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JuliaCon is coming to London!

7th to 11th August, 2018 at University College London
Roberts Engineering Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE, London, UK

Julia Community Prize

We wish to recognise the work of our amazing community, and will award three prizes for outstanding contributions to the Julia ecosystem. Please read on for details, and how to make nominations..

Keynote speakers

Nick Higham

University of Manchester

Nick Higham is Royal Society Research Professor and Richardson Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester. His research is in numerical linear algebra and ranges from theory to the development of algorithms and software, with a focus on accuracy and stability. His book Functions of Matrices: Theory and Computation (SIAM, 2008) was the first research monograph on matrix functions and he is editor of the Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics (2015). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a SIAM Fellow, and a Member of Academia Europaea. He is a keen expositor and blogs at

Sophie Wilson

Broadcom Inc.

Sophie Wilson is a Broadcom Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. Her inventions helped to transform the computing landscape. Sophie and Steve Furber’s development and codesign of the BBC Micro processor led to their development of the ARM processor; today the ARM processor powers virtually every mobile phone and tablet in the world. By 1999, Sophie developed the Firepath SIMD LIW processor, for which she led the design of the instruction set, and she co-founded Element 14, which was later acquired by Broadcom. Sophie is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and an honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has an honorary doctorate of science from Cambridge University.

Tim Thornham

Aviva plc.

Tim Thornham is the Financial Modelling Solutions Director at Aviva. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of actuarial and quantitative risk models used across the firm for financial and prudential reporting. Aviva is the second largest UK insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance.

Tim is a qualified actuary and has worked in various roles in consultancies, insurance companies and in an actuarial software company. Over his career, he has specialised in actuarial modelling systems implementation, working with many insurance companies around the world, over nearly 30 years in the industry.

Gilbert Strang


Gilbert Strang was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. His Ph.D. was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Professor of Mathematics at MIT, an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Strang has published eleven books.

He was the President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000, and Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He received the von Neumann Medal of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Henrici Prize for applied analysis. The first Su Buchin Prize from the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Haimo Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, were awarded for his contributions to teaching around the world.


  • Tim Holy (executive chair)
  • Avik Sengupta (finance chair)
  • Adrian Salceanu (web chair)
  • Kevin O'Brien (social media chair)
  • Pontus Stenetorp (local chair)
  • Tania Allard (diversity chair)
  • Valentin Churavy (program chair)
  • Jane Herriman (diversity vice-chair)
  • James Fairbanks (program vice-chair)
  • Samuel Powell (local vice-chair)
  • Eric Davies
  • Mike Innes
  • Viral Shah


  • Laurent Heirendt (web)
  • Sylvain Arreckx (web)

The JuliaCon committee is composed entirely of volunteer organizers and can be reached at with any questions or comments.

Accommodation Guide

JuliaCon 2018 takes place at the Bloomsbury campus at UCL, which is located to the North of central London. There are a large number of hotels, bed and breakfast, and student halls in close proximity. Read our guide for an overview of the options and approximate pricing.

2017 Videos

It seems like a long year between two JuliaCons. To make the wait easier, below is a random talk from JuliaCon 2017. Click on the playlist icon on the top left of the video display to see a list of all talks.

Code of Conduct

JuliaCon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, text editor choice, or tabs vs spaces preference. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Offensive or sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including formal talks and networking between sessions. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

Venue Map

University College London. Roberts Engineering Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE, London, UK. Here's a map:

Platinum Sponsors
Sloan Foundation
Gold Sponsors
Julia Computing
Capital One
Moore Foundation
Silver Sponsors
Gambit Research
Tangent Works
Alan Turing Institute
Jeffrey Sarnoff