OctConf 2015

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OctConf 2015 will take place in Darmstadt, Germany for three days from September 21 until September 23. Please email Sebastian or Jacopo if you think you could attend. Also write your name below in the Participants section if you think of attending with high probability.

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Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt
Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Germany

Darmstadt is a medium sized German city (154.002 inhabitans, cf http://www.darmstadt.de) located in the close neighborhood to Frankfurt, i.e., easy to reach due the airport FRA. It is one of the few cities in Germany that are allowed to call themselves "city of science". The reason is that Darmstadt has clearly dedicated itself to academia and resaerch:, it has a technical university ("TU Darmstadt", founded in 1877) and two universities of applied sciences "h_da" and "Evangelische Hochschule" with 40,616 students in total. Furthermore there are several research institutes, e.g., the European Space Operations Centre, EUMETSAT and the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, which discovered with their heavy-ion accelerator chemical elements like Darmstadtium. Many technology companies are also located here, e.g. big cooperations like Deutsche Telekom, Merck but also SMIs like CST which is a spin-off of TU Darmstadt and the market leader for high-frequency electromagnetic field simulations.

In former times Darmstadt was the seat of government of the German State Hessen and thus has still an active cultural life and in particular important architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. The dukes of Hesse were at that time interested in art, in particular the so-called Jugendstil (the German version of Art Nouveau) and funded the Darmstadt Artists' Colony. It is still located at the Mathildenhöhe.


The upcoming Octconf 2015 will take place at the Graduate School of Excellence Computational Engineering (CE) at the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt

Graduate School CE
Dolivostraße 15
D-64293 Darmstadt

Graduate School of Computational Engineering
Graduate School CE

The institution has been recognized as a center for top-level research and scientific excellence by the highly competitive 'Excellence Initiative' of the German Federal and State Governments. The Graduate School enables PhD students to develop their scientific skills in a focused way, and to cooperate under optimal conditions in a highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment (computer science, engineering and mathematics). One lecture hall and two seminar rooms with wifi (eduroam) are reserved for the whole week.


You can find travel directions here. The recommended procedure is a flight to Frankfurt's International Airport and then taking the bus called "Airliner" to Darmstadt main station. Frankfurt Hahn is also an option but is approximately 130 km away from Darmstadt and there is no direct connection. The conference hotel (see below) is directly at the train station and the venue in 15min walking distance.

We have prebooked rooms in


September 21-23, 2015. This is from Monday to Wednesday. Participants are encouraged to attend for all three days, but anyone is welcome for any duration of time. If necessary invitation letters can issued.

Excursions for the technology enthusiasts to ESOC, EUMETSAT and/or GSI are planned.

Suggestions for Sessions

Code sprints and informal discussion will happen every day. Please propose topics of interest for these sessions.


Time Monday
(Octave Core Day)
(Packages Day)
(Open Source Day)


Status of Octave
(John W. Eaton, confirmed)
NURBS and GeoPDEs Package
(Rafael Vazquez)
Octave and Open Source in Industry
10:00-10:15 Coffee Coffee Coffee
10:15-10:50 Octave and Python: Don't Call it Pytave!
(Mike Miller, confirmed)
Packaging for Octave
(Carnë, confirmed)
GMSH and GetDP in Academia and Industry
(Christophe Geuzaine)
10:50-11:25 Octave's profiler
(Daniel Kraft, confirmed)
Interval Package
(Oliver Heimlich, confirmed)
11:25-12:00 Writing high performance m-files
(Rik, confirmed)
The future of odepkg
(Jacopo Corno)
Discussion: Open source, funding, software projects as partners in scientific research projects
12:00-12:30 Discussion Discussion


Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00-14:35 t.b.a.
(Juan Pablo Carbajal, confirmed)
(Carlo De Falco, confirmed)
Discussion: Octave in Teaching: examples, best practices
(short presentations are welcome)
14:35-15:10 t.b.a.
(Kai T. Ohlhus, not confirmed)
Poster Session or Open slots
15:15-15:45 t.b.a.
(Jordi Gutierrez Hermoso, not confirmed)
Coupling OCS and Onelab
(Alexander Krimm and
Sebastian Schöps)
15:45-16:00 Coffee Coffee Coffee


Code Sprint Social program: excursion to ENUMESAT (optional)
Code Sprint
18:00-19:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:00-20:00 Social program: a walk to the Mathildenhöhe Free slot Social program: excursion to GSI or ESOC
(not yet confirmed)

Poster Session

The call for poster is now open! Show us what you do with Octave and any interesting application in your field. Please email us if you are interested in contributing so that we can schedule the number of participants.


Child Care

TU Darmstadt is a family friendly university. If you are planning to attend OctConf with your family/children please contact us. We will be happy to help you to organize child care.


There is limited funding to cover the travel expenses of selected participants. Please contact Sebastian if you are an Octave coder and need funding to attend OctConf.

The following institutions have provided funding so far:

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