Invited Presentation

Speaker        Prof. Joe McGeough

Title        The Challenge to Manufacturing of an Ageing World Population




People are living longer. With age comes an increase in degeneration of bone and joints due to wear and tear, and the onset of arthritis. The effects of the latter disease is one of the most common causes of the need for joint replacement, especially of the knee.

The increasing consumption of energy-dense food, high-sugar content drinks, often coupled with physical inactivity have led to more than a three-fold rise in obesity over the last thirty years.

Obesity is a major contributor to osteo-arthritis (OA), smoking, high consumptions of caffeine and of red meat are known to promote rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

These diseases are two of the most common causes of the need for joint replacement. They are about three times more likely to occur in women than in men.

Joints in the body may be replaced by metal alloys, ceramics and polymers: including stainless steel, cobalt – or titanium-based alloys, oxide ceramics, ultra-high molecular weight polythene.

These materials will be discussed in Keynote address and their engineering properties that make them suitable for joint replacement. (Wear and friction, fatigue and creep and corrosion of these materials will be discussed).

Although established methods of manufacture are mainly used to produce these materials to specified requirements, the increasing place of unconventional processes will be discussed, including electrochemical machining ((ECM) and electropolishing.

The need for surface coatings to enhance bio-compatibility with adjacent tissue will be explained, and the quest for improvements in this aspect of manufacturing technology.

The increasing applications for computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) will be addressed. The CAD/CAM link to rapid prototyping (RP), especially for creating three-dimensional solid models of proposed implants will be presented.

Finally, future trends for robotic-assisted joint replacements will be highlighted.


McGeough's books include “Principles of Electrochemical Machining” (1974), “Advanced Methods of Machining” (1988), “Micromachining of Engineering Materials” (editor, 2001) and “The Engineering of Human Joint Replacements (2013). He is author of "Electroforming" for the Encyclopaedia of Production Engineering (2013). The IMechE and the Society for Underwater Technology have awarded prizes for his researches.

McGeough is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the International Academy for Production Engineering, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has held visiting appointments at Dublin City University. He is an Honorary Professor of Nanjing Aeronautical and Astronautical University.

Speaker        Prof. Lin Li

Title        Material Surface Functionalization by Laser Micro/Nano Structuring




This presentation summarises several applications of laser surface micro/nano texturing and structuring techniques for creating and controlling specific surface properties of metallic, ceramic, semiconductor and composite materials, investigated by the author’s research group over the last 15 years. These surface functions include wettability, light interactions (absorption, reflection and scattering), invisible marking, cell responses, bacteria responses, aerodynamic properties, wear, and coating/adhesions. The production of various 2D and 3D micro/nano structures using ns, ps and fs lasers and the mechanisms of generating specific surface properties are discussed.


Professor Lin Li, is an elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, International Academy of Production Engineering, Laser Institute of America, and Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is currently Director of Laser Processing Research Centre and Associate Dean for Business Engagement and Innovation in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester, UK. He has been the President of Laser Institute of America (2016), President of International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (2013-2015), and Vice President of Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU – 2015-2017). He received Arthur Charles Main Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2001 for work in laser based nuclear decommissioning technology. He received the Sir Frank Whittle Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his outstanding and sustained achievements in engineering innovations in manufacturing that has led to worldwide commercial applications. In 2014 he received Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society for his research on laser nano-fabrication and nano-imaging, and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal as the Researcher of the Year medal at The University of Manchester in 2014.

Speaker        Prof. Sung Lim Ko

Title       New Paradigm of Manufacturing for Electronics_Technology of Printed Electronics




Printed electronics has been the one of the most attractive technologies for manufacturing electronics like RFID, sensors, OPV, OLED and OTFT. Those electronics has been manufactured by the batch process mostly, which requires more higher cost up to now. Therefore the effort to reduce the cost has been carried out. One of the technologies for these effort is the printed electronics. For mass production of these electronics to reduce the cost, the flexible substrate must be used by printing technology which is very popular in graphical publication. As a basic concept of printed electronics, R2R technology is served as platform for all the components of electronics, which will be introduced in each field for sensors, OPV and OLED. However the electrical performance like resistance, conductivity, mobility and efficiency are proved to be very poor compared to the current manufacturing technology. In this sense, the related industry is trying to find a more applicable industrial field which printed electronics can be applied successfully. This current situation and limitation of printed electronics will be discussed and future of this technology will be discussed.


Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea Bachelor and master degree are acquired at mechanical eng, dep. of Seoul National University, and PhD at University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He has two major concerns: one is Precision Manufacturing on precision machining and finishing process like deburring. He has managed National Research Laboratory in this field from 2001; another one is on printed electronics from 2006 and now he is a director of KU-VTT Printed electronics Center, which is a program of collaboration with VTT, Finland National Research Center.

Speaker        Prof. Xiaoyan ZENG

Title        Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Components:the Final Competition between Powders and Wires under Different Energy Field




Since 3D printing technology (i.e. additive manufacturing ) was high-lighted a cutting-edge in 2012, 3D printing becomes the headlines frequently. Especially, additive manufacturing of metallic components has developed very rapidly in the past years, which brings a revelutionary progress in advanced manufacturing industry, especially in aerospace, bioengineering, mechanical and electric engineering, energy and transportation.

Although there are many additive manufacturing techniques, such as laser melting deposition (LMD), selective laser melting (SLM), electron beam selective melting (EBSM), Ion Beam Melting Deposition (IBMD), Wire and Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM), Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBFF) and/or their hybrid methods, there are only two formats for the additive materials, metallic powders and wires, which determine the microstructure, performance and precision of the formed components finally, combined with the imported power field.

In this presentation, the advantages and disadvantages of the additive manufacturing for metallic components based on powders and wires,especially by laser beam, electron beam and electric arc are analyzed and compared. The developing tendency of the concerned 3D printing techniques are introduced, and the great chanllenging and opportunity for traditional materials, material processing, manufacturing techniques of metallic components are discussed and forecast. Besides, the main progresses of additive manufacturing on SLM, LMD and WAAM developed in Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology are reported.


Prof. Xiaoyan ZENG is professor, and the director of Laser Processing Department, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). He has been in the field of laser processing techniques for more than 30 years, and his interests cover laser additive manufacturing, laser surface engineering, laser welding and laser micro processing. He has published about 300 journal papers, of which more than 120 papers were published in the international reputation journals. He owns more than 70 Patents, and more than 30 patents are pending. His many research work has come into industrial applications, and made vast economic values for industry.

Speaker        Prof. Andrew Y C Nee

Title        Augmented reality assisted maintenance and disassembly




Maintenance and disassembly both require dismantling of components, whether for replacement or remanufacturing.

Extensive laboratory tests have shown that augmented reality can reduce cognitive load, and offer a more intuitive working environment to the operators. Service technicians working on site can consult remote experts for providing necessary advice via AR interfaces. Equipment can be made to communicate with technicians, providing them with the current and historical states of operating conditions in real time. Psychomotor studies can help reduce operator fatigue and provide them with the best posture to alleviate physical strain in maintenance and disassembly operations.

This presentation also touches on the quality of maintenance operations including the estimation of cognition load and fatigue of operators, measurement of comfort and safety, reliability and risk assessment, etc. Real-time data capture and analysis using IIoT and cloud technology is another potential area to be considered.


Andrew Y C Nee is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD and DEng from Manchester and UMIST respectively. He was elected a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) in 1990 and served as its president in 2012. He is the first ethic Chinese to be elected President since CIRP’s formation in 1951. He is an elected Fellow of the US Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and its Gold Medal recipient in 2014. He is Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Manufacturing. Major research awards include: IEEE Kayamori Award (1999), IJPR Norman Dudley Award (2003), IMechE Joseph Whitworth Prize (2010). He has graduated 48 PhD and 46 MEng, with GS citation of 11,130 and H-Index 57.

Speaker        Prof. Hendrik Van Brussel

Title        Design of Holonic Manufacturing Systems




The introduction of CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) systems in the 1980s, aiming at integrating automatic workstations into fully automated factories, was not successful. The root causes of this failure were that the subsystems to be integrated were not suitably designed for easy integration into a larger system, and the adopted hierarchical control schemes made the overall system not robust against disturbances (e.g. machine breakdown, rush orders) and system changes (e.g. adding a new machine). This situation stimulated the authors to embark on a research programme on ‘design for the unexpected’. It defined how subsystems have to be designed so that integration into larger systems becomes easier and how such an integrated system can be controlled so that it can cope with disturbances.

