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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.


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 Santa 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); 12th CANPS Award – Cheng-Yi Chi; Martin Purschke, CANPS chair
2015: Martin Purschke, CANPS chair
2016: RT-20 Padova, Italy (Adriano Lucchetta, conference chair); 13th CANPS Award – Roger Lecomte; Martin Purschke, CANPS chair
2017: Martin Purschke, CANPS chair
2018: RT-21 Williamsburg, Virgina (David Abbott, conference chair); 14th CANPS Award – Thomas W. Fredian; Martin Grosmann, CANPS chair
2019: Martin Grossmann, CANPS chair
2020: RT-22 Virtual (Stefan Ritt, conference chair); Martin Grossmann, CANPS chair
2021: Martin Grossmann, CANPS chair
2022: RT-23, Quy Nhon, Vietnam


Technical Committee Membership

Abbott, David, Jefferson Lab (Chair as of 1/1/22)
Amaudruz, Pierre-André, Triumf
Bohm, Christian, University of Stockholm
Calvet, Denis, CEA Saclay
Drake, Gary, Argonne
Erickson, Keith, Princeton
Fontaine, Rejean, Université de Sherbrooke
Fox, Ron, Michigan State UNiversity
Goncalves, Bruno, IPFN Lisbon
Grossmann, Martin, Paul Scherrer Institute
Hai, Vo Hong, Vietnam National University
Huffer, Mike, SLAC
Itoh, Ryosuke, KEK
Jezynski, Tomasz, DESY
Kuehn, Wolfgang, Uni Giessen
Larsen, Ray, SLAC
LeDû, Patrick, CEA Saclay
Levinson, Lorne, Weizmann Institute
Liu, Ted, Fermilab
Liu, Zhen’An, IHEP Beijing
Luchetta, Adriano, Consorzio RFX, Euratom ENEA
Makowski, Dariusz, Lodz University of Technology
Martin, Jean Pierre, University of Montreal
Neufeld, Niko, CERN
Nomachi, Masaharu, Graduate school of science
Paoletti, Riccardo, University of Siena and INFN Pisa
Peng, Qiyu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Purschke, Martin, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Rehlich, Kay, DESY
Schmeling, Sascha, CERN
Shu, Yantai, Tianjin University
Tang, Fukun, University of Chicago
Tetrault, Marc-Andre, Université de Sherbrooke
Wu, Jin-Yuan, Fermilab
Zimmermann, Sergio, LBNL



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.



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 funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. Details may be found in the official award rules listed in a section below.

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. This includes members of the CANPS Technical Committee, and nonmembers of the IEEE or NPSS.

The Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Award shall consist of $3000USD plus a plaque.

Award Nomination Form

Past Recipients

2020 – Jean-Pierre Martin

For the outstanding development of state-of-the-art electronics read-out systems in various fields from Nuclear and High-Energy Physics to industrial and medical applications.

2018 – Thomas W. Fredian

For outstanding leading role in the development and evolution of data systems in nuclear fusion

2016 – Roger Lecomte

For contributions of real time techniques in the field of Positron Emission Tomography

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.


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 7/23/1986)
(Revised Version Approved by NPSS AdCom 11/7/1998)
(Revised Version Approved by TAB ARC 2/6/2018]

  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. 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 $3000USD 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.