conference 2017-09-11T14:50:41+00:00


rstudio::conf is about all things R and RStudio! In January 2017, 465 people attended, giving it an average score of 8.7 out of 10. Now you can join us and hundreds of advanced and new R users in San Diego January 31 to February 3, 2018 to become better at data science with R – and have some fun along the way!

For 2018 we’ve added more Training Days workshops for people newer to R and for advanced users and administrators. We’ve also expanded to three conference tracks: One for those newer to R, another for more experienced R users, and a third on solutions to interesting problems or industry applications.

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with RStudio users from around the world, learn from RStudio speakers and leading R practitioners, and enjoy the warm spirit of San Diego in January!

Overall, one of the best conferences I’ve attended on any subject.
– rstudio::conf 2017 attendee

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This year’s conference will feature keynotes from Di Cook, Monash University Professor and Iowa State University Emeritus Faculty; and J.J. Allaire, RStudio Founder, CEO & Principal Developer, along with talks from Shiny creator Joe Cheng and Chief Scientist Hadley Wickham.

We are especially happy that the following outstanding R innovators have already accepted invitations to speak:

Mara Averick Research Analyst, Data Nerd TCB Analytics
Nick Carchedi Director of Content DataCamp
Tanya Cashorali Data Entrepreneur TCB Analytics
Eric Colson Chief Algorithms Officer Stitch Fix
Sandra Griffith Senior Methodologist Flatiron Health
Aaron Horowitz Analytics Team Leader McKinsey
JD Long Economist & Cocktail Party Host
Elaine McVey Data Science Lead TransLoc
Logan Meltabarger Information Science & Analytics Slalom Consulting
Ian Lyttle Senior Staff Engineer Schneider Electric
Edzer Pebesma Institute for Geoinformatics University of Muenster
Thomas Lin Pedersen Analytics Programmer SKAT
Olga Pierce Deputy Data Editor, Reporter ProPublica
David Robinson Data Scientist Stack Overflow

Attendees will also hear from a rare assembly of popular RStudio data scientists and developers like Yihui Xie, Winston Chang, Garrett Grolemund, Jenny Bryan, Max Kuhn, Kevin Ushey, Gabor Csardi, Amanda Gadrow, Jeff Allen, Jonathan McPherson, Javier Luraschi, Lionel Henry, Jim Hester, Bárbara Borges Ribeiro, Nathan Stephens, Sean Lopp, Edgar Ruiz, Phil Bowsher, Jonathan Regenstein, Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel and Joseph Rickert.

If you are interested in speaking at rstudio::conf 2018 we will be issuing a call for papers later this Summer. There will also be an opportunity this Fall for conference registrants to submit digital posters to be exhibited at the opening night reception on February 1.  Please register or stay tuned to the RStudio Developer Blog to be kept aware of these opportunities.

Training Days

For 2018 we’ve added more Training Days workshops for people newer to R and for advanced users and administrators. We’ve also expanded to three conference tracks: One for those newer to R, another for more experienced R users, and a third on solutions to interesting problems or industry applications.

Newer to R
Training Days

Intro to R & RStudio
Amelia McNamara
This is a two-day hands on workshop designed for people who are brand new to R & RStudio and who learn best in person. You will learn the basics of R and data science, and practice using the RStudio IDE (integrated development environment) and R Notebooks. We will have a team of TAs on hand to show you the ropes, and help you out when you get stuck.

This course is taught by friend of RStudio, Amelia McNamara, a Smith College Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistical and Data Sciences & Mass Mutual Faculty Fellow.

Data Science in the Tidyverse
Charlotte Wickham
This is a two-day hands on workshop based on the book R for Data Science. This workshop is designed for people who are familiar with R and want to learn how to achieve their data analysis goals the “tidy” way. You will learn how to visualize, transform, and model data in R and work with date-times, character strings, and untidy data formats. Along the way, you will learn and use many packages from the tidyverse including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, readr, purrr, tibble, stringr, lubridate, and forcats.

