. Symbolic Problem Solving

  Innovative use of General Purpose Mathematical Tools
  Databases for Symbolic Calculations
  Advanced Feynman Diagram Computation
  High order Lattice Perturbation Theory
  Symbolic Manipulation with groups and other complex mathematical objects
  Functional, Iconic and Visual Programming

4. Very Large Scale Computing

  Frameworks, Tools and Techniques for Large Scale Computing
  Innovative Management of Distributed Data
  Large-Scale Theoretical Calculations
  Astrophysics simulations
  Automated Simulation of MC Events and Automated Cataloging
  Simulations in Accelerator Physics

Social Activities will be available soon.

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Chicago Land

General Information on Chicago including sightseeing, things to do, dining and night life

Visitor Information on nearby Naperville, including events in downtown Naperville, including events in downtown Naperville

Last updated by MH on October 4, 2000