The R User Conference 2006


Austrian Association for Statistical Computing


Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien


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About the Conference

The second international R user conference useR! 2006 will take place at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Vienna, Austria from 2006-06-15 to 2006-06-17.
It is organized by the Austrian Association for Statistical Computing (AASC) and funded by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. It is further co-organized by the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

The organizing team consists of Torsten Hothorn (conference), Achim Zeileis (program), David Meyer (local organization), Bettina Grün (web), Kurt Hornik and Friedrich Leisch.

Following the successful useR! 2004 the conference will focus 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 conference, the program will consist of two parts:

  1. keynote 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 Vienna's wine and beer pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Prior to the conference, on 2006-06-14, there will be tutorials offered at the conference site. Each tutorial will have a length of 3 hours and will take place either in the morning or afternoon.

Date & Location

June 15-17, 2006
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien [map]

Organizing Team:

Torsten Hothorn (conference), Achim Zeileis (program), David Meyer (local organization), Bettina Grün (web), Kurt Hornik, Friedrich Leisch

Program committee:

Claudio Agostinelli, Roger Bivand, Peter Bühlmann, Ramón Díaz-Uriarte, Sandrine Dudoit, Dirk Eddelbuettel, Frank Harrell, Simon Jackman, Roger Koenker, Uwe Ligges, Andrew Martin, Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Peter Rossi, Anthony Rossini, Gerhard Tutz, Antony Unwin

Call for Papers

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

We recommend a length of about one page in pdf format. The program committee decides on the presentation format. There will be no proceedings volume, but the abstracts will be available in an online collection linked from the conference program.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 2006-02-28.

Important Dates

Timeline of the Conference

The scientific program of the conference will start Thursday, June 15, morning and end Saturday, June 17, in the afternoon. The social program will consist of an opening reception on Thursday, June 15, and a conference dinner on Friday, June 16. Prior to the conference, on Wednesday, June 14, several half-day tutorials will be held.


We prebooked a number of rooms in several hotels near the conference site or in the city center with convenient public transportation to the conference site at special conference rates. Booking service is provided by `Nethotels' using the links below:

NOTE: using these links you will get a preselected list of hotels with prebooked rooms. Do not activate any option, just use the `book' button for your preferred accommodation.

Vienna is very busy at the conference time, so we recommend to book as soon as possible.

General information about hotels and accommodation can be found on

About Vienna

Vienna is one of the premier destinations for city tourism. General information about Vienna can be found here. Travel information for public transportation in the city can be obtained from here (in german).

We have linked a list of some cultural events and main sights. Weather forecasts for Vienna are available from CNN and ZAMG (mostly in German).

Travel information

American Airlines are the official carrier for useR! 2006. A discount of 5% is available on American Airlines and their oneworld partners, for travel 11-20 June to Vienna. Book at 800-433-1790, and give the code A8466AY when booking. At least one leg must be on American Airlines aircraft, some sale fares are excluded, and Swiss Air flights are excluded. You can research flights at, but the website does not recognize the discount. There is a $10/seat fee for booking over the phone.

How to get from the airport to the city and the conference site

From Vienna International Airport there is the CAT (City Airport Train) to the City Air Terminal at "Wien Mitte (Landstraße)". From there it is five stops with the underground line U4 (direction "Heiligenstadt") to Spittelau, where the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien is situated. Click here to see an underground map.

Please contact the organizing committee at for further information.