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Talk & Poster Presentations

Specialized Tracks​

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

 

Machine Learning & Data Science

 

This special track is devoted to both the theory and the application of data science and machine learning. That includes new open source tools and techniques for machine learning and data science, as well as novel discoveries in all fields of science made through the application of new or existing tools and techniques.​ This track will bring together developers, practitioners, and scientists to discuss how these tools and methods can be applied to a variety of scientific problems.

Data Life Cycle

 

Data handling is the common thread that ties together scientific applications in SciPy. This is true across academia, industry, and government where each brings a unique perspective to this challenge. While we talk a lot about what we do with data, we don’t always talk about how we work with the data. This track is dedicated to the life cycle of data. This includes anything from data engineering tools for collection, storage, to pipelines for creating analysis-ready data. Topics may include reproducibility, open science and reproducible research, persistence, stewardship, data management systems, continuity and maintenance of legacy code, and principles of software engineering effectiveness

 

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:

  • Computational Social Science & Digital Humanities

  • Earth, Ocean, Geo, & Atmospheric

  • Engineering

  • Materials & Chemistry

  • Physics & Astronomy

  • Maintainers Track

  • SciPy Tools

Program Chairs:

Matt Haberland, CalPoly

Madicken Munk, University of Illinois

Guen Prawiroatmodjo, Microsoft Corp

Julie Hollek, Mozilla

Important Talk & Poster Dates:
February 22

May

May 28

July 13-15

July 31

Talk & Poster submission deadline

General conference speakers announced

Proceedings first draft submissions due

SciPy 2022 General Conference

SciPy 2022 final Proceedings published

Planning for your proposal submission?​

 

Proposals must be submitted by February 22, 2022. Here's what you'll need for a submission:

The Short Summary

The brief description which will appear in the online program and give attendees a basic sense of your talk. This should be around 100 words or less.

The Abstract

Your placement in the program will be based on reviews of your abstract. This should be a roughly 500 word outline of your presentation. This outline should concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem. A traditional background/motivation, methods, results, and conclusion structure is encouraged but not required. Links to project websites, source code repositories, figures, full papers, and evidence of public speaking ability are encouraged.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

The SciPy Conference is in awe of the work that is being done in the community. We receive many interesting and thought-provoking proposals but we have a limited number of spaces. Please take a look at our tips below to improve your chances of having a talk or poster accepted by the conference. In the unfortunate event that your proposal is not accepted, please keep in mind that you are welcome to give a lightning talk, book a room for a Birds of a Feather discussion, or talk to the Program Committee about displaying your work as a poster in lieu of a talk.

  • Submit your proposal early.

  • In your abstract, be sure to include answers to some basic questions:

    • Who is the intended audience for your talk?

    • What, specifically, will attendees learn from your talk?

  • Ensure that your talk will be relevant to a broad range of people. If your talk is on a particular Python package or piece of software, it should useful to more than a niche group.

  • Include links to source code, articles, blog posts, or other writing that adds context to the presentation.

  • If you've given a talk, tutorial, or other presentation before, include that information as well as a link to slides or a video if they're available.

  • SciPy talks are 25 minutes with 2-3 minutes for questions. Please keep the length of time in mind as you structure your outline.

  • Your talk should not be a commercial for your company’s product. However, you are welcome to talk about how your company solved a problem, or notable open-source projects that may benefit attendees.

Many of these tips are adapted from the PyCon Proposal Resources. Thanks PSF!

How proposals are reviewed and selected​

For those of you new to the SciPy community, we wanted to demystify the process we use to select talks and posters. The talks, posters and tutorials go through a similar process consisting of open reviews (i.e., the identities of the submitter and the reviewers are public).  


Submissions are automatically assigned to reviewers with expertise in the domain specific topic. Each submission is reviewed by 3 reviewers and rated in the following categories: 

  • Would you recommend accepting this proposal (yes/no)?

  • Proposal rating? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • How confident are you in your review? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • Does this abstract concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem? (numerical score 1 to 5)

The submissions and their reviews are provided to the Track or Mini-Symposia Chair. The Program Committee Co-Chairs fill this role for the general track. The Chairs review the abstracts, scores and comments for all the submissions and make recommendations to the Program Committee Co-Chairs. The Program Committee Co-Chairs take the recommendations and build the initial SciPy schedule.

 

Those that submitted talks or posters that are selected are contacted by the Committee and they are asked to confirm their attendance at the SciPy Conference. The Program Committee works with the Mini-Symposia and Track chairs to identify a second tier of talks that will be added to the schedule in the event that some of the initial selections are not able to attend.

 

The Tutorial Co-Chairs review the scores and comments for all tutorials and build the schedule. They consider the scores as well as balancing the level of the tutorials (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and striving for a broad mix of topics.

 

If you have questions about the process, feel free to reach out to the Program Committee Co-Chairs at scipy@enthought.com 

Proceedings​

The Proceedings Submission

 

Once your talk is accepted, presenters have the option to submit up to an 8 page paper by May 22nd for the SciPy2021 Proceedings. The paper should follow the same guidelines as the abstract/description but elaborate on the details to help thoroughly understand the material.

 

As in previous years, these papers will be reviewed using an open dialog that takes place on github - pull requests over in the proceedings repo https://github.com/scipy-conference/scipy_proceedings.

By submitting a paper to the SciPy Proceedings, you are consenting to having your paper published and assigned a DOI.


Even if you aren't going to write a paper, please consider volunteering to help review!