Fighting Bureaucracy and Computers

Time flies, and it’s been more than 6 weeks since I came to Lugano. In the meantime I was mostly involved in bureaucratic things (from getting a working permit to a flat), and in-fact it is still not finished =)

Apart from starting an Italian course at the uni here and formally applying for the PhD I have so far used the time to get to know the people and projects they work on (well not all people at IDSIA yet, there’s quite a few here). I am now mainly working on the STIFF project, lead by DLR, and I help at IDSIA with developing neurocontrollers for the robot arm in development. I was trying to start the pybrain library developed here and interface some environment (similar to that) but had some trouble with my new iMac I have here in the office.

So after fighting with installing a recent python, matplotlib, numpy system on my Snow Leopard system for the last week (okay not just doing that but still..). I came across the following post today:

http://biomunky.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/matplotlib-superpack-install-on-snow-leopard/

And it works, it installs with this single script (both for 10.5 / Leopard and 10.6 / Snow Leopard) the needed libs. So yay finally I could plot something =)

Here is a screenshot showing the plot generated by python (and matplotlib) using AMPL to solve an optimal control problem and behind it on (on the left) is the plot generated from my implementation in PaGMO‘s evolving_docking branch

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