ENBIS-18 in Nancy

2 – 6 September 2018; Ecoles des Mines, Nancy (France) Abstract submission: 20 December 2017 – 4 June 2018

ENBIS (the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics) is a platform where statistical practitioners and academic statisticians from Europe and beyond meet, exchange ideas and design new projects. Individual membership of ENBIS is free. Many ENBIS network activities are web-based, but some take place face-to-face. Spring meetings are always dedicated to a special topic (e.g. data mining, reliability, DOE, etc.), whereas the annual conference (which traditionally takes place every September) hosts presentations from a wide variety of sectors, ranging from manufacturing to service, from private to public sector. Conference contributions can consist of introductions and overviews (presenting an area of expertise to the uninitiated), reviews (presenting state of the art advances in scientic research), and best practice communications (sharing experiences of practitioners). In short: The annual conference features both theoretical and practical papers. In addition, people from industry and business are invited to present their problems and current solutions and pick the brains of other conference participants to find better solutions than their current ones.

The annual conference session topics include but are not limited to, the special areas of interest that exist within ENBIS (formalised in the so-called Special Interest Groups). The non-exhaustive list includes:

  • Design of Experiments
  • Measurement Uncertainty
  • Process Modeling and Control
  • Reliability and Safety
  • Statistics in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Statistical Computing
  • Statistical Methods for Industrial Hygiene
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Statistics in Practice
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Quality Improvement and Six Sigma
  • Data Mining and Warehousing
  • Machine Learning
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Statistical Education for Business and Industry

In addition to contributed sessions, ENBIS-18 includes 5 invited sessions and 15 special sessions.

Additionally, the annual conference also features distinguished keynote speakers (George Box, Blanton Godfrey, Stu Hunter, Doug Montgomery and David Hand are just a few well-known names from a long list of recent speakers), invited and contributed sessions, workshops and panel discussions, as well as pre- and post-conference courses.

The list of confirmed keynote speakers for ENBIS-18 features Jean-Yves Tourneret (University of Toulouse, France), Piercesare Secchi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) Ron S. Kenett (KPA Group & Samuel Neaman Institute, Israel; 2018 Box Medalist), Sotiris Bersimis (Greek National Organization of Healthcare Services Provision & University of Piraeus; recipient of the 2018 Best Manager Award), Alessandra Menafoglio (Politecnico di Milano, Italy; recipient of the 2018 Young Statistician Award), and Abel Folch-Fortuny (DSM Food Specialties, Spain; recipient of the 2018 Young Statistician Award).

Further to the plenary sessions, the conference programme also consists of numerous interesting invited, contributed, special and thematic sessions. Some of the thematic sessions are:

  • Deep Learning and Applications, organized by Marianne Clausel (University of Lorraine, France).
  • Predictive Maintenance and Reliability, organized by Nikolaus Haselgruber (CIS consulting in industrial statistics GmbH, Austria).
  • Statistical Methods for Industrial Hygiene, organized by Pascal Wild (Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité, France).
  • Process Chemometrics, organized by Alberto Ferrer (Technical University of Valencia, Spain).
  • Sequential Detection, organized by Igor Nikiforov (University of Technology of Troyes, France).
  • Statistical Engineering, organized by Geoff Vining (Virginia Tech, USA).
  • Electricity Data Analysis with R, organized by Yannig Goude (University Paris-Sud & EDF Lab Paris-Saclay, France).
  • Computer Experiments, organized by Olivier Roustant (Ecole des Mines de St-Etienne, France).
  • Metrology, organized by Francesca Pennecchi (INRiM, Italy).
  • Machine Learning for Automatic Diagnosis and Decision-Making, organized by Nicolas Bousquet (Sorbonne Université - Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie & Quantmetry, France).
  • Statistical Methods for Degradation Data, organized by Sophie Mercier (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France)

Several interactive sessions aiming to promote active participation of attendees will also take place in the framework of ENBIS-18:

  • The ISBIS Session on Challenges of Scientific Publishing will be given by Irena Ograjenšek (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia).
  • The Live Problem‐Solving Session will be organized and facilitated by Christian Ritter (Catholic University of Louvain as well as Ritter & Danielson Consulting,
    Belgium).
  • A session organized by Anja Zernig (KAI Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH, Austria) and other young statisticians, on the topic of Information design & Usability

Confirmed pre- and post-conference events in the framework of ENBIS-18 are (click on the course title for more information):

  1. High-dimensional Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Methods for Bayesian Image Processing Applications by Jean-Yves Tourneret (University of Toulouse, France) and Marcelo Pereyra (University of Edinburgh, UK), on September 2nd,
  2. Exploring Mixed Models Through Case Studies by Volker Kraft (JMP, Germany) and Tim Robinson (University of Wyoming, USA), on September 5th,
  3. A joint ECAS-ENBIS 1-day summer school on September 6th, with the topics:
    - Introduction to Deep Learning by Stéphane Canu (INSA Rouen, France)
    - An Introduction to Generalized Additive Modelling in R by Matteo Fasiolo (University of Bristol, UK)