A request was made to provide a summary of the discussions that occurred at the session on "Research and Teaching tools for Matlab" at the ARO meeting last week. A summary is provided below. Hopefully it will also spark some interesting discussions among the community of the auditory list as well.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
RESEARCH AND TEACHING TOOLS FOR MATLAB: A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
The purpose of the session on Research and Teaching Tools for MATLAB was to try and answer the question: What are the community needs for the efficient sharing of MATLAB tools and resources for research and teaching? This topic is motivated by a number of reasons:
While a conclusion was not reached during this meeting because of time constraints, we had some fruitful discussions and a number of issues were raised that should be the focus of future sessions. Most of the discussion revolved around the sharing of research tools. There was brief mention of a web-based textbook for teaching of MATLAB and/or for hearing sciences with MATLAB code examples. Perhaps the ARO website may be a good starting point for hosting this textbook, as well as a place to share research tools?
The following summary is divided into two sections: (1) possible best practices, and (2) open issues.
1. Possible best practices for sharing
2. Open issues
The slides from presentations by Alan Kan, Michael Heinz, Ray Goldsworthy, Denis Drennan, Piotr Madjak, Laurel Carney and Lisa Kempler are available on request. These presentations highlight the purpose and reasons for these discussions; how MATLAB is being used for research and teaching within the ARO community; what tools are currently being shared; what tools are available within MATLAB to facilitate sharing; as well as what other communities are doing to share teaching resources.