[Reminder] Summer School "Advanced Scientific Programming in Python" in Kiel, Germany

Tiziano Zito opossumnano at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 13:58:12 CEST 2012

This is a reminder announcement, three weeks before the application
deadline on May 1. If you are thinking about applying, now would be
a good time to do so!

Original announcement follows.

Advanced Scientific Programming in Python
a Summer School by the G-Node and the Institute of Experimental and
Applied Physics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Scientists spend more and more time writing, maintaining, and
debugging software. While techniques for doing this efficiently have
evolved, only few scientists actually 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,
incorporating theoretical lectures and practical exercises tailored
to the needs of a programming scientist. New skills will be tested
in a real programming project: we will team up to develop an
entertaining scientific 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 is assumed. Participants without any prior
experience with Python should work through the proposed introductory
materials before the course. 

Date and Location
September 2—7, 2012. Kiel, Germany.

Preliminary Program
Day 0 (Sun Sept 2) — Best Programming Practices
  - Best Practices, Development Methodologies and the Zen of Python
  - Version control with git
  - Object-oriented programming & design patterns
Day 1 (Mon Sept 3) — Software Carpentry
  - Test-driven development, unit testing & quality assurance
  - Debugging, profiling and benchmarking techniques
  - Best practices in data visualization
  - Programming in teams
Day 2 (Tue Sept 4) — Scientific Tools for Python
  - Advanced NumPy
  - The Quest for Speed (intro): Interfacing to C with Cython
  - Advanced Python I: idioms, useful built-in data structures, 
Day 3 (Wed Sept 5) — The Quest for Speed
  - Writing parallel applications in Python
  - Programming project
Day 4 (Thu Sept 6) — Efficient Memory Management
  - When parallelization does not help:
    the starving CPUs problem
  - Advanced Python II: decorators and context managers
  - Programming project
Day 5 (Fri Sept 7) — Practical Software Development
  - Programming project
  - The Pelita Tournament

Every evening we will have the tutors' consultation hour: Tutors
will answer your questions and give suggestions for your own

You can apply on-line at http://python.g-node.org

Applications must be submitted before 23:59 UTC, May 1, 2012.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by June 1, 2012.

No fee is charged but participants should take care of travel,
living, and accommodation expenses.  Candidates will be selected on
the basis of their profile. Places are limited: acceptance rate last
time was around 20%.  Prerequisites: You are supposed to know the
basics of Python to participate in the lectures. You are encouraged
to go through the introductory material available on the website.

  - Francesc Alted, Continuum Analytics Inc., USA
  - Pietro Berkes, Enthought Inc., UK
  - Valentin Haenel,  Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique
    Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  - Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Faculty of Physics, University of
    Warsaw, Poland
  - Eilif Muller, Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale
    de Lausanne, Switzerland
  - Emanuele Olivetti, NeuroInformatics Laboratory, Fondazione Bruno
    Kessler and University of Trento, Italy
  - Rike-Benjamin Schuppner,  Technologit GbR, Germany
  - Bartosz Teleńczuk, Unité de Neurosciences Information et
    Complexité, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  - Stéfan van der Walt, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute,
    University of California Berkeley, USA
  - Bastian Venthur, Berlin Institute of Technology and Bernstein
    Focus Neurotechnology, Germany
  - Niko Wilbert, TNG Technology Consulting GmbH, Germany
  - Tiziano Zito, Institute for Theoretical Biology,
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Organized by Christian T. Steigies and Christian Drews of the
Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics,
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel , and by Zbigniew
Jędrzejewski-Szmek and Tiziano Zito for the German Neuroinformatics
Node of the INCF. 

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

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