Andrea Ahlemeyer Stubbe, Ronald Does, Oystein Evandt, Lesley Fairbairn, Anne De Frenne, Tony Greenfield, Ron Kenett, Oyvind Langsrud, Xavier Tort Martorell, Jorge Muruz Bal, Irena Ograjensek, Marco Seabra Reis, Jukka Salmikuukka, Pedro Saraiva, Justin Seabrook, Dave Stewardson (Chair), Poul Thyregod, Dimitar Vandev, Henry Wynn, Andras Zempleni, Rob Deardon, Maria Ramalhoto, Rainer Goeb, Paolo Giudici, Christopher McCollin, Adam Jednorog, Fabrizio Ruggeri, Wim Senden.
Raffaello Levi, John Shade, Alberto Luceno, Stefano Barone, Alessandra Giovagnoli, Daniele Romano.
Wim welcomed everyone to Eurandom and wished for a successful meeting
Dave outlined the proposed agenda but noted that plans were fluid so suggestions and proposals could be incorporated into discussions. The group were advised that an ENBIS Council Meeting would be held on Saturday 26th at 3.00 P.M
The two new members of Pro-ENBIS were introduced to the group, they are Pavia University, Italy represented by Paolo Giudici and Nottingham Trent University, UK represented by Christopher McCollin.
Paolo and Christopher were invited to introduce both themselves and their relative departments to the group
Christopher McCollin - Nottingham Trent.
He advised the group that he has been a reliability engineer since 1976, involved with aerospace, rail and commercial consultancy. He has written examination papers for the Quality and Reliability Engineering Council for the last 8 years. He is also representative of the Royal Statistical Society for BSI; he is also the ENBIS reliability web-site co-ordinator.
He is currently co-ordinating URL's and looking for links across Europe for Reliability (also in conjunction with ESREL)
He proposed to start discussion group regarding common areas of possible research into reliability problems. He is also looking for case studies for reliability in areas such as the effects of short-term management decisions, hazard analysis process & costs, and reverse information handling and no fault founds, no trouble found and common global problems, he does have material relating to UK companies but sought literature from around Europe. Christopher was advised that there is literature available for this. Ron Kenett advised that he could help with this.
Christopher noted that he needs system access in order to continue improvements to the Reliability on the ENBIS web-site. It was agreed that this would be done.
Paolo Giudici - Pavia University
Paolo gave a background to the University of Pavia and The School of Advanced Studies. He is Head of the Data Mining Laboratory in the Faculty of Economics & Quantitative Methods, which is actively involved in both theoretical and applied research in economics and statistics. The group has been part of the ESF funded project on Highly Structured Stochastic Systems and on the EU sponsored network Computational and Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Spatial Data. He is currently carrying out research into statistical models for data mining, marketing CRM problems, quantitative and operational risk management (amongst other things) he noted that banks will have to implement a common standard of risk by 2006. Partner industries include KPMG, Data mining software companies and Vodaphone. He is currently researching a book on Data-mining and writing a paper on machine learning.
He advised that his contribution to the project would include the opportunity to establish links and work within Work Package 2 and Work Package7
Christopher and Paolo were thanked for their introductions and welcomed their contribution to Work Package 4, Work Package 2 and 7.
The notes of the last meeting were accepted as an accurate record subject to the following amend:
Page 5. Work Package 4 to delete:"An initial approach to SQM library concepts would be discussed at the round table"...
Communications ISRU had taken over the maintenance of the web page it was AGREED that we would take up the offer of support from John Logsdon of Manchester Metropolitan University.
It was noted that members of Pro-ENBIS need to be more pro-active in visiting the web page. It was AGREED that the changes and additions to the web site should be advised via an email to the group with the URL. It was AGREED that periodic messages would be sent. It was further AGREED that new material should be sent to ISRU (via Matt Linsley firstname.lastname@example.org) or (Lesley Fairbairn email@example.com)
It was AGREED that the spreadsheet of Work in Progress would be included in the password-protected area of the web page.
