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Python is one of the most popular programming languages. Easy and efficient writing scripts with a rich library and, packages for specified tasks make it ideal software for scientific and engineering students and professionals. Python can be learned in short tutorial based training sessions. Keeping this in mind, School of Engineering, GD Goenka University is going to organize a two-day workshop on python on 1 – 2 May 2014 (Thursday and Friday). During this tutorial based workshop, five python packages namely IPython Notebook, Numpy, Scipy, Matplotlib and Sympy will be introduced.

IPython Notebook is an excellent tool for teaching python and recording training sessions. Numpy stands for numerical python and it is a library of small programs used for numerical computation. Scipy stands for scientific computing and it contains useful programs to be used for specific computational science tasks. Sympy packages give the abilities to perform symbolic computing. Matplotlib package gives excellent tools to produce high quality graphs for scientific publication. Knowledge of these packages becomes essential for scientists and engineers who are involved in scientific research and innovation. Being open source software, it is an excellent alternative to costly commercial software with similar abilities.

The workshop will act as a forum for discussions for future collaborations on python based computational works. The proposed workshop is expected to be useful for instructors and teachers as they can enrich their lessons by numerical computation and graphing capabilities. It is also useful for students and researchers since they can enrich their learning experience by writing small programs for solving equations and plotting graphs to understand the physical phenomenon under study. This workshop is also useful for industrial workers since they can use python to solve their scientific problems more efficiently and can use python for automation as well.

Whether you are a student or a teacher; a trainee or a professional; a researcher or a scientist, we look forward to your participation in the workshop.

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