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The R User Conference 2011
August 16-18 2011
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing

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useR! 2011 Conference Materials

Conference Booklet
Schedule - Slides now available!
List of Participants


About the Conference
Important Dates
Call for Abstracts
Regular Abstract Submission - Now Closed
Abstract Submission - Late Breaking Posters - Now Closed
Registration - On-Site Rate Available
Download Poster/Logo


Invited Talks
Social Program
Abstract Book


Conference Registration Desk
University & Surrounding Area
Travel information

Latest News (20/11/2011)

Thank you to everyone for contributing and participating in useR! 2011. Looking forward to seeing you at useR! 2012

Invited Talk Links now available on R-Bloggers webpage

All received Slide Links now available on Schedule days

Prize Winners

  • Best Student Poster
    • Winner :Toby Dylan Hocking
    • Runner-up: Sandra Griffith
  • Best Technical Poster
    • Winner: Federico Comoglio
    • Runner-up: Mike Smith
  • Best Application Poster
    • Winner: Osvaldo Anacleto-Junior
    • Runner-up: Elizabeth Elliot
  • Young Achiever's Award
    • Winner: Jinhie Skarda

Other News

For speakers who wish to have their talks linked from the useR! 2011 webpage. Please either post a link on the Facebook Page or e-mail it to the user-2011 e-mail address you got confirmation from with "link to talk" in subject

Facebook Page for the conference is now available (requires membership).

Photos during the conference

Conference Registration Desk Times and Locations here.

A campus map is available here (particularly useful if you are arriving after 11pm and this map may also be of use).

A List of Participants is now available.

An HTML Schedule is now available.

The Conference Booklet including the final schedule is now available as is an updated Abstract Book.

Conference Registration Desk

Registration for the conference will take place on Sunday in the Rootes Building and on Monday to Thursday in the main atrium of the Mathematics & Statistics Building (no. 37 on the campus map). The registration desk will be available at the following times:

  • Sunday, 14th August 2011, 17:00 - 18:00
  • Monday, 15th August 2011, 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday, 16th August 2011, 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday, 17th August 2011, 08:30 - 18:00
  • Thursday, 18th August 2011, 08:30 - 17:00
During the above times, the staff at the registration desk will be happy to provide any assistance and information to participants.

About the Conference

useR! 2011, the R user conference, will take place at the University of Warwick, Coventry from Tuesday 16 August 2011 to Thursday 18 August 2011.

Pre-conference tutorials will take place on Monday 15 August.

Statistics Department building

The conference is organized by  Department of Statistics, University of Warwick and supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.

Following six successful useR! meetings, the conference is focused on:

  1. R as the `lingua franca' of data analysis and statistical computing,
  2. providing a platform for R users to discuss and exchange ideas how R can be used to do statistical computations, data analysis, visualization and exciting applications in various fields,
  3. giving an overview of the new features of the rapidly evolving R project.

As for the predecessor conferences, the program consists of two parts:

  1. invited talks discussing new R developments and exciting applications of R,
  2. user-contributed presentations reflecting the wide range of fields in which R is used to analyze data.

A major goal of the useR! conference is to bring users from various fields together and provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas: both in the formal framework of presentations as well as in the informal times surrounding the conference sessions.

Prior to the conference, on Monday 15 August 2011, there are tutorials offered at the conference site. Each tutorial has a length of 3 hours and takes place either in the morning or afternoon.

Invited Speakers

Adrian Bowman, Lee Edlefsen, Ulrike Grömping, Wolfgang Huber, Brian Ripley, Jonathan Rougier, Simon Urbanek and Brandon Whitcher.

See the invited talks program.

Local Organising Committee

John Aston, Julia Brettschneider, David Firth, Ashley Ford, Ioannis Kosmidis, Tom Nichols, Elke Thönnes and Heather Turner.

Program Committee

Ramón Díaz-Uriarte, John Fox, Romain François, Robert Gramacy, Paul Hewson, Torsten Hothorn, Kate Mullen, Brian Peterson, Thomas Petzoldt, Anthony Rossini, Barry Rowlingson, Carolin Strobl, Stefan Theussl, Heather Turner, Hadley Wickham and Achim Zeileis.

