Past Workshops and Bootcamps at PICS

Python Boot Camp

November 8, 2014 to November 9, 2014

  • Instructor: Constantine Lignos, Post-doctoral researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Description: Python is a great language for getting things done, with an approachable syntax and simple but powerful standard data structures. In this class, we will introduce the basics of Python syntax and work through examples of performing basic data processing operations in Python. You’ll learn to write clean, readable, and fast Python code and how to implement simple algorithms and data processing programs.

COMSOL Workshop

October 21, 2014

  • Description: A representative from COMSOL will be on campus to demonstrate the software and lead two specialized sessions concentrating on structural mechanics and heat transfer. The workshop will feature hands-on exercises using COMSOL and includes a free two-week COMSOL trial.

Mathematica

October 13, 2014

  • Description: This workshop will feature two hour-long seminars: the first will be a broad overview of the software, and the second will focus on its engineering-specific applications. These seminars will be in a lecture format rather than hands-on exercises. All who are interested (both novice and advanced users) are welcome to attend.

Software Carpentry

August 21, 2014 to August 22, 2014

  • Description: Software Carpentry’s mission is to help scientists and engineers become more productive by teaching them basic lab skills for computing like program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This two-day hands-on bootcamp will cover basic concepts and tools; participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

COMSOL Workshop

June 20, 2014

  • Description: A representative from COMSOL will be on campus to demonstrate the software and lead two specialized sessions concentrating on structural mechanics and heat transfer. The workshop will feature hands-on exercises using COMSOL and includes a free two-week COMSOL trial.

C/C++ Boot Camp

May 17 and 18, 2014

  • Instructor: Peter-Michael Osera, PhD student in Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Description: C/C++ are powerful programming languages that give programmers deep control of their computations. However, C/C++ are notoriously hard languages to learn and “easy to shoot yourself in the foot” with. In this class, we will introduce the basics of C and C++: the compilation model, memory safety, low-level object-oriented programming, and the standard library. While you will obviously not be able to master C/C++ in the short span of this course, you will become aware of and gain experience in dealing with the issues that a C/C++ developer faces while writing performance-demanding programs.

MATLAB Boot Camp

April 12 and 16, 2014

  • Instructor: Jeremy Magland, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Description: MATLAB is a standard language for numerical computing. While there are often many ways to program the same algorithm, the choice of the method can greatly impact computational efficiency. Knowledge of the special syntax for vector/matrix/array operations is therefore a critical prerequisite. However we will also focus on how to structure MATLAB programs in a modular, readable, and computationally efficient manner.

Python Boot Camp

February 18 and 19, 2014

  • Instructor: Constantine Lignos, Post-doctoral researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Description: Python is a great language for getting things done, with an approachable syntax and simple but powerful standard data structures. In this class, we will introduce the basics of Python syntax and work through examples of performing basic data processing operations in Python. You’ll learn to write clean, readable, and fast Python code and how to implement simple algorithms and data processing programs.

C/C++ Boot Camp

January 21 and 22, 2014

  • Instructor: Peter-Michael Osera, PhD student in Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Description: C/C++ are powerful programming languages that give programmers deep control of their computations. However, C/C++ are notoriously hard languages to learn and “easy to shoot yourself in the foot” with. In this class, we will introduce the basics of C and C++: the compilation model, memory safety, low-level object-oriented programming, and the standard library. While you will obviously not be able to master C/C++ in the short span of this course, you will become aware of and gain experience in dealing with the issues that a C/C++ developer faces while writing performance-demanding programs.

C/C++ Boot Camp

October 5 and 6, 2013

  • Instructor: Peter-Micharl Osera, PhD student in Computer and Information Science
  • Description: C/C++ are powerful programming languages that give programmers deep control of their computations. However, C/C++ are notoriously hard languages to learn and “easy to shoot yourself in the foot” with. In this class, we will introduce the basics of C and C++: the compilation model, memory safety, low-level object-oriented programming, and the standard library. While you will obviously not be able to master C/C++ in the short span of this course, you will become aware of and gain experience in dealing with the issues that a C/C++ developer faces while writing performance-demanding programs.