Octave Conference 2017





We are happy to announce the upcoming Octave Conference 2017 to be held at CERN [1], near Geneva, Switzerland, from March 20th until March 22nd. Octave [2] is a fundamental tool of analysis and research for hundreds of CERN scientists and, like CERN, promotes values of openness, cooperation, diversity, quality and commitment.

The three-day event will be an opportunity for sharing experiences, planning the future of Octave and promoting its use among the scientific community and beyond. There will two open sessions on Monday and Tuesday showcasing Octave and some interesting and successful Octave stories.

We are finalising the details of the programme, which will include: a presentation by Octave's creator and main maintainer John W. Eaton in the CERN Main Auditorium (Monday afternoon), several interesting talks about applications of Octave to various scientific domains, a Code Sprint, and a session to promote the open-source supported by public institutions as a model for free and successful development.

The key members of the Octave development team will participate in the conference, both from oversea and from Europe. You can find updated information on the programme in the Wiki page [4] and we are filling the Indico timetable.


Social events

Two social events have been foreseen, besides the coffee and the lunch breaks:
* A unique visit to CERN [5] on Wednesday morning
* A Fondue [6] dinner down-town Geneva on Monday evening (an option for Vegans exists)



Please use the registration form below to register your attendance. Early registrations are preferable to help us on the logistics side. Please contact us with recommendations and if you have any further ideas or particular wishes.

The conference is free of charge, however donations (e.g. to support the travel of developers from oversea) are welcome. Details can be found in the Octave wiki [4].

We look forward to seeing you at OctConf 2017!

The local organising committee:

Andrea Latina, BE-ABP-LAT
John Evans, IT-CDA-AD
Melissa Gaillard, IT-DI


How to get to CERN
Visiting CERN... important instructions



The conference will take place in the CERN's main site (Meyrin). You can try your luck and search for an accommodation in one of the CERN Hostels.

Should the CERN hostels be full, or should you prefer to stay in Geneva, we advise you to consult your favourite on-line booking portal (www.booking.com, www.tripadvisor.com, www.trivago.com, www.expedia.com etc.) and to contact the hotel directly in order to identify the lowest tariff available for CERN users and collaborators (preferential tariffs may apply in some cases).

Hotels in the vicinity of "Gare Cornavin" (Geneva's main railway station), or along "Route de Meyrin", are particularly recommended. Tram number 18 links Gare Cornavin to CERN in 20' (see timetable on the TPG's webpage at this link). 

Notice that, by staying in hotel, youth hostel or at a campsite, you are entitled to receive a personal and non transferable Geneva Transport Card for free, which will allow you to use the whole public transportation system of Geneva for the length of your stay for free. This includes buses, trams, trains, and yellow taxi-boats - Mouettes. Just ask for it upon arrival on the reception.


Useful links

[1] http://home.cern
[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/octave
[3] https://indico.cern.ch/event/609833 (this page!)
[4] http://wiki.octave.org/OctConf_2017
[5] http://visit.cern/tours
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fondue

  • Andrea Latina
  • Andreas Stahel
  • Andreas Weber
  • Anna Ferrarini
  • Antonio Sbrizzi
  • Arturs Ivanovs
  • Asbjorn Vik
  • Bernardo Castaldo
  • Bojanic Aleksandar
  • Bruno Lange
  • Cafer Bayar
  • Carlo de Falco
  • Carnë Draug
  • Chiara Segala
  • Christian Zimmer
  • Clare Saliba
  • Cristiano Dorigo
  • Dashanka De Silva
  • Dorota Jelen
  • Douglas Stewart
  • Elisa Frison
  • Endre Rorlien Bjorsvik
  • Enrico Felcini
  • Erik Pillon
  • Erwin Bielert
  • Falak Sher
  • Flavia Sperati
  • Flavio Gazzoni
  • Francesco Faccio
  • Francesco Fienga
  • Georges Blanchot
  • Giordano Lilli
  • Giorgio Vallone
  • Giovanni De Michele
  • Jennifer Déniz Falcón
  • Joao Carlos Oliveira
  • John Eaton
  • John Evans
  • Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso
  • José Luis Rudeiros Fernández
  • Juan Pablo Carbajal
  • Juergen Pfingstner
  • Juha Kemppinen
  • Kai Torben Ohlhus
  • Lorenz Schmid
  • Ludwig Hollmann
  • Manuel Jesus Rodriguez Alonso
  • Marcin Borratynski
  • Marco Caliari
  • Mark Jones
  • Matteo Macchini
  • Matti Kalliokoski
  • Maurizio Pierini
  • mehmet özçam
  • Melissa Gaillard
  • Michael Blumeyer
  • Michel Sariol
  • Michele Ginesi
  • Michele Manzini
  • Nerea Ibarrola Subiza
  • Olaf Till
  • Oliver Heimlich
  • Pantxo Diribarne
  • Paola Katherine Rozo Bernal
  • Philip Nienhuis
  • Pierre Korysko
  • Raiyan Bin Nabi
  • Raul Costa
  • Sara Stillavati
  • scott putnam
  • serge Mathot
  • Simone Deparis
  • Sonia Peggiani
  • Stefanie Langeslag
  • Stefano Mattei
  • Sumaira Zeeshan
  • Thomas Kaltenbacher
  • Thomas Otto
  • Tim Giles
  • Tullio Grassi
  • Umut Keskin
  • Valentin Ortega
  • Vasilios Dimitris Karaventzas
  • Veliko Dimov
  • Wei Wang
Support & Info
    • Registration 31/3-009 - IT Amphitheatre Coffee Area