A round robin of available case studies was taken, the group were advised that 2 further case studies were prepared and 1 more was forthcoming from Eurandom with references to the data sets where they can be obtained. Ron and Dimitar have one to send. The DOE work package will benefit from the DEINDE workshops and case studies will be derived from this.
Paolo advised the group that he also has case studies. To advise of the format. Existing Case studies can be searched for on the web
Applying Statistical Methods within Industry: The State of the Art.
Authors: Soren Bisgaard, Ronald Does, Shirley Coleman and Dave Stewardson.
The reviewers comments were circulated for information, the initial comments were very promising, noting that all authors were leaders in their field and that the proposal was correct in saying that there is no up-to date book of this kind.
The reviewer would like an example chapter for the state of the Art. It was Agreed that Soren would be contacted to write a draft chapter.
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It was AGREED that this would be discussed at the ENBIS Council Meeting immediately following this meeting
Work Package 7. The Group were advised that a proposal to write a book entitled The History of Industrial Statistics in Europe may need to be cancelled as they were unable to find a publisher. It was further noted that a collection of historical papers are on what is known as J store on the web this is a database that has papers from Circa 1970's and keeps a downloadable journal library; if it is allowable we could potentially use this for the ENBIS website.
It was suggested that we might be able to get a subscription to this as a Society, however the cost is prohibitive at 10,000 euros approx. per institution. It was further noted that for a small price you could print off journals at The British Library at Wetherby.
Virtual society. Andrea advised the group of this and noted that there may be a possibility to publish on the web – Andrea will send the link to Ronald Does.
Historical analysis of Industrial statistics in Europe. The group agreed that the idea was worth pursuing and Maria agreed to edit this, she requested input from the various countries that may be involved, if you are interested please contact Maria.
Jeroen noted there are similar initiatives and suggested that Maria could look at this first and see if something has been done earlier. It was further noted that it is important that an indigenous person from that country writes the relevant section, need special stories e.g. Russia and movements that precipitated developments in Statistical Ideas.
Protocol for papers and industrial visits and workshops.
It was AGREED to send out copy of power-point presentations outlining what is the correct protocol for papers, industrial visits and workshops. It was AGREED that this would be circulated with the copy of the notes for the meeting sent to all Pro-ENBIS members.
It was AGREED that a pro-forma would be drawn up by ISRU for visits and industrial visits, which would act as a checklist of information required for the project and subsequently as evidence for the European Commission. It was further AGREED that this would be placed onto the Pro-ENBIS web page for all to use, it was further noted that when working with industry you need to check and get the OK from the company concerned before submitting the report to the Co-ordinator for wider dissemination.
It was AGREED that a future meeting would be held at Matforsk in Norway in May 2004 to coincide with the DOE workshop that will be held at the same time. It was AGREED that a meeting would also be held in Ljubjana.
Mid Term Assessment Meeting - Agreed that a meeting would be held in Brussels on the 2nd & 3rd October. Anne de Frenne AGREED to organise industrial visits and workshops to coincide with this meeting; she would liase with B.ENBIS and D.ENBIS to organise
The group was advised that the Scientific Officer would be attending this important meeting, the group would be sent guidelines for the preparation of the meeting to critically appraise the project. It was AGREED that Lesley would send out copies of the guidance notes on Mid-term Meeting that had been forwarded to her for circulation by Meropi.
It was AGREED that the group would get back to the Scientific Officer, Meropi Paneli to advise of the date of the meeting; Lesley AGREED to do this.
It was AGREED the work packages would form breakout groups to discuss progress and future plans. It was AGREED that each Work Package Leader would feedback to the group as a whole the following day with a synopsis of discussions.
The group were thanked for their contribution and agreed to meet again at 9.30a.m. the following morning.
The group was welcomed to the meeting and all wished Tony Greenfield a happy birthday.
Make up of the DOE WP1 Committee are as follows:
Henry Wynn (LSE)
Dedicated to the furthering the use of DoE in an industrial and commercial context. The emphasis will be developing concepts, to be of use daily in quality and productivity improvement.
DEINDE workshop will be held May 31st in Cagliari, Sardinia, aimed at both Pro-ENBIS members, conference attendees and others. Presentation and discussions will be case study based.
There will be 5 talks at the workshop, including G Vicario & R Levi, Tony Greenfield, A Baldi & D Romano, H Wynn and Stefano Barone
Industrial visit was held at Chiorino, Italy on the 10th April, visit was carried out by Henry Wynn, Raffaello Levi and Grazia Viccario.
Papers. The are 4 collaborative papers being finalised, Rob would check that appropriate acknowledgement statement had been incorporated. The group was advised that the statement could be found on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://www.enbis.org/pro-enbis
Case Studies - There are currently 5 case studies prepared with a further 2 in preparation.
Software List - A large list of relevant software was being compiled, there may be a possibility of an MSc project at the LSE to categorise experimental design software.
Other Activities - Planned workshop at Matforsk in May 2004 in Design and analysis of multiple response experiments.
Planned industrial visit to Dow Chemicals (Eindhoven).
All information relating to case studies, industrial visits, software and papers will be posted to the Pro-ENBIS web site.
Andrea addressed the group and advised of the following:
2 Workshops had already been held, it was confirmed that the Co-ordinators had details of these workshops.
Industrial Visits - Paolo and Andrea were arranging a visit to SAS in Heidelberg, Paolo was meeting with 2 Italian companies and Andrea was arranging a visit to a German company and would be preparing joint presentation material.
Andrea advised that members of Work Package 2 would also be co-joining with the WP1 industrial visit to Dow Chemicals.
Papers - Andrea reported that Paolo has two papers in progress, which may be suited to be sent later for publication as Pro-ENBIS papers. They are in collaboration with companies. Paolo was considering whether there could be joint authors on these papers.
Andrea agreed to forward written material promoting Pro-ENBIS and ENBIS to the Co-ordinator.
Henry Wynn thanked Wim Senden for running an excellent state of the art workshop at Eurandom on Data Mining.
Industrial visits - 1 had taken place plus had also taken part in a visit to Dupont, there would also be a further industrial visit to demonstrate the process simulation software in Barcelona which Xavier would organise.
Software - Tony had developed the software with John Shade, Xavier was currently preparing a tutorial handbook to accompany the software. The trial text will be available in 4 languages, results can be saved in an excel spreadsheet in a flat data set for analysis as required. It was noted that it is really difficult to model multi-stage processes really effectively and it poses a real methodological challenge.
The data used is part of a real important case study, the company concerned gained real benefits from analysis of their processes.
Envisage that an assembly of material will be available for discussion at the DEINDE workshop in Cagliari.
Future Workshops - It was envisaged that workshops will be held in Hungary, Slovenia, Portugal and Spain. It was reiterated that the target was to reach industry, not just those who are already interested but to those who do not know the value of DOE for example
The material will be available for use by all of those in Pro-ENBIS
Would like to move to VB Net to enable the material to run on the web.
Material will include a chemical batch process.
Oystein Evandt agreed to provide an additional case study.
It was agreed a stripped down version of the material could go on the web now. It was suggested that a fee could be charged for downloading the material in its full format. This option would be looked into.
Papers. A collaborative paper had been forwarded for publication in The International Journal Joint Stochastics and Joint Statistical Modelling. Clarification journal title here
A collaborative paper had been written by Andras Zempleni et al.
Fabrizio agreed to forward a copy of the papers to the Co-ordinators.
ESREL 2003 - Maria had previously circulated the group details of the workshop and tutorials. There would be 6 tutorials running in 3 streams of parallel sessions. The round table session would be entitled ‘Reliability- Quality & Programmes. The questions had already been set for the round table, which would be made up of Maria, Alessandro di Bucchanico, Lesley Wallis and Martin Newby. The current number of delegates registered for the conference was circa. 300 with 60 registered for the workshops and 16 -17 attendees to the round table. Maria was very pleased with this and has a list of attendees. For those unable to attend the workshop, questions on certain topics may be coordinated by Maria and sent via email to pass on to the audience. It was further suggested that we could present out suggestions at this years conference and will request feedback from the audience. Agreed that Dave would send Maria a questionnaire. The deadline for this was 1 week before the event (15th June 2003). Clarification on what was agreed and the wording here
It was further noted that the workshop is promoted by Pro-ENBIS and it would fitting to disseminate information on ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS at this workshop. Maria suggested this may be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the software from WP3, there is an excellent software exhibition held at ESREL and we could take part in this. Maria also advised the group of a technical session 'Stochastics for the Quality Movements' all of the abstracts were strong and all 8 were accepted 2 dropped out leaving 6 papers. It was noted that 4 of these papers would be submitted to journals, perhaps as a package as there was clear synergy between the 4 papers. The Proceedings of ESREL would be professionally drawn up with a publisher; there was a rigorous procedure for refereeing. If the papers were not accepted by a journal then the Proceedings would be a fall back position. It was agreed that the calibre of the Proceedings would be stressed to the EU and should count as equal to a journal publication.
Industrial visit model - Maria would send a paper to all for comments
SQM library - Maria and Ron are busy collaborating on this, Maria would send round a paper for comments.
Questionarry - working proposal, Maria sought assistance with this idea.
A provisional research programme for this work package was prepared by Jeroen de Mast, Soren Bisgaard, Ronald Does and Irena Ograjensek and placed on the Pro-Enbis web page. Within this framework a series of collaborative papers is planned, addressing the question "what is the contribution of statistics to management processes in organisations?" from several viewpoints (historical, empirical, viewpoint of quality management, viewpoint of economics and statistical programmes).
The 'historical' paper is currently being finalised. For the ‘empirical’ paper the group were asked to contribute to the list of references dealing with the effects of SQC, TQM and other quality practices in organisations. The list is being compiled by Jeroen and Irena.
Following this discussion Henry proposed that in the framework of the WP7 a catalogue of the 'buzz words' such as balanced score card, KPI, TQM etc should be compiled. The terms should be defined in order to facilitate understanding among quality professionals (who are often using several different terms to describe the same methodology). This was welcomed as an excellent proposal. Irena will start compiling the list (the group were asked to contribute)
Further collaborative papers are being written and might be presented at DEINDE, at the Barcelona conference and elsewhere.
Following the Second Conference on Business and Industrial Statistics (which took place in Rimini on September 23 and 24 2002) a course on Statistical Methods for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Advertising was given at the Department of Statistics of the Univerita' di Bologna (the Rimini branch). The course was organised in view of the recognition that measurement of consumers' response to advertising should play a leading role in advertising strategy planning by both companies and media centres. Following the course was an industrial visit in a form of panel, entitled "How does advertising work?" Panelists were non-academic researchers and practitioners from well-known Italian companies and media centres.
On October 2nd 2002 Irena gave a lecture entitled "Opening up the Statistical Toolbox" as part of the "Six Sigma Workshop" that took place at DuPont Powder Coatings in Darlington, UK. Dave Stewardson and Tony Greenfield also participated in the event.
Prior to the Pro-ENBIS Mid-Term Meeting in Brussels on October 2003 an industrial visit to Mercedes plant is planned, organised by Anne de Frenne.
A workshop and/or industrial visit is planned to take place in Ljubljana in the Spring of 2004
Two articles on ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS activities were prepared by Irena and published in "Kakovost" (journal of the Quality Association of Slovenoa) and in the Bulletin of the Statistical Society of Slovenia
Short presentations of ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS mission and goals are regular parts of larger presentations given by WP7 members at workshops, industrial visits and seminars which do not count as project deliverables since they are not attended by Pro-ENBIS partners from several different countries.
