Learn yt Workshop 2016


The second yt user's workshop will be held at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Octover 10-12 2016. The workshop will cover basic usage of yt, including the yt data model, yt's field system, low-level data inspection, basic visualization workflows, and data analysis and reduction tasks. We will also cover more advanced usages like generating simulated observations, halo finding and halo analysis, volume rendering, advanced 3D visualizations, and advanced data analysis and reduction tasks. Finally, we will cover how to modify and extend yt, as well as the development and contribution process.

The Learn yt Workshop is supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

General Info

Information about the workshop specifics -- travel, hotel, registration.

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Workshop Contents

Recordings of the presentations, breakout group summaries, and all slides.

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General Info

Organizering Committee

The main organizing committee consists of Matt Turk, Nathan Goldbaum, Jill Naiman, John ZuHone, and Kandace Turner.

The organizers can be contacted by e-mailing workshop2016@yt-project.org.

Getting to the Workshop

The workshop will be held at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) building at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. The NCSA building is on the north end of campus, about a block a way from the conference hotel.

Regional Airports

American Airlines offers regular service to the Champaign airport (CMI) from Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth. CMI is about 15 minutes by car away from campus. The Bloomington airport (BMI), is also relatively close, about an hour a away by car.

Chicago airports

The Champaign-Urbana area is about 2.5 hours away from the main Chicago airports by car. If you rent a car, parking is available at the conference hotel. There is also regular bus service and train service via Amtrack from Chicago Union Station to the Champaign train station.


We have organized a room block at the Hampton Inn Champaign/Urbana. To reserve a room in the room block, use the following information:

Room block link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/C/CMIILHX-LYT-20161009/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: Learn YT Workshop

Group Code: LYT

Check-in: 09-OCT-2016

Check-out: 12-OCT-2016

Hotel Name: Hampton Inn Champaign/Urbana

Hotel Address:
1200 West University Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Phone Number: 217-337-1100


There is parking available at the conference hotel for attendees staying there. In addition, there is all-day metered parking available in a multilevel parking structure just to the north of the NCSA building.


Please fill out the online registration form to register for the workshop.

Workshop Contents

The workshop will begin on Monday October 10 at 9:00 AM If you're staying at the Hampton Inn, plan for a 5 minute walk to the NCSA building.

The workshop is in NCSA 1030, on the southeast side of the building.


Day OneTitlePresenterSlides/Notebooks
9:00-10:00 Workshop welcome and logistics Matthew Turk
10:00 - 10:15 How to ask for help Nathan Goldbaum slides
10:15 - 11:00 Simple first steps Jill Naiman Notebook
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Units and Data Selection Nathan Goldbaum slides
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Building a mental model for yt Matthew Turk
2:00 - 2:45 Loading and Exporting Data as NumPy arrays Matthew Turk
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:00 Volume Rendering Nathan Goldbaum slides

Day TwoTitlePresenterSlides/Notebooks
9:00 - 10:00 Working with external visualization tools Jill Naiman Notebook/Slides
10:00 - 10:45 Advanced analysis Matthew Turk
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Analysis Modules and Extension Packages Nathan Goldbaum slides
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Time Series and Parallel Analysis Matthew Turk
2:00 - 2:45 Making movies and Customizing Plots Nathan Goldbaum notebook
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee
3:00-4:00 Field trip! Advanced Visualization Lab Jill Naiman and AVL staff

Day ThreeTitlePresenter
9:00 - 9:30 Prep for bring your own data session Identify possible work groups
9:30 - 12:00 Bring your own data session
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Selected Advanced Topics Matthew Turk
2:00 - 3:30 Modifying and Contributing to yt Nathan Goldbaum

Contact Us

The workshop organizers can be reached at workshop2016@yt-project.org.