Friday, February 15
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

What Is Data Science?

In this talk, Hadley will introduce you to the tidyverse, a collection of R packages designed to support data science. Along the way, you'll learn about his personal definition of data science and the tools you must master to become adept at it. Hadley thinks programming is a key part of data science, so he will show you a little R code, but you don't need to be familiar with R already. Hadley strongly believes code is a medium of communication, so with a few minutes of training, you will be able to understand the data science code he'll demonstrate. He will also talk about his personal career journey and give you a few suggestions for how to be impactful in your career.

Hadley Wickham is chief scientist at RStudio and an adjunct professor of statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University, and Rice University. For more information about Hadley, be sure to check out his website and @hadleywickham on Twitter.

Hadley Wickham
Hadley Wickham

Key Dates


  • September 28, 2018
    Early Registration and Housing Opens
  • January 10, 2019
    Early Registration Deadline
  • January 11, 2019
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • January 12, 2019
    Housing Deadline
  • February 14, 2019 – February 16, 2019
    CSP in New Orleans, LA
  • Program Participants

  • April 5, 2018 – May 10, 2018
    Short Course and Tutorial Proposal Submission
  • May 17, 2018 – June 21, 2018
    Concurrent Abstract Submission
  • July 12, 2018 – August 30, 2018
    Poster Abstract Submission
  • November 15, 2018
    Speaker Registration Deadline