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2015 Madagascar School for Advanced Users in Qingdao



Madagascar provides a complete environment for organizing one's research, from new software development to running computational experiments to publishing the experimental results in papers and reports, archiving them for future usage, and sharing them with colleagues and sponsors. Madagascar school has been organized many times around the word. It provides a platform for Madagascar users to learn and communicate with the developers. This Madagascar school will introduce the advanced usages for the users with fundamental knowledge of Madagascar. Besides the lecture section, this school will also features a discussion section, in which the participants are welcome to share the research experiences using Madagascar. This Madagascar school is convened by Prof. Sergey Fomel from the University of Texas at Austion and hosted by Prof. Qizhen Du from China University of Petroleum.


August 8-9, 2015.


Before the school: Friday, August 7, 2015
12:00-4:00 Bring your laptop and get individual help with Madagascar
Gang Fang, Yang Liu, Zhiguang Xue


Day 1: Saturday, August 8, 2015
8:00-8:20 Welcome (Qizhen Du)
8:20-10:00 Writing and publishing a reproducible paper using LaTeX and Madagascar (Yang Liu)

Slides (1.8M)

Example paper

10:00-10:30 break
10:30-12:00 Madagascar principles (Sergey Fomel)

Slides (6.6M)

Jupyter notebook

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Madagascar development: writing programs in C, C++, and Fortran (Zhiguang Xue)

Slides (500K)


Exercise code

3:00-3:30 break
3:30-4:30 Matlab interface (Gang Fang)

Slides (4.3M)


Exercise code

4:30-5:00 Contributing to Madagascar (Gang Fang and Sergey Fomel)

Slides (3.7M)

Slides (3.6M)


Day 2: Sunday, August 9, 2015
8:00-12:00 Open discussion

Bo Wang, Ning Liu, Changle Chen (Jilin University)
How does Madagascar work in our scientific research

Dong Han (China University of Petroleum - East China)
My travel along with Madagascar

Tengfei Wang, Peng Zou (Tongji University)
Some experiences in working with Madagascar: Installation & development

Hanming Chen (China University of Petroleum - Beijing)
Application of lowrank decomposition for seismic wave modeling

Heng Luo, Long Teng, Yong Liu, Kai Xu (Sinopec Geophysical Research Institute)
What makes Madagascar different


Room 751 in Engineering Building C, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao, China

中国石油大学(华东),工科楼C座751会议室 ,山东省青岛市黄岛区长江西路66号


The Madagascar School participation is free but requires an application.Please send your name and affiliation to rsfschool@gmail.com. The deadline is July 31, 2015.

Pre-workshop Assignment

You must download and install the Madagascar package (stable version 1.7) in the days before the school. If issues come up, there will an opportunity to get installation help on Friday, August 7. Remember to bring your laptop (Linux, Mac, or Windows) to the session!

Additional Installation Requirements

To install IPython and Jupyter notebook support:

  1. Install conda:
    bash Miniconda-latest-[your architecture].sh
    where [your architecture] is one of
    • Linux-x86
    • Linux-x86_64
    • MacOSX-x86_64
  2. Close and reopen the terminal window.
  3. Run
    conda install ipython ipython-notebook
  4. Run
    ipython notebook

The web instructions are at:

QQ group

Madagascar advanced school QQ group: 468749704


The "Madagascar School for Advanced Users in Qingdao 2015" is organized by

  • Qizhen Du from School of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum (East China) (Qingdao, China)
  • Sergey Fomel from Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, USA)
  • Gang Fang from Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China Geological Survey (Qingdao, China)
  • Yang Liu from College of Geo-exploration Science and Technology, Jilin University (Changchun, China)

and hosted by Qizhen Du


  • Gang Fang is an assistant research fellow at Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China Geological Survey. He received a Ph.D in Geophysics from China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2014 and was a visiting Ph.D student at Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin from 2012 to 2013 sponsored by China State Scholarship Fund. His research interests are seismic modeling and seismic imaging. https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=92186291
  • Sergey Fomel is a Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2001. Sergey started work on Madagascar (at that time named RSF for Regularly Sampled Format) in 2003. http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/researcher/sergey_fomel/
  • Yang Liu is a Professor of Geophysics at College of Geo-exploration science and technology at Jilin University, China. He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Jilin University in 2006 and was a Postdoctoral fellow at Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin from 2007 to 2010. His research focuses mainly on seismic data processing. http://gest.jlu.edu.cn/?mod=info&act=view&id=54
  • Zhiguang Xue is a second-year Ph.D. student working with Prof. Sergey Fomel at the Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from China University of Petroleum (EastChina) with a Bachelor's Degree in Geophysics in 2012. His research interests are seismic imaging and tomography. https://www.linkedin.com/in/zhiguangxue