History of ISBIS

ISBIS started as a Working Group in Industrial Statistics within ISI. An initial meeting was held at the 1989 ISI Biennial Session in Paris to explore interest in starting such a group within the ISI. Given the substantial interest, the ISI approved the formation of a Working Group chaired by Ram Gnanadesikan. The group was successful in organizing and sponsoring various activities. Based on the success of the working group, the ISI approved the formation of a standing Committee on Statistics in Industry (CSI) in 1992. The scope of the committee was broadened to include business statistics and the name was changed to Statistics in Business and Industry (SBI) in 1999.
The following people have served as Chairs of CSI and SBI:

  • Ram Gnanadesikan (India) 1992-1995
  • Vijay Nair (Malaysia/USA) 1995-1999
  • Nick Fisher (Australia) 1999-2003
  • Bovas Abraham (Canada/India) 2003-2005

The committee's proposal to become a new section of the ISI was approved at the ISI General Assembly at the Biennial Session in Sydney in 2005, and the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS) was launched as a new society under the umbrella of ISI. The following people have since served as President of ISBIS:

  • Bovas Abraham (Canada/India) 2005-2007
  • Nicholas Fisher (Australia) 2007-2009
  • Yves Grize (Switzerland) 2009-2011
  • Vijay Nair (Malaysia/USA) 2011-2013
  • Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi (France) 2013-2015
  • David Banks (USA) 2015-2017
  • Nalini Ravishanker (USA/India) 2017-2019
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