Progress report for Université Paris-Sud

Progress report for Université Paris-Sud

Viviane Pons, Benoît Pilorget, and Nicolas M. Thiéry

Reporting period from March 2017 to January 2018

Finance and administration


1 postdoc on WP6

UPSUD hired on the O1/01/2018 , and for a duration of 18 months, Dr Florian Rabe as Postdoc. He will be working half-time on WP6 and WP4. Florian will be spending the other half of his time at FAU with Pr. Kohlhase working on the same thematics.

Three part-time trainees on Communication

Elisabeth Pluquet, Jeannette Nwedeck, Dilan Kocabey. The three of them are on their second year of Master’s degree in digital communciation.Half of their time is spent in a company, the other half is spent working on two academic projects with their teacher. OpenDreamKit is one of this projects. Monitored by B. Pilorget and V. Pons their work focuses on: writing a communication plan, developing the website towards end-users, and creating media (videos, articles, interview etc.) to help us communicate and disseminate outside our communities.


1st Review

The review of the first Reporting Period (18 months)

was organized in Brussels by Paris Sud on the 26th of April 2017. All in all the work due for M18 was done and the overall feedback was very positive from our Project Officer and reviewers. See Nicolas Thiéry’s debriefing notes for more information.

2nd amendment

This amendment catered for the respective move of Michael Kohlhase and Hans Fangohr and their respective teams to new institutions. This led to the addition of to locations (FAU and XFEL) respectively and the termination of Southampton.

Workplan revisions and 3rd amendment

At the occasion of the review, we were strongly encouraged to propose revisions to our work plan, based on our latest vision of the project and its landscape, in order to maximize the effectiveness and impact of our resources.

UPSud led the process, getting work package and site leaders involved, as well as our advisory board. Our proposals were accepted with very minor changes by the reviewers and implemented in a third amendment to the grant agreement:

This amendment was the occasion to officially terminate Jacobsuni and UZH where all resources had been spent and no personnel remained.

All changes were implemented in the github repository.

The amendment is about to be completed with the signature of the Commission. UPSUD will make an announcement and make public the new version of the Grant when it is signed.

Work in progress

OpenDreamKit and EOSC

Portability and build system for SageMath

Misc technical achievements

Communication strategy

The outcome of the three trainees’ work will be an improvement of the communcation of ODK towards outside the consortium. Will be impacted: the website, KPIs (mostly success stories for which media is required). The first visible action to the consortium were polls sent our to participants: a poll for thematics and a poll about the website and project in general. The first answers are currently being looked into.

Workshops and dissemination activities

Sage and OpenDreamKit dissemination:

ODK Use Cases

For the first time this year, we used a Jupyter Hub and the newly developed Cling C++ kernel in our 300 students introductory programming course at Paris Sud. This was the occasion to test those technologies both from a technical and pedagogical point of view. We contributed back through many bug reports and feature requests.

Upcoming workshops