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Q&P Readies for 30th Research Conference

1 February 2013 375 views No Comment

The 30th ASA Quality and Productivity Research Conference (QPRC) will be held at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, from June 5–7.

The goal of the conference is to stimulate interdisciplinary research among statisticians, scientists, and engineers in quality and productivity, industrial needs, and the physical and engineering sciences. Statistical issues and research approaches drawn from collaborative research will be highlighted. You are invited to contribute papers on these topics for presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is March 1. Follow the submission instructions posted on the call for papers link on the conference website.

Bradley Jones, principal research fellow at SAS Institute and guest professor at the University of Antwerp, will be the conference honoree. Additional keynote speakers include Bob Rodriguez, 2012 ASA president and senior director of SAS R&D; Fabrizio Ruggeri, research director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technology at the Italian National Research Council and former ENBIS president; and Gerald Hahn, retired manager of the Applied Statistics Laboratory at GE Research.

A pre-conference short course, titled “Play the Game: Reduce Variation in a Virtual Process,” will be led by Stefan Steiner of the University of Waterloo on June 4.

Scholarships for participation in the conference include the Mary G. and Joseph Natrella scholarships and QPRC student scholarships. The two Natrella scholarships each include a $3,500 grant, $500 stipend toward travel and housing expenses, and complimentary registration for the conference and pre-conference short course. In addition, winners of the Natrella scholarships will give a presentation on their research at the conference. For more information, visit the scholarship web page.

A limited number of QPRC student scholarships, which include complimentary conference registration, are available for presenting students. Interested students should apply immediately by sending their résumé and a letter of recommendation from a current statistics professor to Martha Gardner, conference chair, at Martha.Gardner@ge.com. For information about additional student travel support, visit the conference website.

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