On behalf of the SciPy2008 organizing committee, I am happy to announce
that the Keynote at the conference will be given by Alex Martelli.
It is a pleasure for us to receive Alex. He currently works as "Uber Tech
Leader" at Google and is the author of two of the Python classics:
"Python in a nutshell" and the "Python CookBook". Alex graduated in
electronic engineering from the university of Bologna and worked in chip
design first for Texas Instrument, and later for IBM Research. During the
8 years he spent at IBM, he gradually shifted from hardware design to
software development while winning three Outstanding Technical
Achievement Awards. Then he joined think3 inc., and Italian CAD company,
as Senior Software Consultant where he developed libraries, network
protocols, GUI engines, event frameworks, and web access frontends. After
12 years at think3, he worked for 3 years as a freelance consultant,
mostly doing Python development, before joining Google.
Alex won the 2002 Activators' Choice Award, and the 2006 Frank Willison
award for outstanding contributions to the Python community.
Alex has also taught courses on programming, development methods,
object-oriented design, and numerical computing, at Ferrara University
(Italy) and other venues. Alex's proudest achievement is the articles
that appeared in Bridge World (January/February 2000), which were hailed
as giant steps towards solving issues that had haunted contract-bridge
game theoreticians for decades.