Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PYPTUG Monthly Meeting "Meet Eliza" April 25th 2017


Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (April 25th 2017) 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. Monthly meetings are in addition to our project nights.



What

Meeting will start at 6:00pm.

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.


Main Talk: "Meet Eliza"

by Francois Dion, Data Scientist, Inmar Inc.

Abstract:

When I was a child, I spoke with Eliza at a science museum, and everything changed from that moment on. Who was Eliza? Perhaps you haven't heard of Eliza. You will be able to meet Dr. Eliza and exchange some thoughts with her.

After meeting Eliza, we will discuss Artificial Intelligence. Ever wondered what it means? Can you trust AI? If AI can make works of art? Poems? What about legal ramifications? Should I confide in Siri or Cortana? What does an artificial neuron look like? Do androids dream of electric sheep? If you've asked yourself one of these questions, then you'll be glad to attend this presentation and discussion. 

And since this is a discussion, you'll be able to ask questions, to participate, to voice your opinion.

Lightning talks! 


We will 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.
Some are already lined up.

When

Tuesday, April 25th 2017
Meeting starts at 6:00PM

Where

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

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109



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."

Mailing List


Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:


It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

RSVP on meetup:
https://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/238774609/


Friday, February 17, 2017

PYPTUG Monthly Meeting Feb. 28th (new python stuff, c, c++ and fortran)

Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (February 28th 2017) 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. Monthly meetings are in addition to our project nights.



What

Meeting will start at 6:00pm.

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.

We will cover briefly some of the new features found in Python 3.6 (and maybe one or two in Python 3.5 you might not have discovered yet).

Then on to the main talk. Philip Semanchuk will help us to be polyglot programmers.

 
Main Talk: Python, C, C++, and Fortran Relationship Status: It’s Not That Complicated
by Philip Semanchuk of PySpoken LLC
Bio:
I started writing BASIC on a TRS-80 and have been building software ever since using everything from C to Visual Basic to Python. For the past several years, I’ve been a freelancer focused on Python, especially where it meets C and other compiled languages but also for Django work. Some of my clients are Fortune 50 companies and others have just a handful of employees.
In the past, I have given talks at PyCarolinas, PyOhio, PyData, and the Triangle Python Users Group. This is my first opportunity to speak to the Python Piedmont Triad UG, and I’m grateful for the invitation.
Currently I’m using Python to perform etymology-focused lexical analysis. It’s a subject I know very little about, so I’m glad NLTK exists to hold my hand! Later this year I hope to use Python to collect data from a photovoltaic solar system that’s installed where I live.
You can learn more about me at http://PySpoken.com where I also have a blog (http://blog.PySpoken.com)
Abstract:
One of Python’s strengths is that it can use code written in compiled languages like C, Fortran and C++.

This talk gives an overview of your many options for getting Python to call and exchange data with code written in a compiled language. The goal is to make attendees aware of choices they may not know they have, and when to prefer one over another.

Lightning talks! 


We will 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.
Some are already lined up.

When

Tuesday, February 28th 2017
Meeting starts at 6:00PM

Where

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

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109



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."

Mailing List


Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:


It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

RSVP on meetup:
https://www.meetup.com/PYthon-Piedmont-Triad-User-Group-PYPTUG/events/237328563/