UoB Achieves A Global Scientific Feat

Prof. Hamzah: This Paves the Way for Further Scientific and Research Collaboration with Leading Universities and Centres

News 10 02 2019 2

The University of Bahrain has become an Associated Institute in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN), adding to the University’s path of scientific excellence. The announcement was made during the CERN IN BAHRAIN exhibition, hosted by the Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research.

On this occasion, Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah, President of the University of Bahrain, said that the University is honoured to be affiliated with the CMS project. This international collaboration is an important step for the Kingdom of Bahrain to achieve further global cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

He congratulated the University teams on this remarkable achievement. ‘It gives us the opportunity to directly engage in a world-class scientific experiment, equally cooperating with the world’s leading universities and research centres,’ said Prof. Hamzah.

Prof. Hamzah expressed his gratitude to Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, founder of the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research and Chair of its Board of Trustees, for supporting the affiliation of the University of Bahrain with the CMS project at CERN through the SEARCH centre.

Prof. Hamzah also thanked the students who are currently taking part in explaining for the public the CERN IN BAHRAIN exhibition components and the interactive systems. The exhibition runs from 9 February to 8 May, 2019.

CERN has developed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built. LHC is designed to detect a wide range of particles and phenomena produced in the LHC's high-energy proton-proton and heavy-ion collisions to probe the fundamental structure of the particles that make up everything around us

The physics programme at CERN, which goes beyond gathering clues about the particles, requires the collaboration between many sectors, including engineering for the construction and maintenance of complex detectors, and information technology for building effective software to select important data from a large amount of data in fractions of a second.

One of the University’s main goals is to contribute to global production of knowledge and technology development. Through the induction projects at the Colleges of Engineering, Information Technology and Science, the University has started taking part in CMS experiments conducted on accelerators.
The University of Bahrain has already formed two teams. The first one from the College of Information Technology to work on improving the current program to select the important data resulting from the collision of protons. The second from the Department of Mechanical Engineering to design and build a special motorised jig for platform insertion for the maintenance of the CMS. Master’s degree students who will be working on the induction projects have been selected under the joint supervision between the University of Bahrain and CERN. Mr. Martin Gastal, a senior staff member of CERN and the manager of the CMS experimental area, is responsible for facilitating coordination between the University of Bahrain and the CMS teams in implementing the proposed induction projects.