Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PYPTUG Meeting - September 29th

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (September 29th 2014) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without.


Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community.

This month we will have two talks!

Talk #1

by Delphine Masse

Title: "Alembic for database version control"

Bio: Delphine is a python software engineer at Inmar working on APIs and B2B applications. Previous to working at Inmar she was developing website solutions for the pharmaceutical industry on LAMP stack with PHP. Her academic background includes computer science and biology and interests range from data mining to UI optimization.

Abstract: Managing databases manually in multiple environments can quickly become a headache. Alembic is a python package that allows to formalize each database change and to apply those changes consistently across multiple environments. I will go over the use of Alembic with MySQL as well as some "gotchas" and how to best handle them.


Talk #2

by Paul Pauca

Title: "Assistive Technologies for the Disabled"
Bio: Dr. Paul Pauca is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest. He is interested in the application of computer science to the benefit of society, particularly in the use of technology to assist the disabled.

Abstract: Dr. Pauca will introduce some of his recent research projects in developing highly affordable modern technology that can bridge the interaction gap between computers and people with physical and cognitive disabilities The goal of his research group is to exploit recent advancements in machine learning, computer vision, and human computer interaction to use the person’s body as the interface between the computer and the brain, thereby reducing or eliminating the limiting effects of conventional interface devices.


 Lightning talks!

We might have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.


Monday, September 29th 2014
Meeting starts at 5:30PM


Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit.

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