Alberto Luceno, Alessandra Giovagnoli, Andras Zempleni, Andrea Ahlemeyer Stubbe, Anne de Frenne, Antonio Pievatolo, Dimitar Vandev, Henry Wynn, Wim Senden, Irena Ograjensek, Dave Stewardson, Shirley Coleman, Lesley Fairbairn, John Shade, Jesus Palomo, Jukka Samikuukka, Ben Rogers, Maria Ramalhoto, Oystein Evandt, Froydis Bjerke, Pedro Saraiva, Poul Thyregod, Grazia Vicario, Rainer Goeb, Daniele Romano, Ron Kenett, Ronald Does, Jeroen de Mast, Marcello Savarese, Tony Greenfield, John Tyssedal, Xavier Tort Martorell, Marco Reis, Soren Bisgaard, Fabrizio Ruggeri, Adam Jednorog, Kamil Torczewski, Ulrike Groemping.
Bo Bergman, Bruce Sindahl, Detlef Steuer, Per Johansson, Rob Deardon, Henrik Melgaard, Raffaello Levi and Martin Gibson
The following is a synopsis of the Pro-ENBIS meeting which will also be posted to the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://www.enbis.org
The Group were welcomed to Rimini and the third meeting of the Pro-ENBIS Group. The Group welcomed and introduced the members of the Steering Committee from Industry; the new members from CAMT Poland and Wim Senden from Eurandom who were attending their first meeting
Minutes of the Last Meeting – were agreed as an accurate record
The web master (Jeroen de Mast) addressed the group with the following comments relating to the web site. He noted that it would be no longer possible due to time constraints to continue to maintain the web page. Someone who is good at editing is required, it was further noted that the web page is easy to maintain .
It was AGREED that ISRU as Co-ordinators would take over the maintenance of the Pro-ENBIS web site. ACTION Jeroen to liase with Co-ordinators to clarify what is to be done.
Web page forum – is not being utilised to maximum effect. It was suggested that a talk room for both ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS activities may be a better option, this would run in real time and responses/discussion would therefore be immediate. It was noted that time had not been invested pursuing this if the facility would not be used. A further concern was that most institutions have a fire wall which is a safety precaution to prevent the chat rooms being able to function. The software to set up chat rooms is available free on the internet.
It was noted that before we try a new medium (talk room) we should try to use the one we have (forum) more frequently. It was further stressed that an advantage of forum is that you can use it independently of others, unlike a chat room.
It was noted that members needed to be ‘flagged’ when there were new items of interest on the web page.
It was AGREED that members would receive a 1 line email that advised them that a new item had been posted to the News Page, it was suggested that the web page should contain headlines of new items on the front page, so that you get a hint of what’s new without logging into the members area.The web master agreed that this signal would be easy to send out It was further AGREED that the forum may be more appropriately amended to read FAQ’s.
We are a web based society so it is important that we get this right.
The Group were reminded that it is important to include the statement of acknowledgement on each paper – details of the precise wording are available on the web page. The group were further reminded that copies of papers and journal articles are to be sent to the Co-ordinators (Lesley Fairbairn) for inclusion in reports to the European Commission as evidence of outputs.
Industrial visits - a 1- page report is required also by the Coordinators. ACTION Members of the group who had already carried out industrial visits, held workshops, were reminded to send these to Lesley Fairbairn as soon as possible.
It was AGREED that it would be useful to have a publicity leaflet (perhaps a double sided A4 document that could be folded into a leaflet) to distribute to interested people available on the web, there is already a presentation on the web that can be downloaded and printed out for presentations and information ACTION Coordinators would prepare a template publicity leaflet.
ESREL – Group were advised there will be a session within ESREL -Stochastics in the Quality Movement. They are going to give us the Sunday, tutorial and round table. Maria has the information for those who are interested. The dates are 11-15th June Maastricht (followed by the Saturday and Sunday) Proposing that we are going to take part on the conference proper.
DEINDE will take place in June 2003 and will focus upon the service sector.
List of journals being prepared.
Training network is ready and available on the web.
