• Going underground - an interview with Roland Sipos, PhD student at CERN's Large Hadron Collider

    Posted by Shelly on November 13, 2015

    NOTE: Subsequent to publication of this interview CERN has entered into an agreement with Overleaf to provide free Overleaf Pro+ accounts for all employees—for further information visit Overleaf's dedicated CERN portal.

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    "Seriously, you guys do an awesome job. Overleaf is one of the most helpful services in my life! Keep up the good work!" – Roland Sipos

    It's not everyday you wake up to an email from a researcher based 100m underground in a 27km-long ring!

    Roland is working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, on (or rather, underneath) the Franco-Swiss border. We spoke to him recently to find out about his experiences writing his reports and papers on Overleaf.

    Overleaf: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

    Roland: My name is Roland Sipos, a PhD student in CERN, working for the CMS experiment as a computer scientist. My topic is related to research on NoSQL database technologies for handling a specific dataset.

    Overleaf: What are the biggest challenges you face in your work?

    Roland: The biggest challenge in my work is to understand and publish the results of different test scenarios for these NoSQL databases.

    Overleaf: How did you first find out about Overleaf?

    Roland: I heard about Overleaf from one of my ex-colleague who was also a PhD student in CERN when I was preparing a paper for a conference about a part of my research.

    Overleaf: How would you describe your experience of using Overleaf?

    Roland: Simply put, this is a service that I cannot imagine live without in the future. For someone who frequently needs to use LaTeX for reports and papers, this service is essential.

    Overleaf: What's next for you and your work?

    Roland: Finishing my PhD and - if possible - continue my work in CERN. :)

    Overleaf: In summary, how would you describe Overleaf in a single sentence?

    Roland: I would put it in this way: All your LaTeX related work in an OS independent, always online and best organized way.

    Thanks for talking with us Roland - good luck with your PhD thesis, and in continuing at CERN :)