ENBIS-8 in Athens

21 – 25 September 2008 Abstract submission: 14 March – 11 August 2008

Statistics in Innovation and the Design Process

24 September 2008, 14:00 – 17:00


Submitted by
Shirley Coleman
Shirley Coleman and Tony Fouweather
Industrial Statistics Research Unit,www.isru.ncl.ac.uk, Newcastle University
Workshop on Statistics in Innovation and the Design Process to be held during ENBIS 8 conference in Athens, Greece 22-24 September 2008. The workshop will include contributions from I*PROMS partners University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University of Patras, Cardiff University Mechanical Engineering Centre and IFW, Hannover University.

The use of statistical methods can aid all stages of the design process. Statistical thinking can enhance innovation and improve competitiveness in both domestic and international markets. I*PROMS partners, ENBIS conference attendees and local SMEs are encouraged to attend the workshop as they can potentially use statistical techniques to improve their prospects. Case studies will focus on how innovators have made good use of statistically designed experiments, measurement analysis and other lean and six sigma techniques.

The purpose of the special IPROMS workshop is to show the power of statistics to help innovation and the design process and to show statisticians where quantification is needed and is useful in other specialties. The cross-fertilisation of ideas will encourage future collaboration.

The event follows on from the successful joint IPROMS/ENBIS workshops held at the ENBIS-5 & ENBIS-6 conferences in Newcastle in September 2005 and Wroclaw in September 2006.

Outline of Workshop
• 1400 Welcome and Introductions
• 1415 Fuzzy Logic connectives for evaluation in Engineering Design
• 1500 Break
• 1515 Innovation through Six Sigma methodology
• 1600 Application of DoE to crankshaft grinding
• 1630 Panel Discussion
• 17.00 Close

Newcastle, Patras, Cardiff and Hannover Universities are partners in the Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS) Network of Excellence funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (Contract No. 500273)
I*PROMS, www.iproms.org.

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