Conference Presentations

(updated 23-July-2011) For those preparing posters, the poster boards can accommodate posters of size A0 (Portrait only) or A1 (Landscape or Portrait).

The deadline for all talks and posters has passed and abstracts will no longer be accepted for inclusion in the program. All abstracts submitted before the regular abstract deadline (not late-breaking abstracts) have now been considered by the Programme Committee, and every author of such an abstract should have now received an email with the decision on acceptance.

The Abstract Book in now available.

Late-Breaking Posters - Now Closed

Abstracts may be submitted for posters presenting recent developments and late-breaking applications of R, on topics as indicated in the previous call for abstracts (see below).

Late-breaking posters will be displayed during the Poster Reception alongside regular posters, and they will appear in the electronically published book of abstracts for the conference. However they will not be considered for any poster prizes and will not be listed in the program booklet. To submit a late-breaking poster abstract, please use the submission form. Note, please use the abstract templates available in .doc or .tex formats, with an example .bib provided for the latter. Contact authors will be informed whether or not their abstract has been accepted usually within 5 days.

Lightning Talks - Now Closed

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 newbies. Participants wishing to give such a talk must provide an informative title on their registration form before 24th June 2011.

Call for Abstracts - Now Closed

The call abstracts for regular talks and posters closed on 4th of April, though see Late-Breaking Posters above.

One-page abstracts are invited for oral or poster presentations on innovative and exciting applications of R, on topics including but not limited to:

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemometrics and computational physics
  • Data mining
  • Econometrics & finance
  • Environmetrics & Ecological Modeling
  • High Performance Computing
  • Imaging
  • Interfaces with other languages/software
  • Machine Learning
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Nonparametric Statistics
  • Pharmaceutical Statistics
  • Psychometrics
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Statistics in the Social and Political Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Visualization & Graphics
The poster session will be a major social event on the evening of the first day of the conference 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.

The assignment of talks to sessions will be made by the program committee. In both cases presentations will be allowed 17 minutes, followed by 3 minutes discussion. In addition to the 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 newbies. Participants wishing to give such a talk must provide an informative title on their registration form.

For regular talks/posters, please use the abstract templates available in .doc or .tex formats, with an example .bib provided for the latter.


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, in particular the Centre for Research into Statistical Methodology (CRISM), we are able to offer a limited number of conference bursaries for PhD students. The bursaries will cover accommodation in a standard single room on campus for the nights Sunday 14 August to Thursday 18 August inclusive (as required), up to two tutorials and the conference registration fee.

In addition, Revolution Analytics are sponsoring a number of scholarships for US PhD students, which will provide $1000 towards travel and accommodation.

The deadline for applications for funding has now passed and no more applications are being accepted.

The University of Warwick & Surrounding Area

Aerial view of the University of Warwick and surroundings

The University of Warwick is a campus university on the edge of the city of Coventry. The University website links to further information as does the Department of Statistics webpage.

Information and useful links on the numerous and famous attractions in the area surrounding the University of Warwick can be found on the university visitor pages and on the The Heart of England tourism site.


Information on how to get to the University of Warwick is provided for travellers from within the UK and from overseas . Note that the University is not in the town of Warwick (that is about 8 miles distant), and it is not the same as Coventry University (that is another university, located in the centre of Coventry).

It is anticipated that the conference program will extend into the afternoon of Thursday 18 August, therefore participants are advised to book onward travel for Thursday evening at the earliest.

Participants may also be interested in attending the 58th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute (ISI 2011) which takes place in Dublin from the 21st to the 26th August.


Participants are recommended to stay on the University of Warwick campus, where the conference events, both academic and social, will take place. Further details and costs of accommodation on campus is provided, along with links to accommodation off campus.

Date & Location

August 16-18, 2011

University of Warwick
Coventry UK

Important Dates

tutorial submission deadline
early registration deadline
submission deadline for abstracts (submissions now closed)
Before 2011-05-13
notification of acceptance
registration deadline
late registration deadline
2011-08-16 (08:45)
conference start
2011-08-18 (16:00)
conference end
Please contact the organising committee at useR-2011 at for further information.

useR-2011 at