SciPy 2014 In Review: Posters and Presentations

This post is the second part of our trip report on the SciPy 2014 conference. It covers the conference’s presentations and posters.  For an introduction and overview of tutorials, please see our previous blog post.


This year’s conference expanded the number of talks by approximately 50%. While the talks spanned two days instead of three, the quality of the talks and posters was as stellar as ever. Although the IPython notebook was the hot topic of last year’s conference, it still held considerable mindshare, and most presentations were delivered with an IPython notebook. Similarly, while reproducibility was not an explicit theme for this year’s conference, it was still an issue addressed in many talks.       

At the conference, there were different flavors of talks, which shared commonalities in that they were about science and computing with Python, were informative, and were interesting. The conference talks included inspirational keynotes on computational learning, adventures in CPython packaging, and software carpentry. There were also takes on fundamental concepts such as frequentism vs bayesianism and choosing the best colormap. In addition, solutions were proposed to interesting social problems, including enabling contributions with a dispatch architecture and improving computational literacy. Plus, exciting new projects were announced, such as airspeed velocity, zero dependency python, and jupyter.


Aashish Chaudhary presented a talk on Climate & GIS: User friendly data access, workflows, manipulation, analysis, and visualization of climate and geospatial datasets.

Bradley Lowekamp presented the SimpleITK talk, which was co-authored by Luis Ibáñez and Matt McCormick. The talk was well received, and we had a number of great conversations with attendees who were not very familiar with ITK/SimpleITK, as well as with many who were simply happy to see our presence and support.


This year, we had two posters accepted to the conference. Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin presented his poster on “Python cross-compilation and platform builds for HPC and scientific computing,” which describes a CMake configuration for CPython.


Furthermore, Aashish presented Web visualization and analysis work under the title “Web-based analysis and visualization for large geospatial datasets for climate scientists.”

Comparative visualization over the Web for climate datasets accessed from ESGF

Questions or comments are always welcome!