Hi all,

The time for the Scipy'09 conference is rapidly approaching, and we

would like to both announce the plan for tutorials and solicit

feedback from everyone on topics of interest.

Broadly speaking, the plan is something along the lines of what we

had last year: one continuous 2-day tutorial aimed at introductory

users, starting from the very basics, and in parallel a set of

'advanced' tutorials, consisting of a series of 2-hour sessions on

specific topics.

We will request that the presenters for the advanced tutorials keep

the 'tutorial' word very much in mind, so that the sessions really

contain hands-on learning work and not simply a 2-hour long slide

presentation. We will thus require that all the tutorials will be

based on tools that the attendees can install at least 2 weeks in

advance on all platforms (no "I released it last night" software).

With that in mind, we'd like feedback from all of you on possible

topics for the advanced tutorials. We have space for 8 slots total,

and here are in no particular order some possible topics. At this

point there are no guarantees yet that we can get presentations for

these, but we'd like to establish a first list of preferred topics to

try and secure the presentations as soon as possible.

This is simply a list of candiate topics that various people have

informally suggested so far:

- Mayavi/TVTK

- Advanced topics in matplotlib

- Statistics with Scipy

- The TimeSeries scikit

- Designing scientific interfaces with Traits

- Advanced numpy

- Sparse Linear Algebra with Scipy

- Structured and record arrays in numpy

- Cython

- Sage - general tutorial

- Sage - specific topics, suggestions welcome

- Using GPUs with PyCUDA

- Testing strategies for scientific codes

- Parallel processing and mpi4py

- Graph theory with Networkx

- Design patterns for efficient iterator-based scientific codes.

- Symbolic computing with sympy

We'd like to hear from any ideas on other possible topics of interest,

and we'll then run a doodle poll to gather quantitative feedback with

the final list of candidates.

Many thanks,

f