Introduction to design of experiments

by Prof. Dr. Riccardo Leardi
Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università degli studi di Genova, Genova, Italy

The main goal of this workshop is to show the participants that Experimental Design is based on the knowledge of the problem much more than on mathematical or statistical formulas.
It will be shown that the key of the success of an Experimental Design is the chemical knowledge, and that the writing of the experimental matrices and the statistical computations can be very easily performed by hand. Under these premises, it will be understood that the specific software (very often not even required) is just a tool, not the center of the procedure.

Scope of the workshop:

  • Why optimizing OVAT (One Variable At a Time) is wrong
  • Full Factorial Designs
  • Plackett-Burman Designs
  • Central Composite Designs
  • Multicriterion Decision Making

A few words about workshop leader

Prof. Dr. Riccardo Leardi graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology in 1983. Since then he has been working in the section of Analytic Chemistry of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Food Chemistry and Technology of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Genova. His research field is Chemometrics. His interests are mainly devoted to problems related to food, environmental and clinical data, and to experimental design and process optimization.
In the last years his research focused mainly on genetic algorithms and on three-way methods. He developed a software for the application of genetic algorithms in variable selection and, in collaboration, a software for the application of backward interval PLS to remove non-relevant spectral regions.
He is author of about 90 papers and 90 communications in national and international meetings; he has been an invited speaker in 15 international meetings and in several industries and research centers.

A general schedule of the workshop “Introduction to design of experiments” (the 19th of July, Symposium venue – Meta hotel):

  • 12:00 ÷ 13:00 – accommodation of participants
  • 13:00 ÷ 14:00 – lunch served at the restaurant (Symposium venue)
  • 14:00 ÷ 19:30 – workshop (with a short coffee break)