From SciPy to Forestry - strategies to drive adoption of data science tools

Data Science Lecture


October 13, 2017
2:00pm to 3:00pm
190 Doe Library
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The data science tools we build have impact only if and when they get adopted. I will share experiences from working on SciPy, a library where the end users are other programmers, and LUCE, a platform for modelling LiDAR data at scale for the forestry industry. With the release of SciPy 1.0 only a week away, I will also take the opportunity to touch on a few of the highlights of that release.


Ralf Gommers

Data Science Team Leader
Scion, New Zealand

Ralf Gommers received his PhD in physics from University College London and did his post-doctoral work at MIT, working on cold atom atom physics and quantum gases. He spent six years in the semiconductor industry, designing metrology software for advanced lithography machines at ASML in the Netherlands. Currently he leads the data science team at Scion, the Crown Research Institute for forestry in New Zealand. Ralf has widely contributed to scientific open source projects. He is a core developer of SciPy, NumPy and PyWavelets, and a director of NumFOCUS.