From the ATLAS Experiment to Improving Augmented-Reality

Tomas Sluka

With our Second Collisions event quickly approaching, let’s explore yet another unique entrepreneurial career journey of CERN Alum, Tomas Sluka.

We are delighted that Tomas accepted our invitation and will join a cohort of other outstanding speakers during the first weekend of October and talk about his journey from CERN to starting his own company: CREAL.

“I am a lifelong science and technology enthusiast disguised as the CEO of a Lausanne-based startup CREAL. We are currently a team of 20 mostly highly experienced engineers dedicated to bringing the natural visual experience into Augmented Reality.

Before starting CREAL in 2016 I was a researcher at EPFL and I also spent two exciting years 2006-07 on the commissioning of the Atlas pixel detector as a research engineer on the detector control system.

Working on ATLAS gave me hands-on experience with a process that started with people and vision, and that resulted in possibly the most complex device ever constructed. I realized that even the most fascinating technology magic is not designed and made by some supernatural beings, but by teams of people like you and me. I also experienced how it is organized which is super useful for starting a complex project. Of course, the CERN label itself helped me to open many doors in the following years. CERN has a very unique aura in people's minds and adds weight to your credibility.

CREAL developed one of the building blocks of Augmented Reality (AR) while AR is destined to become the main communication platform of the future simply because seeing digital information as part of the real world and in the same way we see the real world is so much more natural than what we have today. AR has, therefore, an enormous potential to improve the efficiency of human and human-machine communication and to make the life of individuals and societies better as every new information technology did in the past. 

AR is not yet fully here and it will still take some time to take off. However, in the meantime, we use the same technology to improve diagnostics in the medical industry.

As Tomas described, CERN alumni experiences working at CERN are very unique and he summarizes the potential of this network and sharing our journeys in the following words:  

“The CERN Alumni Second Collisions event is about meeting and sharing experiences we had after we left CERN. This makes perfect sense. Our lives crossed at one special place that heavily influenced us and probably sent us to similar paths where we may have faced similar decisions. It would be great to share those experiences with each other and possibly prevent us from wrong decisions. I also expect that CERN alumni form an influential network that can be a great force for good when it is well connected. And of course, it is also a great opportunity for a bit of nostalgia.”

If you still need more convincing to join our event and other alumni who will connect from all corners of the world, take a sneak-peek of our dedicated virtual platform https://videos.cern.ch/record/2781756 and the action-packed programme we have in store for you!

We look forward to receiving your registration and to welcoming you virtually from 1 to 3 October 2021: https://alumni.cern/page/secondcollisions

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