SciPy BoFs

SciPy 2013 has plenty of opportunities to get together and discuss primary, tangential, or unrelated topics in an interactive, discussion setting.

In an effort to increase the opportunities for community building, this year at SciPy the organizers would like to emphasize the use of birds of a feather (BoFs) sessions. Our current vision for these sessions include short presentations by a panel and a moderator with the bulk of the time spent opening up the discussion to everyone in attendance. We will organize a number of BoFs that are of general interest such as state-of-the-project and BoFs based on the themes of the conference and the mini-symposia topics.

We would like to solicit the community for ideas and organizers for other BoF topics. Please include a small description of the BoF, possible panelists, and whether you would be willing to moderate.

To suggest a Birds-of-a-Feather session click the Suggest a BoF button.


Reproducibility

Wednesday
Jun
26
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Room: 203

Matthew McCormick, Katy Huff

The Royal Society of London's motto is nullius in verba -- on the word of no one. Reproducibility is a practiced in science to spread understanding, prevent fraud, and ensure empirical results are verifiable. In this session, we discuss how to support the practice of reproducible science, promote tools that facilitate reproducible experiments, and what challenges are particular to Python... View complete description


Teaching scientific computing with Python

Wednesday
Jun
26
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Room: 102

David Sanders

A brainstorming / best practices session for people who have experience in teaching scientific computing with Python at undergraduate level, or who may take on this challenge in the future!


The Future of Array Oriented Programming

Wednesday
Jun
26
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Room: 204

Jonathan Rocher

With many projects, past and present, extending NumPy and many exciting features and improvements planned for upcoming NumPy versions, we plan to provide an overview of the current projects, and discuss how people see them interacting in the future. We will try to learn from past projects to inform the ones in the works right now. We will take questions from the audience... View complete description


PyNE Updates

Wednesday
Jun
26
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Room: Hotel patio

Anthony Scopatz

PyNE is the Nuclear Engineering toolkit. We are currently gearing up for some major feature upgrades and the v0.3 release. These include better MCNP support, ENDF file handling, the addition of PyTaps-backed meshes, transmutation support, and other goodies. Come help us decide what we should do next!


Python and Finance

Wednesday
Jun
26
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Room: 211

Jason Wirth

Python is increasingly used in finance due to it's excellent support for math and science libraries and readable syntax.

Come talk about using python in finance!


NumFOCUS

Wednesday
Jun
26
8:00 PM
9:00 PM
Room: 204

Leah Silen

NumFOCUS is a non-profit foundation founded to promote the use of accessible and reproducible computing in science and technology. To accomplish this mission, it supports the following items:

  • Educational Programs
  • The promotion of high-level languages, reproducible scientific research, and open-code development
  • An increase in collaborative research tools and documentation

In this session, we will discuss the mission and undertakings of the NumFOCUS foundation... View complete description


Python in Astronomy

Thursday
Jun
27
12:20 PM
1:20 PM
Room: 106

Thomas Aldcroft

As a follow-on to the Mini-symposium, we will have a discussion about the current status and path forward for Python in astronomy. The goal will be to define priorities for focusing effort within the scientist and developer community.


SciPy 2014

Thursday
Jun
27
12:20 PM
1:20 PM
Room: 204

Jonathan Rocher, Andy Terrel

Last year, Lauren Johnson made the great suggestion that we should have a BoF for next year's conference. Unfortunately, it wasn't suggested until near the end of the conference!

This would be a meeting to discuss plans for the 2014 conference. It would also be a great time to recruit new folks who are attending the conference that might be interested in helping next year... View complete description


Collaborating and Contributing in Open Science

Thursday
Jun
27
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Room: 204

Jeffrey Spies

As evidenced by SciPy 2013, there are many great open science projects. The Center for Open Science and the infrastructure being developed (the Open Science Framework) seeks to connect these projects and support collaboration. We will discuss collaboration possibilities, how developers might get involved, and how best to encourage community contribution to these efforts... View complete description


Matplotlib enhancement proposal discussion

Thursday
Jun
27
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Room: 203

Damon McDougall

A chance to discuss ongoing and new matplotlib enhancement proposals (MEPs). MEPs are posted on the matplotlib development wiki here:

https://github.com/matplotlib/matplotlib/wiki

Participants who wish to comment or help with existing MEPs or propose entirely new MEPs are welcome.


PySide development planning and sprint kickoff

Thursday
Jun
27
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Room: 106

John Ehresman

A meeting to plan future PySide development and help developers get set up for the sprint on Friday and Saturday. Topics will include fixing pyside bugs, improving shiboken, and Qt 5 support.

PySide is a Python wrapper for the Qt graphic libraries that are used by many desktop applications. More information about PySide is at http://www... View complete description


Women in Scientific Computing: Discussion and Mixer

Thursday
Jun
27
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Room: PDR1

Kristen Thyng

Location: PDR1 - Go to the hotel's Carillon restaurant (on the bottom floor) and go up the stairs immediately to the right.

Women make up a small (but growing!) number of people doing scientific computing. Many reasons have been proposed for why this may be, but many questions remain.

Join this mixer and discussion of women in the scientific coding community to start a dialogue of ways to address the lack of women... View complete description


Data access and munging tools for oceanographic and hydrological applications

Friday
Jun
28
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Room:

Emilio Mayorga

Time: June 28th, 10:00 AM during sprints

Research and data management communities focused on watery environments (oceans, rivers, lakes, climate, etc) rely on a wide range of data sources. In addition to the multitude of idiosyncratic data conventions and structures that are used, several data encoding and transport standards have emerged, but their acceptance varies widely across communities... View complete description


IPython

Friday
Jun
28
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Room: 102

Discuss IPython!

Location is a place holder, will take place somewhere in the sprint rooms.