Free seminar: How Definitive Screening Designs are Revolutionising Experimental Design

Definitive Screening Designs (DSDs) were introduced in 2011 and have revolutionised Design of Experiments (DoE) in industry. Join us on Thursday 22 June 2017 at The Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park from 9:30am to learn why. To register, click here

Prism Training & Consultancy continues its partnership with global software company SAS JMP on Thursday 22 June 2017 at The Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park with a free seminar titled "How Definitive Screening Designs are Revolutionising Experimental Design", presented by the man behind them; award-winning statistician and Principal Research Fellow in the JMP division of SAS, Dr Bradley Jones.

To say we’re extremely excited to welcome Brad to Cambridge is an understatement. Having heard him speak at various overseas conferences and as big fans of his book Optimal Design of Experiments: A Case Study Approach, we’re delighted he’ll be discussing his Definitive Screening Designs in-depth with us. It’s such an important and ground-breaking topic when it comes to Design of Experiments that we’d encourage anyone with a passing interest in data analysis and statistics to attend, whatever software package they may be using in-house!Andrew Macpherson, Managing Director, Prism

In this special event, Dr Jones will explore the general theory behind DSDs and also provide a “peek into the black box” of a new fitting method for them that provides a simple way for experimenters to find the most useful model. The method exploits one of the many desirable features of DSDs; that the main effects of DSDs are uncorrelated with each other and also uncorrelated to all two-factor interactions and quadratic effects. The seminar will highlight why this enables more people to get the benefits of DoE.

I’m always proud to tell people that Brad Jones is a colleague. To my mind, apart from Ronald Fisher and George Box, no one has done more to help scientists and engineers to benefit from the power of properly designed experiments. It is remarkable how he has managed lead the development of the most comprehensive set of software tools for DoE and simultaneously pursue such a successful career in research into the methods. The Definitive Screening Design, that he discovered along with Chris Nachtsheim, is just one of many hugely important contributions that he has made. It is great that he will be talking about these because I think they can enable even more people to embrace DoE.” Phil Kay, JMP Senior Systems Engineer

Bradley Jones, PhD, is the Principal Research Fellow in the JMP division of SAS, where he is responsible for the development of new methods in design of experiments (DOE). He built the JMP Custom Designer, a general and powerful tool for generating optimal experimental designs. He holds a patent on the use of DOE for minimizing registration errors in the manufacture of laminated circuit boards and is the inventor of the prediction profile plot for interactive exploration of multiple input and output response surfaces.

Jones is the 2012 recipient of the Statistics in Chemistry award from the American Statistical Association (ASA). In both 2009 and 2011, he received the American Society for Quality’s Brumbaugh Award for the paper making the largest contribution to industrial quality control. He also won the 2010 Lloyd S. Nelson Award for the article having the greatest immediate impact to practitioners. Jones is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quality Technology and a Fellow of the ASA.

The event is the latest in a series of free seminars organised by Prism and SAS JMP, hosted at the Trinity Centre located on Cambridge Science Park.

Each event not only gives attendees a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading thinkers, programmers and researchers in the statistical world outside of major international conferences, but also the chance to pose questions to those speaking in an intimate setting. It also offers the chance for attendees to network with their industry peers – a welcome addition to these events which we’re keen to nurtureChris Challis, Business Relationship Manager, Prism.

Prism Training & Consultancy provides a full range of specialist statistical training packages, consultancy support, project management, organic software tools and sales to a large client base ranging from early phase start-ups through to large, multi-national corporations. Independent, innovative and responsive, Prism – based in Cambridge, England – draws from the knowledge, experience and expertise of a team of over a dozen professionals and associates to help people make the best use of statistics.

JMP is a business unit of SAS that produces interactive software for desktop statistical discovery. Introduced in 1989 with scientists and engineers in mind, JMP has grown into a family of statistical discovery products used worldwide in almost every industry. From its beginnings, JMP software has empowered its users by enabling interactive analytics on the desktop.

All are welcome to this complimentary event, although registration in advance is essential due to limited space.


Please click here to register for this free event on Thursday 22 June 2017.

Keen to learn about Design of Experiments using JMP? Sign up for our 2-day Effective DoE Implementation workshop, on 3 & 4 October in Cambridge.