Meeting in Brussels
Day 2: Technical SessionsTuesday, February 12, 2002.
Venue: The Office of the North, Brussels
See also: minutes of day 1.
Attendees: Co-ordinators, Principal Contractors and MembersA list of all attendees, their institutions and email addresses are attached with these notes.
Apologies for Absence were received from: A D Buccianico (Eurandom), Jeroen de Maast (Amsterdam Science & Technology Centre), Bruce Sindahl (Sindahl Consulting), John Shade (Good Decisions Ltd) Oystein Evandt (ImPro)
Welcomes and IntroductionsDavid Howell, Director of the Office of the North welcomed everyone and wished us all success in the project.
Dave Stewardson as Chair welcomed all for attending the meeting and outlined the agenda for the day's session. The day would cover administrative aspects including the requirements of the project, our obligations and requirements of the European Commission. Technical aspects of the project would also be covered including an overview of the work-packages, their aims and objectives and the project deliverables.
Outline of the ProjectDave Stewardson gave a Power-Point presentation giving a brief history of the network and an overview of the project. It was noted that members would be required to contribute to the objectives of the network but do not sign a contract with the European Commission. Each member would be allocated a 40% advance to cover eligible expenditure (travel and subsistence and a small amount for overheads) (A copy of the relevant power-point presentation has been attached for information)
IntroductionsThe group were invited to give a brief introduction of themselves, their institution and their area of work.
Dave Stewardson - Industrial Statistics Research Unit at the
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
A background to the history of the unit, the types of work undertaken, typical projects and recent bids were presented to the group (see attachment)
Maria Ramalhoto - Instituto Superior Technico Lisbon
The Technical University incorporated all types of under graduate and postgraduate Engineering but had also introduced Management and Architecture to give an engineering orientation to these fields. The university had experience of participation in European projects (e.g. Erasmus since 1978) and successful 5th Framework projects. Maria noted that Research Centres has been set up to achieve the cross-disciplinary function, to facilitate discussion and collaboration between subject areas.
Xavier Tort Martorell - UPC Technical University Catalunya
Barcelona is a large university with over 26,000 students, with 3540 within the Statistics Department. The unit carries out consultancy work; assistance to companies for example six sigma applications.
Ronald Does - IBIS University of Amsterdam, Department of
The Institute for Business and Industrial Statistics, an independent consultancy firm with a commercial remit was established in 1994. Initially using SPC and now Six Sigma and Business improvement and other services to industry and general statistical consultancy. The Institute had 3 Professors, 4 senior consultants. Companies worked with include those in the service sector as Achmea (pensions). They have also worked with Black & Decker who are exponents of the implementation of Six Sigma. There are also plans to start up a new journal with Pro-Enbis.
Tony Greenfield - Greenfield Consultants
Tony is an independent consultant and works in collaboration with other consultants to reach out to companies that don't have much experience in statistical methods, and give them access to usable software. He also delivers short courses at universities both within the UK and overseas.
Soren Bowadt Scientific Officer Engineering Measurement and Testing, European Commission
Soren had overall responsibility for virtual institutes within the 5th Framework, linking up with small industries. He has overall responsibility for a large number of projects. It may be decided that Meropi will take over responsibility for this project.
Scientific Officer, new to the role, She advised the group that her background as an analytical chemist, recently employed in Paris at OCD in such areas as risk assessment.
Oyvind Langsrud - Matforsk, Norwegian Food Research Institute
With a remit to increase competition in food industry and research and development. Focusing on food quality and food safety, reliability and rapid analysis. There are 160 staff. Funding for the institute is made up from both industry/commercial and research with a turnover of 94.2 million NOK. The group were also advised that Matforsk have an alliance with Agricultural University of Norway.
Irena Ograngensek - Ljubljana Slovenia
Based within the Faculty of Economics, the University established a statistical institute last year. Main areas of work are in Introducing SPC and data mining would like to introduce to an undergraduate level. Distance learning projects, statistical quality improvement in the service industry. They work with a large number of major Slovenian companies.
Henry Wynn - University of Warwick
1/3 externally funded 2/3-research projects direct funding including National Traffic Service, large percentage of risk projects.
Eurandom close links all over Europe, Henry's role includes outreach to industry, stochastic networks, biology micro array analysis, and integrity and reliability extension of supply chain management.
The Members of the consortia were invited to give a brief overview of their institutions and the kind of work they are currently involved in and outline potential contributions to the Pro-Enbis Thematic Network.
