[Neuroimaging] Summer School "Advanced Scientific Programming in Python" in Reading, UK, September 5--11, 2016

Etienne B. Roesch etienne.roesch at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 10:02:15 EDT 2016

*Advanced Scientific Programming in Python*

a Summer School by the G-Node, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
and Neurodynamics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences,
University of Reading, UK

Scientists spend more and more time writing, maintaining, and debugging
software. While techniques for doing this efficiently have evolved, only
few scientists have been trained to use them. As a result, instead of doing
their research, they spend far too much time writing deficient code and
reinventing the wheel. In this course we will present a selection of
advanced programming techniques and best practices which are standard in
the industry, but especially tailored to the needs of a programming
scientist. Lectures are devised to be interactive and to give the students
enough time to acquire direct hands-on experience with the materials.
Students will work in pairs throughout the school and will team up to
practice the newly learned skills in a real programming project — an
entertaining computer game.

We use the Python programming language for the entire course. Python works
as a simple programming language for beginners, but more importantly, it
also works great in scientific simulations and data analysis. We show how
clean language design, ease of extensibility, and the great wealth of open
source libraries for scientific computing and data visualization are
driving Python to become a standard tool for the programming scientist.

This school is targeted at Master or PhD students and Post-docs from all
areas of science. Competence in Python or in another language such as Java,
C/C++, MATLAB, or Mathematica is absolutely required. Basic knowledge of
Python and of a version control system such as git, subversion, mercurial,
or bazaar is assumed. Participants without any prior experience with Python
and/or git should work through the proposed introductory material before
the course.

We are striving hard to get a pool of students which is international and

You can apply online: https://python.g-node.org

*Application deadline: 23:59 UTC, May 15, 2016. Be sure to read the FAQ
before applying. *

Participation is for free, i.e. no fee is charged! Participants however
should take care of travel, living, and accommodation expenses by
themselves. Travel grants may be available.

*Date & Location *
September 5—11, 2016. Reading, UK

*Program *
- Best Programming Practices
• Best practices for scientific programming
• Version control with git and how to contribute to open source projects
with GitHub
• Best practices in data visualization

- Software Carpentry
• Test-driven development
• Debugging with a debugger
• Profiling code

- Scientific Tools for Python
• Advanced NumPy

- Advanced Python
• Decorators
• Context managers
• Generators

- The Quest for Speed
• Writing parallel applications
• Interfacing to C with Cython
• Memory-bound problems and memory profiling
• Data containers: storage and fast access to large data

- Practical Software Development
• Group project

*Preliminary Faculty *
• Francesc Alted, freelance consultant, author of PyTables, Spain
• Pietro Berkes, Enthought Inc., Cambridge, UK
• Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Krasnow Institute, George Mason University,
Fairfax, VA, USA
• Eilif Muller, Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale de
Lausanne, Switzerland
• Juan Nunez-Iglesias, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative,
University of Melbourne, Australia
• Rike-Benjamin Schuppner, Institute for Theoretical Biology,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
• Bartosz Teleńczuk, European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience, CNRS,
Paris, France
• Stéfan van der Walt, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley,
• Nelle Varoquaux, Centre for Computational Biology Mines ParisTech,
Institut Curie, U900 INSERM, Paris, France
• Tiziano Zito, freelance consultant, Germany

*Organizers *
For the German Neuroinformatics Node of the INCF (G-Node) Germany:
• Tiziano Zito, freelance consultant, Germany
• Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Krasnow Institute, George Mason University,
Fairfax, USA
• Jakob Jordan, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6),
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany

For the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, School of
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading UK:
• Etienne Roesch, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics,
University of Reading, UK

*Website*: https://python.g-node.org
*Contact*: python-info at g-node.org

Kind regards,


Dr. Etienne B. Roesch
Lecturer in Cognitive Science
University of Reading
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