The R User Conference 2010
July 20-23
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA


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About the Conference
Date & Location
Important Dates
Call for Papers
Program Committee
Download: Logo, Poster
Mailing list
Slide submission


Conference Program
Program Booklet (PDF)
Book of Contributed Abstracts (PDF)
Social Program
Invited Lectures
Panel Discussion

Gaithersburg, Maryland

About NIST
Travel information

About the Conference

useR! 2010, the R user conference, took place at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2010-07-21 to 2010-07-23. Pre-conference tutorials took place on July 20.

The conference is organized by NIST and funded by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.

Following the successful useR! 2004, useR! 2006, useR! 2007, useR! 2008, and useR! 2009, conferences, 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 lectures 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 part of the conference in Gaithersburg.

Prior to the conference, on 2010-07-20, 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:

Mark Handcock, Frank Harrell Jr, Friedrich Leisch, Uwe Ligges, Richard Stallman, Luke Tierney, Diethelm Würtz

Program committee:

Louis Bajuk-Yorgan, Dirk Eddelbuettel, John Fox, Virgilio Gómez-Rubio, Richard Heiberger, Torsten Hothorn, Aaron King, Jan de Leeuw, Nicholas Lewin-Koh, Andy Liaw, Uwe Ligges, Martin Mächler, Katharine Mullen, Heather Turner, Ravi Varadhan, H. D. Vinod, John Verzani, Alan Zaslavsky, Achim Zeileis

Organizing Committee:

Kevin Coakley, Nathan Dodder, David Gil, William Guthrie, Olivia Lau, Walter Liggett, John Lu, Katharine Mullen, Jonathon Phillips, Antonio Possolo, Daniel Samarov, Ravi Varadhan

Call for Papers

We invited all R users to submit abstracts presenting innovations or exciting applications of R on topics such as:

  • Applied Statistics & Biostatistics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemometrics and Computational Physics
  • Data Mining
  • Econometrics & Finance
  • Environmetrics & Ecological Modeling
  • High Performance Computing
  • Machine Learning
  • Marketing & Business Analytics
  • Psychometrics
  • Robust Statistics
  • Social network analysis
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Statistics in the Social and Political Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Visualization & Graphics
  • and many more.

Timeline of the Conference

The scientific program of the conference will start the morning of Wednesday, July 21, and end in the afternoon on Friday, July 23. Prior to the conference, on Tuesday, July 20, several half-day tutorials will be held. The social program will consist of an opening reception (on Tuesday, July 20), an evening reception combined with a poster session (on Wednesday, July 21), and a conference dinner (on Thursday, July 22).


The Statistical Engineering Division of NIST has generously contributed funding to subsidize conference fees and travel expenses for those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend. If you wish to apply for this financial support, please send an application to Kevin Coakley (kevin.coakley at by April 15, 2010. Include a brief CV, a copy of your abstract if you have submitted one, and a statement that describes your motivation to attend the conference and an amount of support required.

National Science Foundation (NSF) funds may be available to support travel and accommodation for graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. post-secondary institutions. The allocation will be based on merit and need; women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. NSF regulations require the use of US carriers when at all possible. If you wish to apply for this financial support, please send an application to Luke Tierney (luke at by April 15, 2010. Include a brief CV, a copy of your abstract if you have submitted one, and a statement that demonstrates your eligibility, your need for support, and an amount of support required. Students should include a letter of support from their supervisor.


Potential sponsors of the conference can find more information here.


Transportation between NIST and at least the following hotels will be provided:
Crowne Plaza Hotel Rockville: use Group Identification 'NRU' to book for the rate of $129/night, without breakfast.
Sleep Inn Rockville: use the following instructions to book for a group rate of $89/night, including breakfast.
Motel 6 Gaithersburg: current rate of $54/night, without breakfast.
Note that booking via the group rate may be only slightly less expensive (and in the case of the Sleep Inn, possibly more expensive) than the ``Advance Purchase'' rate available to the general public via the hotel websites. The advantage of booking with the group rate is that you will be refunded if you need to cancel your trip and you provide the hotel 72 hours notice.

Please inform the organizing committee at useR-2010 at if you would like transportation between NIST and a hotel other than the three listed above.

Information regarding additional options for accomodation near NIST is here.

About NIST

The NIST webpage links to information about the institute. Also note that there is a NIST YouTube channel.


Information regarding traveling to NIST is here. The program booklet (PDF) also includes some information regarding travel logistics.

Date & Location

July 21-23, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD, 20899, USA

Important Dates

open submission of abstracts
open registration
tutorial submission deadline
early registration deadline
submission deadline for abstracts
Before 2010-03-15
notification of acceptance
registration deadline (later registration NOT possible on site)
conference start
conference end

Please contact the organizing committee at useR-2010 at for further information.