Frequently asked questions

When can I apply?

The application system is now closed. See the applications page for more information on the process, and for important dates.

How should I arrange accommodation?

See the page describing the local arrangements.

What is the poster session?

Posters are a long-standing tradition at the MLSS. Each applicant is asked to bring along a poster presentation covering some of their own work. This does not need to be published work (ongoing work, or work resulting from undergraduate projects is also fine, were applicable). While the day program covers broad areas of general interest, the poster sessions offer participants a chance to discuss their own work with their peers. The poster presentations will be a relaxed affair: Posters will be distributed across a room, with participants presenting to small groups of two or three standing in front of their posters.

The posters should be at most of the size 2,430mm x 980mm (see standard poster sizes on Wikipedia). They should be laid out in the portrait position, so they can be placed on the poster stands comfortably:

Poster stand

We recommend that the participants bring their posters with them because there are very few places in Cadiz which can print them on demand. One such place is Copistería San Rafael which can print A0 sized posters for € 24 – 36 with a few hours of advance notice.

Are there any Travel Grants or Scholarships for attending the Summer School?

There is a section of the application form which will allow you to state whether you need financial assistance and how much. You should use the Supplement box to add additional details about your circumstances. Your letter of reference should also mention that you need financial aid.

I am not affiliated with any university or company currently. Can I still apply?

Please write “None” in the affiliation field and provide additional details in the Supplement box. You will still need to provide a letter of reference.

What software should I install for the tutorials?

We sent out a survey and the overwhelming majority of the participants wanted to have the tutorial in either Python or in MATLAB. So we will try to provide instructional material on both.


Please make sure that you can run MATLAB on your laptop you bring to the tutorials. CVX does not work with Octave, yet.

You should install CVX version 2.1 from here:


We will strive to make the code compatible with both Python 2 as well as Python 3. The main packages the tutorial will depend on will be:

  • numpy
  • scipy
  • cvxpy

Python and these packages can be installed in several different ways but if you are new to Python, we recommend setting up Anaconda on your laptops. It is an excellent packaged distribution of Python which is free and comes with most packages pre-installed.

Then please install CVXPY here:

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