Design of Experiments@Southampton

University of Southampton
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The Design of Experiments group at the University of Southampton carries out world-leading research in methodology for, and the application of, the statistical design and analysis of experiments. We are part of the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) and Mathematical Sciences .

Design of experiments is the statistical science of data collection. It encompasses methods for understanding the variability of a process or system under study via the deliberate manipulation of controllable variables. It typically involves choosing combinations of values of these variables for which the system should be observed and how these combinations should be applied and arranged in the experiment.

We might be interested in chemistry experiments to maximise the yield of pharamceutical products, environmental studies using pollution sensors, experiments on large computational models to understand biological processes, or clinical trials to test new medicines. Design of experiments methods can ensure data is collected that provide maximum information within the resource constraints of the study.

Our group has interests in methodological and applied statistics. It has a variety of cross-disciplinary links, particularly in engineering, science and medicine, and collaborations with manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. The group enjoys regular visits from international collaborators.

We coordinate the "Designed Experiments: Methods and Applications" (DEMA) series of international conferences, and co-organise the "Bayesian Optimal Design of Experiments" (BODE) workshops and "Manchester-Southampton-Glasgow" (MSG) seminar series. The S3RI seminar series regularly includes talks on design of experiments topics.

We are located in Buildings 39 and 54 on the main Highfield campus.