Who are we?

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership that works to accelerate the development of cutting-edge ICT solutions for the worldwide LHC community and wider scientific research. Through CERN openlab, CERN collaborates with leading ICT companies and research institutes.

Within this framework, CERN provides access to its complex ICT infrastructure and its engineering experience — in some cases even extended to collaborating institutes worldwide. Testing in CERN’s demanding environment provides the ICT industry collaborators with valuable feedback on their products, while enabling CERN to assess the merits of new technologies in their early stages of development for possible future use. This framework also offers a neutral ground for carrying out advanced research-and-development activities with more than one company. Find out more in our FAQs.

Our mission

Our history

In 2016, CERN openlab celebrated its 15th anniversary. Read this opinion piece from the CERN Director-General to find out more about the key role CERN openlab has played in making the world-leading physics research carried out at CERN possible.

Since its foundation in 2001, CERN openlab has run in successive three-year phases. In 2018, CERN openlab began its sixth three-year phase. In preparation for this, we published a white paper identifying future ICT challenges in scientific research. You can also find out more about CERN openlab’s previous phases on our old website.


Our collaborators

We are proud to introduce you to the leading ICT companies and research organisations with whom we are collaborating.

Read our brochure to find out more about how you can work with us.




Research members

Project coordinators

Each project team within CERN openlab is supervised by a member of CERN staff. These project coordinators also act as a liaison between CERN and the company collaborating in the project. At monthly review meetings, the project coordinators update the CERN management team on the progress of projects, thus ensuring timely follow-up of any issues that may arise.

Project coordinators Project title
Roman Bauer, Fons Rademakers BioDynaMo
Alberto Di Meglio CERN Living Lab 
Alberto Di Meglio, Tim Smith CERN Science for Open Data
Alberto Di Meglio Circular Health
Rafal Kulaga Data analytics for industrial controls and monitoring
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Data analytics in the cloud
Alberto Di Meglio, Sofia Vallecorsa Early detection of Parkinson's disease
Luca Mascetti EOS productisation
Maria Girone and Sofia Vallecorsa Evaluation of Power CPU architecture for deep learning
Emilio Meschi, Paola Sala, Maria Girone Exploring accelerated machine learning for experiment data analytics
Sofia Vallecorsa Fast detector simulation
Alberto Di Meglio Future technologies for medical Linacs (SmartLINAC)
Giovanna Lehmann Miotto High-performance distributed caching technologies (DAQDB)
Sofia Vallecorsa Humanitarian AI applications for satellite imagery
Viktor Kozlovzky Hybrid disaster-recovery solution using public cloud
Ricardo Manuel Brito da Rocha Kubernetes and Google Cloud
Rafal Kulaga Next Generation Archiver for WinCC OA
Manuel Martin Marquez, Sébastien Masson Oracle Cloud technologies for data analytics on industrial control systems
Eva Dafonte Perez, Eric Grancher Oracle Management Cloud
Antonio Nappi Oracle WebLogic on Kubernetes
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum computing for simulation: investigating quantum generative adversarial networks and quantum random number generators
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum graph neural networks
Koji Terashi (University of Tokyo) Quantum machine learning for supersymmetry searches
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum optimisation for grid computing
Sau-Lan Wu, Ivano Tavernelli, Sofia Vallecorsa, Alberto Di Meglio Quantum support vector machines for Higgs boson classification
Alberto Di Meglio SmartANOMALY
Sofia Vallecorsa SmartANOMALY Spikefall
Maria Girone Testbed for GPU-accelerated applications
Sofia Vallecorsa TPUs for deep learning

Available jobs

There are currently no job vacancies at CERN openlab. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on future vacancies

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