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SEG Working Workshop - Python and Julia for Geophysics - August 8-11, 2018

Working Workshops as opposed to "talking workshops" are meetings where the participants work in small teams to develop new software code or to conduct computational experiments addressing a particular problem. This workshop asks participants to create small groups to identify and address obstacles to more widespread use of Python and Julia in the geophysical community. Results will be shared in lighting talks and code repositories.


Python and Julia are good languages for prototyping and applying selected processing. Lack of good examples that read geophysical data, interface to legacy processing systems, and implement common algorithms are obstacles to more widespread use of these languages in the geophysical community. The objective of this working workshop is to identify and address these obstacles and promote more widespread use of the languages.

Participants brough their own laptops and formed small groups. These groups picked projects and started to make examples of geophysical applications written in Python and Julia. About once a day we all checked in to talk about progress. Sometimes participants collaborated with different groups. After two and a half days we shared results in a lightning talks (five minute presentations). I think everyone left the workshop with some new skills, ideas, and acquaintances.

The working workshop provided a forum for geophysicist to learn, contribute, and network.

Link to the original workshop invitation is HoustonWW_2018_i

Draft agenda

  • Wednesday afternoon August 8, 2017 1:00-6:00 PM. Optional work session to configure your computer and install open seismic software
    • Do you want help getting your computer up to speed before the working workshop? Come for informal, one-on-one assistance to:
      • Install Linux on your computer.
      • Configure Linux/OSX on your computer.
      • Install Seismic Unix on your computer
      • Install Madagascar on your computer.
      • Install Jupyter and python on your computer.
      • Install a virtual Linux system on your Windows computer that will allow you to experiment with a Linux development environment.
  • Thursday August 9, 2017 (working workshop starts)
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee
    • 9:00-10:00 Introductions, project proposals, and team formations
    • 10:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
  • Friday August 10, 2016
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee. Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
    • 6:00-8:00 Dinner
  • Saturday August 11, 2016
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee. Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Finalize lightning talks
    • 1:00-3:00 Lighting talks

Synopsis of Results with Links

Contact us

If you have some ideas about working workshops, tell us about it! Send email to seismic.working.workshop@gmail.com.

Workshow Location

The workshop was held in rooms 218 and 219 in Farish Hall at the University of Houston.

Supporting Organizations

Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin


Society of Exploration Geophysicists

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SEG Wavelets

SEG Wavelets is the University of Houston's SEG student chapter. It is devoted to promoting education in exploration geophysics. We work with professional organizations, industry professionals, University of Houston faculty, and other student organizations to bring students educational, social, and possible future employment opportunities. More details can be found on our website.