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JRC 2014 Call For Papers

The former Spring Research Conference is now the Joint Research Conference! Specifically, the ASA Q&P and SPES Joint Research Conference will be held this June 24 - 26, 2014 at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In 2014, the ASA Q&P Section's Quality and Productivity Research Conference will combine with the ASA SPES Section's Spring Research Conference to create a Joint Research Conference (JRC) with the theme Statistics and Quality in a Data Rich World. 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.

The conference will honor Douglas Hawkins from the University of Minnesota. Conference registration includes a tour and reception at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, and a Tour of Boeing's Commercial Jet Assembly Plant in Everett, Washington (the world's largest building). For a small additional registration fee, a short course on Bayesian Statistical Process Control by Panagiotis Tsiamyrtzis will be offered before the conference on June 23, 2014.

For further information on the 2014 Joint Research Conference please visit the conference website at

You can still submit papers for presentation at the JRC. To submit a contributed paper to the 2014 JRC, please provide the title, authors, and a brief abstract to Robert Gramacy at
The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2014.

FTC 2014 Call for Papers

We invite you to submit papers for presentation to the 58th Fall Technical Conference to be held in October 2-3, 2014, in Richmond, VA. The Fall Technical Conference has long been a forum for both statistics and quality, and is co-sponsored by the American Society for Quality (Chemical and Process Industries Division and Statistics Division) and the American Statistical Association (Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences and Section on Quality and Productivity). The goal of this conference is to engage researchers and practitioners in a dialogue that leads to more effective use of statistics to improve quality and foster innovation.

If you are interested in presenting an applied or expository paper in any of three parallel sessions (Statistics, Quality Control, or Tutorial/Case Studies), contact any of the committee members listed below, preferably by e-mail. Work should be strongly justified by application to a problem in engineering, manufacturing, big data, process/chemical industry, physical sciences, or a service industry. The mathematical level of the papers may range from basic to that of the Journal of Quality Technology or Technometrics. Please note which level of audience is targeted (Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced) so the committee can assign papers appropriately and plan a balanced program. The program committee welcomes any suggestions for special session topics or speakers. If you have ideas, please contact one of the program committee members.

Abstract Submission Deadline is February 26, 2014.

Program Committee

Eduardo Santiago
Minitab, Inc.

Ming Li
GE Global Research

Flor Castillo

Zhen Wang
The Lubrizol Corporation

Abstract Format

Please follow the provided abstract format. Papers are selected based on subject matter, technical correctness, usefulness, interest, clarity, and readability. Use one page only.

Title of Presentation

First author
Daytime phone number
Paper mail address
Email address
(For up to 2 more additional authors, provide information as above in a separate column for each person to the right of the first author).

Presenter: Name of presenter
Keywords: Include three to five keywords or phrases
Purpose: One sentence. To derive, prove, synthesize, review, present, inform, encourage, motivate, enlighten, exemplify, highlight, etc.

The abstract should include the following 3 components:
1. Motivation or Background
2. Description of work done
3. Significance. Are there improvements, applications, new abilities, new points of view, etc.? How will the status quo be changed?

Session Preference (Choose One)
____ Statistics
____ Quality Control
____ Case Study/Tutorial

Target Audience (Choose One)
____ Introductory/Practitioner
____ Intermediate

For more information, visit the FTC 2014 website at the provided address.

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