Conference Program

On Wednesday, May 19, there is the welcome reception where you can already register. Click here for the full social program.
A print version of the program is available as pdf.

Conference sites:

May 20

May 21

May 22

08:00-08:45 Registration
08:45-09:00 Opening:
Dietmar Dorninger


Keynote Lectures (Room: HS1)
Chair: Douglas Bates

Paul Murrell
grid Graphics and Programming

Martin Mächler
Good Programming Practice

Keynote Lectures (Room: HS1)
Chair: Paul Murrell

Luke Tierney
Namespaces & Byte Compilation

Kurt Hornik
Packaging, Documentation, Testing

Keynote Lectures (Room: HS1)
Chair: Kurt Hornik

Friedrich Leisch
S4 Classes and Methods

Peter Dalgaard
Language Interfaces (.Call & .External)


Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break


The useR! World (Room: HS1)
Kaleidoscope 1
Chair: Martyn Plummer

The useR! World (Room: HS1)
Kaleidoscope 2
Chair: Brian D. Ripley

The useR! World (Room: HS1)
Kaleidoscope 3
Chair: Roger Bivand

useR! Island Preview by John Fox: Teaching & User Interfaces

useR! Island Preview by Roger Bivand: Spatial Statistics

The R Foundation introduced by Friedrich Leisch






Keynote Lecture (Room: HS1)
Chair: Martin Mächler

Douglas Bates
Multilevel Models in R: Present & Future

Keynote Lecture (Room: HS1)
Chair: Peter Dalgaard

Brian D. Ripley
Datamining: Large Databases and Methods

Trip to the Wachau, visit of Stift Melk & Conference Dinner
social program
Departure in Vienna: 14:30


Coffee Break

Coffee Break


The useR! World (semi-plenary)

The useR! World (semi-plenary)

Finance (Room: HS1)
Chair: Dirk Eddelbuettel

Biostatistics (Room: HS5)
Chair: Axel Benner

Interfaces (Room: HS1)
Chair: Martin Theus

Data Analysis (Room: HS5)
Chair: Uwe Ligges

useR! Island Preview: Finance, Econometrics, Models & Inference

useR! Island Preview: Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Ecology

useR! Island Preview: Connectivity, Software

useR! Island Preview: Applications, Data Analysis


useR! Islands
(Room: Prechtl-Saal, Main Building)

Biostatistics (Chair: Andy Liaw)
Ecology (Chair: Martyn Plummer)
Finance (Chair: Dirk Eddelbuettel)
Models & Inference (Chair: Duncan Murdoch)
Teaching (Chair: John Fox)
User Interfaces (Chair: Uwe Ligges)

useR! Islands
(Room: Prechtl-Saal, Main Building)

Applications (Chair: Marc Schwartz)
Bioinformatics (Chair: Axel Benner)
Connectivity (Chair: Simon Urbanek)
Data Analysis (Chair: Martin Theus)
Econometrics (Chair: Roger Koenker)
Software (Chair: Friedrich Leisch)
Spatial Statistics (Chair: Roger Bivand)




Thursday 20

Dietmar Dorninger (Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation)

The useR! World

Thursday 20

Kaleidoscope 1

Chris Volinsky
Graph Data in R, a User's Perspective

Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn
MCMCpack: An Evolving R Package for Bayesian Inference

Jim Porzak
Doing Customer Intelligence with R

Simon Urbanek
Using R in other Applications - various practical ways to integrate an own software and R [slides]

John Fox
Getting Started with the R Commander: A Basic-Statistics Graphical User Interface to R

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Thursday 20


Dirk Eddelbuettel
Programming with financial data: Connecting R to MIM and Bloomberg

Giles Heywood
Irregular Time Series in a Financial Risk Model

Bernhard Pfaff
useR! - at an investment bank?

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Thursday 20


Frank Bretz, Torsten Hothorn and Peter Westfall
On Multiple Comparisons in R

Michael G. Schimek and Wolfgang Schmidt
An empirical Bayes method for gene expression analysis in R

David Firth
Structured Bradley-Terry models, and flat lizards fighting

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Friday 21

Kaleidoscope 2

Andy Liaw
An Advanture in randomForest: A Set of Machine Learning Tools

Ray Brownrigg
Using R for Statistical Seismology

Jeff Coombs
R and S-PLUS: Similar but different?

