Past special guests on the inSCIght podcast include:

Chuck Atkins is currently involved as an R&D Engineer for the Computer Vision team at Kitware.  At Kitware, he is a driving force in pushing for the public release of their software and research efforts with DARPA and the DoD. He also actively maintains the build and test infrastructure for the open source LAPACK project for numerical linear algebra.

Jonathan Ashdown is a PhD Candidate of Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an instructor of electrical engineering technology at Hudson Valley Community College. His concentration is in communication systems and signal processing, and he performs research in the area of ultrasonic wireless communication through acoustic-electric channels including thick metal walls. He is also the chair of the Schenectady branch of the IEEE Education Society. (Episode 8)

Utkarsh Ayachit is a Technical Leader at Kitware, Inc. He has been one of core developers of ParaView for the past 7 years and is the Project Lead for ParaViewWeb (Episode 24).

In 2006, Stephen Aylward left his job as a tenured associate professor of radiology to form Kitware’s office in North Carolina. He saw open science as they key to accelerating the pace of research in medical image analysis. He continues to actively promote open science in his research and collaborations. For more information, visit (Episode 31)

Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and interactive artist that graduated from the MIT Media Lab and before receiving a fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. She taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons, and was a mentor in the regional reality tv-show Stars of Science promoting science and technology innovation in the Middle East. In 2010, Ayah was granted a fellowship with Creative Commons in recognition of her work, including spearheading the first Open Hardware definition and co-chairing the Open Hardware Summit at the New York Hall of Science in September of 2010. Ayah is the creator of littleBits, an award winning kit of pre-assembled circuits made easy by tiny magnets, now in production. She is also the founder of Karaj, Beirut’s lab for experimental art, architecture and technology. Ayah lives and works between Beirut and New York. (Episode 9)

Neil Best is a database manager at the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute (CI) and a graduate student in Geography & Environmental Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. He is applying the reproducible research paradigm to the creation of a hybrid land-use/land-cover data set from multiple geospatial data sets using R and Sweave. The product of this work will initialize models of economy/agriculture/climate change interactions that will run in high-performance computing environments at the CI. (Episode 5)

Jeudy Blanco holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology and is working toward a Master’s degree in Astrophysics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). He is a Member of the Centro de Investigaciones Espaciales (Space Research Center) at the UCR and is working on High Performance Computing, building cluster infrastructure for their research center, and working on astrophysical simulations (star formation from the gravitational collapse of interstellar molecular clouds). He also has an excellent astrophotography blog . (Episode 25)

Chris Colbert is a scientific software developer at Enthought Inc. with a background in mechanical engineering, robotics, and computer vision. He feels that Python + Cython provides one of the most formidable computing platforms available today; striking a superb balance between performance, library support, and developer productivity. (Episode 6)

David Cole joined forces with Kitware in February, 2005. His contributions to the open source world are primarily found in the CMake and CDash source trees, but also in ITK, VTK and ActiViz .NET. Most recently, he’s been the driving force behind building the release binaries, acting as the CMake release manager. (Episode 21)

Craig DeForest is a solar physicist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. He has studied the Sun for over 20 years, with an emphasis on image processing and data analysis. He organized and exploited the first science program executed by the SOHO spacecraft in the 1990s. He abandoned the commercial IDL environment in 1999 and has been a developer for PDL ever since, contributing the range() operator and PDL::Transform module for coordinate transformations and image resampling. Application work includes SWAMIS, a computer vision code optimized for tracking solar magnetic features, and FLUX, a novel magnetohydrodynamic simulation code that uses Perl/PDL as a front end and data conditioning environment. (Episode 7)

Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin is a R&D Engineer at Kitware working in the Medical Imaging, Data Management and Software process areas. He is one of the lead developers involved in the development of Slicer 4.0, a platform for medical image segmentation, registration, visualization, and analysis. (Episode 20)

Alicia Gibb is a researcher and rapid prototyper at Bug Labs ( When she’s not doing research on the crossroads of open technology and innovation, she’s prototyping artwork that blinks, twitches, and might even be tasty to eat. She is a catalyst in the open hardware movement, and co-chaired the first Open Hardware Summit in the fall of 2010. At Bug Labs she runs the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D Lab, her current project is an NSF funded project to make a device for measuring physics classroom experiments. She has a master’s degree in information science and in art history. (Episode 9)

Karl Glazebrook is a professor in the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Karl chimes in occasionally on the PDL user list from his iPad with an elegant and idiomatic solution to a problem that others have been dancing around. And, by the way, Karl is also the inventor of PDL. We all owe it to him. Karl an observational astronomer doing research and teaching. Research interests include observational cosmology and the formation and evolutionary history of galaxies. (Episode 7)

Tommy Guy is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto. His research interests include computer vision, assistive technology, and statistical genetics. He also enjoys long walks on the beach and teaching Python as well as other scientific computation tools.

