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JuliaCon is happening in London!

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

Live Streaming

All talks and workshops for JuliaCon 2018 are streaming live on Youtube. Recordings of the talks can be seen on the JuliaCon 2018 playlist.

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.

Mike Croucher

University of Leeds

Mike is Director of Research Computing at The University of Leeds and an EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow. Previous roles include being the co-founder of the RSE group at the University of Sheffield and Head of Research Software Support in the faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester.

Mike’s entire career has been focused on one thing: To enable researchers and educators to do computing better.

He is additionally a Principal Investigator on the EU funded OpenDreamKit project which supports the open source mathematical software ecosystem, Co-Investigator on the UK national RSE network and has had his name on a bunch of other grants where he supported software stuff. He blogs on and tweets at @walkingrandomly

Julia Community Prize

The Julia Community Prize has been announced. Congratulations to this years winners: Tim Besard, Katharine Hyatt, Chris Rackauckas and Elliot Saba.


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


  • 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.

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.


The main conference, including all talks and workshops, will be held at the University College, London. Roberts Engineering Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE, London, UK. Here's a map:

The Welcome Reception (sponsored by Invenia Labs) on the evening of the 8th will be held at the amazing riverside location of the IET. 2 Savoy Place, WC2R 0BL.

The hackathon on Saturday, the 11th, will take place in the heart of London's startup ecosystem in Shoreditch. We will meet at the Microsoft Reactor, 70 Wilson St, EC2A 2DB.

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