CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research


Farid Ould-Saada
University Professor and Project Leader (University of Oslo)
Department of Physics University of Oslo
 Post Office box 1048 Blindern, 0316 Oslo Norway

At 13 Farid decided to become a physicist and opted for particle physics when he started university in Algeria. After his PhD from Saclay, France, he took part in several experiments (e+e-, ep, pN, ppbar, pp, nu-e) at DESY, CERN and the Bugey nuclear reactor. Farid lectures at Oslo University and continues his work as a research physicist in the ATLAS collaboration. His current research is linked to searches for new physics (supersymmetry, new interactions and extra space dimensions), as well as grid computing as a solution to the data and analysis challenges at the LHC.  He co-initiated NorduGrid of which he has been a chairperson since 2002, and is the leader of various related R&D and education projects.   He has been Oslo’s representative to the ATLAS Collaboration board since 2005.  Farid has been Norway’s representative to IPPOG and the leader of the Norwegian CERN-related HEPP project since 2006, thereby taking part in all major LHC outreach events. As a member of the IPPOG Masterclasses’ steering committee, Farid is behind the ATLAS Z0 package allowing high school students to work for the first time with real LHC data. “This is a very exciting time.  We are able to share real data, allowing individuals to participate first hand in this process of discovery...and IPPOG is a wonderful catalyst for making this possible!”