Federico Carminati

Chief innovation officer

Federico Carminati is working in CERN openlab to investigate potential applications of machine learning and quantum computing for high-energy physics.

Federico obtained his master’s degree in physics at the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1981. He worked as a particle physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, both in the US, before being hired by CERN in 1985. He first worked in the Organization’s division for data handling, and was responsible for managing the CERN Program Library and the GEANT detector simulation programme, the global-standard high-energy physics suite in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 1994 to 1998, Federico worked with Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia on the prototype design of a novel accelerator-driven nuclear-power device. From 1998 to 2013, he was the computing coordinator for ALICE, one of the four large experiments on the LHC. In 2013, Federico obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Nantes, France. From 2013 to 2017, he led the development of the new generation of code used to simulate particle transport at CERN.

Federico is also a group psychoanalyst and is certified in pet-assisted therapy. He is a member of the Charles Baudouin International Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Society for Multidisciplinary Psychoanalysis, both in Geneva, Switzerland.