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Title of script: Why Scilab

Author: Anuradha Amrutkar

Keywords: Why Scilab

Visual Cue
Slide Welcome to the spoken tutorial on Why Scilab.
Slide In this tutorial you will come to know some of the capabilities of the Scilab package and benefits of shifting to Scilab.
Slide Scilab is free and open source, user friendly numerical and computational package used in various streams of Engineering and Science.
Slide It is available for various operating systems (OS) namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS/X
Slide Scilab is to be pronounced with “Sci” as in Scientific and “Lab” as in Laboratory
Slide Because Scilab is a free and open source software(FOSS), users can:

1) See and modify the source code.

2) Redistribute and improve the source code.

3) Use the software for any purpose.

Slide This is an obvious advantage for Private Industries, Entrepreneurs, Defence Establishments, Research Organisations, Academic Institutions and the Individual User.
Slide As an institution, piracy of commercial packages is avoided fully by adopting FOSS tools.
Slide Skills learnt using Scilab at academic level are useful later in the industry as usage is free of cost.
Slide Scilab together with various toolboxes, which are also free, can perform operations like

  • Matrix operations
  • Control Systems
  • Image and Video Processing (SIVP)
  • Real-time Control of Hardware using(Serial Toolbox)
  • Interfacing Data Acquisition Systems/Cards using (HART Toolbox)
  • Simulation with the help of (Xcos-Block Diagram Simulator)
  • Plotting

Slide Hardware In Loop (HIL) Simulation

  • Hardware-In--Loop differs from pure real-time simulation by the addition of a real component in the loop.
  • Scilab in combination with 'Single Board Heater System device' is used as a HIL setup for performing control system experiments.

Slide Syntax is very easy for Scilab.
Slide Many numerical problems can be expressed in a reduced number of code lines, as compared to similar solutions using traditional languages, such as Fortran, C, or C++.
Slide Scilab like many well known proprietary packages uses “State-of-art” librarie viz. LAPACK for numerical computations.
Slide There is a very large user community that uses and supports Scilab by contributing a great deal in the form of mailing lists, Usenet groups i.e (Internet Discussion forums), and websites.
Slide For more information about scilab, its toolboxes and mailing lists visit : website,
Slide Some organisations that are using Scilab very

successfully are

Slide CNES which is (French Space Satellite Agency), below is the given link (
Slide Techpassiontech ( and
Slide IIT Bombay (Research/Academic purposes.).
Slide Some of the activities for promoting Scilab through NMEICT projects at IIT Bombay are
Slide Lab Migration ( Shifting all computational laboratories to Scilab)
Slide Virtual Labs ( Remote Access to the Single Board Heater System: )
Slide In addition, the FOSSEE Project funded by National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Govt of India, currently focuses on Python and Scilab.
Slide We have several spoken tutorial on Scilab at this time.
Slide Scilab Effort in India is co-ordinated through this website.
Slide There are some interesting projects one of them is the Textbook Companion project, that codes worked out examples of standard textbooks using Scilab
Slide The link project allows users to link known Scilab documents and to rank them
Slide We also help organize Scilab Workshops
Slide We have two mailing lists one for announce and another one for discuss.
Slide We invite your participation in all our activities
Slide Let us get back to spoken tutorials
Slide The spoken part will be available in various Indian Languages as well.
Slide These are available at website
Slide These tutorials form a part of Level 0 training in Scilab.
Slide These tutorials are available absolutely free of cost.
Slide We wish to cover many FOSS systems through this route.
Slide We welcome your feedback on these.
Slide We also welcome your participation
Slide On writing the outline for the software.
Slide To write the original scripts.
Slide To record the spoken tutorial.
Slide To translate the script into various Indian Languages.
Slide To dub the audio in Indian Languages using the script.
Slide To review and give your feedback on all of the above.
Slide We welcome you to conduct workshops using these spoken tutorials.
Slide We also invite you to conduct efficacy studies on Spoken tutorials.
Slide We are also looking for experts who can give technology support for audio, video, automatic translation, etc.
Slide We have funding for all these activities
Slide This spoken tutorial has been created by the Free and Open Source Software in Science and Engineering Education(FOSSEE).
Slide More information on the FOSSEE project could beobtained from or
Slide Supported by the National Mission on Eduction through ICT, MHRD, Government of India.
Slide For more information, visit:
Slide This is Anuradha Amrutkar from IIT Bombay signing off.
Slide Thank you for joining us, Good Bye

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