Scientific Computing with Python
Austin, Texas • July 6-12, 2015

SciPy 2015 Conference Announcement

SciPy 2015, the fourteenth annual Scientific Computing with Python conference, will be held this July 6th-12th 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 all types of organizations to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development.

The full program will consist of two days of tutorials by followed by three days of presentations, and concludes with two days of developer sprints on projects of interest to attendees.


Mon July 6th - Tues July 7th, 2015
Multiple interactive half-day tutorials will be taught by community experts. The tutorials provide conceptual and practical coverage of tools that have broad interest spanning from an introductory to an advanced level. This year, an additional track will be added which specifically targets programmers with no prior knowledge of scientific Python and will be run by Software Carpentry.

General Conference

Wed July 8th - Fri July 10th, 2015

Based on last year's success, the SciPy 2015 general conference will be 3 days to include an additional day of presentations. During the presentation days SciPy is proud to host the following event and talk types:

  • Keynotes
  • Expert Panels
  • Short Talks
  • Poster Presentations
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions

Specialized Tracks

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

Python in Data Science

The explosion of interest in the field of data science has increased demand for methods to analyze massive and heterogeneous data sources in the search for meaning and pattern identification. Given its flexibility and power, Python has become a central component of the data science toolset as reflected in a number of actively developed packages in the areas of knowledge discovery, data mining, machine learning and natural language processing, among others. This special track will bring together researchers, developers, and industry analysts to focus on efforts to promote and develop Python for data science.

Quantitative Finance and Computational Social Sciences

The frontiers of finance and the computational social sciences have seen a revolution in the widespread adoption of new computationally based methods for the analysis of markets and other socioeconomic systems. From the application of agent based modeling of investor behavior, to the microsimulation of urban segregation processes, analysis of social networks, and the macroeconometric modeling of international economic growth and inequality, Python is increasingly adopted as the computational language of choice. This specialized track will focus on Python libraries, tools, and techniques in quantitative finance and computational social science.

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:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • GIS
  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography and Meteorology
  • Computational Life and Medical Sciences
  • Visualization, Vision, and Imaging
  • Engineering

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.


Sat July 11th - Sun July 12th, 2015

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 receive tips from community experts. This year, some of the sprints will be scheduled and announced ahead of the conference

We look forward to a very exciting conference and hope to see you all in Austin this summer!