[Bioc-devel] RStan/ StanCon - maybe of interest

Aedin Culhane aedin at jimmy.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 7 05:21:25 CET 2017

I thought I should forward this as it might of of interest to those of 
you using RStan.

StanCon is happening at the beautiful Asilomar conference facility at 
the beach in Monterey California for three days starting January 10, 
2018. We have space for 200 attendees and expect that this will sell 
out, so if you really want to go register soon.

StanCon offers a dense schedule of invited talks, submitted papers, and 
tutorials unavailable in any other format. Balancing the intellectual 
intensity of cutting edge statistical modeling are fun activities like 
indoor R/C airplane building/flying/designing 
(http://brooklynaerodrome.com <http://brooklynaerodrome.com/>) and 
non-snobby blind wine tasting for after dinner activities. We will have 
the first ever "wear your poster" reception--see the call for posters 
below. And no parallel sessions--you get the entire StanCon2018, not a 

Go tohttp://mc-stan.org/events/stancon2018 

*More details:*

We have 7 invited talks:

  * Andrew Gelman, Department of Statistics and Political Science,
    Columbia University
  * Susan Holmes, Department of Statistics, Stanford University
  * Frank Harrell, School of Medicine and Department of Biostatistics,
    Vanderbilt University
  * Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, Educational Statistics and Biostatistics,
    University of California, Berkeley
  * Sean Taylor and Ben Letham, Facebook Core Data Science
  * Manuel Rivas, Department of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
  * Talia Weiss, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of

Submitted talks:
We have 18 accepted talks ranging from public policy viewed through 
Bayesian analysis to painful theory papers. Talks are self-contained 
knitr or Jupyter notebooks that will be made publicly available after 
the conference.

We have tutorials that start at the crack of 8am for those desiring 
further edification beyond the awesome program. Total time ranges from 6 
hours to 1 hour depending on topic—these will be parallel but don’t 
conflict with the main conference.
- Introduction to Stan: Know how to program? Know basic statistics? 
Curious about Bayesian analysis and Stan? This is the course for you. 
Hands on, focused and an excellent way to get started working in Stan. 2 
hours every morning 8am to 10am.
- Executive decision making the Bayesian way: This is for nontechnical 
managers to learn the core of decision making under uncertainty and how 
to interpret the talks that they will be attending the rest of the day. 
1 hour/day every day.
- Advanced Modeling in Stan: The hard stuff led by the best of the best. 
Very interactive, very intense. Varying topics, every day 1-2 hours.

Poster Call for Participation:
We will take poster submissions on a rolling basis until December 5th. 
One page exclusive of references is the desired format but anything that 
gives us enough information to make a decision is fine. We will 
accept/reject within 48 hours. Send tostancon2018 at mc-stan.org 
<mailto:stancon2018 at mc-stan.org>.
The only somewhat odd requirement is that your poster must be "wearable" 
to the 5pm reception where you will be a walking presentation. Great way 
to network, signboard supplies will be available so you need only have 
sheets of paper which can be attached to signboard material which 
coincidentally will be the source airframe material for the R/C airplane 
activities following dinner.

That's it! StanCon2018 is going to be a pressure cooker of learning and 
fun. Don't miss it.

Early bird registration ends November 10, 2017.

*Go tohttp://mc-stan.org/events/stancon2018 

Lizzie and the rest of the StanCon Organizing Committee

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