V зимний симпозиум по хемометрике 1823 февраля, 2006, Самара, Россия
Современные методы анализа многомерных данных
Report: 5th Russian Winter Symposium on Chemometrics: WSC-5
The Drushbametrics (DM) project has come to its successful conclusion. The project objectives which were stated six years ago are now completed with WSC-5. In the first report these objectives were as follows:
During the five meetings, five cities have been visited (Kostroma, Barnaul, Pushgory, Chernogolovka, Samara) which constitutes a very good spread of regions over the whole Russia two of them were in the relative neighborhood of St. Petersbug and Moscow respectively. More than 200 scientists took part in these conferences. A special proceedings book titled "Progress in Chemometrics Research" has been published (NovaScience Publ.), four introductory courses on chemometrics have been conducted at different Russian universities. A Russian language chemometrics textbook has been published in three editions (Esbensen's Camo book: "Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis" in short translation, edited by Oxana Rodionova). The Drushbametrics project results in establishment of seven chemometrics centers (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Samara, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Ufa, Kazan). The proceedings of WSC-5 will be presented as a special issue of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, which must be considered a very fitting recognition of the merit and value of the entire project.
The Fifth Russian Winter Symposium on Chemometrics took place 18-23, February, in one of the biggest industrial city in Russia Samara. Following tradition, an introductory school on chemometrics was conducted at the Samara State Technical University, the host organization of WSC-5. The participants of introductory school were introduced to projection methods of multivariate data analysis, multivariate calibration and classification. It is a sign of the maturity of the DM project that this school for the third time was given by Russian teachers only. As a conclusion on this course, an overview of a wide selection of chemometrics applications was presented by Oxana Rodionova.
The symposium was located in the beautiful surroundings in a suburb of Samara along the Volga river, at the recreation center of Samara State Technical University. Fresh air and a high level of comfort promoted a productive working atmosphere during the symposium. WSC-5 boasted six invited lectures, sixteen contributing talks and more that twenty posters, all of which promoted scientific discussions of high value that were continued after sessions.
- Contributing to starting up chemometrics in Russia
- Establishing a framework for international chemometrics interaction
- Enabling foreign and Russian scientist to participate on an equal economic footing
The main topic for WSC-5 was: "Process Analytical Technology and
Environmental Protection". Samara State Technical University is well-known
for its ecological projects, most of which were presented on the symposium.
The conference opened with a lecture by DM-founder Kim H. Esbensen:
"Representative sampling in PAT and environmental/geological work: Theory
of Sampling (TOS) a missing link". Following this, Dmitry Bykov, local
co-chairman of the WSC-5 gave an overview of ecological activity of his
department: "Chemometric methods for environmental pollution monitoring".
Roma Tauler also did not miss the ecological aspects when he lectured on
main contamination sources of heavy metal ions in fish, sediments and
waters from Catalonia rivers using different multi-way data analysis
approaches. Oxana Rodionova lectured on analytical process control and
optimization using the SIC-approach. Pentti Minkkinen gave a lecture about
weighting errors and their place in the theory of sampling. Paul Geladi
raised interesting questions about hyperspectral imaging and showed recent
results and application examples. Yuri Kalambet focused on implementation
of chemometric techniques in a specific chromatographic data station
software. Finally Chris Marks gave a very personal overview of all previous
conferences in a moving lecture: "Drushbametrics My Russian Adventures"
which summed up the social aspects of the entire DM project to the intense
satisfaction of the audience.
As in the previous year, Elsevier Publishers provided a special prize
for the best oral or poster presentation from a young scientist. The 20th
volume of Data Handling in Science and Technology series "Handbook of
Chemometrics and Qualimetrics, Part A" was presented to Sergei
Kucheryavski from Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia for his
innovative contribution: "Using black and white models for classification
of medical images". An additional award for the "most promising new
beginner", the fundamental textbook Martens and T.Naes "Multivariate
Calibration" was presented to Eugene Vasiliev by prof. Kim Esbensen.
The social program of WSC-5 allowed attendees to combine pleasant and
useful activities. Two hours every day was assigned for skiing (with or
without actual skies). A stable fixture of the WSC-program is the by now
famous bar, "Scores & Loadings" that operates each night during the
conference. Discussions on chemometrics, politics, music and general
scientific networking continued late into the nights. An interesting
meeting was devoted to ecological education of students starting their
activity from implementation of projects that help their own universities
to establish, implement and maintain ecological Behavior on appropriate
international standards. Fruitful conversations regarding the use of
chemometrics in ecological monitoring of the Volga basin was also conducted
with colleagues from the UNESCO Moscow office.
Opinion of the participants:
These results of the conference attest the significant success of this
concluding event of the first part of Drushbametrics program. Vivid
discussions centered on future plans and directions of Drushbametrics
project. It was decided henceforth to conduct a new cycle of WSC
conferences biannually. Most of participants support the idea of continuing
with winter symposia and expressed their desire to see WSC conferences as a
mainly "local event" for presenting new ideas and fruitful discussions in a
friendly international, informal atmosphere, rather than to opt for a
development into a larger, more standard conference format.
Finishing this "First 5-years Plan" does not mean the end of the
drushbametrics project however! It is timely and relevant to move on to the
next level. Participants of all WSC-meetings have expressed a desire to
continue and further strengthen international collaboration. It is safe to
say that the many personal network contacts established between young
scientists from Russia and many foreign chemometricians by now constitute a
valuable bridge between scientific schools and societies from different
The core idea of the Drushbametrics program was to start up
chemometrics in Russia and to reach out to many new, young (and
not-so-young) scientists. The second generation DM cycle now has to work
towards to closer cooperation with other national chemometrics societies.
The exact form of this collaboration will be discussed at an intermittent
meeting at Kazan State University in the summer of 2007, to which will be
invited the leaders for some 3-5 national chemometrics societies.
Kim H. Esbensen / Alexey Pomerantsev / Oxana Rodionova / Sergei Kucheryavski
- Olga Klesheva, Kazan:
It was an excellent conference. I have found out a lot of useful information.
And it is most important, that I have acquainted with very interesting people.
There was a remarkable friendly atmosphere at the conference. I shall try to
take part in following WCS-6.