Dimitar Vandev - Bulgarian Statistical Society
The Bulgarian Statistical Society (BSS) remit is to
disseminate knowledge in the field of statistics. They currently have
40 members from universities in Bulgaria. They give lectures and give
seminars and carry out general consultancy work. Vandev is also the
local co-ordinator for MATHIND (covering the Balkans and Eastern
Europe) they are a network of excellence for the diffusion of
mathematics of industry expertise.
Dimitar also noted that he had students of informatics who could assist in the development of a web page.
Translation of papers - Dimitar noted that there were several published papers that were currently only available in Bulgarian, if funds were available for translation then this papers could be disseminated to a much wider audience. This development was welcomed.
P Saraiva - University of Coimbra (QUAL), Portugal
Pedro is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering based within the University of Coimbra. The department carries out both consultancy in quality improvements and training work with more than 100 companies based in Portugal. Their objective is to enable companies to make better use of quality tools and for companies to make the optimum use of good quality statistics. The department also carries out teaching in applied statistics.
Anne de Franne - Math-X, Belgium.
Math-X is a small firm of consultants who work with both industry and have contacts with universities. Some of the fields they are currently involved in include work with the chemical, automotive, aeronautic, utilities (gas and electricity) and service industries including credit card forecasting. They are involved in the process from research & development through to production and subsequent follow up work. They have also been involved in measurement of quality and have been working on an EU project working on quality trial issues in advertising.
Daniele Romano - University of Cagliari (UNICA) Department of
Romano could not attend the Technical Session, Christine briefly fed back from notes taken the previous day which Romano had attended.
Based within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Deniele advised the group that the institution was planning to increase numbers involved in statistical applications. New to European projects, but have currently a 5th Framework Programme in Robust Design. Main interests lie in Quality Improvement, Experimental Design and also trying to link business and statistics, production of software and DOE
Detlef Steuer - University of Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany
Detlef is based within the Department of Economics his primary focus is currently Design of Experiments and Data Mining, especially technical areas and how these are applied in an industrial setting.
David Rios Insua - University of Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Spain
The group were advised that the URJC is a new university (only 4 years old) and currently has 1000 students. Current areas of research are Baysian methods and how they interface with DOE, data mining and application of CRM and text mining, simulation, reliability how this leads to service quality. They are currently carrying out a survey with the government of Madrid. URJC are actively seeking new collaborators.
Bruce Sindahl - Bruce Sindahl Consulting, Switzerland.
Bruce Sindahl Consulting was unable to attend the meeting and apologies had been forwarded.
Andras Zempleni - Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Budapest,
ELTE are within the leading university in Budapest; initially
focusing upon theoretical issues they have moved on to more applied
statistics. In the 1990's they became involved in European projects and
associated industrial statistics.
ELTE has a small consultancy unit running short courses and is focusing
on strengthening links to Hungarian businesses.
Justin Seabrook - Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd, UK
Working primarily with the automotive industry, Ricardo has 10-15 active users of DOE, new techniques and optimisation. They wish to develop DOE modelling and optimisation techniques. The Pro-Enbis Network will be an excellent opportunity to meet new contacts and identify new techniques and collaborate on issues with people in the same field including the dissemination of best practice.
John Tyssedal - Norwegian University of Science &
Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
Based within the department of Mathematical Sciences NTSU are involved in the following areas (amongst others): non parametric statistics, reliability, spatial statistics, experimental design and time series and consultancy work within the oil industry.
Rainer Gob - University of Wuerzburg, Germany.
Wuerzburg is a university with over 22,000 students. Rainer is based within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science working on such areas as SPC/EPC/ acceptance sampling. His department are currently in the process of re-establishing industrial statistics within the university and the surrounding location. Wuerzburg is surrounded by SME's from the Service Sector and there is huge potential for collaboration and networking with these industries. A goal they are working towards is access to the necessary resources to establish training resources for SME's.
Levi Raffaello - Politecnico di Torino (DSPEA), Italy.
Would be willing to host a thematic seminar event. The DSPEA carry out consultancy work with SME's, they are also involved with Design of Experiments applications and consultancy.
John Shade - Good Decision Ltd. UK
Good Decision Ltd. could not unfortunately attend the meeting and John Shade sent their apologies. It was noted that his company is involved in SPC and DOE work and is experienced in simulation (currently working on the production of blades for turbines). It was further noted that Good Decision ltd would be very active in leading the consultancy working group for Enbis.
