# Stack Exchange Signal processing in the real life

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We have been

• commenting each other,
• been down- or up-voters.

Some of you folks have entered my sphere of consciousness. In other virtual networks, I have met some contacts, 99.9% of the time with a lot of pleasure (only one outlier). I even go on vacations, or occasionally have lunch with a half-a-dozen of them. Long-lasting virtual contacts sometimes abolish IRL social barriers.

I dwell in the suburbs of Paris, France, and I won't be against meeting, sharing a glass or a coffee with any SE.DSP contributor, either in transit or sedentary.

Would some of you feel interested in meeting some of your SE.DSPeers, when they are close by? Each from his/her location?

[EDIT] If your answer is positive, I propose to open the answer by a mention of the approximative location (plus a radius of action).

• Proposal: Make a community wiki answer for things like upcoming DSP events/conferences. Why not meet around DySPAN, FOSDEM, 34c3, MWC, GRCon, ISWCS, siggraph, some SPIE conf/exhib… if you're in the area anyway, even if not attending said event? – Marcus Müller Apr 3 '17 at 10:35
• Good idea. I am trying to maintain, on my sparse time (negative), such a list of events laurent-duval.eu/siva-conferences.html – Laurent Duval Apr 3 '17 at 10:42
• That list is 60 dBAwesome! – Marcus Müller Apr 3 '17 at 10:43
• I hope I can make it more professional some days: real web langugae, online updates suggestions, etc. – Laurent Duval Apr 3 '17 at 10:45
• I like @MarcusMüller's idea of a wiki for upcoming events we're attending. What I dislike most about the SE network is that sometimes it feels like a straitjacket, in that it disfavors informal conversation and peer relationships. – MBaz Apr 6 '17 at 2:37

Welcome to Helsinki, Finland.

I've met with two on-line friends from music-dsp circles. It was great both times, had pizza with the first one (I bicycled to Sweden where we met) and beer with the second one (Norwegian, he had business in Oulu where I lived at the time).

EDIT:

Users MimSaad (left) and Olli Niemitalo (right) in Oulu, 5 September 2017.

• I have a Nordic metabolism. Should go back to Finland some day (only been in Helsinki once in 1999) – Laurent Duval Apr 4 '17 at 21:08
• @LaurentDuval Bring your T-shirt for a photo :-) – Olli Niemitalo Apr 4 '17 at 21:12
• I will. Same in Paris 4U – Laurent Duval Apr 4 '17 at 21:15
• When I entered engineering school (long ago), I discovered both computers and internet. My first downloads (wais, ftp) came from Finnish universities. 5 Mb, a few hours. Metal chords and lyrics. Finnish univ. were far ahead French universities, and among the first in Europe. – Laurent Duval Apr 4 '17 at 21:22
• whoa, 539 km?? i didn't know Finland was that big. are you above the Arctic circle?? (now i'll have to look it up.) – robert bristow-johnson Apr 9 '17 at 0:37
• @robertbristow-johnson The Arctic Circle is about 200 km north from Oulu. – Olli Niemitalo Apr 9 '17 at 6:01
• @OlliNiemitalo , Hey that's me! hooray! – MimSaad Sep 5 '17 at 16:15
• Excellent, was it the first SE.DSP meeting? – Laurent Duval Mar 24 at 20:49
• @LaurentDuval seems like it may have been! :) – Olli Niemitalo Mar 25 at 5:33
• Looks fun! Definitely should go visit the Nordic countries. – Royi Mar 25 at 8:59
• Great stuff! :-) – Peter K. Mar 25 at 13:22

I also think it could be fun meeting some SE.DSPers IRL if our space-time paths can be made to intersect with little effort. I can usually be found in the Eindhoven area, the Netherlands.

Welcome to West Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Laurent, I'm a dinosaur from the comp.dsp usenet news days (though comp.dsp is still going, I find!). I made several online friends through there, and they've propagated to here, Facebook, and Twitter.

A few months ago, I was happy to meet up with two comp.dspers up in Boston (two hours drive from me). One I'd met IRL a couple of times before, and the other I'd never met even though we'd known each other online for 15+ years. It ended up being a pretty big geek-out over beers and pizza. :-)

It's always been a pleasure; I can't recall any outliers, though I dare say there could be some.

Yes, I do feel relatively safe about such meetings.

• I've spent a joyful 4-month in Boston during my PhD, long-long ago... – Laurent Duval Apr 3 '17 at 17:15
• geepers, Peter, i didn't know you preceded me at comp.dsp. (and what's with this <kbd>kbd</kbd> html tag? hadn't known of it before. what's it for?) – robert bristow-johnson Apr 9 '17 at 1:16
• @robertbristow-johnson I think it's to make text look like tags. I just wanted to highlight comp.dsp using it. – Peter K. Apr 9 '17 at 15:13
• Olli Niemitalo and MimSaad did the first IRL meeting. Do you mind if I tick Olli's answer? – Laurent Duval Mar 25 at 11:38
• @LaurentDuval Great! Of course not! Feel free! :-) – Peter K. Mar 25 at 13:22

Nanterre, a former central celt city of Gaul, before and close to Paris, France ($\pm$ 30 kms)

SE.DSPeers (the double "e" is on purpose) of all countries unite. I have a network of signal/image processing folks here. And know of a few nice bars and restaurants, with diverse types of foods and drinks.

• Laurent, I lived 4 years in Paris; I did my PhD at ENST (now Telecom ParisTech). I miss it! – MBaz Apr 6 '17 at 2:38
• Underground network :-)? – Royi Mar 25 at 9:01
• @Royi Underground only when it rains or it's smoggy. – Laurent Duval Mar 25 at 20:30
• History says underground network of French always fought for the right side and done amazing things :-). – Royi Mar 25 at 20:51
• I wished it were "always" on the bright side. Not so sure, let's hope that was the majority though – Laurent Duval Apr 6 at 12:45

Welcome to Boston, Massachusetts and the North Shore!

Yes love the idea and welcome any fellow "SE.DSPeers" (with the double E as Laurent notated) for a beer, coffee, etc when in the Boston Massachusetts USA area, when space-time paths can easily intersect as MattL described.

• when Peter K comes up here from Insurance City to visit, again, we can get together somewhere. if it's a Saturday, i know of some good live Irish music with no cover (but the booze ain't cheap). – robert bristow-johnson Apr 9 '17 at 0:35
• and, Dan, you and i can meet anytime you wish. – robert bristow-johnson Apr 9 '17 at 0:36
• Super, great idea – Dan Boschen Apr 9 '17 at 0:38
• Sounds like a plan! Must try something over the summer. – Peter K. Apr 9 '17 at 15:11
• Did a portion of my PhD at Boston University. Great memories from there – Laurent Duval Mar 24 at 20:50

Hello from the United Kingdom (South Wales).

Great idea. I was under the impression that the majority of the board was from the US, purely based on the timings of the answers. In fact, one occurrence was a pure "Goodmorning" :)

Finland, France & The Netherlands are pretty close too.

I wonder if a meetup could be triggered in the greater area of an event we might all be attending (?) (e.g. a conference).

• A conference get-together is a great idea. The old usenet comp.dsp group held a couple of IRL conferences in 2004 and 2010. – Peter K. Feb 2 '18 at 18:46