      31/3-009 - IT Amphitheatre Coffee Area


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    • Welcome to CERN
      • 1
        Welcome to CERN
        Speaker: Frederic Hemmer (CERN)
      • 2
        Conference info
        Speakers: Andrea Latina (CERN), John Evans (CERN)
    • Applications 31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre

      31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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    • Coffee break
    • Applications 31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre

      31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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    • Group Photo
    • Lunch CERN Restaurant 1

      CERN Restaurant 1

    • CERN Open Session 500/1-001 - Main Auditorium

      500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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      • 7
        25 Years of Octave: Recent Developments and Future Directions

        GNU Octave (octave.org) development began in 1992. Now, 25 years later, the project is more active than ever before. This talk will touch on the history of the project, significant recent developments, and plans for the future.

        GNU Octave is a free-software scientific programming language with a powerful mathematics-oriented syntax that is largely compatible with Matlab. It includes built-in plotting and visualization tools and can run in GUI mode, as a command-line application, or invoked as part of a shell script. Octave runs on a wide variety of systems, including GNU/Linux, macOS, BSD, and Windows.

        Speaker: John W. Eaton
    • Coffee break
    • Code Sprint
    • Fondue Dinner Bains des Paquis

      Bains des Paquis

    • Projects
      • 8
        GSoC project: Exponential Integrators
        Speaker: Chiara Segala
      • 9
        SOCIS project: Improve iterative methods for sparse linear systems
        Speaker: Cristiano Dorigo
      • 10
    • Coffee break
    • Projects
      • 11
        Support of free software in public institutions: the KiCad case 31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre

        31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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        KiCad [1] is a tool to help electronics designers develop Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).

        CERN's BE-CO-HT section has been contributing to its development since 2011 [2]. These efforts are framed in the context of CERN's activities regarding Open Source Hardware (OSHW), and are meant to provide an environment where design files for electronics can be shared in an efficient way, without the hurdles imposed by the use of proprietary formats.

        The talk will start by providing some context about OSHW and the importance of using Free Software tools for sharing design files. We will then move on to a short KiCad tutorial, and finish with some considerations about the role public institutions can play in developing and fostering the use of Free Software, and whether some of the KiCad experience can apply in other contexts.

        [1] http://kicad-pcb.org/
        [2] http://www.ohwr.org/projects/cern-kicad/wiki

        Speaker: Javier Serrano (CERN)
      • 12
        KiCad demo
        Speaker: Tomasz Wlostowski (CERN)
      • 13
        KiCad: questions and discussion
      • 14
        GSoC project: ode15{i,s}
        Speaker: Francesco Faccio
      • 15
        The future of the Neural Network package
        Speaker: Francesco Faccio
    • Lunch CERN Restaurant 2

      CERN Restaurant 2

    • Projects
    • Coffee break
    • Code Sprint
    • Unconference
    • CERN Visit
    • Lunch CERN Restaurant 1

      CERN Restaurant 1

    • Unconference
    • Coffee break
    • Organization of OctConf2018
    • Closing and Farewell