This is the second in our blog series about the NumFOCUS project Google Summer of Code students. (Part 1Part 3Part 4.)

Meet our Julia GSoC Students

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We are excited to introduce to the community our cohort of 19 GSoC students working with Julia, a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for numerical computing.

Dorisz Albrecht is a 2nd year student at Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, originally from Veszprem, Hungary. This is her first time participating in GSoC.

What motivated you to apply for GSoC with Julia?

I am generally interested in Bayesian statistics and coding. I expect I would
use these methods and thus maintain the package in the future. I hope it will be useful for economics-related computations as well.

What are your career goals, and how do you see the GSoC program moving you towards them?

I will go on to pursue a PhD in Economics this fall. My field of interest is econometrics, so this project can help me applying econometric tools.

Read about Dorisz’s project, Hamiltonian Approximate Bayesian Computation.

Kumar Prasun is a 2nd year student at Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani – Hyderabad, originally from Gurgaon, India. This is his first time participating in GSoC.

What motivated you to apply for GSoC with Julia?

I had stumbled on AstroLib.jl last December, and I instantly wanted to work on it. The idea of easily using and writing down code related to astronomy really appealed to the inner kid in me.

Unfortunately, the grinding workload of real life put this wish of mine on cold storage. Then thankfully, GSoC came over the horizon and gave me the impetus I needed for another try. And so, here I am.

What are your career goals, and how do you see the GSoC program moving you towards them?

I see GSoC as a method to overcome the high beginner hurdle there is to working on open-source projects and to connect with new people who share the interest of coding. It’s a confidence booster too, obviously.

As for my project, working on AstroLib.jl is more of a hobby than a means to an end. It does however, act as a great way to improve my knowledge of the Julia language.

Additionally, if my indecisive mind ever decides that I should go for higher studies in a field related to astronomy(or any other scientific field for that matter), I’ll be able to proudly show the work I’m doing right now.

Read about Kumar’s project, Porting the IDL As