StanCon 2020

StanCon 2020

The 5th Stan Conference will be at Oregon State University on August 11-14, 2020.

The four-day event will be two days of tutorials and two days of talks, open discussions, and statistical modeling. Up-to-date information can be found at https://mc-stan.org/events/stancon2020. Register here: https://stancon2020.eventbrite.com.

Details

Dates

August 11-14, 2020.

Tutorials: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11-12.

Talks: Thursday and Friday, August 13-14.

Location

Oregon State University

Learning Innovation Center

2750 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA

Registration

Register for the conference here: https://stancon2020.eventbrite.com

Fees

Registration fees cover the entire 4-day conference.

This includes coffee and lunch and a conference dinner on Wednesday night. Accommodation is not included in the fees.

Early Registration

  • Student: $150
  • Academic: $300
  • Industry: $450

Regular Registration (May 1, 2020)

  • Student: $200
  • Academic: $400
  • Industry: $550

Accomodation

On campus student housing: to be announced.

There is a block of rooms reserved for the Hilton Garden Inn for $142 per night.

Hilton Garden Inn

2500 SW Western Blvd

Corvallis, Oregon 97333

+1 541 752 5000

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to have Dr. Elizabeth M. Wolkovich as invited speaker.

Second speaker to be announced.

Tutorials

Basics of Bayesian inference and Stan. August 11-12 all day.

Instructor Jonah Gabry.

Description:

We will review some of the foundational concepts in Bayesian statistics that are essential background for anyone interested in using Bayesian methods in practice. Then we will introduce the Stan language and the recommended workflow for applied Bayesian data analysis by working through an example analysis together. Since we only have 2 days for this tutorial it will be beneficial for participants to have at least some previous experience with statistical modeling, but prior experience fitting Bayesian models is not a requirement. We will be interfacing with Stan from R, but users of Python and other languages/platforms can still benefit from the tutorial as all of the code we write in the Stan language (and all of the modeling techniques and concepts covered) can be used with any of the Stan interfaces.

Additional Tutorials

More tutorials to be announced.

Call for tutorial proposals

We’re seeking half-day or full-day proposals for basic or advanced Stan programming or Bayesian modeling topics. The selected tutorials will run on August 11 and 12.

Registration fees for the conference will be waived for accepted tutorial organizers. Potential travel support may also be available.

If you have any questions, please email: <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org>.

Submitting a tutorial proposal

The proposal should concisely and clearly describe the content and objectives of the tutorial, and must include:

  1. Title, abstract, objectives, and motivation;
  2. Name, affiliation, and a short biography of each tutorial speaker;
  3. A description of the technical issues that the tutorial will address, emphasizing its timeliness;
  4. An outline of the tutorial content including tentative schedule;
  5. If appropriate, a description of the past/relevant experience of the speaker(s) on the topic of the tutorial;

Proposals should be submitted via email as a single pdf file to <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org>. Please title the email “Tutorial proposal.”

Important Dates

Deadline: March 14, 2020.

Notification: March 27, 2020.

Call for thematic session proposals

We’re also seeking proposals for thematic half-day sessions. These sessions will run in parallel in the afternoon on Wedneesday and in the morning on Thursday. Note: a successful session does not have to occupy entire half day. A session will consist of up to six 12-20 minutes talks. Each talk will be followed by 2-5 min Q&A.

Registration fees for the conference will be waived for accepted session organizers. Potential travel support may also be avaialble.

If you have any questions, please email: <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org>.

Submitting a thematic session proposal

The proposal should concisely and clearly describe the theme and content, and must include:

  1. Title and abstract
  2. List of organizers, affiliation, and number of potential speakers.

Proposal should be submitted in a single PDF file for review through email <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org>, with email titled with “Thematic session proposal: “.

The abstract should describe the topic of the session clearly and is meant to attract both audience and speakers. Proposed organizers are encouraged to reach out to potential speakers before final submission.

Important Dates

Deadline: April 18, 2020

Notification: May 2, 2020

Call for contributed talks

Proposals should be submitted in a single PDF file for review through email <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org>, with email titled with “Talk proposal: “.

Potential speakers are encouraged to go through talk abstracts for previous StanConn at for reference. Note that supporting materials(Notebook, GitHub repo, etc) may be requested from speakers before the event.

Accepted talks will either be placed in the general session (Thursday morning or Friday afternoon) or one of the thematic parallel sessions (Thursday afternoon or Friday morning).

Important Dates

Deadline: May 16, 2020

Notification: May 30, 2020

Supporting material (paper, notebook, software repo, etc) deadline: July 17, 2020.

Poster session

We will accept poster submissions on a rolling basis until July 3, 2020. One page exclusive of references is the desired format but anything that gives us enough information to make a decision is fine. Notification of accept/reject will be sent within 3 days of reception. Signboard supplies will be provided at event site.

Please send to <stancon+proposal@mc-stan.org> an email titled with “Poster: …”.

Call for volunteers for planning

StanCon 2020 seeks volunteers to

  • help with submission review
  • organization of session and tutorials
  • reach out to different communities to promote the conference

StanCon 2020 asks all volunteers to follow code of conduct. If you would like to help improving Stan and StanCon, please contact stancon@mc-stan.org .

Sponsorship:

We can’t do this without the support of generous sponsors that support our events! If you’re interested in sponsoring StanCon, please email stancon@mc-stan.org.

Invitation Letters for US visa

If you require an invitation letter for visa or other purposes please fill out this form. We will email you a letter within 2-3 business days. You must be registered or a scholarship awardee to be eligible for letter.

Organizers:

  • Susana Marquez. The Rockefeller Foundation.
  • Eric J. Ward. Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA).
  • Debashis Mondal. Statistics Department. Oregon State University.
  • Yi Zhang. Metrum Research Group.
  • Daniel Lee. Generable.