1-Day Seminar on “Introduction to Data Analytics for Operational Excellence” By Prof Goh Thong Ngee

09 May 2019
9.00am – 5.00pm, Thursday
Venue: National University of Singapore

Seminar Description:

The age of “big data” owes its emergence to the prevalence of various forms of sensors and automatic data collection systems, and data constitutes an important source of information to decision makers. In operations, R&D or any investigative environment, a reverse requirement of purposeful data acquisition usually exists. This is due to the fact that the needed data is usually not available or inadequate, and system mechanisms are often not sufficiently understood or able to lend themselves to theoretical descriptions.
This short course aims at bringing to the investigators analytical tools most appropriate for studies of speculative, new, complex, or simulated systems or scenarios, stressing efficiency of information gathering as well as effectiveness of data interpretation, leading to general operational excellence. A practical, rather than theoretical, approach is taken in bringing out the principles and techniques throughout.

Learning Objectives

To understand the concepts, strategies and techniques of efficient data acquisition and utilization for optimal decision making.

Learning Outcomes

Participant will be able to appreciate and apply techniques of modern data analytics that are usually not covered in conventional academic curricula in institutions of higher learning.

Who Should Attend

 Management and line personnel that have the responsibility to collect and interpret operational data for organizational effectiveness and productivity.


1) System definition and prescription
2) Framework for system studies
3) Purposeful data acquisition
4) Applied statistical experimental design
5) Performance model building and verification
6) Sequential data acquisition applications
7) System parameter screening and evaluation
8) Empirical optimization of complex systems
9) Conflicting operational objectives
10) Operational testing and evaluation
11) Optimization and control strategies
12) Seeking and tracking of operational excellence

Instructor’s Profile

Goh Thong Ngee, PhD, PE, is Adjunct Professor of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management at the National University of Singapore. He has several decades’ experience in teaching and research, and has been a consultant to a variety of organizations world-wide. Prof Goh is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore; he has been named IEEE Management Society’s “Educator of the Year” (2005) and is a recipient of American Society for Quality’s Eugene L Grant Medal (2012), the highest honor bestowed to an educator internationally. Prof Goh is a GE-certified trainer and consultant; he has previously served on the Singapore National Productivity Board and the Defence Science and Technology Board (DSTA), and has been a frequent invited speaker at international professional conferences and corporate meetings. 

Enquiry and Registration
Please contact Ms Queenie Sim at tdsskeq@nus.edu.sg or +65 6516 5838 for more information.

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