noRth 2019 Conference

A conference for R users in the Twin Cities and greater north region|


noRth is aimed at intermediate to advanced R users and consists of a half-day Shiny short course and a day of interactive talks. (note: registration is closed)

The conference will be held on August 15-16, 2019 in 114 & 432 Bruininks Hall on the Minneapolis East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota.

The seminar day will consist of two plenary talks and breakout options for four additional talks. Bring your laptop and come ready to learn! The tentative schedule is below (i.e. subject to changes).

Thursday, August 15, 2019 (registration is closed)

1:00 - 1:25 pm (432 Bruininks) Workshop Registration
1:30 - 2:45 pm (432 Bruininks) Soumya Kalra - Shiny Workshop Pt. I
2:45 - 3:00 pm (outside 432 Bruininks) Coffee Break & Networking
3:00 - 4:20 pm (432 Bruininks) Soumya Kalra - Shiny Workshop Pt. II
4:20 - 4:30 pm (432 Bruininks) Closing- Prize drawings sponsored by TC ASA
4:30 - 6:00 pm Happy Hour(ish) - Beacon Public House

Friday, August 16, 2019 (registration is closed)

8:00 - 8:45 am (outside 114 Bruininks) noRth Registration with coffee and light breakfast
8:50 - 9:05 am (114 Bruininks) Welcome
9:05 - 10:05 am (Plenary 1 - 114 Bruininks) Amelia McNamara - Why the Tidyverse? (tidyverse, dplyr, skimr, forcats, statistical software, design principles)
10:05 - 10:30 am Coffee Break & Networking
10:35 - 11:10 am (Breakout 1) (114 Bruininks) Carson Sievert - Generating reproducible reports from a shiny app (shiny, rmarkdown, rlang) (432 Bruininks) An-Ting Jhuang - An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics Pt. I
11:20 - 11:55 am (Breakout 2) (114 Bruininks) Heather Lendway - Intro to Web Scraping: Tools & Examples (rvest, xml2, jsonlite, tidyverse) (432 Bruininks) Christina Knudson - An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics Pt. II
12:00 - 1:20 pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 - 2:30 pm (Plenary 2 - 114 Bruininks) Winston Chang - From R user to tool maker: lessons learned from writing R software
2:30 - 2:55 pm Coffee Break & Networking
3:00 - 3:35 pm (Breakout 3) (114 Bruininks) Matt Pettis - You Don't Bring Me Anything But Down: Using mark/book/blog-down for Great Profit (432 Bruininks) Brian Kreeger - Stacking Models for Improving Performance (caret, machine learning, kaggle)
3:45 - 4:20 pm (Breakout 4) (114 Bruininks) Kim Eng Ky - Prepare your data with data.table: an introduction (data.table, data cleaning) (432 Bruininks) Katie Jolly - Talking points (in polygons): A discussion of geographic data science (sf, r-spatial, visualization, autocorrelation, regression)
4:30 - 4:40 pm (114 Bruininks Hall) Closing- Prize drawings sponsored by TC ASA
4:40 - 6:00 pm Happy Hour(ish) - Sally's

Register Here! (note you will be redirected to the UMN registration system)

General attendee prices are $100 for the Shiny Short Course (SOLD OUT - waitlist available) and $150 for the Seminar Day. Discounts are available for UMN staff (faculty/researchers/post docs, etc.) and students (50% and 75%, respectively). Use your UMN x500 email and log in when registering to ensure the discount is applied.

If you have questions, please contact us using the following form.


How should I get there?

Metro Transit (highly recommended): The green line light rail to the East Bank station is a 0.4 mile walk to Bruininks hall. There are also bus options .

Biking (highly recommended): There is a Nice Ride station adjacent to Bruininks Hall on the 2nd level entrance to the Washington Avenue Bridge. There are also several bike parking cages nearby (U-locks are a must have for safe bike lock-up).

Parking: Nearby ramps are available for $12/day including the Weisman Art Museum Garage , East River Road Garage , and Church Street Garage .

Where should I stay?

If you are coming in from out of town, there are many options including staying on a transit line (see above). The nearest hotels are the Graduate Hotel (0.4 miles), DoubleTree (0.9 miles), and Days Hotel (1 mile).

A plea from your organizers

Please make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date! Recent conference have experienced outbreaks of preventable diseases. Do it for the herd!

Code of Conduct

noRth is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at our event(s). noRth is a conference intended for professional networking and collaboration in the R community. We encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and thus require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group.

A Code of Conduct is useful to define accepted and acceptable behaviors and to promote high standards of professional practice. It also provides a benchmark for self evaluation and acts as a vehicle for better identity of the community and organization. If you have general questions about codes of conduct, a good place to start is this code of conduct FAQ.

This code (CoC) applies to any participant at noRth. Note that this code augments rather than replaces legal rights and obligations pertaining to any particular situation.

Expected Behavior

All event participants are expected to behave in accordance with professional standards, with both this CoC as well as their respective employer’s policies governing appropriate workplace behavior, and all applicable laws.

Unacceptable Behavior

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including but not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Inappropriate staring.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

What To Do If You Witness or Are Subject To Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by t-shirts/staff badges onsite; and an organizer can be found at the event registration counter at any time. You can contact us at

While this CoC applies to spaces associated with noRth, if you are being harassed by a guest/participant of/at noRth outside of our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by noRth participants seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The noRth organizing committee reserves the right to exclude people from noRth based on their past behavior, including behavior outside noRth spaces and behavior towards people who are not part of noRth.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of noRth participants or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Conference staff will also provide support to victims, including, but not limited to: - Providing an escort - Contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement - Briefing key event staff for response/victim assistance - And otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to ensure that they feel safe for the duration of the conference.


If a participant engages in behavior in violation of the CoC, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from issuing a warning to expulsion from the conference with no refund, depending on the circumstances. noRth reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in harassing behavior from participating in any further noRth events, trainings or other activities.

Pre-Event Concerns

If you are planning to attend noRth, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact us as soon as possible at Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events, and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact. In extreme cases, we may take action to prevent the harasser from attending the conference.

This policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license and is adapted from the R Consortium Code of Conduct.