Alberto Luceno - University of Cantabria (UNICAN), Santander,
Alberto carries out the teaching of undergraduate statistics and has carried out research in collaboration with George Box in Statistical Control by Monitoring and Feedback adjustments. Alberto is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Quality Technology and an International Journal on Statistical Modelling.
Interests would include work- package 1 Design of Experiments, Work-package 3 General Statistical Modelling and work-package 4 Quality Improvements.
Poul Thyregod - Technical University Denmark (DTU), Denmark
Situated in Copenhagen in the Oresund region, the university
is located in the locality of a number of large - scale companies. Poul
is located within the Department of Informatics and Mathematical
Modelling. 50% of their finances are derived from external funding.
Their aim is to listen to the customer and therefore need to have a
multidisciplinary approach in applying statistical techniques in the
field. It was noted the Technical University has a very good virtual
library that can be utilised.
Antonio Pievatolo - CNR- IAMI, Italy
The group was advised that they are currently carrying out research into statistical modelling, robust statistics from start to applications, gas pipe line failure, reliability analysis of power supply continuity. They can offer to the Network expertise in industrial statistics, regression and classification. They also have experience in organisation of workshops and conferences. They would seek to have input into work-package 2 in Data Mining and Warehousing and work-package 4 in Reliability, Safety and Quality Improvement.
Bo Bergman - IIQ Swedish Society for Statisticians, Sweden
The IIQ is based within the Chalmers University of Technology. Involved in such areas as Total Quality Management, Quality Improvement and Innovation, the application of industrial statistics and related research, Design of Experiments and co-operation with industry in the manufacturing area. They also have a network entitled the Statistical Society of Sweden, which has an industrial statistics section. Their contribution to the network will include areas such as the application of a quality framework for industrial statisticians; they see the quality movement as the inspiring factor for industrial statistics.
Alessandra Giovagnoli - University of Bologna, Italy
The Department of Statistical Sciences is a large department comprising of ( 65 persons. PhD's are theoretical whereas the Masters are geared towards application. Primarily involved in the automotive sector and tourism services. They are very active industrially and are involved in work with the Italian Ministry of Industry, the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection amongst others. They work with statistics as applied to business and to economics, marketing variable effectiveness, and relationships between advertising. They are also involved in projects with Design of Experiments with Warwick University and Turin University. They are also interested in the quality of software
Stefano Barone - University of Naples (UNDPA)
Working within the area of statistics quality and reliability. Their main research activities are experimental statistical analysis and stochastic modelling. They are also working in collaboration with research institutions such as ELASIS (Fiat Research Centre). They also work in collaboration with a large number of SME's working with design of experiments, general statistical modelling and the management of statistics
Jukka Salmikuukka - VTT Automation
VTT are an impartial expert organisation, which carries out technical and technological economic research and development work.
VTT develops technology for automation, safety engineering measurement; their objective being to enhance competitiveness of industry and other business sectors. They are primarily involved with applications to industry and noted 4 main technological fields: Intelligent Products and Systems, Clean World, Reliability and Safety, Data transfer technology.
In 2000 external income totalled some 148 million Euro. They have also (as at year 2000) been involved in 488 international public research projects.
The benefits of involvement in the network include, active networking, actively seeking opportunities for international co-operation.
They can offer a large variety of expertise in civil engineering, risk management, risk analysis, reliability and safety analysis, distribution real time control.
Interests include wireless area and research and innovation laboratories.
All of the members were thanked for their contribution.
Brief History of the NetworkPlease see power-point presentation that accompanies these notes (attached)
please note ISA should read ISI.
MeetingsPlease see power-point presentation that accompanies these notes (attached) for an outline of the agreed schedule of meetings. The members were advised that their allocated budget would cover travel and subsistence to meetings; Members were not obliged to attend every single meeting but would also be attending relevant seminars and workshops too. Network Meetings and Steering Group Meetings had been arranged to coincide with ENBIS conferences.
The next meeting has been scheduled for May 9th & 10th in Lisbon (to be confirmed) it was AGREED that Maria Ramalhoto would contact an excellent venue that she had in mind and would confirm when arrangements had been made. It was further AGREED the Co-ordinators would circulate all of the arrangements once they had been clarified.
It was confirmed that the Scientific Officer from the European Commission would be attending the mid-term meeting to be held in Barcelona and the Final Meeting to be held in Newcastle.
It was further confirmed that the ENBIS Conference for 2003 will be held in Barcelona on the 21st & 22nd August, this would be in conjunction with the ISI Conference, which will be held in Berlin until the 20th August.