Matthew Pocernich, Eric Gilleland and Doug Nychka

Sébastien Ollier, Sandrine Pavoine and Daniel Chessel
Interaction among R developers: illustrations through ade4 package

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Friday 21


Martin Theus and Markus Helbig
JGR: a unified interface to R

Eric Lecoutre
R2HTML package: formatting HTML output on the fly or by using a template scheme

Richard Waterman and Thomas Hurley
A stateful R web-interface, leveraging XML and XSLT

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Friday 21

Data Analysis

Christian Röver, Nils Raabe, Karsten Luebke and Uwe Ligges
klaR: A Package Including Various Classification Tools

Shusaku Tsumoto and Shoji Hirano
Rough Set based Rule Induction Package for R

Jorge Cadima, Jorge Orestes Cerdeira, Antonio Pedro Duarte Silva and Manuel Minhoto
The subselect package - Selecting variable subsets in an exploratory data analysis

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Saturday 22

Kaleidoscope 3

Roger Koenker
Additive models for nonparametric regression: Adventures in sparse linear algebra

Thomas Petzoldt
Implementation and Simulation of Ecological Models in R: an Interactive Approach

Günter Tirler, Pierre L'Ecuyer and Josef Leydold
RNGstreams - An R package for multiple independent streams of uniform random numbers

Ivan Mizera
LSD plots: some aspects of their implementation in R

Uwe Ligges
tuneR - Analysis of Music

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The useR! Islands

Thursday 20


Oliver Sailer
crossdes - A Package for Design and Randomization in Crossover Studies

Christian Ritz and Jens C. Streibig
Bioassay analysis using R

Christopher Jackson
Multi-state Markov modelling with R

Maarten Schipper, Monique Breteler and Theo Stijnen
Multiple Imputation and Model Selection in Cox Regression: Estimating the Risk of Dementia in Elderly

M.Reza Keyhani, Mahtab Roohi-Azizi, Ismaeel Ebrahimi, Mina Milani, Elaheh Zowghi and Hossain Talebi
Anova for Repeated Measures and Skewed Response Variable: Two Examples from Medical Fields

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Thursday 20


Martin Schlather and Bernd Huwe
Modelling water flux

Eric Gilleland, Rick Katz and Greg Young
The Extreme Value Toolkit (extRemes): Weather and Climate Applications of Extreme Value Statistics

Roberto Rea, Giambattista Toller and Emanuele Eccel
Using R for producing a monthly Agrometeorological report

Laurence Kell, Philippe Grosjean, David Die and Robert Scott
FLR, A Framework For Fisheries Management In R Using S4 Classes

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Thursday 20


Harald Schmidbauer
Determining Extreme Returns on Stock Indices

John Gavin
Portfolio modelling of operational losses [slides]

John Randal
Option pricing using R

John Randal and Peter Thomson
Teaching applied finance using R

Diethelm Wuertz
Rmetrics - An Environment for Teaching Financial Engineering and Computational Finance

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Thursday 20

Models & Inference

Alessandra Rosalba Brazzale and Ruggero Bellio
hoa -- A package bundle for higher order likelihood inference

Bettina Grün and Friedrich Leisch
BayesMix: An R package for Bayesian Mixture Modelling

Angi Rösch
Fitting the Generalized Pareto Distribution to Threshold Exceedances of Stock Index Returns in Bull and Bear Periods

Xavier Font Aragonés
Relaxing Error Assumptions on Dynamic Models

Helgi Tomasson
Signal noise decomposition of financial data: An infrequent trading analysis

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Thursday 20


Thomas Baier and Erich Neuwirth
Using R in a Distributed Computer Lab for Statistics Courses

Christian Grune, Albert Geukes and Negar Razi
The Statistical Lab - Teaching and Learning Statistics

Mieke Vandewaetere, Eva Van den Bussche and Yves Rosseel
Using R and SPSS simultaneously in teaching statistics: A tricky business

Zdenek Valenta
Exploiting Simulation Features of R in Teaching Biostatistics

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Thursday 20

User Interfaces

Eric Lecoutre and Philippe Grosjean
SciViews package: the SciViews package and its object browser

James Wettenhall
GUI Development with R-wxPython and BoaConstructor

Vojtech Janousek, Colin Farrow and Vojtech Erban
Opening the treasury of R language to a wider scientific community: GCDkit, a package for interpretation of geochemical data

Chad Shaw, Nathan Whitehouse and Andrew Young
Rho: An Integrated System for R-based Web Applications

Juan M. Vaquerizas, Joaquín Dopazo and Ramón Díaz-Uriarte
Merging R into the web: DNMAD and Tnasas, web-based resources for microarray data analysis

Janko Dietzsch, Matthias Zschunke and Kay Nieselt
R inside - let R drive your bioinformatic application

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Friday 21


Eryk Witold Wolski, Thomas Kreitler, Johan Gobom and Knut Reinert
Use R for Peptide Mass Fingerprinting

M.Reza Keyhani, Hossain Farahini, Ismaeel Ebrahimi and Navid Taheri
Performance of Spinal Supporting Muscles under Different Angles of Spinal Flexion for 4 Combination of Flexion/Extension and Sitting / Standing Positions

Clara Cordeiro and M. Manuela Neves
Using R for predicting air traffic

András Lõw
Simulating Society in R

Maja Pohar and Gaj Vidmar
Replacing Cluttered Scatterplots With Augmented Convex Hull Plots

Christian Gold
Creating graphs of meta-analyses with R [code]

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Friday 21


Margherita Mutarelli, Luigi Cicatiello, Alessandro Weisz and Angelo Facchiano
Comparative analysis of the oestrogen-responsive gene expression profile of breast cancer cells with three different microarray platforms

Andreas Buneß, Wolfgang Huber, Holger Sültmann and Annemarie Poustka
arrayMagic: two-colour DNA array quality control and preprocessing

David Casado and Ramón Díaz-Uriarte
Molecular signatures from gene expression data: algorithm development using R

Steffen Durinck, Joke Allemeersch, Yves Moreau and Bart De Moor
RMAGEML: integrating MAGE-ML format microarray data and Bioconductor

David Henderson
PRSG_Nirvana, A parallel tool to assess differential gene expression

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Friday 21


Thomas Baier and Erich Neuwirth
Embedding R in Windows applications, and executing R remotely

Edward Debevec and Eric Rexstad
Creating Online R Functions with deliveR

John Paolillo
R-parse: A Natural Language Processing Application of R

Mark Demesmaeker
Deployment of validated statistical algorithms within an end-user's application

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Friday 21

Data Analysis

Pablo Emilio Verde, Christian Ohmann, Christof Kugler and Geraedts Max
Mining some medical information in a fee database

Shusaku Tsumoto and Shoji Hirano
Application of R to Data Mining in Hospital Information Systems

Yutaka Hamaoka
Why R Project Succeeded? - A Comparison of Open Source Software Projects Using R

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Friday 21


Arne Henningsen
Microeconomic Analysis with R

Christian Kleiber
Distributions of finite and infinite quadratic forms in R

Wai Kwong Cheang
Calculating the autocovariances of fractional ARIMA model

Sven Knoth
Statistical Process Control and R: A cautious beginning

Hiroyuki Kawakatsu
metrics: Towards a package for doing econometrics in R

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Friday 21


Dirk Eddelbuettel, Douglas Bates and Albrecht Gebhardt
Using R on Debian: Past, Present, and Future

Dirk Eddelbuettel
Quantian: A single-system image scientific cluster computing environment

Duncan Murdoch
Orientlib: Using S Version 4 Objects

Andrew Thomas
Using meta-programming to make BRugs from BUGS and R

Thomas König and Klaus Jünemann and Matthias Burger
RUnit-A Software Development And Test Package

Xavier Font Aragonés
Computational cost and time threads

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Friday 21

Spatial Statistics

Roger Bivand, Edzer Pebesma and Barry Rowlingson
Generic functions for spatial data

Albrecht Gebhardt and Claudia Gebhardt
Bayesian Methods in Geostatistics: Using prior knowledge about trend

Nadine Henkenjohann
spatialreg - A package to fit spatial regression models with isotropic and anisotropic covariance functions

Juergen Pilz and Philipp Pluch and Gunter Spoeck
Taking into account uncertainty in spatial covariance estimation for Bayesian prediction

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Session Format

useR! World Sessions
These sessions will be plenary or semi-plenary with the "usual" sequence of oral presentations and discussions. Each speaker has a slot of 20 minutes which should cover both the presentation and time for questions. The morning sessions should be a kaleidoscope of different applications/usages of R - speakers should keep in mind that the audience will be R users with very heterogenous backgrounds and not experts in the particular field of the presentation. The afternoon sessions will be a bit more specialized focusing on several topics of current interest.
The lecture rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector ("beamer") and a laptop. For smooth transitions between the talks it would be very helpful to receive the slides as a pdf file (no powerpoint please) a week before the conference starts.

useR! Island Sessions
These sessions will be open space sessions with "islands" corresponding to a topic of special interest. Each island will have an overhead projector, a table, power sockets, internet connection, and facilities for putting up posters. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and actually show the way they use R to the other participants on their island. This form of presentation will not be the "usual" poster presentation but each island should rather be a workshop-like platform for the exchange between users with similar interests and spawn discussions which would not be able in a multi-track format.
The useR! island sessions are moderated by a chair. To start the discussion, each participant should prepare a brief presentation of not more than 5 minutes. Announcements for each useR! island will be made during the (semi-)plenary useR! world sessions by one of the chairs.
If you want to put up a poster: the size of each poster display is approximately 100x200cm and a poster size of ISO A0 is recommended. Posters must be fastened with sticky tape (no pins). A supply of tape will be available.