We are delighted to announce that the following special guest speakers are going to present their keynotes with their world-leading research. More details will be available soon.

Professor Zhenyuan Jia
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China.
Professor Professor Zhenyuan Jia is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Dalian University of Technology and Director of National Collaborative Innovation Center of Major Machine Manufacturing in Liaoning. He is a Chang Jiang Scholar and the principal scientist of 973 Program. Professor Zhenyuan Jia received Ph.D. degree at Dalian University of Technology, China. He is world well-known expert in machining of hard-to-cut materials, complex curved surface components, etc. He has strong influence in the mechanical engineering profession as Vice Chairman of the Machinery Industry Automation Division of China Mechanical Engineering Society and Vice Chairman of the Precision Engineering Division of China Instrument and Control Society. Professor Zhenyuan Jia has been the principal investigator of over 60 research projects including 973 Program, Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, etc. He has published over 200 peer-review high quality journal articles and 3 technical books, and has been granted 78 Chinese patents. His research has made significant contribution to the manufacturing technologies for high-performance components of high-end equipment in aviation and aerospace fields, which has resulted in great economic and social impacts. His contributions have been awarded with the First Class National Technology Invention Awards, the top award in China, twice. 

Professor Paul G Maropoulos
Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
Professor Paul Maropoulos is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, at Aston University, where he is also the Professor of Manufacturing Engineering. Professor Maropoulos completed his postgraduate studies at UMIST, UK and prior to joining Aston University has held Professorial appointments at Durham University and the University of Bath. He is a Chartered Engineer, and has a strong influence in the engineering profession as a Fellow and Chairman of the Manufacturing Industries Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He maintains an international research presence as an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and Editor of the Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Part B of the Proceedings of the IMechE. Apart from research with blue chip companies, like Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Renishaw, Professor Maropoulos is interested in technology transfer working with SMEs, as well as strategic initiatives to enhance business productivity and manufacturing competitiveness. Prof. Maropoulos will give a talk on “Supply Chain Readiness - A Key Element of Advanced Manufacturing” .

Professor Guiling Yang
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering, Ningbo, China.
Dr. Yang received his B. Eng degree and M. Eng degree from Jilin University, China, in 1985 and 1988 respectively, and Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University in 1999, all in Mechanical Engineering. He had been with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Singapore, as a senior scientist and the manager of the Mechatronics Group. He joined the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (CNITECH), Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2013. He is currently the deputy director of CNITECH and the director of Zhejiang Key Lab of Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Equipment Technology. His research interests cover a broad area of robotics and automation such as precision electromagnetic actuators, compliant mechanisms, parallel-kinematics machines, cable-driven robots, modular robots, and robotic automation systems. He has published over 270 technical papers in referred journals and conference proceedings, authored 3 books, and filed 50 patents. He was a recipient of 2014 R&D 100 Awards. He is now serving as an associate editor of the IEEE Access. He has organized a number of international conferences in mechatronics, robotics, and manufacturing automation. Prof. Yang will give a talk on “Advanced Industrial Robotics for Intelligent Manufacturing” . 

Professor Zhuming Bi
Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
Zhuming Bi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. He served as a Senior Engineer at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of USA (2016), a Senior Project Engineer at Northern Ireland Technology Centre, Queen’s University Belfast of UK (2007 – 2009). He received a Ph.D. degree in Design and Manufacturing from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon of Canada (2002), and a Ph.D. degree in Mechatronic Control and Automation from Harbin Institute of Technology in China (1994). Dr. Bi’s research interests are Robotics and Automation, Internet of Things (IoT), Enterprise Systems, and Sustainable Manufacturing. He has published 110 international journal articles with 1749 times of citations by others in Web of Science in these research fields. He is the only awardee for the ‘Outstanding Faculty in Research’ and ‘Featured Faculty in Research Endeavors’ at Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2016-2017. Prof. Bi will give a talk on “big data analytics and its impact on smart manufacturing”.

Ben Morgan

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield, UK
Ben Morgan is the Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050 at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and a fellow of the Institute for Mechanical Engineers. He is responsible for a large team of multidisciplinary engineers solving problems for UK manufacturing in aerospace, automotive and construction industries. Ben graduated from the University of Leeds with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering and joined the AMRC with Boeing in 2008, gaining experience in robotics, assembly and large volume metrology. In 2011 Ben moved into a technical lead/project management role with responsibility for all robotics projects at the AMRC with Boeing. As Head of IMG for the last 5 years, Ben is leading the development of Factory 2050, the world’s first industrial research facility dedicated to reconfigurable assembly and digitally driven component manufacturing. Since it’s opening at the start of 2016 Factory 2050 has accelerated IMG’s ability to impact UK manufacturing with transformational research. IMG develop innovative solutions using robotics, automation, augmented reality and digital SMART factory technologies for some of the world’s leading aerospace and automotive manufacturing companies both large and small.

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