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StanCon 2018 is live!

This post is by Mike.

We had so much fun at StanCon 2017 that we decided to do it again!

This year’s conference will take place over three days, from Wednesday January 10, 2018 to Friday January 12, 2018, at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California.  In addition to talks and open discussion, this year we’ll also have dedicated time for collaborative Stan coding with other attendees and the Stan dev team.

Detailed information about registration and accommodation at Asilomar, including fees and instructions, can be found on the event website.  Early registration ends on Friday November 10, 2017 and no registrations will be accepted after Wednesday December 20, 2017.

This year we are going to try to support as many student scholarships  as we can — if you are a student who would love to come but may not have the funding then don’t hesitate to submit a short application!

Contributed talks will proceed as last year, with each submission consisting of self-contained knitr or Jupyter notebooks that will be made publicly available after the conference.  Last year’s contributed talks were awesome and we can’t wait to see what users will submit this year.  For details on how to submit see the submission website.  The final deadline for submissions is Saturday September 16, 2017 5:00:00 AM GMT.

Finally, we are actively looking for sponsors!  If you are interested in supporting StanCon 2018, or know someone who might be, then please contact the organizing committee.

I’ll keep an eye on this post to answer any questions that you might have, and otherwise I hope to see everyone in January!


  1. Bill Harris says:

    While realizing that knitr and Jupyter are currently popular, what about Emacs org-mode documents ( AFAICT, org-mode has been around much longer and does much the same thing. org-mode also supports noweb, for those who do literate programming.

    • Is there an example somewhere of what a rendered web page would look like and what the associated source looks like? I can’t speak for StanCon, but as long as things are readable to a general audience, we can certainly be flexible with our case studies on the web.

      P.S. How long something’s been around is irrelevant—we’re not taking Fortran or Word document submissions!

  2. Andrew says:

    Just to express my agreement: Stancon 2017 really was awesome and I encourage everyone to consider coming to Stancon 2018!

  3. Xi'an says:

    Asilomar?! Very nice location indeed but have they reached the 21st Century? When I stayed there a few years ago there was no Internet connection at all.

    • They now have their own dedicated T1 line and (didn’t even know that was a thing still) and it’s plumbed throughout the facility (guest rooms, meeting center, etc.—don’t know if it extends to the heated outdoor pool).

      Last time I went to Asilomar was before the web (and I was working on default logic for knowledge representation).

  4. Bill Harris says:

    Here’s my last example, ’cause you probably don’t want to see more. Derek Feich has a set of org-babel examples at showing various backends (languages) in action and example exports from some of those. For example, scroll down to 1.1 Contents, and click on “python” and then “raw” to see the source code. Back at the main page, click on “PDF” to see the exported result. I think the result that github shows when you clicked on “python” (or any of the other backends) is the exported HTML version.

  5. Bing says:

    I am really interested in this conference, but wondering when can I know if I would get a student scholarship?

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