Biography of Farida Fassi

Prof. Farida Fassi has a true passion for science and a real need to understand the building blocks of the universe. She enjoys the challenge of research in the elementary particles that form matter, including the lightest known matter particles, the neutrino. Prof. Farida research aims to improve the understanding of several mysteries within the otherwise very successful Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. For example, the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, and gravity, but detailed understanding is lacking. Prof. Farida´s work focuses on the search for new phenomena beyond the standard model (BSM) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Data scientists recorded at LHC are trying to solve the mysteries of the universe. The impressive amount of data delivered (15 million gigabytes of data/year) presents the biggest challenges of Big Data at CERN. To cope with these challenges innovation distributed Grid technologies were developed. The discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 announced by ATLAS and CMS experiments at LHC is strongly connected to the distributed computing that played a crucial role in the race towards this discovery.

Prof. Farida Fassi's research centers around connecting theoretical particle physics with experimental results. This work proceeds mostly on two fronts. One is participating in the development and construction of detectors, including computing operations to physics analysis. For example, Prof Fassi worked on the development of a dedicated set-up for assembly and testing the characteristics of the photomultipliers of the ATLAS Hadronic Tile calorimeter (TileCal) in 1997.  She also significantly participated in the online and offline analysis of the data taken at test beams of the first prototypes of the TileCal at CERN (1997-1999). From 2003 to 2007, Prof. Farida involved in exploring the model that focused more heavily on developing data processing and management capability through grid computing, travelling frequently to CERN. As an Advanced CNRS research fellow, Prof. Farida joined CMS experiment leading a crucial role as a CMS Tier-1 French contact person between CERN and the CCIN2P3 (Computing Centre of the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics) in Lyon. This relies on decisions to how to scale LHC data storage and processing power more efficiently around the world. In 2011, Prof. Farida switched to the ATLAS experiment as a IFIC research stuff, she served as the coordinator of the European Distributed Data Analysis Support Team (DAST). She has been organizing the effort of DAST which is crucial to get physics results fast. Currently, Prof. Farida is still leading this effort. She has also served on several international committees and tasks: member of the ATLAS Distributed Computing team, organiser of Grid Computing Training, member of the Scientific Committee of the 5th edition of African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, member of the Scientific Committee of the 22nd International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, responsible of the DAST Class 2 shifts (2013-present), member of Scientific Committee of “the High Energy Physics for the Mediterranean and Africa”.

On what concern the second front Prof. Farida is searching for Elusive physics BSM. Many extensions to SM predict the existence of new massive particles that couple to top quark (its mass is the largest one amongst the fundamental fermions). These new particles are expected to distort the shape of the invariant mass of the SM top quark. Prof. Farida is focusing in analyzing and interpreting new experimental data and exploring their implications for particle physics.  Prof. Farida spent her Phd period involving in the top quark physics. She has been looking for evidence of new particles since 2007 when she worked in the CMS experiment. And then when she came back to ATLAS experiment she has been continuing significantly involved in the search. At the same time, Prof. Farida enjoys teaching and training young students. She is confidence in developing students’ skills in physics and through Phd research projects are crucial. This mission ensures the capacity to use science in research and development.