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00:01 Welcome to the spoken tutorial on Why Scilab.
00:06 In this tutorial, you will come to know some of the capabilities of the Scilab package and benefits of shifting to Scilab.
00:16 Scilab is free and open source, user friendly numerical and computational package,
00:23 used in various streams of Engineering and Science.
00:28 It is available for various operating systems (OS) namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS/X.
00:35 Scilab is to be pronounced with “Sci” as in Scientific and “Lab” as in Laboratory.
00:43 Because Scilab is a free and open source software , users can:
00:48 * See and modify the source code.
00:51 * Redistribute and improve the source code.
00:55 * Use the software for any purpose.
00:59 This is obvious advantage for Private Industries, Entrepreneurs, Defence Establishments,
01:05 Research Organisations, Academic Institutions and the Individual User.
01:12 As an institution, piracy of commercial packages is avoided fully by adopting FOSS tools.
01:20 Skills learnt using Scilab, at academic level, are useful later in the industry as usage is free of cost.
01:29 Scilab, together with various toolboxes which are also free, can perform operations like-
01:36 * Matrix operations
01:38 * Control Systems
01:40 * Image and Video Processing
01:43 * Real-time Control of Hardware using (Serial Toolbox)
01:48 * Interfacing Data Acquisition Systems/Cards using (HART Toolbox)
01:54 * Simulation with the help of (Xcos-Block Diagram Simulator)
01:59 * Plotting.
02:01 Hardware In Loop i.e. (HIL) Simulation:
02:06 * Hardware-In-Loop differs from the pure real-time simulation by the addition of a real component in the loop.
02:14 * Scilab in combination with 'Single Board Heater System device' is used as a HIL setup for performing control system experiments.
02:26 Syntax is very easy for Scilab.
02:29 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++.
02:42 Scilab, like many well known proprietary packages, uses “State-of-art” libraries i.e LAPACK for numerical computations.
02:52 There is a very large user community that uses and supports Scilab by contributing a great deal in the form of:
03:00 * Mailing lists,
03:02 * Usenet groups i.e (Internet Discussion forums), and websites.
03:07 For more information about scilab, its toolboxes and mailing lists visit: or website.
03:18 Some organizations that are using Scilab very successfully are:
03:23 * CNES which is French Space Satellite Agency
03:28 * EQUALIS
03:31 * Techpassiontech and
03:33 * IIT Bombay for research and academic purposes.
03:37 Some of the activities for promoting Scilab through NMEICT projects at IIT Bombay are:
03:45 * Lab Migration that is Shifting all computational laboratories to Scilab.
03:51 * Virtual Labs that is Remote Access to the Single Board Heater System.
03:56 In addition, the FOSSEE Project funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Govt of India, currently focuses on Python and Scilab.
04:07 We have several spoken tutorials on Scilab at this time.
04:12 Scilab Effort in India is coordinated through this website:
04:18 There are some interesting projects. One of them is the Textbook Companion project that codes worked out examples of standard textbooks using Scilab.
04:28 The link project allows users to link known Scilab documents and rank them.
04:34 We also help organize Scilab Workshops.
04:38 We have two mailing lists, one for announce and another for discuss.
04:43 We invite your participation in all our activities.
04:47 Let us get back to spoken tutorials.
04:50 The spoken part will be available in various Indian Languages as well.
04:56 These are available at website.
05:01 These tutorials form a part of Level 0 training in Scilab.
05:06 These tutorials are available absolutely free of cost.
05:10 We wish to cover many FOSS systems through this route.
05:14 We welcome your feedback on these.
05:17 We also welcome your participation:
05:19 * On writing the outline for the software.
05:22 * To write the original scripts.
05:24 * To record the spoken tutorial.
05:27 * To translate the script into various Indian Languages.
05:31 * To dub the audio in Indian Languages using the script.
05:35 * To review and give your feedback on all of the above.
05:39 We welcome you to conduct workshops using these spoken tutorials.
05:44 We also invite you to conduct efficacy studies on Spoken tutorials.
05:49 We are also looking for experts who can give technology support for audio, video, automatic translation, etc.
05:57 We have funding for all these activities.
06:00 This spoken tutorial has been created by the Free and Open Source Software in Science and Engineering Education (FOSSEE).
06:08 More information on the FOSSEE project could be obtained from or website.
06:16 This is Supported by the National Mission on Eduction through ICT, MHRD, Government of India.
06:22 For more information, visit:
06:31 This is Anuradha Amrutkar from IIT Bombay, signing off.
06:34 Thank you for joining us, Good Bye.

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