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Scientific Programme

The conference programme will be organised according to the following tracks : :

1-Status Report on Projects - 2-Process Tuning, Automation and Synchronisation - 3-Security and Other Major Challenges - 4-Hardware Technology Evolution - 5-Software Technology Evolution - 6-Development Approaches - 7-Operational Issues - 8-Dealing with Evolution

An overview of the assignment of oral and poster presentations to the various conference sessions can
be found under the following links [pdf's]:

  • Oral Presentations [with files] [abstracts] Last version : 15-Oct-2005
  • Poster Session 1 [list] [abstracts]   Last version : 12-Sep-2005
  • Poster Session 2 [list] [abstracts]   Last version : 07-Oct-2005
  • Time of the talks [doc]                  Last version : 20-Oct-2005
Track 1- Status Reports on Projects

 This track will include reports on the status of major new and planned facilities. In particular, these should cover the specific challenges being faced and how these are being addressed. Possible examples might be:

  • Particle accelerators and detectors, e.g., TESLA, LHC machine and experiments, Tevatron, CLIC, ...
  • Fusion machines, e.g., ITER, JET, Tore Supra, ...
  • Light sources, e.g., Diamond, SLS, ...
  • High intensity proton accelerators, e.g. SNS, J-PARC, …
  • Telescopes, e.g., ALMA, OWL, …
  • Gravitational wave detectors, e.g. LIGO, VIRGO, ...
Track 2- Process Tuning, Automation and Synchronisation
 These systems are essential for any major facility and the success of the facility is often dependent on achieving
advances in one or other of these areas. This track is therefore aimed at investigating new developments in these two
Track 3- Security and Other Major Challenges

 This track will cover all major challenges facing developers of modern controls systems. Security is one of the
biggest challenges facing the developers of control systems and this track will cover both the analysis of what the
security risks are as well as methods for dealing with them. However, there are also other major challenges which
include the handling of ever increasing data rates, operation in harsh environments, e.g. high radiation and magnetic
fields, as well as implementing systems for highly critical applications e.g. safety systems. Possible examples include:

  • Dealing with security issues
  • Handling high data rates
  • Safety applications
  • Systems in harsh environments (radiation/magnetic fields)
Track 4- Hardware Technology Evolution

 This track is aimed at looking at new and emerging hardware technologies used in, or of interest in the near future for, control systems. It also looks at custom hardware developments to meet the specific needs of a particular control system. Possible examples:

  • FPGA-based systems
  • High speed data links, e.g., Ethernet, USB, I2C
  • Custom ICs for signal processing and data acquisition
  • Embedded processors on mezzanine modules
Track 5- Software Technology Evolution

 This track is aimed at looking at new and emerging software technologies used in, or of interest in the near future
for, control systems and the experience gained with them. What advantages do such technologies offer? What are
the consequences of employing such technologies? Possible examples might be:

  • XML
  • SOAP
  • J2EE
Track 6- Development Approaches

 The way modern control systems are developed is evolving. This track solicits papers describing interesting
development approaches. In addition, papers dealing with the techniques employed to deal with the challenges of
managing the development and quality of modern control systems, e.g. large scale collaborative working, such as
software engineering and management tools, quality control techniques, etc. Possible examples might be:

  • Use of Frameworks or toolkits, including SCADA
  • Automated code generation (either data or model driven)
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD)
  • Outsourcing
  • Software engineering and management tools
Track 7- Operational Issues

 This track will solicit talks on operational issues from the point of a control system developer as well as the specific
tools that are required for efficient operations. As example, although not new, the issue of databases remains a
critical one for any control system. In addition, the concept of remote operations is becoming more popular and this
naturally introduces new challenges to the control system developer. Possible examples might be:

  • Logging and archiving tools
  • Databases
  • MMI
  • Alarm handling, including reduction techniques
  • Remote operations
Track 8- Dealing with Evolution

 This track will discuss the issues related to the evolution of control systems either to improve the system or to
integrate new technology offering advantages over the previous technology or to replace obsolete technology. The
track will also cover how to design a system such that the difficulties of evolution can be minimised. Possible
examples might be:

  • Designing a system for evolution
  • Minimising the impact of evolution on operations
  • Handling unforeseen changes of technology


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