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This is the invitation invitation to the 2018 working workshop. The workshop report is at HoustonWW2018

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.

Small groups of participants will form at the working workshop to address these issues. You might work on I/O functions or a processing algorithm. You might work on interfacing to Madagascar or Seismic Unix. You might want to produce examples of importing data into machine learning systems like tensor flow. Come to the workshop with ideas or listen to ideas presented by others. Create a small group and work on the project for three days. Share your project at the end of the workshop in a lightning talk (a five minute presentation). You're likely learn new skills, get some new ideas, and meet some new people that will help you in the future. The working workshop is open to beginners and professionals.

Participants are expected to bring laptops with the software and data they will use during the workshop. Wifi internet access will be available.

This working workshop hopes to provide a forum for geophysicist to learn, contribute, and network.


The workshop participation is free but requires an application. Space is limited. The application deadline is August 1, 2018. Link to the application form

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

Contact us

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

Workshow Location

We will meet in room #219 Farish Hall at the University of Houston. Below are area and campus maps.

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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.