Tutorial topics for SciPy'09 Conference

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

Hi all,

In order to proceed with contacting speakers, we'd now like to get
some feedback from you. This Doodle poll should take no more than a
couple of minutes to fill out (no password or registration required):

http://doodle.com/hb5bea6fivm3b5bk

So please let us know which topics you are most interested in, and
we'll do our best to accommodate everyone. Keep in mind that speaker
availability and balancing out the topics means that the actual
tutorials offered probably won't be exactly the list of top 8 voted
topics, but the feedback will certainly help us steer the decision
process.

Thanks for your time,

Dave Peterson and Fernando Perez

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On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM, Fernando Perez<fperez.net@...287...> wrote:

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

Hi,

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.

rather than rehash much here, where it's not easy to paste a table,
I've posted a note with the poll results here:

http://fdoperez.blogspot.com/2009/06/scipy-advanced-tutorials-results.html

The short and plain-text-friendly version is the final topic ranking:

1 Advanced topics in matplotlib use
2 Advanced numpy
3 Designing scientific interfaces with Traits
4 Mayavi/TVTK
5 Cython
6 Symbolic computing with sympy
7 Statistics with Scipy
8 Using GPUs with PyCUDA
9 Testing strategies for scientific codes
10 Parallel computing in Python and mpi4py
11 Sparse Linear Algebra with Scipy
12 Structured and record arrays in numpy
13 Design patterns for efficient iterator-based scientific codes
14 Sage
15 The TimeSeries scikit
16 Hermes: high order Finite Element Methods
17 Graph theory with NetworkX

We're currently contacting speakers, and we'll let you know once a
final list is made with confirmed speakers.

Cheers,

f

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On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 10:20 PM, Fernando Perez<fperez.net@...287...> wrote: