Advanced course: R debugging and robust programming

25-26 February 2016 (Thursday-Friday), EMBL Heidelberg
Teachers: Laurent Gatto, Robert Stojnic (University of Cambridge)
Organiser: Wolfgang Huber (EMBL)

This two-day course will teach participants debugging techniques and good practice in writing reliable, robust code. The material will provide the opportunity to gain experience and understanding of how to identify, resolve, and avoid bugs, in order to produce publication-quality code. The course will be taught using R and will be driven by many practical exercises.

Course outline

The material will focus on:

  • debugging, to fix problems with code
  • defensive programming - writing effective tests to detect bugs
  • profiling and optimisation of code


The course is aimed at those with experience of scripting, who want to learn more about writing robust and efficient code and who may want to develop and release packages in the future.


The course will take place on Thursday and Friday 25-26. February 2016 at EMBL Heidelberg (travel information). Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with R version >=3.2.2 installed.


The number of participants is limited to 35 and will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis.
Your place will be reserved only after the fee has been paid in full.

Registration is now closed.