The 8th International R User Conference
Vanderbilt University; Nashville, Tennessee, USA
12th-15th June 2012
Table of Contents
Reviews of the Conference
Assistant to the Chair
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics
S-2323 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2158
The conference schedule and general information are given in the program booklet. A printed version will be available at the conference registration desk.
- Finalized: 16:30, 5 June 2012.
Draft Abstract Booklet
- Updated: 16:00, 12 June 2012.
Keynote and Invited Speakers
The internationally renowned statistician Bill Venables
will offer a pre-conference short course the day of June 11th, 2012! The short course curriculum is a gentle survey of modern data analysis, graphics, and statistical modeling in the style of Modern Applied Statistics with S
, Venables' classic textbook with co-author Brian D. Ripley. The course will include developments both in R and statistics since the latest edition. Materials for the short course may be retrieved by downloading one of the archives below:
Windows users getting "does not appear to be a valid archive" message can download the
archiver from http://www.rarlab.com
to uncompress the
file. However you have to fill out an offer form for Netflix etc. to get
for free. Or try http://www.winzip.com
2012 is proud to host a series of half-day tutorials the morning and afternoon of June 12th, 2012. Tutorials span a variety of topics and should appeal to a wide audience.
2012 program will begin officially at 8:30am Wednesday, June 13th
. Technical sessions will take place Wednesday and Thursday all day, and Friday morning. The poster session will be held Wednesday evening. The conference will conclude at 12:30pm Friday, June 15th
Call for Abstracts and Tutorial Proposals
Note: The regular abstract submission deadline has passed. Online submission is available for late-breaking poster abstracts only.
Participants are encouraged to submit a one-page abstract for oral or poster presentation at useR!
2012. Half-day tutorials will be held in the morning and afternoon of June 12th. All innovative and interesting applications of R are suitable. Abstracts and proposals should be directed toward the intended audience. Submitted material may be linked from this and other conference websites, and printed in the conference booklet. Past abstracts and tutorials have spanned the following topics:
- Bayesian statistics
- Chemometrics and computational physics
- Data mining
- Econometrics & finance
- Environmetrics & Ecological Modeling
- High Performance Computing
- Interfaces with hardware and other languages/software
- Machine Learning
- Multivariate statistics
- Nonparametric Statistics
- Pharmaceutical Statistics
- Spatial Statistics
- Statistics in the Social and Political Sciences
- Visualization & Graphics
As in past conferences, the poster session will be a major social event and submissions for this session are actively encouraged. Submissions for contributed talks will be considered for the following types of session:
- useR! Kaleidoscope - These sessions give a broad overview of the many different applications of R and should appeal to a wide audience.
- useR! Focus Sessions - These sessions focus on topics of special interest and may be more technical.
For regular talks/posters, please use the abstract templates available below in Microsoft Word/LibreOffice Writer or LaTeX formats, with an BibTeX example provided for the latter.
The schedule of tutorials and assignment of talks to sessions will be made by the program committee. Contributed oral presentations will be allowed 17 minutes, followed by 3 minutes discussion. In addition to regular contributed talks, all participants are invited to present a Lightning Talk, for which no abstract is required. These talks provide a 5-minute platform to speak on any R-related topic and should particularly appeal to R beginners. The format for Lightning Talks will be a 15-slide version of Pecha Kucha
. Participants wishing to give such a talk must provide an informative title on their registration form.
Abstracts may be submitted for posters presenting recent developments and late-breaking applications of R, on topics as indicated in the earlier call for abstracts (see above).
Late-breaking posters will be displayed during the Poster session alongside regular posters, and they will appear in the electronically published book of abstracts for the conference. However, these abstracts may not appear in the conference booklet. To submit a late-breaking poster abstract, please use the online submission form below. Please use the abstract templates. Contact authors will be informed whether or not their abstract has been accepted usually within 5 days.
- Tutorial Submission: Dec 1 - Jan 15
- Tutorial Acceptance Notification: Jan 16 - Jan 22
- Abstract Submission: Dec 1 - Mar 12
- Abstract Acceptance Notification: Mar 13 - Apr 15
One-page abstracts and tutorial proposals should be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF). LaTeX/BibTeX users may use
to generate a PDF document. LibreOffice Writer gives the option to "Export as PDF" under the "File" menu. Microsoft Word users may be required to use a third-party tool to convert from Word format to PDF. It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure that the document is free of grammatical and spelling errors.