This course is taught by friend of RStudio, Charlotte Wickham, a professor and award winning teacher and data analyst at Oregon State University.

Intro to Shiny & R Markdown
Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel
This is a two-day hands on workshop for people who know their way around the RStudio IDE and R and are now looking for the most effective way to become proficient in the basics of Shiny application development and using R Markdown to communicate insights from data analysis to others.

This course is taught by Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Duke professor and RStudio professional educator. Mine is well known for her open education efforts, and her popular data science MOOCs.

More familiar with R
Training Days

Applied Machine Learning
Max Kuhn
This two-day course will provide an overview of using R for supervised learning. The session will step through the process of building, visualizing, testing and comparing models that are focused on prediction. The goal of the course is to provide a thorough workflow in R that can be used with many different regression or classification techniques. Case studies are used to illustrate functionality.

This course is taught by Max Kuhn, Software Engineer and Data Scientist at RStudio and co-author of Applied Predictive Modeling. Basic familiarity with R is required.

Intermediate Shiny
Joe Cheng
This two-day workshop is designed for the experienced Shiny developer. It assumes that you are already familiar with Shiny. By taking this workshop, you’ll improve your understanding of shiny’s foundations and learn deeper insights to reactivity. By the end of the two days, you’ll be able to push the envelope of what you and your organizations can do with Shiny.

This course is taught by Joe Cheng, shiny creator and RStudio CTO. You’ll not only learn from the creator of shiny, but you’ll have hands on time where you can ask him the questions that stump you.

Extending the Tidyverse
Hadley Wickham
This is a NEW two-day hands on workshop designed for those who have embraced the tidyverse and now want to expand it to meet their own needs. The goal of this workshop is to take you from someone who uses tidyverse functions to someone who can extend the tidyverse by:

  • Writing expressive code using advanced functional programming techniques
  • Designs consistent APIs using analogies to existing tools
  • Uses the S3 object system to make user friendly values
  • Can bundle functions with documentation and tests into a package to share with others.

This course is taught by Hadley Wickham, RStudio’s Chief Scientist. Frankly, if you don’t already know more than you wanted to about him, you shouldn’t be taking this course!

What They Forgot to Teach You About R (aka Getting S*%! Done in R)
Jenny Bryan
This is a NEW two-day hands on workshop designed for experienced R and RStudio users who want to extend their R skills to make their lives easier outside of data science. You’ll learn a whole bunch of useful tools for automating common tasks in R, such as working with directories full of files, scraping websites, automatically producing reports, and more.

This course is taught by Jenny Bryan, a Software Engineer and Data Scientist at RStudio and Associate Professor of Statistics (on leave) at the University of British Columbia. Jenny is widely hailed for making github a catalyst rather than an impediment to R happiness.

Big Data with R
Edgar Ruiz
Learn how to use R with Hive, SQL Server, Oracle and other scalable external data sources along with Big Data clusters in this two-day workshop. We will cover how to connect, retrieve schema information, upload data, and explore data outside of R. For databases, we will focus on the dplyr, DBI and odbc packages. These packages enable us to use the same dplyr verbs inside R but are translated and sent as SQL queries. For Big Data clusters, we will also learn how to use the sparklyr package to run models inside Spark and return the results to R. We will review recommendations for connection settings, security best practices and deployment options. Throughout the workshop, we will take advantage of the new data connections available with the RStudio IDE.

This course is taught by Edgar Ruiz. Edgar Ruiz is a solutions engineer at RStudio with a background in deploying enterprise reporting and business intelligence solutions. He is the author of multiple articles and blog posts sharing analytics insights and server infrastructure for data science.

Advocates & Admins
Training Days

Tidyverse Train-the-Trainer
Garrett Grolemund

This two day workshop will equip you to teach R effectively. We will draw on RStudio’s experience teaching R to recommend tips for designing, teaching, and supporting short R courses. You will learn practical activities that you can use immediately to improve your presentation style, learning outcomes, and student engagement. Classroom examples will focus on teaching Master the Tidyverse, a two day workshop developed by RStudio; as well as on using RStudio Cloud and its curriculum of tutorials to jump-start your own lessons. You will leave the class with a cognitive model of learning that you can use to develop your own effective workshops or courses within your organization. Participants will receive the course materials for Master the Tidyverse as well as a certificate of completion.

The course will be taught by Garrett Grolemund, RStudio’s Master Instructor. Prior teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Please bring a laptop and a device that has video recording capabilities (such as a laptop or cell phone).

RStudio Connect Administrator
Sean Lopp
This is a one-day workshop on February 1, 2018 for system administrators, designed to cover everything you need to know to setup and administer RStudio Connect. Topics will include installation and configuration, user, content, and process management, and advanced topics like offline deployment, high availability, DevOps integration, and security best practices. Learn how to support R users and the people who use what they publish to RStudio Connect. Students who complete all of the exercises successfully will receive an RStudio Connect Administrator certificate of completion.

The course will be taught by Sean Lopp, RStudio Solutions Engineer. Sean works with RStudio product teams and helps enterprise customers to realize the value of R. You should be comfortable in the Linux terminal. Experience with R is helpful but not required.


(Pardon our dust) The order of talks, session times, rooms, and speakers will evolve over the next several months!

February 1, 2018

Opening Reception & Poster Session

February 2, 2018

Opening Keynote
(Di Cook)
New(R) Sessions
(4 Talks)
Solutions Sessions
(4 Talks)
Mo(R)e Advanced Sessions
(4 Talks)
Lunch Break
New(R) Sessions
(4 Talks)
Solutions Sessions
(4 Talks)
Mo(R)e Advanced Sessions
(4 Talks)
New(R) Sessions
(4 Talks)
Solutions Sessions
(4 Talks)
Mo(R)e Advanced Sessions
(4 Talks)

Special Event in the Gaslamp District

February 3, 2018

Opening Keynote
J.J. Allaire
New(R) Sessions
(4 Talks)
Solutions Sessions
(4 Talks)
Mo(R)e Advanced Sessions
(4 Talks)
Lunch Break
New(R) Sessions
(4 Talks)
Solutions Sessions
(4 Talks)
Mo(R)e Advanced Sessions
(4 Talks)
All Things R and RStudio
Closing Panel


Discover the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Southern California when you stay at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Our convenient hotel near downtown San Diego offers a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting, complete with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. By day you will enjoy easy access to popular attractions, like the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and exciting nightlife activities in Gaslamp District as the sun sets.

Room Reservations

1 Market Place
San Diego, California, USA, 92101
Tel: +1 619 232 1234

Grand Hyatt


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Contributed Talks

rstudio::conf() is now accepting proposals for contributed talks and e-posters for the first time! Contributed talks are 20 minutes long, and will be scheduled alongside talks by RStudio employees and invited speakers. E-posters will be shown during the opening reception on Thursday evening: we’ll provide a big screen, power, and internet; you’ll provide a laptop with an innovative display or demo. We are particularly interested in talks and e-posters that:

  • Showcase the use of R and RStudio’s tools to solve real problems.
  • Expand the tidyverse to reach new domains and audiences.
  • Communicate using R, whether it’s building on top of RMarkdown, Shiny, ggplot2, or something else altogether.
  • Discuss how to teach R effectively.

To present you’ll also need to register for the conference.

Applications close Sept 15, and you’ll be notified of our decision by Oct 1.

Apply for a contributed talk and e poster


We’re also continuing our tradition of diversity scholarships, and this year we’re doubling the program to twenty recipients. We will support underrepresented minorities in the R community by covering their registration (including workshops), travel, and accommodation.

Applications close Sept 15, and you’ll be notified of our decision by Oct 1.

Apply for a diversity scholarship