SciPy 2013 Conference Announcement

SciPy 2013, the twelfth annual Scientific Computing with Python conference, will be held this June 24th-29th in Austin, Texas. SciPy is a community dedicated to the advancement of scientific computing through open source Python software for mathematics, science, and engineering. The annual SciPy Conference allows participants from academic, commercial, and governmental organizations to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development.

The conference consists of two days of tutorials followed by two days of presentations, and concludes with two days of developer sprints on projects of interest to the attendees.

Specialized Tracks

This year we are happy to announce two specialized tracks that run in parallel in the general conference:

Machine Learning

In recent years, Python's machine learning libraries rapidly matured with a flurry of new libraries and cutting-edge algorithm implement and development occurring within Python. As Python makes these algorithms more accessible, machine learning algorithm application has spread across disciplines. Showcase your favorite machine learning library or how it has been used as an effective tool in your work!

Reproducible Science

Over recent years, the Open Science movement has stoked a renewed acknowledgement of the importance of reproducible research. The goals of this movement include improving the dissemination of progress, preventing fraud through transparency, and enabling deeper/wider development and collaboration. This track is to discuss the tools and methods used to achieve reproducible scientific computing.

Domain-specific Mini-symposia

Introduced in 2012, mini-symposia are held to discuss scientific computing applied to a specific scientific domain/industry during a half afternoon after the general conference. Their goal is to promote industry specific libraries and tools, and gather people with similar interests for discussions.

Mini-symposia on the following topics will take place this year:


Multiple interactive half-day tutorials will be taught by community experts. The tutorials provide conceptual and practical coverage of tools that have broad interest at both an introductory or advanced level. This year, a third track will be added, targeting specifically programmers with no prior knowledge of scientific python.

Developer Sprints

A hackathon environment is setup for attendees to work on the core SciPy packages or their own personal projects. The conference is an opportunity for developers that are usually physically separated to come together and engage in highly productive sessions. It is also an occasion for new community members to introduce themselves and recieve tips from community experts. This year, some of the sprints will be scheduled and announced ahead of the conference.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are self-organized discussions that run parallel to the main conference. The BOFs sessions cover primary, tangential, or unrelated topics in an interactive, discussion setting. This year, some of the BOF sessions will be scheduled and announced ahead of the conference.

Important Dates

We look forward to a very exciting conference and hope to see you all at the conference.

The SciPy 2013 organization team: