WAO2023 Session topics
1. How We Do Business (Chair: Glen Johns)
We'd like to have several short talks, between 5-10min, with few slides to describe how facilities are operated: Layout of accelerator, operation hours/year, structure of operation team, number of operators, shift Schedule, control room layout/occupation, describe the on-call system. The session will finish with a panel discussion.
2. Controls - The Interface between Operator and Accelerator (Chair: Stephan Reimann)
The operators know best what is needed in the control room to operate the machine, and the software specialists know best how to write applications. How is your operation organized when it comes to writing software applications for the control room? What are the processes from request to release and in what way are the operators involved? What happens after the release? Is there a continuous improvement process? We want to hear examples of fruitful cooperation between operators and software specialists.
3. Beam Diagnostics (Chair: Brian Freeman)
Those in Operations are generally the primary users of Diagnostic tools that help us monitor, measure, and maintain various beam parameters. How have you and members of your group been able to develop, improve, or maintain various machine diagnostics to ensure that the tools are adequately and efficiently able to do the job it was intended for? How does Operations establish an interface into the development of such diagnostic tools that are useful to them? What are the most useful or best diagnostics that you use in your Control Rooms?
4. Operator Made Tools (Chair: Kazuro Furukawa)
Various operator-made tools have supported accelerator operations. They would automate common procedures and enhance the reliability of the beam operation. Scientists might propose new operational modes based on their beam studies, and operators could be requested to organize new operational tools. This session focuses on the subjects around those operator-made tools. How effectively those tools are employed to improve the operation? How do operators plan the development of high-level applications? How do scientists and operators cooperate in designing operational applications? How those tools are adapted to ever-changing operation modes? Are there any general tools to be shared or to be developed in collaboration among facilities? We would discuss our endeavours and achievements on those operator tools.....
5. Involving Operators in Accelerator Physics and Commissioning (Chair: Montse Pont)
Empowering operators with opportunities to get involved in accelerator physics can increase their skill and motivation. Operators provide operational experience while accelerator physicists provide the theoretical background. The combination should be beneficial for both teams. In a time when many facilities are planning major upgrades, how can we interact with machine physicists in order to benefit from each other's knowledge and expertise to successfully commission a new machine? Can we contribute to the definition to the renewal of tools (HW and SW) for the operation of the machine? Experiences from different labs and different environments are welcome.
6. How Does the Machine Learning Integrate with Operation? (Chair: Rossano Giachino)
New automated procedure and machine learning is massively surrounding us. Will "old ways" of operating particle accelerator become gradually obsolete? Will skill be lost when replaced by automatic procedures/machine learning? To which tasks can machine learning be applied? Will ML be applied to all Operation Tasks or only to the one's where modelling is not available?
Speakers in this session should present recent examples on machine learning and the impact on the control room operations.
7. Innovative Solutions for Operations (Chair: Gregory Marr)
New technologies like smart homes are changing our private life. Communication tools are also transforming rapidly. Are we expecting similar changes in the control room? Robotics, interactive screens, voice communication, 3D and virtual displays are all examples of improvements possible in the near future. Give us your most recent innovation plans to upgrade to the technology of the future.
8. Operating Accelerators in Small Organizations (Chair: Jun Xing)
This session is aimed to discuss unique operation problems arisen from running accelerators in small organizations, like medical facilities, university accelerators, and small divisions of other laboratories. With a small staff, operators need to handle all aspects of the facility without much technical support. How do you gain and keep enough knowledge and skills to run the machine?
9. System Monitoring and Alarm Response (Chair: Peter Schuh)
As the complexity of accelerators and their support systems continue to advance, how do operations efficiently monitor and respond when abnormalities occur? What systems are monitored in the control room? Are only scientific equipment monitored, or are building and conventional support systems monitored as well? What type of alarms are produced and how is operations notified when these systems malfunction? Voice Alarms, E-mail Alerts, Text Alerts? Who makes the front line analysis of the failures when those alarms and alerts occur and how are support personnel contacted? Are the Alarm Monitoring functions on separate screens in the control room or are they part of the interfaces operations uses to control the accelerators?
10. Lessons Learned from Unforeseen Events (Chair: Kathleen Genge)
One cannot foresee the unforeseeable but one can learn from unforeseen events. Incident prevention is strongly based on learning from previous incidents. Problems in reducing the number of incidents can be partly attributed to the failure to learn the lessons from incidents that had occurred. When incidents happen they raise awareness and understanding of things that went wrong, and perhaps can go wrong again. The challenge is to learn as much as possible about the causes of accidents and near misses that have already happened in order to prevent reoccurrence. When experiences of previous incidents are translated into preventive measures, future incidents of the same nature can be prevented. It is great to learn from one's own incidents, it is even better to learn from somebody else's. Tell us briefly about an incident at your facility and expand on the lessons you learnt from it.
11. Remote Operation (Chair: Gregory Marr)
Remote Operations is a concept that has evolved. For example, in September of 2002, colleagues worldwide came to a small island near Brookhaven National Laboratory to discuss the concept of accelerator operations from afar. Could a night shift start in the Control Room from halfway around the world? The Global Accelerator Network was conceivable but hard to demonstrate, then. Now, over 2 decades later, many technical hurdles and unanswered issues have solutions. How has your facility dealt with remote access to the accelerator, and remote communication with staff on site? What oversight, policies, limitations, protections are in place? What technological breakthroughs have you employed, and what logistical concerns remain? Tell us about your remote operations at present, and future goals.
12. Poster/Demo Sessions (Chair: Yoshiyuki Iwata)
In addition to submitted talks, there will be a poster session, where attendees can contribute to the Workshop with a poster related to any of the session topics.
As a third alternative, we are also accepting a small number of submissions for live software demonstration. During the poster session we will provide a few display kiosks where you can demonstrate software, applications, web content, etc. from your facility. A brief written summary of your work is also required, so that we may record your contribution on the WAO website with the other posters and presentations for future reference.
Apart from individual presentations, there will be two discussion periods during the Workshop. One is an open forum where participants can raise any topics of interest; the second discussion session will be selected topics chosen prior to the discussion, with parallel sessions for attendees to choose.