Keynote Speaker
Thursday, 02 Sept 2010 11:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Nicollet Grand Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Floor Plan
28th International
System Safety Conference
30 Aug - 03 Sept 2010

Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, MN USA
Dr. Benjamin Todd has worked for the past seven years as a machine interlocks engineer at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.  He received a B. Eng. first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Sunderland and a Ph. D. in accelerator controls from Brunel University.

Dr. Todd is responsible for the design, development and implementation of two mission-critical electronic machine protection systems of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  The LHC is a multi-billion dollar machine, being the most powerful particle accelerator ever constructed, having Gigajoules of stored energy, and is the worldís largest machine, with a circumference of 27 kilometres.  The nature of CERNís research, in building unique machines such as the LHC, involves exotic technologies engineered and exploited solely to solve the machineís specific engineering challenges.  This makes protection system design particularly challenging, as the design of functionally correct components is already very difficult. 

Dr. Todd is currently researching dependable system design using programmable logic, and is working inside CERN to encourage the consideration of system safety in the organisationís design and realisation of machine protection.  He has published work in Particle Accelerator Conferences, the International System Safety Conference, and co-authored a paper in the New Journal of Physics. 

Dr. Toddís interlock systems are being retro-fitted to the whole of CERNís accelerator complex, and his collaboration has been sought for the protection system design of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache, France.

Dr. Todd can be reached at his professional e-mail address,

Benjamin Todd, Ph.D., CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland