Research Workshop

17th January 2021

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Xichun Luo

University of Strathclyde, UK

Talk Title

Smart Factory at your Fingertips


Driven by breakthroughs in emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoTs), cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, digital transformation is considered central to improved productivity for UK Industry which has long lagged behind that of its competitors. The positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of industrial digitalization technologies (IDTs) could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade (Accenture report: 2017 Industrial Digitalisation Review Benefit Analysis).

The talk presents a new concept of “smart factory at your fingertips” as a cross-sectional solution to fully exploit the benefit of IDTs for future manufacturing systems to achieve the ambitious productivity gains setup in the UK Industrial Strategy. It starts from a review of historical stages of manufacturing technology and system, and then focuses on initial application cases and technological challenges for applying IDTs to fulfil the vision of “smart factory at your fingertips” concept from a perspective of a precision manufacturing researcher. The talk concludes with several open-ended questions as potential starting points for research collaborations between computing, automation & control, and manufacturing science and technology researchers.

Short Biography

Xichun Luo is a Professor in ultra precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing (CPM) at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He is an elected Fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, the International Academy of Engineering and Science and the International Association of Advanced Materials. He is an associate editor for Proceeding of IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Journal of Micromanufacturing and Journal of Nanomanufacturing and Metrology. His research has been founded by the EPSRC, EC, Royal Society and Industry. His research interests include ultra precision machining, digital manufacturing, hybrid micromachining and nanomanufacturing, as evidenced by two books and more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed highly ranked journals. He won UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2015 Ludwig Mond Prize for his work in the application of digital technology in micro- and nano-manufacturing.


Prof. Kang Li

University of Leeds, UK

Talk Title

State estimation and charging control of battery storage systems


The global economy will be greatly shaped by the transformed energy landscapes. Energy storage systems, in particular battery storage systems play an important role in decarbonizing the whole energy chain from accepting renewable generations to electrification of transport and other sectors. The talk presents some recent studies in the modelling and charging control of battery storage systems.

Short Biography

Professor Kang Li holds the Chair of Smart Energy Systems at University of Leeds, UK. His primary research interest lies on the development of advanced modelling, control and optimization methods in the energy and manufacturing fields, contributing to the decarbonization of energy chain from top to tail, including renewable generation, electrification of transport, decarbonization of manufacturing, and novel battery technologies used in these applications. His work on the development of minimal-invasive cloud based energy and condition monitoring platform (Point Energy Technology) has been successfully used in food processing and polymer processing industries, winning InstMC ICI prize 2015, Northern Ireland INVENT 2016 award, finalist of Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and Outstanding Award from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 2015. He has published over 180 international journal papers and edited 17 international conference proceedings in his area, winning over 10 national and international prizes and awards, including the most recent Springer Nature ‘China New Development Award’ in 2019 in recognition of the ‘exceptional contributions to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals’.