Case studies being collected, members were urged to identify the person who had submitted the case study and collaborate to write a paper, there are common themes, this will build up on the spreadsheet, it was AGREED that there should be broad dissemination of what has been achieved. It was also AGREED that the material should we available to ENBIS but we would need to check confidentiality clauses in the first instance. So, in summary there would be two aspects – 1 to add case studies to the list and another to allow others access to the list. It is to be carefully considered we may need to have the permission of the author before going ahead, the data would remain the property of the companies concerned and therefore we may need to mask the data. ISRU will be the contact point. It was further AGREED that coded information would be included onto the spreadsheet of case studies.
State of the Art Report - The final list of case studies could constitute an academic study and could be included in the Statistical Road Map- we need to think about this and get together and discuss. Wiley are interested in publishing this as part of the industrial section.
Pro ENBIS Logo – It was AGREED that the colour of the Pro-ENBIS logo would be amended; the final version would be circulated to the group. It was further AGREED that the ENBIS logo would have no stars it was felt that the inclusion of the EU stars would look as though ENBIS was restricted to Europe.
Welcome and introduction from new members from CAMT, Wroclaw in Poland. Adam Jednorog and Adam Torczewski gave a brief presentation. They thanked Pro-ENBIS for the invitation to join, Wroclaw is the 4th largest city in Poland, and the university is a Technology Institution, there are 40 scientists who work at the centre and are recognised as the best equipped in Poland. Their expertise lies within the areas of SPC. DOE, Taguchi and interest in Six sigma strategy, quality and the implementation of problem solving process, attendees from industry, technical aspects for quality improvement and as Quality System auditors. If you are interested in cooperation as guest speakers at seminars, facilitating workshops and consultation they have funding available if anyone interested. They do not have expertise in reliability (Maria is interested in working with them on statistical methods for quality improvement). CAMT want to expand and be improved by expertise within the Pro-ENBIS group. It was proposed that CAMT may hold a workshop and hold the ENBIS conference in 2006. They were thanked for their presentation and we look forward to fruitful collaboration.
Wim Sendon – Eurandom Management Director – introduced himself and Eurandom to the group; they are work package leaders for WP2 Data Mining. Eurandom carry out maths and research research inspired by application – relevance and useful applicability in the real world. Wim ran through the projects they are involved in (5 programmes – 25 people with 2-5 graduate students, senior researchers and senior visitors).
Progress to Date
Feedback from Work-packages including future plansWP1 Design of Experiments
A small Pro-ENBIS workshop on DOE will be held at the DEINDE conference to be held in Cagliari, Sardinia. It was AGREED that the workshop would include a practical presentation with preferably a case study (e.g. Matforsk) this example would be used as a proto-type for the others.
A further meeting would be held at Matforsk 10th -14th May 2004.
Format of case studies it was AGREED to look for the protocol listed last year in Oslo.
Group were reminded that papers were to be written with at least two collaborating institutions within the Pro-ENBIS network.
Anyone who has news about books, conferences, training courses are to let the work package leader know so they can be incorporated within the planned activities.
Articles would be reviewed.
Statistical software: a list of all software with DOE facilities would be compiled.
A workshop has been arranged in Data Mining and related aspects: it was AGREED that this would coincide with the Pro-ENBIS meeting held at Eurandom on the 26th April 2003. The workshop will be held over 3 days on the 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2003. It will focus on knowledge transfer rather than the theoretical issues and will combine with the data mining group, there will be application orientation lectures and brainstorming sessions on common issues and solutions for example static vs. dynamic data… real time issues.
Speakers were suggested as: Arno Siebes, David Hand, Jerry Friedman, Else Jordaan. It would be clarified if Pro-ENBIS has the necessary budget to cover such costs, however costs incurred by the speakers may be covered by charging a fee to attend the workshops.
AGREED to have the core materials in several languages from the outset (subject to volunteers to translate and update the language versions) A suggestion is to have multiple languages on the same CD with drop down menu
AGREED to include some success stories and address the rewards and not just the methods, case studies where we can attach financial benefit figure are important when visiting companies
AGREED to proceed with the first 6 illustrative examples/ contacts:
It was AGREED that the prototype CD’s would be distributed in the first instance. It was anticipated that the material would be available on the web in due course – when the product is regarded as good enough/sufficiently stable.
