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control The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Fields of Interest are real-time and off-line computer systems, including hardware and software aspects of data acquisition, data analysis, data storage, and control, in any and all of the technical disciplines covered by the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

About CANPS

A Brief History of CANPS

Richard Kouzes, July 1998

The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Technical Committee of the IEEE NPSS had its beginnings as an ad hoc committee formed after the Real-Time conference organized by Dennis Perry (LANL) in 1979 in Santa Fe. He organized the conference because he thought it had been too long since the Skytop real-time conference of 1969.

At the conference, a group of us decided that there was a need for such a conference on a more frequent basis, so we formed an ad hoc committee to organize the next conference and to carry out other activities to promote those active in real-time computing. The members of the committee (as best I remember) and their institutions at that time included Larry Cardman (U. Ill), Dave Hensley (ORNL), Dick Kouzes (Princeton), Creve Maples (LBL), Dennis O’Brien (LLNL), Dennis Perry (LANL), Bill Tippie (ANL), Lester Welch (ANL). The ad hoc committee organized the next conference in Oak Ridge for 1981, and also met on several occasions to begin activities such as creating a tape format for data storage (released as the CANPS format in 1987), and trying to obtain funding to set up a central repository for nuclear and particle physics software in the US.

The Berkeley (1983) conference was then organized by the ad hoc committee. The committee was contacted by someone from the IEEE at this point to ask if we would consider becoming a technical committee of the IEEE with a membership of the ad hoc committee plus a few members of an existing IEEE committee. The ad hoc committee felt this would be beneficial for the conference and our other activities, so in 1984, CANPS was born. The series of biennial conferences on Real Time Applications in Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Sciences has continued since that time.

Time Sequence of CANPS

1969

Skytop Conference

1979

RT-1 Sante Fe (Dennis Perry, conference chair)

1979

ad hoc Real-Time Committee formed

1981

RT-2 Oak Ridge (Dave Hensley, conference chair)

1983

RT-3 Berkeley (Creve Maples, conference chair)

1984

IEEE CANPS Committee formed (Ed Barsotti CANPS chair)

1985

RT-4 Chicago (Lester Welch, conference chair)

1986

Lester Welch, CANPS chair

1987

RT-5 San Francisco (Dennis O’Brien, conference chair)
1st CANPS Award – Edwin Norbeck

1987

Lester Welch, CANPS chair

1988

Dick Kouzes, CANPS chair

1989

RT-6 Williamsburg (Roy Whitney, conference chair)
2nd CANPS Award – Rene Brun
Dick Kouzes, CANPS chair

1990

Dick Kouzes, CANPS chair

1991

RT-7 Julich (Klaus Mueller, conference chair)
3rd CANPS Award – Harry Bisby
Dick Kouzes, CANPS chair

1992

Ruth Pordes, CANPS chair

1993

RT-8 Vancouver (Renee Poutissou, conference chair)
4th CANPS Award -Lou Costrell
Ruth Pordes, CANPS chair

1994

Renee Poutissou, CANPS chair

1995

RT-9 East Lansing (Ron Fox, conference chair)
5th CANPS Award -none given
Renee Poutissou, CANPS chair

1996

Tom Kozlowski, CANPS chair

1997

RT-10 Beaune, France (Patrick Le Du, conference chair)
5th CANPS Award – Phil Ponting
Tom Kozlowski, CANPS chair

1998

Tom Kozlowski, CANPS chair

1999

RT-11 Sante Fe (Tom Kozlowski, conference chair)
6th CANPS Award – Robert Downing
Tom Kozlowski, CANPS chair

2000

Christian Boulin, CANPS chair

2001

RT-12 Valencia, Spain (Antonio Ferrer, conference chair)
Christian Boulin, CANPS chair

2002

Christian Boulin, CANPS chair

2003

RT-13 Montreal, Canada (Jean Pierre Martin, conference chair)
Christian Boulin, CANPS chair

2004

Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2005

RT-14 Stockholm, Sweden (Richard Jaconsson, conference chair)
7th CANPS Award – Ed Barsotti
Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2006

Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2007

RT-15 Batavia, Illinois (Margaret Votava, conference chair)
8th CANPS Award – Peter Clout
Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2008

Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2009

RT-16 Beijing, China (Yifang WANG, conference chair)
9th CANPS Award – Sergio Cittoli
Jean Pierre Martin, CANPS chair

2010

RT-17 Lisbon, Portugal (Carlos Varandas, conference chair)
10th CANPS Award – Adriano Luchetta
Stefan Ritt, CANPS chair

2011

Stefan Ritt, CANPS chair

2012

RT-18 Berkeley, California (Sergio Zimmermann, conference chair)
11th CANPS Award – Chris Parkman
Stefan Ritt, CANPS chair

2013

Stefan Ritt, CANPS chair

2014

RT-19 Nara, Japan (Masaharu Nomachi, conference chair)
Martin Purschke, CANPS chair

Membership

Technical Committee Membership

Abbot, David, Jefferson Lab
Amaudruz, Pierre-André, Triumf
Bohm, Christian, University of Stockholm
Calvet, Denis, CEA Saclay
Eckerlin, Guenther, DESY
Fontaine, Rejean, Université de Sherbrooke
Gemmeke, Hartmut, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
Genat, Jean-François, University of Chicago
Goncalves, Bruno, IPFN Lisbon
Grossmann, Martin, Paul Scherrer Institute
Honscheid, Klaus, Ohio State University
Huffer, Mike, SLAC
Itoh, Ryosuke, KEK
Jacobsson, Richard, CERN
Jezynski, Tomasz, DESY
Kuehn, Wolfgang, Uni Giessen
Larsen, Ray, SLAC
LeDû, Patrick, CEA Saclay
Levine, Mike, BNL
Levinson, Lorne, Weizmann Institute
Liu, Ted, Fermilab
Liu, Zhen’An, IHEP Beijing
Luchetta, Adriano, Consorzio RFX, Euratom ENEA
Martin, Jean Pierre, University of Montreal
Neufeld, Niko, CERN
Nomachi, Masaharu, Graduate school of science
Paoletti, Riccardo, University of Siena and INFN Pisa
Purschke, Martin, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Rehlich, Kay, DESY
Ritt, Stefan, Paul Scherrer Institute
Schmeling, Sascha, CERN
Shu, Yantai, Tianjin University
Tang, Fukun, University of Chicago
Varandas, Carlos, Centro de Fusao Nuclear
Varela, Joao, CERN
Varner, Gary, Univ. Hawaii
Vega, Jesus, EURATOM/CIEMAT
Watts, Gordon, University of Washington
Wu, Jin-Yuan, Fermilab
Zimmermann, Sergio, LBNL

Meetings

Awards

Award Description

To recognize individuals who have had an outstanding achievement in the application of data processing and computers in nuclear and plasma sciences.

The CANPS Technical Committee  presents this award at the Real Time conference to someone who has made a significant contribution to the fields of interest represented by CANPS.

 

Administration

The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences (CANPS) Technical Committee administers the granting of such an award in the field of nuclear and plasma physics. The award is given at the Real-Time Conference sponsored by the CANPS Technical Committee, and will be financed from the proceeds of the conference. Details may be found in the official award rules.
The Real-Time Conference is held approximately every two years, usually in the spring or early summer.

 

Eligibility and Prize

Any person, regardless of nationality, is eligible for the award, with the exception that no member of the CANPS Technical Committee can be considered.

The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award shall consist of $2000 plus a plaque.

Award Nomination Form

Past Recipients

2014 – Cheng-Yi Chi

For three decades of development of outstanding electronics for the readout of detectors in nuclear and high-energy physics experiments.

2012 – Chris Parkman

For outstanding development and user support of modular electronics for the instrumentation in physics applications.

2010 – Adriano Luchetta

For remarkable contributions on the development of plasma control systems for nuclear fusion devices.

2009 – Sergio Cittolin

For outstanding visions and achievements in trigger and DAQ architectures for physics experiments over the last 30 years.

2007 – Peter Clout

For sustained and innovative entrepreneurship in computerized data acquisition and control systems.

2005 – Ed Barsotti

For significant contributions to high energy physics data acquisition.