Before moving on to look more closely at the work-packages themselves it was agreed to look at some of the over-arching themes in more detail
Requirements from the Commission (administration, reporting scheme, allowable costs)
Soren Bowadt the Scientific Officer for the Project had given a fuller presentation as to the requirements of the Commission during the Administrative Session on day 1 (details are attached)
These are the main points as relate to the Members of the Thematic Network.
The start date of the project is the 1st January 2002.
University of Newcastle and the European Commission would carry out project administration and co-ordination. All communications would go through the University of Newcastle. The Co-ordinators would be responsible for reviewing the resources and ensuring a consistency between costs and payments.
Payments would be made each year according to justifications. Cost Statements - to be completed using cost statement form, Soren has a word version of this, which he AGREED to circulate via the Co-ordinator.
It was noted that payments could only be made upon receipt and approval of the corresponding cost statements (allowable costs minus payments already made) It is essential that they are ALL submitted to the University of Newcastle in good time (By the end of November). Failure to do so could result in payments being delayed by 4 months. The Co-ordinator would then prepare a consolidated cost statement to send to the EC for approval.
Consolidated Cost Statements to be submitted before the 15th January 2003/2004/2005 2 original documents to be signed by the Technical Manager and Financial Officer. Currency rate will be fixed as day 1 of month 13 (due to fluctuation in exchange rates)
For all costs claimed receipts and invoices must be kept at your institution. Details of all travel (where and why) must be stipulated on the cost form for submission. Please use part E of Annex ii of cost forms. Further points
Payment Timing - Soren outlined that negative cash flow will result as the EC try to recover its advance. The advice was to spend money evenly as you go through the project.
Travel - Prior approval for travel outside Europe (or Associated States) is requested. Applications to be made via the Co-ordinator to the commission 1 month prior to intended travel.
15% retention would be made until the approval of the final reports. Periodic and final reports shall cover successive periods of 12 months from the commencement date.
Web Page -What do we want from a web page?
Action lists (who what when)
Note to use common editorial style (branding) same type- face and layout. It was AGREED that Tony Greenfield would advise.
Numbering of documents, referencing system to be put in place.
It AGREED that if an urgent response was required the sender to note the text in red. If not a reasonable response time would be 1 week. It was suggested that you could state when you wished a response to be received by.
Work package Leaders - responsible for what constitutes materials for seminars, protocol for papers, aims and objectives of visits, target packages
Materials for Seminars
Discussion followed as to how the workshops would be structured. They could constitute an incubator and facilitate future work and proposals. They would be aimed both at fellow academics and for industrialists and also to be multi disciplinary. Participants would not need to pay a fee but would need to cover their own costs.
It was further AGREED that there would need to be more than 1 type of workshop multifaceted, aimed at different levels and a different audience, some technical and some appreciation sessions, we need to contact the decision makers.
It was AGREED that the Work package Leaders will put together a taster session for heads of industry/decision makers. It was AGREED that heads of industry would be contacted to get them involved.
Eurandom was proposed as a venue, they have expertise and experience in running workshops and can facilitate Eurandom could hold 1 workshop per year in conjunction with others. Matforsk, The Politechnico di Torino and BSS could also hold workshops too.
It was AGREED that workshops would need to be accessible so the venues would need to be spread out.
Protocol for Papers We are obliged to submit papers to journals and at conferences, question of how do we distinguish Pro Enbis work from other work? It was suggested that we collaborate with other authors from the network.
The first stage could be to present a paper at a workshop, to acknowledge that the 'paper was first presented at the Pro-ENBIS workshop for...' Case studies to be also written up. The whole idea is to get collaborative work; this is demonstrable by joint papers.
It was AGREED that there would be at least 1 author represented from 2 members of the network on each submitted paper.
It was AGREED to hold 'Taster Sessions' at companies
Overview of Work-packages
It was noted that the Work-packages themselves are designed around the various ENBIS working groups.
A copy of the work plan and the outline of the various work packages are detailed as per power-point presentation attachment.
WP.1 Design of Experiments
Henry Wynn talked to the above work package.
It would be stressed that this is not research. There will be some areas of communality.
Discussion was then opened out to the whole membership, the
following topics were proposed for Work Package 1
Core Group would include:
It was noted that there is material here for more than 2 workshops. It was further noted there was potential to expand into Eastern Europe and co-join with existing societies such as the BSS.
WP2 Data Mining/Warehousing
Henry spoke for Eurandom.
