yt User and Developer Workshop


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The yt project is an open-source, community driven Python package for analyzing large, complex geometric and spatial datasets. Originally designed for astrophysical simulations, yt has expanded into a number of other domains with spatial analysis needs, including the geosciences, medical imaging, nuclear and plasma physics, and seismology.

This week-long workshop will introduce newcomers to yt’s functionality and provide them the opportunity to learn and work with many of the project’s development team. The first half of the week will be devoted to tutorials of both core features and domain-specific applications. In the latter half of the week, the focus will shift to development and collaborative activities with a goal of helping new users become new contributors. Attendees will be encouraged to bring along samples of unsupported data formats.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Corentin Cadiou (University College London)
  • Madicken Munk (University of Illinois)
  • Britton Smith (University of Edinburgh)
  • Matthew Turk (University of Illinois)
  • John Wise (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • John Zuhone (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)


Registration will open in late February. Limited funding will be available to support travel and accommodation. Information on registration and requesting funding will be posted soon.


Below is a rough schedule of activities. All sessions will break for 30 minutes halfway through. Development sessions will begin with discussion and planning of activities and be followed by work in break-out groups. Two break-out rooms (for 5-6 people) will be available during these times.

Monday, 29 June8:30-9:00Registration/Welcome
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Tuesday, 30 June9:00-12:00Tutorials
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Wednesday, 1 July9:00-12:00Tutorials
Free Afternoon
Thursday, 2 July9:00-12:00Development/Collaboration
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Friday, 3 July9:00-12:00Development/Collaboration
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)

Figure: clockwise from top-left, 1) seismology visualization from the Seismic Sound Lab; 2) molecules in star-forming clouds observed by ALMA; 3) velocity profiles of simulated pre-stellar gas clouds; 4) magnetic fields in white dwarfs; 5) volume render of a core-collapse supernova. All images made with yt. See more in the yt gallery.


yt User and Developer Workshop

Higgs Centre Workshop
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB
The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building
Peter Guthrie Tait Road
  • Britton SMITH (The University of Edinburgh)