Will aim at carrying out industrial visits in 2003 using the prototypes
Future actions – Tony will own the development of the next version and aims to get it ready by December 2002. All others were invited to comment on current version as soon as possible.
Tony would get information from Henry Wynn on cake production where trial method can be incorporated into the simulation. Further contributions were welcome.
More information is required on the golf game http://www.hertzles.com.
John to provide more help with simulation software.
Promote reliability programme
Henry AGREED to Chair a round table discussion
Pro-ENBIS will be well represented at the SQM Sessions
It was AGREED that Pro-ENBIS abstracts would be submitted on Quality, Safety and Quality Improvement, Christopher McCollin would submit a paper on reliability, Ron Kenett would submit an abstract on Managing & Engineering Knowledge of Stochastics in the Quality Movement, there would be a paper on management statistics, reliability and expert design, process simulation models, more collaborative papers were encouraged.
Case Based Reasoning Library – SQM, part 1 of the strategy was currently being formulated including the introduction, notes of industry, business, public sector and consultancy, SQM case studies and stochastical consulting, pattern models. A SQM questionnaire would be devised, Pro –ENBIS model of industrial visits would be devised.
List of journals is currently being prepared.
Pool of expertise is being drawn up.
Training Network has been devised.
Conferences – to tap into resources.
Sixth Framework – Expression of Interest will be published on the web on the 23rd September 2002. The EC will publish calls for work themes. Information is published on the CORDIS web page the specific URL to look at is: http://eoi.cordis.lu/search_form.cfm.
A workshop "how does advertising work?" has been organised to be held on 27th September 2002. The participants come from universities and industry. In total 16 participants were registered. The forum members come from well-known Italian firms and media centres.
Several collaborative papers are being written.
A workshop on Six Sigma is being organised with Amsterdam in January 2003. For Ljubljana 2004, either an industrial visit or a workshop will be organised.
A book is being written on The History of Industrial Statistics in Europe.
Anyone who wished to join in the WP activities was welcome.
Pro-ENBIS web page has been set up and passwords allocated and notes and minutes posted to the web page.
A 6th Month Management Report has been submitted to the EC. The EC were happy with the report, however they have asked for additional information (a brief report) following on from Workshops, Industrial Visits. It was AGREED that all members of the group who had led a visit or workshop was to prepare a report and send to the Coordinator (Lesley Fairbairn at email@example.com.
Ron Kenett gave feedback from the Seimans visit in Trondheim Norway held on the 21st June 2002,
Before -preparation needs to be improved – Need to find out what the company is all about, get background and how they advertise themselves from the web on company and individuals concerned. To get an idea of the issues that faces the company. This did not happen in Trondheim. We need to get relevant information.
During – A good presentation was given and there was material from a previous Pro-ENBIS visit to Nestle available. 5 minutes was given to introduce the team, 15 to introduce Pro-ENBIS, 15 was given for Seimans to introduce themselves, 45 minutes was given to SQM survey, DOE, Six Sigma.
It was noted that the local organiser has a special role and is at an advantage with the mother tongue.
After – It was not clear if follow up was carried out, there was no follow up as regards to questionnaires and telephone calls. From now on this needs to be carried out
Questions – what is the goal of industrial visits? Response was that it would promote ENBIS, purpose of a visit is to establish a resource for industry. Look for opportunities to apply statistics, introduce statistical methods and perform consultancy to companies.
To make it relevant to the company and interact with the dynamics of the company concerned.
To be aware to target the right people – often it is the purchasing people who decide who will be a knowledge resource for their company.
Measure of success – can be measured by the change of behaviour i.e. do we have an impact, for example the number of companies sending staff on training courses, number or research students given industrial placements.
Future visits – to elicit questions and data from host, set up the agenda well ahead of time and finally to follow up visit.
Date of Next Meeting
It was AGREED the dates for the next meetings of Pro-ENBIS would be on Saturday the 26th April immediately following the Pro-ENBIS Eurandom Workshop.
The meeting was then adjourned to the following two days working activities as part of the main annual ENBIS conference – Further reports on these presentations, papers, seminars and workshops are to follow.
Further activity planning meetings were held on Tuesday 24th, reports on these are being assembled.
The Group were once again thanked for their attendance and their input.
The meeting closed at 3.30 p.m.