Thursday, December 1, 2011 2011 coming soon to IIT Bombay

If you aren't aware of it yet, 2011 is just round the corner.
This year it is going to be held at IIT Bombay's new Victor Menezes
Convention Center (VMCC).  We have conference talks on 4th and 5th and
tutorials on 6th and 7th.  We have invited several key people from
the "scientific computing with Python" community.  We have an awesome set
of talks and tutorials.  Eric Jones from Enthought is our keynote

In 2009 and 2010 we did workshops on basic scientific computing with
Python.  This year our tutorial track features several advanced topics
including, image processing, machine learning, symbolic computing,
mapping and geoprocessing, Traits/TraitsUI, Mayavi, Sage and Cython.

If you wish to attend the conference,  feel free to drop in and attend,
free of cost -- but you'll miss out on the awesome food, t-shirt and
other goodies if you do not register.  It would be best if you did
register though.

The main organizers of 2011 are FOSSEE.  Enthought (India) is
also helping organize the conference.  MHRD and Enthought are our
financial sponsors and we are grateful to them for their continued

Given the nature of the talks, the tutorials, the location, you are
going to miss out if you choose to not attend.  Register before 2nd to
avail of reduced rates.  Spot registration is certainly available but is more

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Enthought ... now in India

Enthought, as most of you (following my blog anyway) know,
is a leading scientific computing solutions provider and an extra-ordinary
champion of scientific computing with Python. Enthought is headquartered
at Austin, Texas and has offices in New York, Cambridge (UK) and Brussels.
Enthought has started a new development office in Mumbai, India. Starting July 2010,
I am taking two years of long leave (lien) from IITB to serve as the
Managing Director of Enthought India. We have a nice office located at the Supreme
business park in Hiranandani, Powai.

We right now have three people (including yours truly) and are looking
for more people. We aim to build a strong development team. We are
currently working on an exciting new product that we will release over
the course of next year. Stay tuned!

If you are a strong Python developer with a penchant for challenging
problems and building scientific computing applications, do send us your

I can be reached on my usual email addresses and my Enthought email is
prabhu at enthought dot com. Possibly the best place to send in resumes is:

FOSSEE updates

The FOSSEE project started in mid 2009 and has been doing fairly well.
We've conducted several Python and Scilab workshops all over India. We
organized two conferences (2009 and 2010) and hosted Sage days
25. This year we are organizing 2011 at IIT Bombay.

We've generated plenty of introductory material on elementary Python for
scientific computing, version control and using GNU/Linux tools. Using
this material we are conducting a "Software development techniques for
engineers and scientists" course at IITB. There are numerous other
initiatives including a textbook conversion project that we are working

Recently, and rather significantly, we've have embarked on an ambitious
effort to train about 650 teachers all over India over five weekends
this month on "Software development techniques for engineers and
scientists". This is part of Prof. Phatak's IIT e-Outreach program
funded generously by the MHRD, India. More details are available here.

The basic idea is that we conduct workshops at IIT Bombay and the
lectures are streamed online. Students are able to interact with the
faculty via the internet. We are very excited about this since this
allows us to reach out to a large number of people in one shot. It is
also a tad scary since the numbers are so large. So far it has worked fairly well.

I did write a simple Django based application to take online exams and automatically
grade the submitted solutions and will probably talk about that in more detail
at a future point.

... and they lived happily ever after

It has been two years since I blogged about anything significant. A lot
has happened and I thought I might as well give everyone a news update.

In November 2009, Kadambari Devarajan (KD) and I were married. I'm not
getting into the details here but in short, she stole my heart, I
proposed, we were married in November and we lived happily ever after.

The marriage ceremony was smooth and memorable thanks in very little
part to the two of us. My parents organized a wonderful, short and
thoughtful marriage ceremony and KD's parents a wonderful reception. We
cannot thank our parents enough! My cousins thoughtfully organized and
hosted a mehendi party which was very memorable. The support of our
siblings at this time was touching. Close friends and relatives
travelled from far and wide to attend the marriage and made it very
special for us. Many friends and relatives offered us their advice,
support and help. Many of you attended the wedding at short notice and
showered us with gifts and good wishes. Our heartfelt thanks to one and

Ever since, KD and I have been extremely happy together. Life has
changed in many ways. We've travelled the world (the picture above was
at Yosemite, courtesy Jarrod Millman), done many things together and
are having a wonderful time. Thanks again to all of you who got
us together. :)