Saturday, January 21, 2017

8:45 am - 6 pm


Davis Auditorium
Columbia University
530 West 120th Street
Room 412 (4th floor, campus level)
New York, NY 10027
(Directions and parking info)

We recommend that you enter at W 116th St and Broadway through the main Columbia University gates.


Register now

Early registration (on or before December 20, 2016):

This includes light breakfast, coffee, lunch, and some swag.

Late Registration (December 21, 2016 and on):

  • Student: $75
  • Academic: $150
  • Industry: $300

This includes light breakfast, coffee, and lunch. Probably won’t get swag.

On-site Registration (on January 21, 2017; cash or through Eventbrite)

If StanCon isn’t sold out:

  • $400

This includes light breakfast, coffee, and lunch. No swag.

Contributed talks:

The contributed talks at StanCon are based on interactive, self-contained notebooks, such as knitr or Jupyter, and will take the place of proceedings. These will be made available after StanCon.


7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration and breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening statements
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Dev talk:
     Andrew Gelman:
     "10 Things I Hate About Stan"
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Contributed talks:
  1. Jonathan Auerbach, Rob Trangucci:
    "Twelve Cities: Does lowering speed limits save pedestrian lives?"
  2. Milad Kharratzadeh:
    "Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of the English Premier League"
  3. Victor Lei, Nathan Sanders, Abigail Dawson:
    "Advertising Attribution Modeling in the Movie Industry"
  4. Woo-Young Ahn, Nate Haines, Lei Zhang:
    "hBayesDM: Hierarchical Bayesian modeling of decision-making tasks"
  5. Charles Margossian, Bill Gillespie:
    "Differential Equation Based Models in Stan"
Presenter Bios
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Dev talk:
     Michael Betancourt:
     "Everything You Should Have Learned About Markov Chain Monte Carlo”
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Stretch break
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Contributed talks:
  1. Teddy Groves:
    "How to Test IRT Models Using Simulated Data"
  2. Bruno Nicenboim, Shravan Vasishth:
    "Models of Retrieval in Sentence Comprehension"
  3. Rob Trangucci:
    "Hierarchical Gaussian Processes in Stan"
  4. Nathan Sanders, Victor Lei:
    "Modeling the Rate of Public Mass Shootings with Gaussian Processes"
Presenter Bios
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Mingling and coffee
4:45 PM - 5:40 PM Q&A Panel
5:40 PM - 6:00 PM Closing remarks:
     Bob Carpenter:
     "Where is Stan Going Next?"

For anyone interested, we will be heading to a bar / restaurant immediately after StanCon.


Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for making StanCon 2017 happen!

Columbia University Data Science Institute
facebook research
Metrum Research Group
Real Capital Analytics
Stan Group Inc


We are still looking for additional sponsorship for StanCon! Please email for details or sign up directly.

Code of Conduct:

StanCon has a code of conduct to ensure a safe and welcoming environment to all in attendance.


  • Michael Betancourt (Columbia University)
  • Tamara Broderick (MIT)
  • Jonah Gabry (Columbia University)
  • Andrew Gelman (Columbia University)
  • Ben Goodrich (Columbia University)
  • Daniel Lee (Columbia University)
  • Eric Novik (Stan Group Inc)
  • Lizze Wolkovich (Harvard University)