Marcus Hanwell received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He spent a summer in Silicon Valley at a startup company in 2002, and participated in the Google Summer of Code program in 2007, as a student, and from 2008-2010, as a mentor with the KDE project. In 2011 Marcus led VTK’s application to be a mentoring organization, which was accepted, and acted as the primary organization administrator and mentor to one project concerned with chemistry visualization in VTK (Episode 19,  22).

Sumana Harihareswara is the Volunteer Development Coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation  where she leads the Technical Liaisons and Developer Relations group. She has worked on too many open source projects and initiatives to list, is a blogger at GeekFeminism and is an advisory board member for the Ada Initiative. She holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University. She also likes dinosaurs (Episode 27).

Bill Hoffman is a founder, Vice President and CTO for Kitware, Inc. Bill has 20+ years of experience with large C++ systems. He is a lead architect of the CMake cross-platform build system and co-author of the Mastering CMake book. (Episode 21)

Brett Hoerner is a software engineer and pseudo-ops guy at Disqus. He focuses on backend features, scalability, and analytics. He has a passing knowledge of most popular open source NoSQL databases and Disqus has used MongoDB, Redis, Hadoop, and Membase in production. (Episode 11)

Glib Ivashkevych is a PhD student in Institute of Physics and Technology (Kharkov, Ukraine) who loves Python with a great fervor and uses it to mix everything (C, CUDA, OpenCL, etc.). Although he is a theoretical physicist, most of his time is spent doing numerical simulations of classical and quantum chaotic systems. A few years ago when he discovered Linux and soon after – Python, it was such an incredible experience that he never used Windows for work after that. It’s just a matter of doing more in less time. (Episode 25)

Christopher Jordan-Squire is a mathematics graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. His love of applied problems has overcome his original training in pure mathematics and deep love of the Fourier transform. With training in both pure mathematics and applied statistics, he now works in the intersection of the two fields. He is currently researching non-parametric mixture model estimation, and also does statistics consulting and python coding in his not-so-ample spare time. (Episode 28)

Sebastien Jourdain started working at Kitware as a R&D engineer for the Scientific Visualization team in February 2010. Since then he developed ParaViewWeb and the Collaboration framework underneath the latest ParaView (Episode 24).

Yalda Kolahdooz has a M.Sc. in Information Technology from Sharif University of Technology, Iran where she is an assistant at the Modern Algorithms Lab. In general, she performs research on Social Networks and Complex Networks and more specifically her current research is focused on trust and reputation management mechanisms in autonomous networks using Game Theoretical approaches. (Episode 25)

Matthew Kenworthy is a professor in the Faculty of Science at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands. Matt maintains the Mac OS X package of SciPDL, a one-click install of the otherwise complicated PDL-from-scratch installation. When he’s not hacking another PDL script together, he’s doing research on exoplanets and high contrast imaging techniques. (Episode 7)

Joe Kerman is an active member of Sector67 in Madison, Wisconsin and has a background in network administration. He ran a local internet service provider for twelve years and now, while in search of a new career he promotes, supports, and takes advantage of the resources at Sector67. (Episode 14)

Phillip Keung is a biostatistics graduate student and works in statistical genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. (Episode 28)

Brad King joined Kitware in June 2000 and became a founding member of the Software Process group focusing on methods and tools for open source software (OSS) development. While working for Kitware he simultaneously conducted graduate research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focused on 3D modeling and change detection in real-world scenes, using both range and intensity sensors. Dr. King received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer in December 2008. (Episode 23)

Jessica McKellar is a kernel engineer living in Cambridge, MA. She is a Python Software Foundation board member and an organizer for the largest python user group in the world. With that group she runs the Boston Python Workshops for women and their friends — an introductory programming pipeline that has brought hundreds of women into the local Python community. Jessica puts her science and engineering background to use as a STEM volunteer with a number of local schools and organizations, including Science Club for Girls and Citizen Schools (Episode 27).

Wes McKinney is a PhD student in Statistical Science at Duke University, focusing on Bayesian methods for time series and other dynamic processes. After undergraduate, he worked for three years at AQR, a quantitative hedge fund, where he developed many research and production systems in Python. Part of his work at AQR was released as the open source project pandas, which he continues to actively develop. He is dedicated to building tools to enhance the use of Python for statistical computing applications, especially those relating to time series and financial applications. Outside of his academic work in statistics, he also does Python consulting work in the financial industry. (Episode 13)

Chris Meyer is the founder of Sector67 in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a recent Masters graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mechanical Engineering program and kickstarted the Sector67 hacker space with prize and grant money he garnered as a student. (Episode 14)

Oscar Najera is an undergraduate physics student in Ecuador who works in the field of Solid State Physics and is currently developing a simulation for relaxor ferroelectrics. He uses C++ and python for his researh and always tries to use open source alternatives. He’s a happy gentoo linux user. (Episode 25)

Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist and well known advocate of opening up the process of research. He is a co-author of the Panton Principles for open data in science, Founding Editor in Chief of Open Research Computation as well as being an academic editor for PLoS ONE. He was named as a SPARC Innovator in July 2010 and is a proud recipient of the Blue Obelisk for contributions to open data. He writes regularly at his blog, Science in the Open(  (Episode 22)

