EuroPython 2016 Keynote: Gael Varoquaux

We are pleased to announce our final keynote speaker for EuroPython 2016: Gaël Varoquaux.

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About Gaël Varoquaux

Gaël Varoquaux is an INRIA faculty researcher working on data science for brain imaging in the Neurospin brain research institute (Paris, France).

His research focuses on modeling and mining brain activity in relation to cognition. Years before the NSA, he was hoping to make bleeding-edge data processing available across new fields, and he has been working on a mastermind plan building easy-to-use open-source software in Python.

He is a core developer of scikit-learn, joblib, Mayavi and nilearn, a nominated member of the PSF, and often teaches scientific computing with Python using the scipy lecture notes.

The Keynote: Scientist meets web dev: how Python became the language of data

Python started as a scripting language, but now it is the new trend everywhere and in particular for data science, the latest rage of computing. It didn’t get there by chance: tools and concepts built by nerdy scientists and geek sysadmins provide foundations for what is said to be the sexiest job: data scientist.

“In my talk I’ll give a personal perspective, historical and technical, on the progress of the scientific Python ecosystem, from numerical physics to data mining.

I will discuss low-level technical aspects, such as how the Python world makes it easy to move large chunks of number across code, touch upon current exciting developments in scikit-learn and joblib, but also talk about softer topics, such as project dynamics or documentation, as software’s success is determined by people.”

With gravitational regards,

EuroPython 2016 Team

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