There is a job to be done in clarification of the subject area
and groundwork in such areas as
Discussion was then opened out to the whole membership, the following topics were proposed for Work Package 2
Model Based Data Mining
Core Group would include:
WP3 General Statistical Modelling, Process Modelling and
Tony Greenfield addressed the group.
There are real issues on how processes are monitored and recorded and the subsequent results. This package will address both the basic level from the bottom up and go back to the basics but will also be aimed at the decision-makers. In ordinary industry they need bringing up to date with an evidence based engineering approach, how to improve products from evidence. What is the best way to get evidence? - Recording via SPC to get them to collect and record data and organise better data collection. " Redesign the Message" the results of this need to be expressed to the SME's in terms of increased reliability and profitability and would be demonstrated via relevant workshops
It was proposed to assemble materials via a library of case studies, each working group would produce these pro-actively and publish reality case studies (both successful ventures and those not so successful)
Core group would include:
WP4 Reliability, Safety and Quality Improvement
Oystein had previously sent his apologies and had forwarded a paper regarding his input to the Project Co-ordinator. Oystein wished to concentrate on the area of reliability in particular in relation to his field of expertise in pipeline manufacturing.
Maria Ramalhoto addressed the group.
To implement a library of case based reasoning for example problems that a manager of some selected industry or business is faced with. To analyse what is done in practice then benchmarking so we can discover how to do it a better way.
The group AGREED this was an excellent proposal.
It was envisaged that the network would grow together as a whole (in tandem) and to diversify into all the areas that were needed, all communications avenues would be open to facilitate collaboration.
It was envisaged that 3 workshops would be held under this work-package.
Topics under this work-package would include:
Core group would include:
WP5 Discovering European Resources and Expertise
Work Package Leaders: ISRU & Matforsk.
Deliverables for this package include the compilation of a list of journals and links to other industrial statistical groups. To trawl the Internet for example for other statistical groups to find the statistical resources that is already available in the European Community. To develop a European database of relevant teaching resources, organise a pan European audit of statistical expertise and revise articles. All of this material and information would be located on the web page. It was also proposed that members could translate relevant papers and articles and publish via their local press or indeed translate locally produced papers and publish to a wider audience; it was noted that copyright issues would need to be explored, it may be that if a paper was published elsewhere to avoid copyright infringement that the title only be displayed on the web page with a notation that 'this paper was first published in...' It was further suggested that actual data could be made available on the web too. It was envisaged that this work-package could generate many papers
This would include now the cased based reasoning material - it was AGREED that Maria would work with all on this to do it together.
It was reiterated that the packages are not at all closed and all were free to join and collaborate as they wished.
WP6 Drafting and Initiating Further Activity
Work Package Leader: ISRU
It was reiterated that this work package was not aimed at
drafting research proposals but to move the research agenda forward to
facilitate the research agenda the EC are proposing, It was AGREED that
we would have a focused team on this, Henry Wynn was keen to be
involved with this, his input would be welcomed. Information would be
quickly pooled and a trans-disciplinary approach would be essential.
There was a note of caution from the Scientific Officer. This package had the remit to cede activities but NOT conduct these activities. The EC could not be seen to fund activities that then lead/assist in funding further projects (anti-competitiveness)
WP7 Management Statistics
Work Package Leaders: IBIS & Ljubljana
Ronald Does addressed the group
Indicators of Success KPI's would be an integral part of WP7. It was proposed that a workshop on KPI's be held.
It was envisaged that this work-package would focus on the service sector and visit would be made to companies including VTT in Finland.
Core group would include:
WP8 Network Management
Work Package Leaders ISRU
Package dedicated to the management of the network to set up
and maintain a web page, to contact standardisation bodies, reporting
and preparing published material.
Any Other BusinessIt was AGREED that Lesley Fairbairn and Christine Burdon would liase with the EC to determine what constituted eligible or non-eligible expenditure.
Visits could include industrial visits, best practice visits or collaborative research. Travel needs to be carried out in accordance with work package activities, a record detailing journeys and the purpose of the visit must be made, it was reiterated that time cannot be claimed although the 20% overhead would allow for administration to set up visits. It was noted that the actual amount of overhead actually equated to 16.6%.
It was reiterated that it is the institution that is the member of Pro-Enbis and not the individual, therefore other staff from the institutions could participate on their behalf (Including PhD students)
Electronic Journal the 1st issue would be following the Rimini Conference. It was suggested that an editorial panel would be put together, Henry Wynn AGREED to do this.
The meeting now closed, everyone was thanked for attending and actively contributing, the prospect of much collaborative work and exiting new developments was extremely encouraging.