Engineering seminar to discuss strategies for statistical process control

Published: Nov 12, 2009 4:59:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering will host a seminar by Joseph Pignatiello, a fellow of the American Society for Quality and associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Florida State University, on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. Pignatiello will present "Statistical Process Monotoring and Change Point Estimation," which focuses on improving statistical process control (SPC) methods.

There are currently no tools for conducting a search for process changes or identifying special cause for change. Pignatiello will demonstrate that a method to determine when the process change occurs would be helpful to identify the special cause. He will also propose the use of change point models and likelihood methods to assist in identifying the cause, as well as how change point methods provide effective estimates of the change point and lead to new methods for detecting process changes.

Pignatiello's research interests include statistical quality control, reliability operations research, engineering economy and engineering management.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes