The first edition of Polish R Users Conferences called Why R? took place on 27-29 September at Warsaw University of Technology – Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science. The event was so successful that we’ve decided to launch a second edition of the conference.
About the Why R? 2018 conference
We are pleased to announce that Why R? 2018 Conference will be organized by STWUR (Wroclaw R Users Group). The second official meeting of Polish R enthusiasts will be held in Wroclaw 2-5 July 2018. As the meeting is held in English, we are happy to invite R users from other countries.
The main topic of this conference is very strongly based around mlr R package for machine learning (over 4500 downloads per month). The creator of the package, Bernd Bischl, will be an invited speaker of the Why R? 2018 and more people involved in the project will conduct workshops and give specialized talks on the mlr ecosystem. With that strong focus on machine learning, we hope to gather broader audience, including people for whom the R is a side-interest, but they are keen on learning more about data science.
- 09.03.2018: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS
- 06.05.2018: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS
- EARLY BIRD FEE: 450PLN/100EUR
- STUDENT FEE: 200PLN/50EUR
- REGULAR FEE: 650PLN/150EUR
- 09.03.2018: ALL CALLS OPEN
- 30.04.2018: WORKSHOP CALL CLOSES
- 25.05.2018: PRESENTATION CALLS CLOSES
- 01.06.2018: LIGHTNING TALKS CALL CLOSES
Among multiple workshops we are planning to host, the above keynotes have confirmed their talks at Why R? 2018: Bernd Bischl (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich), Tomasz Niedzielski (University of Wroclaw), Thomas Petzoldt (Dresden University of Technology), Maciej Eder (Pedagogical University of Cracow), Leon Eyrich Jessen (Technical University of Denmark).
The following events will be hosted during the Why R? 2018 conference:
- plenary lectures of invited speakers,
- lightning talks,
- poster session,
- community session,
- presentation of diﬀerent R enthusiasts’ groups,
- Why R? paRty,
- session of sponsors,
- workshops – blocks of several small to mediumsized courses (up to 50 people) for R users at diﬀerent levels of proﬁciency.
We are organizing pre-meetings in many European cities to cultivate the R experience of knowledge sharing. You are more than welcome to visit upcoming event and check photos and presentations from previous ones. There are still few meetings that are being organized and are not yet added to the map. If you are interested in co-organizing a Why R? pre-meeting in your city, let us know (under kontakt_at_whyr.pl) and the Why R? Foundation can provide speakers for the venue!
Why R? 2017 edition, organized in Warsaw, gathered 200 participants. The Facebook reach of the conference page exceeds 15 000 users, with almost 800 subscribers. Our oﬃcial web page had over 8000 unique visitors and over 12 000 visits in general. To learn more about Why R? 2017 see the conference after movie (https://vimeo.com/239259242).