Note: Abstract submission is closed.
The preferred method of abstract and tutorial proposal submission is via the web form below (removed 6/27/2012). In the case that this mechanism fails, abstracts and tutorial proposals may be submitted by email to Stephania McNeal-Goddard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Registration is closed.
- Early Registration: Jan
23 24 - Feb 29
- Regular Registration: Mar 1 - May 12
- Late Registration: May 13 - June 4
- On-site Registration: June 12 - June 15
| Registration: Early
| Registration: Regular
| Registration: Late
| Registration: On-site
| Short Course
Registration for useR!
2012 is now open! Please visit the Online Registration Website
Through generous sponsor
support, a limited number of student scholarships1
are available for reimbursement of travel and registration costs up to $500. The allocation will be based on merit and need. Students who wish to apply should send an application to Tatsuki Koyama (email@example.com
) no later than April 15th, 2012. Include a brief CV, a copy of your abstract if one was submitted, a statement that demonstrates your need for financial assistance, and a letter of support from your supervisor.
Travel and Lodging Information
Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The nearest major airport to Vanderbilt University is the Nashville International Airport
(BNA). The airport is about 10 miles east of the campus and downtown Nashville. The BNA website maintains a list of ground transportation options for air travelers. The approximate taxi fare from the airport to Vanderbilt University is $27. Shuttles and buses
are also available from the airport. The latter is economical (approximate fare is $1.60), but the travel time is more than an hour.
Nashville is located at the intersection of three major interstates. Interstate 40 approaches from the east and west, interstate 24 from the northwest and southeast, and interstate 65 from the northeast and south.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(800) 336-3335 Reservation Phone Line
(615) 320-1700 Hotel Phone
(615) 320-0576 Fax
Special Rate Extended: Room Rate/Range: $169.00 (plus tax)
Available Dates: Monday, June 11, 2012 – Friday, June 15, 2012
Rate Code: VAN612
MUST CALL TO RESERVE AT SPECIAL RATE
Venue and Maps
The conference will take place in three separate buildings on campus. Bill Venables' pre-conference short course will take place in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center (SLC). Tutorials will be held in one of three buildings: the Student Life Center (SLC), Light Hall (RLH), or Medical Center North (MCN). The conference program contains two maps of campus. The small-scale map illustrates the entire campus, but highlights Light Hall/Langford auditorium. The large-scale map highlights the Student Life Center, Light Hall, and Medical Center North. The Student Life Center is located near the intersection of 25th Avenue South and Vanderbilt Place. Light Hall and Medical Center North are both located near the intersection of Garland Avenue and Stevenson Center Drive. The interactive map below illustrates the locations of conference hotels, on-campus housing, parking (for those not staying on-campus), and the conference venues.
View useR! 2012 Hotel Map in a larger map
There is also an Interactive Vanderbilt Campus Map
Due to constraints, on-campus housing will be available only to full-time student registrants after April 18th, 2012.
On campus housing for the useR! conference will be in the Gillette House, located on the Commons
. Gillette house is about 500 feet east of the intersection of Dixie Place and 21st Avenue South, or 500 yards west of the intersection of Horton Avenue and 18th Avenue South. Linen service will be provided, which includes top sheet, bottom sheet, pillow, pillow case, towel, washcloth and a knit blanket. The rate including this is $30.43 per person, per night in a double room and $41.75 per night for a private/single room. This is with hall baths in a traditional residence hall building. For a flat fee of $10 per bed, our staff will also prepare the beds so that they are ready to be slept in upon arrival. Parking is $10 per car, per day for overnight guests. Reservations for on-campus housing can be made during the conference registration process. Please direct any questions about on-campus accommodations to Elizabeth Stout at 615-343-1402 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference parking (during the day) will be available at the 25th Avenue Garage, located at the intersection of Jess Neely Drive and 25th Avenue South, on Vanderbilt’s campus. The cost for each day would be $7.75 per vehicle, and each car would get a hangtag parking pass for the event. Shuttles will run regularly between all the host hotels and the conference venues while the conference is in session. If you need to arrange handicapped parking, please contact Natalie Raines at 615.343.3320.
1. The term "scholarship" is used in a generic sense, i.e.
an amount of money granted to a scholar for the pursuit of scholarly activities. No other support or commitment is implied by use of the term "scholarship".