2003 – none
2001 – none
1999 – Robert Downing, University of Illinois (retired)

For energetic and sustained leadership in the standardization of electronics for physics experiments and for the design and implementation of innovative, effective, and high-quality data acquisition systems.

1997 – Philip Ponting, CERN

For his constant effort to promote standardization of electronics in experimental research.

1993 – Louis Costrell, NIST

In appreciation for his many years of leadership in the creation, implementation, and use of standards in data acquisition and control systems.

1991 – Harry Bisby, Harwell

For pioneering contributions to the development of the CAMAC Modular Interface System for real-time data acquisition.

1989 – Rene Brun, CERN

In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the development of GEANT, a computer program used in the simulation of high-energy physics events.

1987 – Edwin Norbeck, University of Iowa

For his pioneering work in building the first computerized data acquisition system based on a general purpose computer.

IEEE NPSS CANPS Award Rules

The Granting of an award by the “Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences” Technical Committee of The Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

(Approved by NPSS Ad Com 7/23/86)
(Revised Version to be Approved by NPSS AdCom 11/7/98)

  1. Description

    With the increased dependency of modern experimental scientific research upon computers it seems reasonable to recognize the individuals who have made an outstanding achievement in the application of computers in nuclear and plasma sciences. Inasmuch as the technology associated with computers is continually evolving, it further seems reasonable to expect innovative applications in the foreseeable future, thus justifying periodic recognition by the granting of an award. The research fields of nuclear, high energy, and plasma physics have especially been enhanced by computers, thus leading to the creation of a biennial award, “The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award”.

  2. Administration

    The “Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences” (CANPS) Technical Committee created and administers the granting of such an award in the field of nuclear and plasma sciences.

  3. Eligibility

    Any person, regardless of nationality, or IEEE membership status, is eligible for the award, with the exception that no member of CANPS Technical Committee can be considered. The winner of the award shall be invited to the Real-Time Data Acquisition Conference in the year of their award.

  4. The Prize Items

    The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award shall consist of $2000 plus a plaque.

  5. Funds

    The “Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award” may be given every two years at the Real-Time Data-Acquisition Conference sponsored by the CANPS Technical Committee to be financed from the proceeds of the conference.

  6. Nominee Solicitation

    Formal solicitation for nominees shall be made via 1) solicitation to the previous conference attendees, 2) requests in the NPSS Newsletter, and 3) other appropriate solicitations. Individuals may be nominated by submission to the chair of the CANPS Technical Committee. The documentation can be of potentially any form but must provide evidence for outstanding professional contributions to the profession of utilizing computers in nuclear and/or plasma sciences research. The nomination should include: name, address and education of the candidate, proposed citation, nominator name and contact information, supporting information for the nomination such as a list of significant technical contributions, publications and patents, and contributions to NPSS and its associated fields.

  7. Awards Committee

    From the submitted nominees the CANPS committee shall select the winner. A member of the CANPS committee shall be appointed by the chair of CANPS to be the chair of the CANPS Award Subcommittee. The subcommittee (two or more CANPS members) will report its recommendation to the committee. The CANPS committee as a whole will make the final selection. The CANPS chair shall report this action to the chairman of the NPSS Awards Committee.

  8. Schedule

    Solicitation of nominees should start in September of the year preceding the Real-Time Conference. The nominations are due to be received by the third Friday in January in the year of the Real-Time Conference. The announcement of the winner will be made public on the third Monday in March of the year of the award.

  9. Basis of Selection

    The winner of the award shall be selected based upon any evidence the CANPS Award Subcommittee wishes to evaluate. Following the subcommittee’s recommendation, a majority vote by the CANPS committee will decide the winner. No more than four (4) ballots of the CANPS committee shall be taken with at least 75% of the committee voting to select a winner. If no agreement of the committee can be obtained, the award will be skipped for that biennial period.

  10. Presentation

    The Award shall be presented by the Chair of CANPS, on behalf of NPSS, during the Real-Time Data-Acquisition Conference.

  11. Publicity

    Publicity shall be given in appropriate NPSS publications and other professional and public outlets.