OctConf 2018

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We are happy to announce the upcoming Octave Conference 2018 to be held at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, from March 12th until March 15th.

The Local Organising Committee is happy and proud that CERN will host this event for at least two reasons:

  • Octave is a fundamental tool of analysis and research for hundreds of CERN scientists
  • Octave and CERN share and promote the same values of openness, cooperation, diversity, quality and commitment.

The two-day plus two-half-day event will be an opportunity for sharing experiences, planning the future of Octave and promoting its use among the scientific community and beyond.

Our scientific committee is working out the details of the programme, which will include: a presentation by Octave's creator and main maintainer John W. Eaton in the CERN Main Auditorium (Monday afternoon), several interesting talks about applications of Octave to various scientific domains, code sprints, and a session to promote the open-source supported by public institutions as a model for free and successful development. The call for contributions and abstract will be open soon.

The key members of the Octave development team will participate in the conference, both from oversea and from Europe. You can find updated information on the programme in this Wiki page and we are filling the Indico timetable.

Key info


The conference will take place on Week 11, from March 12th until March 15th 2018.


Octconf 2018 will take place at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research).


The conference is free to attend but registration is required. Please use the CERN conference manager Indico to register.


The conference will be based around workshops, unconference, and code sprints, with a plenary speaker on the first three days.


Scientific committee

Duties: Recruit invited speakers, finalize the programme schedule, review and select presentations, review and select posters, chairing during conference.


Use the maintainers mailing list to communicate with these people.

Hosting committtee

Duties: Arrange and reserve rooms, catering, social event, and other logistics for the conference.


  • Andrea Latina
  • John Evans
  • Melissa Gaillard

Suggestions for Sessions

Approximately half of each day will be devoted to presentations. The remainder will be used for informal discussions, code sprints, etc.

Please propose session topics in the schedule below. The actual time slot you pick is not important--we can re-arrange the schedule later--but we need to know what topics are of interest.

In addition, if you have a poster, rather than a full presentation, there is a separate sign-up sheet below.


During the daytime: CERN offers many areas where people can socialize and/or discuss, informally. For instance, the CERN main restaurant is open until 23:00 (11:00 PM).

Time Monday 12.03
Tuesday 13.03
Wednesday 14.03
Thursday 15.03


Hands-on activities Unconference OctConf 2019 planning and Closing


Plenary talk
and Lunch
Plenary talk
and Lunch
Plenary talk
and Lunch
Farewell lunch


Unconference Hands on Tutorials Visit to CERN
Hands-on activities


Social event

Poster Session

If you have a poster demonstrating how you use Octave to address an application in your field please add your name and poster topic to the list below. We will schedule an appropriately sized space based on the number of posters.

Confirmed Posters:

Title Author


The conference will take place in the CERN's main site (Meyrin). You can try your luck and search for an accommodation in one of the CERN Hostels.

Should the CERN hostels be full, or should you prefer to stay in Geneva, we advise you to consult your favourite on-line booking portal (www.booking.com, www.tripadvisor.com, www.trivago.com, www.expedia.com etc.) and to contact the hotel directly in order to identify the lowest tariff available for CERN users and collaborators (preferential tariffs may apply in some cases).

Hotels in the vicinity of "Gare Cornavin" (Geneva's main railway station), or along "Route de Meyrin", are particularly recommended. Tram number 18 links Gare Cornavin to CERN in 20' (see timetable on the TPG's webpage).

Notice that, by staying in hotel, youth hostel or at a campsite, you are entitled to receive a personal and non transferable Geneva Transport Card for free, which will allow you to use the whole public transportation system of Geneva for the length of your stay for free. This includes buses, trams, trains, and yellow taxi-boats - Mouettes. Just ask for it upon arrival on the reception.


The information below is taken from CERN instructions. Please check that link for further details.

How to get to CERN infographics

   CERN Reception - Meyrin
   CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
   385 route de Meyrin
   CH-1217 Meyrin - Geneva
  • GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 46.2314284

Longitude: 6.0539718

By train

Coming from the Geneva railway station at Cornavin

Tram - Take the number 18 tram to "CERN" which is the final stop at the CERN entrance.

Ticket costs 3 CHF full-fare / 2 CHF reduced-fare (Ticket "Tout Genève" on the ticket machine).

See the TPG web site for full details.

By plane

Coming from the Geneva International Airport at Cointrin

Taxi - approximately 35CHF.

Bus - First take a public transport ticket from the machine you will find at the exit to the baggage collection hall, just before customs control. Then:

Option 1: Take bus Y direction "CERN" and get off at the CERN stop opposite the large Globe and the CERN site.

Option 2: Take bus 23, 28 or 57 and get off at the stop "Blandonnet" and then catch the Tram number 18, final stop "CERN".

See the TPG web site for full details.

By car

  • From Switzerland

Follow signs for "Aéroport", "Lyon" and "Meyrin".

Once you are in Meyrin, follow signs for "St. Genis" (which is just beyond the border, in France).

Before reaching St Genis, the CERN site is on your left on "Route de Meyrin", just before you reach the border.

  • From France (département of Ain)

Follow signs for "Gex" or "St. Genis". When you reach the border, CERN is on your right immediately after passing through customs.

See Parking for parking information.

Tips and tricks

Previous OctConf

OctConf 2017

Next OctConf

OctConf 2019