Travis Oliphant received the PhD from Mayo Graduate School in Biomedical Engineering and taught Electrical Engineering at Brigham Young University for 6 years before devoting himself full-time to developing scientifically-related software and managing customer relationships at Enthought. He is one of the original authors of SciPy and a major NumPy contributor and enjoys reading about neuroscience. (Episode 13)

Sandeep Parikh likes to write code and try out new technologies. His background is in software development and he’s interested in big data and analytics. He’s deployed a few apps on top of MongoDB and has played with Redis, CouchDB and Cassandra. (Episode 11)

William Fernando Oquendo Patiño is a PhD student in Physics in Bogota, Colombia. He works in the Simulation of Physical Systems Group at the Universidad nacional de Colombia and the CEiBA Excellence center for research in complex systems. He has worked in the study of quantum monte carlo systems, epidemic spreading by cellular automata, and, currently, in the application of statistical mechanics to granular media. William enjoys traveling, playing soccer, swimming, and being in contact with nature. And programming, of course! (Episode 25)

Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs wildly popular workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. She’s also working on a project for the Mozilla Foundation: her job is to build a community of people in Toronto who care about raising youth as web makers (Episode 27).

Fernando Perez is a research scientist working on the development of algorithms and computational tools for neuroscience at the at the University of California, Berkeley. After a PhD in particle physics and a postdoc in applied mathematics developing numerical algorithms, he currently works at the interface between high-level scientific computing tools in Python and the mathematical questions that arise in the analysis of neuroimaging data. He started the IPython project in 2001 and continues to lead it, now as a collaborative effort with a talented team that does all the hard work. He regularly lectures about scientific computing in Python. (Episode 13)

Patrick Reynolds is a Technical Leader at Kitware Inc with a background in Medical Imaging and Large Data Management. He currently oversees the development of Midas, a platform for building data sharing systems. Midas has been used to help facilitate several Grand Challenges. (Episode 31)

Alan Ruttenberg is Director of Clinical and Translational Data Exchange at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Until recently he was Principal Scientist at Creative Commons, working on the Science Commons, where he developed the Neurocommons, a large scale Semantic Web knowledge base of biological information. He co-chaired the (Web Ontology Language) OWL Working Group, and is a coordinating editor of the (Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies) OBO Foundry, helping coordinate efforts to enable web scale data integration across the whole of biomedical science. (Episode 22)

Duncan Sands usually works on the mathematics of chaos theory for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a French research institute. Currently he is on leave from the CNRS, working for the Dutch financial company DeepBlueCapital. He became interested in the LLVM project in 2007 while trying to improve the quality of code generated by the GCC compiler for programs written in the Ada programming language. He is the main developer of the dragonegg project, a GCC plugin which replaces the GCC optimizers and code generators with LLVM’s. He has a BSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Australia and a PhD, in mathematics, from Cambridge University (England). Having grown up in Australia, he still isn’t quite sure how he ended up living near Paris with his wife and four children. (Episode 15)

John Scott is a leader in the Defense industry around the comingled issues of technology development and deployment, software, intellectual property and acquisitions. John drafted the U.S. Department of Defense policy for the use of open source software and is often called as an expert in this area. He founded (now co-chairman) Open Source for America, an advocacy group for use of open source software in government and the Military Open Source Software Working Group ( He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and writes about defense software and acquisitions related issues, recently at Defense News entitled “Pentagon Is Losing the Softwar(e).”

Jes Sherman is a second-year PhD student at UCSB who specializes in organic electronics. Her research focuses around the effect of crystal packing on charge transport in organic semiconductors. She also blogs at the ever-irreverent Carbon-Based Curiosities. (Episode 3)

Benjamin Stein is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is devoted to the improvement of STEM education, tutoring weekly at a local elementary school and participating actively in the Delta program for teaching and learning at UW-Madison. (Episode 14)

Kaitlin Thaney comes to us from Digital Science, a new technology company dedicated to bridging the gaps between the analog and digital research world through tools, services and better use of technology. She comes from the open science world, most recently serving as manager of the science programs at Creative Commons. She is passionate about interoperability, making research more efficient, and, in her spare time, runs a London-based sci/tech meetup called ‘sameAs’. (Episode 0)

Wes Turner is a Technical Leader at Kitware working in the Medical Imaging and Bioinformatics areas. He has been developing software since the ’80s first as a defense contractor, then as a graduate student, and now as an active participant in Open Source communities at Kitware. Watching the ascendancy and decline of various Software Engineering technologies has given him a great appreciation for well-written, understandable code. (Episode 20)

Bram van Ginneken is a professor in medical image analysis and chair of the Diagnostic Image Analysis Group of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands. He organized the first Grand Challenge in Medical Image Analysis in 2007 and has been involved in 10 challenges to date. He maintains the website (Episode 31)

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