Call for papers

Fifth annual meeting of ENBIS

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th September, 2005


The fifth Annual ENBIS Conference organised by the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics follows successful meetings in Oslo, Rimini, Barcelona and Copenhagen. The venue will be the prestigious St. James Park Newcastle United Football Ground Conference Suite

Highlights include the award of the Box Medal to Sir David Cox on Friday 16th September. Professor Robin Plackett is our guest of honour at the conference dinner on Thursday 15th September with an after dinner speech by Professor Peter Armitage who worked with Robin for some years during the war in the Ministry of Supply Unit, and for a while afterwards at the National Physical Laboratory. Note that the conference dinner is an optional extra and numbers are limited to 150 and will be on a first come first served basis.

We are also delighted that Doug Montgomery will give the keynote address on 14th September.

Newcastle is the major city in northeast England. Transport links by air, rail, road and sea are excellent and the area enjoys a rich cultural and industrial heritage. Further information can be found at and click on 'visit Newcastle'.

ENBIS draws members from a variety of industrial and service areas mainly across Europe in a range of disciplines including biostatistics, data mining, risk analysis, statistical modelling and reliability engineering. Individual membership is free and details of ENBIS and its activities may be seen at

ENBIS has the following interest groups:

  • Data mining/warehousing
  • Design of experiments
  • Measurement uncertainty
  • Non-clinical pharmaceutical
  • Operational risk management
  • Quality improvement, process modelling and control
  • Reliability and Safety
  • Statistical consultancy
  • Statistical education
  • Stochastic modelling

ENBIS5 seeks papers and posters on:

  • communications, experiences, and lessons learned
  • state of the art reviews for specific sectors or generic application areas
  • novel applications and advances in methodology

Sessions topics will include risk management, research methods, reliability and maintenance, six sigma, algebraic statistics and clinical trials. There will be three parallel streams and workshops on data mining, operational risk management and statistical consulting are planned before and after the conference.

The Conference Committee is:

  • Ron Kenett (conference chair), KPA Ltd., Israel
  • Soren Bisgaard, Professor of Industrial Statistics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Professor of Technology Management, Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
  • Shirley Coleman, Technical Director of ISRU, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Raffaello Levi, Department of Production Systems and Economics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Poul Thyregod, Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark
  • Henry Wynn, Statistics Departmental Convenor, London School of Economics, UK

Abstracts up to 250 words should be submitted online by May 31st 2005 at There are three formats - 20 minute presentation (including 5 minutes for questions), a poster with 2-3 minute presentation in a special session or workshop. Both presentation forms will have a bibliographic status of "presentation" and prizes will be awarded by the conference sponsors for the best paper in both categories.

Notification of acceptance will be made by email no later than May 31st 2005. The final deadline for submission of the paper or PowerPoint slides, is September 1st 2005 so that they can be included in the conference proceedings. The Programme Committee's decision will be final.

Registration fees:

  • €320 before 15th June 2005 (€25 reduction for Enbis members)
  • €370 post 15th June (€25 reduction for Enbis members)
  • (These include coffee, tea and wine reception on 14th and lunch, coffee and tea on 15th and 16th.)
  • Conference dinner at Assembly Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne on 15th is €50 extra. Numbers are limited to 150, first come first served.
  • Day rate is €175 including coffee, lunch and tea on 15th and 16th and includes operational risk management workshop and lunch on 14th
  • Wine reception for day delegates is €30 extra

The official language for conference presentations and written materials is English and no translation facilities will be available. PowerPoint slides or a written manuscript will be requested to support oral presentations. A special issue of Quality and Reliability Engineering International (QREI) featuring selected papers from the conference has been scheduled.

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