Laboratory for Dynamics of Machines and Structures

The 1st

Open-source Scientific Computing in Structural Dynamics

Conference and Summer School

We are pleased to announce that the Open-source Scientific Computing in Structural Dynamics Conference and Summer School will take place in June 2023.

This conference and summer school is started to promote and accelerate open source-based research in the field of structural dynamics.

Single-track presentations of open- source effort related to structural dynamics are planned for the first two days (Monday and Tuesday). While the Summer school will focus on open-source effort related to the Python programming language, other programming languages (e.g., Matlab) are welcome for the conference presentations.

The summer school will accept up to 20 attendees per track (first-come, first-serve basis).

Preliminary program


  1. Monday, day 1 Single-track presentations.
    Evening: Welcome reception.
  2. Tuesday, day 2
    Morning: Single-track presentations.


  3. Tueseday, day 2
    Afternoon: Introduction to Python & numerical methods
    (Intro to Python, Systems of linear equations, interpolation, approximation, nonlinear equations, differentiation, integration, differential equations.)
    2h of lectures, 3h of hands-on work.
    Evening: Conference and Summer school dinner.
  4. Wednesday, day 3
    Morning: Signal/image processing and experimental setup
    (Basics of signal and image processing within the Python ecosystem.)
    2h of lectures, 2h of hands-on work.
    Afternoon, track 1: Collaboration on open source projects
    (Repositories, Github, package preparation, tests, continuous integration, package distribution.)
    2h of lectures, 3h of hands-on work.
    Afternoon, track 2: Image based modal analysis
    (Basics of the experimental modal analysis in the Python ecosystem, image-based modal identification.)
    2h of lectures, 3h of hands-on work (1h in the experimental lab).
    Afternoon, track 3: Frequency based substructuring, transfer path analysis (with TUM)
    This track will be focused into pyFBS package. With the package also basic and application examples are provided, together with real datasets so you can directly try out the capabilities.
    2h of lectures, 3h of hands-on work.

Target audience

Target audience are PhD researchers, PhD or final year MSc students working in the field of structural dynamics.

Course accreditation

Attendees have the option to obtain 3 ECTS.

What to expect

At the conference, you can expect to learn about the recent effort in the development of particular open-source packages related to structural dynamics scientific research.

At the summer school we will help you to understand how the open-source community operates and how to write open-source code so that it can be used by other researchers. Summer school attendees will receive the full source code of the summer school.

Three tracks are planned (see preliminary program).

The course language is English.

Prior knowledge

The summer school will heavily depend on the programming language Python. Basic knowledge of Python is expected. The users of Matlab should be able to quickly catch up.

Important dates

Some important dates to keep in mind:

Conference and Summer School fee

The conference fee is 350€ (early-bird 300€).

The Summer-school fee is 350€ (early-bird 300€).

The conference and summer-school fee is 650€ (early-bird 550€).

The fee includes refreshments during breaks, welcome reception and Conference / Summer school dinner.


You can apply by filling in the following registration form.

Conference paper submission information

To present your work at the OpenSD conference, first submit a 200-250 word abstract, following the link below.

The final conference contributions are expected in the form of 2-4 page extended abstracts, formatted using the provided LaTeX or MS Word template.

Upload / edit your submission here.

Useful links

For participants who wish to stay in Ljubljana a little longer and see more of Slovenia, here are some useful links:


Relevant Scientific References

For scientific articles on the topic, please see our web site, especially papers:

Selected open source references


For further information please contact us at

Conference chairs


Janko Slavič, PhD
  +386 1 4771 226
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Miha Boltežar, PhD
  +386 1 4771 608