Further future activities
Dimitar advised the group of a conference to be held on 21 -29th June in Applied Statistical Data Analysis entitled 'The 10th International Conference on Probability & Statistics', he is part of the organising committee and noted that papers will be published via a journal entitled Bliska which will be available in English. The cost is inexpensive at 400 euro. There is no workshop organised at the moment but one could be organised. Details of the conference are available on the web at http://stochastics.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/index.html
Please see attached copy of Power-point presentation given by Dave Stewardson for outline of bidding for funding.
Issues raised from presentation
CRAFT deadline is the 27th November 2003, to discuss if people are interested in collaborating. The EU are keen on involving SMEs. 40 % of the funding could go to researchers leaving 60% of funding for the SMEs. Although this time the SME’s do not have to run the project it will still require a meaningful commitment in terms of time. We would carry out the research but if we generate new technology, IPR rests with the SMEs. To qualify the company has to be involved in manufacturing, consultancy does not count. The EU wants to see common links and/or materials in the same industrial sector between countries. Suggestions for 'match' companies were invited from the group. There needs to be communality. Dave agreed to send an email to advise of where we have SMEs in the UK.
Marie Curie - aim to train researchers and faculty teachers, training will take place not in the county of origin (focus on mobility) an MSc in Industrial Quantitative Problem solving was suggested, however it was noted that MSc's are covered under the Erasmus Project, therefore the level should be post- doctoral
An idea might be to submit a proposal under Reliability, although this would be a squeeze.
The deadline for the IST Nanotechnology Joint 2010 is the 16th Sept 2003. Henry Wynn will be looking at this and will contact Dave Stewardson. The 2nd IST call is 15th Oct 2003.
A further proposal was a submission under Governance, we could put a node together to take part with another IP. Andrea advised the group that there is a network of some 25 freelance and small companies in Germany based in virtual companies, computer science and marketing (VIRCON) this is an idea that could be built upon under section 7 of the Sixth Framework.
The software is being made available to Pro-ENBIS, it was noted that the software can be installed in minutes by Ron Kenett who had a plug for lap tops. Alternatively the software can be made available on CD format.
Xavier advised the group that arrangements were going well, the final count for delegates would be on 11th May 2003. The conference hotels are near the city centre and the conference venue at the university is 15-20 minutes away by metro. 30 abstracts had been sent with a further 18 to come from the Pro-ENBIS group alone, registrations currently stood at 50 plus a further 15 from the Pro-ENBIS Group. The response from ISI members to the conference had been disappointing with only 2 registrations from outside of Europe (Japan)
It was generally agreed that the timing of the conference in August is not the best date to hold an event, with many people on vacation. It was agreed that an Email would be sent to David Steinberg of the ISI to advise him of the status of registrations from the ISI and ask him how many registrations he expects to get and to see if there is anything concrete we can do to encourage registration.
Xavier was thanked for all his hard work on this and it was agreed that all would promote the conference and to generate interest particularly from the industrial sector. It was further agreed that the publicity material include information on events including (if time allowed) information on the forthcoming conference.
Proposal from Wroclaw that they would like to run an industry conference on Six Sigma. The group was advised that they have funds to cover expenses and travel. They would like to invite speakers from the group, the group were further advised to let Adam know who is available in November (date tbc)
The conference is aimed at industry implementing six sigma and it was anticipated that there would be many participants from industry. The duration will be 1 ½ - 2 days. There will be some interesting practical workshop papers; it is something we could certainly contribute to. If November is not convenient then the end of October is better. It was suggested that Monday 26-27th, may be suitable. Ron, Ronald, Tony and Dave expressed interest. Adam would need 8 speakers. It was agreed that the others will think about it. Details to be sent soon by Adam.
The next meeting of Pro-ENBIS would be held 1 day prior to the Barcelona Conference on the 20th August 2003, Venue and times to be confirmed.
Dave thanked everyone for their contribution and it was agreed by all that it had been a productive and enjoyable meeting, there had been a lot of activity in the project and many things planned for the forthcoming months.