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CBM PhD Award for Dr. Maksym Zyzak

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Award ceremony



For the second time the CBM PhD Award was handed over in March. Dr. Maksym Zyzak of GSI received the award for his PhD thesis at the University of Frankfurt. The award was presented during the CBM Collaboration Meeting at GSI by the spokesperson of the award committee Dr. Andrej Kugler. The award is endowed with a prize money of 500 Euros.

In his PhD thesis "Online selection of short-lived particles on many-core computer architectures in the CBM experiment at FAIR" Zyzak developed software for the fast identification of short-lived particles produced in heavy ion collisions by their decay products. This is of great importance to the CBM experiments for the selection of rare events in real time. The software packet "KFParticleFinder" developed by the awardee analyses more than 100 different decay channels at the same time by employing parallel computing. Apart from its future use in CBM the packet is already in use by currently running experiments (STAR, ALICE).

Candidates for the award are nominated by their advisors. The selection is carried out by a committee appointed by the CBM collaboration. The criteria for the selection are originality and quality of the scientific work, scientific value, impact of the results on the field of research in general and on CBM in particular, as well as the presentation of the work in the dissertation. The award will is handed out to the best PhD thesis within the CBM experiment annually. The CBM collaboration especially wants to honour the contributions of students to the CBM project with the award.

Award ceremony
Presentation of the CBM PhD Award to Dr. Maksym Zyzak (left) the spokesperson of the award committee Dr. Andrej Kugler.
Photo: P. Koczon