Past Conferences Sponsored or
Co-Sponsored by the International Statistical Institute Committee on Statistics
in Business and Industry (SBI)
One of the activities of SBI is sponsor and co-sponsor conferences
relating to the subject of statistics in business and industry. This page
contains information about past conferences that were so sponsored.
- Conference on Statistics in
Industry, Tel Aviv, September 1991 Organizers of the conference were Vijay
Nair and David Steinberg.
- A three-day conference on
Statistics in Industry, Science and Technology in Tokyo, Japan on July
11-13, 1994 (organized by Professor Chihiro Hirotsu of the University of
Tokyo). It was very successful in attracting both international and local
participation with a total of more than 120 participants. There was a
scientific tour of Fuji-Xerox and Nissan plants at the end of the
- The International Conference
on Statistical Methods and Statistical Computing on Quality and
Productivity Improvement (organized by Professor Sung H. Park of the Seoul
National University) was held in Seoul from August 17-19, 1995. This
conference, cosponsored with IASC, attracted more than 400 participants
and more than 120 papers were presented. There was also a Quality
Engineering Workshop the day before the conference and a scientific tour
of Daewoo Automobile Company during the conference.
- The International Conference
on Quality Improvement Through Statistical Methods, 29 December 1996 to 1
January 1997, organized by Bovas Abraham and N.Unnikrishnan Nair and
hosted by Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India. Keynote
speakers were George Box "Scientific Learning" and J.K. Ghosh
" Industrial Applications and the Relevance of Bayesian Analysis".
There were about 135 participants including 65 from outside India
representing around 15 countries. About 25% of the participants were from
industry and the rest from academia. After the conference, there was a
workshop on "Understanding QS9000" led by Bovas Abraham. The
conference led to the creation of an international journal "Statistical
Methods", and the publication of a refereed volume Quality
Improvement Through Statistical Methods based on the papers presented
at the conference. The conference also initiated some international
collaboration on research.
- ISI satellite meeting in
Athens, Greece on "Industrial Statistics: Aims and Computational
Aspects" from August 16-17, 1997 (organized by C. P. Kitsos).
- First International Symposium
on Industrial Statistics, Understanding Variation: A Key to Successful
Quality Improvement, 19-21 August 1999, Linkoping, Sweden was an ISI
satellite meeting. Bo Bergman was Chair of the International Organizing
- MMR 2000, the Second
International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Reliability
Methodology, Practice and Inference, July 4-7, 2000, Universite Victor
Segalen - Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France (Mikhail Nikulin and N. Limnios,
Chairs of the International Organizing Committee) MMR2000 was a very successful
conference attended by about 300 people from around the world. Both the
technical content and organization of the conference were of high quality.
Plenary sessions included talks by David Cox, Jerry Lawless, Harry Martz,
Bill Meeker, and Igor Ushakov. The conference included a broad range of
talks, covering both theory and applications.
- The VIII Seminar on Applied
Statistics of the Inter-American Statistical Institute was held at the
University of Panama, Panama City, Panama on July 23-27, 2001. The main
topic of the conference was Statistical Methods in Quality and
Productivity. The conference was sponsored by the Inter-American
Statistical Institute (IASI), General Comptrollership of the Panama, as
well as SBI.There were more than 100 attendees, including 40 from abroad.
There was representation from 15 different countries from 4 different
continents. The conference consisted of talks, a poster session, short
courses, and panel discussions. The main speakers of the conference were
Francisco Aparisi, Estela Bee, Camilo Dagum, Luis Escobar, Evelio
Fabbroni, Osvaldo Ferreiro, Nick Fisher, David James, Ramon Leon, Raul P.
Mentz, and Vijay Nair.
- The Second International
Symposium on Industrial Statistic (ISIS2), was held at Keio University,
Yokohama, Japan, 20-21 August 2001. This was a satellite meeting for the
Seoul ISI. Chihiro Hirotsu was the local organizer.
- The 2nd International
Symposium on Partial Least Squares and Related Methods (PLS'01) took place
in Anacapri (Italy) from October 1-3, 2001. In attendance at PLS’01 were
139 participants coming from 19 different countries This Symposium was
jointly organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the
University of Naples, the HEC School of Management and the CISIA-CERESTA
company. PLS'01 pursued the following objectives: 1) Making the
state-of-art of PLS methods, PLS approach and any related methods; 2)
Presenting the panorama of the most outstanding reference scientists
connected to PLS; 3) Exploring numerous real applications of PLS in
different areas of industry.
scientific program of the Symposium was set up by the Steering Committee in
co-operation with the statistical associations that scientifically co-sponsored
the event. These were the International Federation of Classification Societies
(represented by its President Jean Paul Rasson from the University of Namur in
Belgium), the International Association for Statistical Computing (represented
by the Chairman of its European Regional Section Gianfranco Galmacci from the
University of Perugia), the ISI Committee on Statistics in Business and
Industry (represented by Bovas Abraham from the University of Ontario in
Canada) and by the Italian Statistical Society. The program comprised 10
invited lectures and 29 contributed papers organized in 6 sessions on the
following themes: New PLS-based Methods and Algorithms; Topics related to
Multivariate Analysis; Validation, Variables Selection and Subspace
Identification in PLS; Multi-Block PLS Methods; Issues in PLS Approach; PLS
Industrial Applications. All lectures were delivered in plenary sessions.
invited lectures were given by Svante Wold (PCA and PLS with Very Large Data
Sets),Bovas Abraham (Dimensionality Reduction Approach to Multivariate Prediction),
Michele Forina (Weighting Predictors and Objects in PLS), Sijmen de Jong ((Direct)
Orthogonal Signal Correction: Comparison of Old and New Algorithms), Harald
Martens (Multivariate Analysis of Quality" Garmt Dijksterhuis -
"GP-PLSR: An Integrated Technique for Analysing Sensory Science Data), D.L.
Massart, (Diagnostics for Application of PLS in Multivariate Calibration), Tormod
Næs (Optimised Score Plot by Principal Components of Predictions), Inge Helland
(Rotational Symmetry, Model Reduction and Optimality of Prediction from the PLS
Population Model), Aloke Phatak (PLS, Conjugate Gradients), and Lanczos
Methods. PLS'01 has shown that PLS-based methods have now become a research
topic of high interest for statisticians covering a very broad area of
statistical methods, from regression to generalized linear models, from data
analysis to causal and path modeling, with several theoretical and statistical
properties being demonstrated.
2002 (Third International Conference on Mathematical Methods in
Reliability) was held in Trondheim in Norway, June 17-20, 2002. Bo
Linqvist and Kjell Doksum were the organizers of MMR 2002.
2003: International Conference on Statistics in Industry and Business was
held January 2-4, 2003 in Cochin, India. The conference was organized by
Bovas Abraham together with P.G.Sankaran and N.Balakrishna from Cochin
University of Science and Technology, which hosted the conference. The
Keynote Speaker was Bill Meeker (Reliability: The other dimension of
quality). Alan Gelfand, Dipak Dey, Geoff Vining and Bovas Abraham gave plenary
talks. There were approximately 90 participants representing 10 countries. The participants were from academia, business,
industry and government. A special volume of the journal Statistical
Methods based on some of the papers presented in the conference will
be out in April 2004.
- ISIS3-ENBIS3: The Third
International Meeting on Business and Industrial Statistics of the ISI-SBI
committee was held in Barcelona, Spain from 21-22 August 2003. This was a
joint conference with the European Network on Business and Industrial
Statistics (ENBIS). The conference program committee was chaired by David
Steinberg of the ISI committee and by Soren Bisgaard of ENBIS.