In the keynote paper, the underlying ‘laws of the artificial’ and the salient features of holonic manufacturing systems (HMS) are outlined. The PROSA reference architecture, defining the basic structure of any HMS, is briefly explained. It will be explained how coordination and control of the HMS is achieved by a holonic execution system (HES), based on a biologically inspired DMAS (Delegate Multi-Agent System).

The power and universality of the PROSA/DMAS architecture will be demonstrated by some case studies from manufacturing and robotics.


Professor dr. ir. Hendrik (Rik) Van Brussel (24 October 1944, Ypres, Belgium) is a Belgian emeritus professor of mechanical engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), world-renowned for his research on robotics, mechatronics and holonic manufacturing systems. Prof. Van Brussel received the degrees of technical engineer in mechanical engineering (B.Sc.), in 1965 from HTI, Ostend, Belgium; of ‘civil engineer’ in electronic engineering (M.Sc.) in 1968 from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and of Doctor of Applied Sciences (Ph.D.) in 1971, also from KU Leuven, thesis: "Dynamical analysis of the cutting process". In his whole career, spanning a period of more than 40 years, he has been active in the intersection zone between several disciplines: mechanical engineering, electronics and control engineering, information technology; a domain which is now called "mechatronics".

He was elected a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP, 1986) and served as its president (2000-2001); He is Member (1990) of the Class of Technical Sciences and Director (2006) of the Class of Natural Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA,2009), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)(2002),Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science (2013),SME Fellow (1986), IEEE Fellow (1994), Doctor honoris causa at RWTH Aachen (Germany,1994),Past President of Euspen (European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology,2008-2009). He received Taylor Medal of CIRP (1976), ASEA Golden Robot Award (1987), SME/CASA LEAD Award (1998), SME F.W. Taylor Research Medal (2002) and etc.

Speaker        Prof. Eiji Shamoto

Title       Research and development towards next-generation metal cutting technology




Metal cutting is still one of the most important fundamental manufacturing processes which creates shapes of most industrial products directly or indirectly utilizing dies and molds. Hence, advances in metal cutting technology lead to great benefit to society such as cost reduction, performance improvement, and lead time reduction of existing products, and even realization of new products.

It this talk, new metal cutting technology, which has recently been developed towards more precise, more efficient, and fully automated metal cutting, is introduced, including “Elliptical Vibration Cutting”, “Speed-Differing Multi-Milling”, and “Chip-Guiding Cutting”. The elliptical vibration cutting has realized ultraprecision/micro machining of difficult-to-cut materials like hardened die steel, and it is commercialized mainly for precision die/mold machining. The speed-differing multi-milling improves machining efficiency and accuracy considerably, e.g. by several times, by suppressing regenerative chatter vibration in multi-milling with a flexible structure, and as an example it is utilized for mass production of precision steel plates. The chip-guiding cutting has recently been proposed to avoid chip jamming, and it is expected that it will not only achieve the avoidance but also reduce cutting force/temperature by combining chip-pulling technology.


Professor Eiji Shamoto obtained his Bachelor (1984), Master (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees from Nagoya University, Japan. He worked in Kobe University, Japan, as a research associate from 1989 and became an associate professor in Kobe University (1994). During his career in Kobe, he has stayed in Canada as a visiting researcher for 10 months (1995-1996), working in University of British Columbia. Professor Shamoto has been working in Nagoya University as a professor since 2002. His research interest includes metal cutting, machine tool dynamics and control, actuators and precision machine elements. Professor Shamoto has graduated more than 80 PhD and M.S. students. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 100 archival journal articles and has given over 200 invited presentations and seminars at various conferences, industries, foundations and universities. He has received more than 20 patents. Many of the invented and developed technologies have been utilized in Industry, e.g. “Elliptical Vibration Cutting” is widely utilized for precision/micro die/mold machining, and “Speed-Differing Multi-Milling” is recently utilized for mass production of precision steel plates.

Speaker        Prof. Gao Feng

Title       Design and Control of 6-Legged Parallel-Parallel Robots for Moving and Manufacturing Integration




Research on the walking robots has been one of key topics in robotics for a long time. In recent years, many legged robots were developed in the world, which of them achieved great progress and received much attention from the robotic field. The most important challenging issues are the design and human robot Interaction control of the legged robots. This speech will introduce our research on both mechanism design and real time control of the 6-legged parallel-parallel robots for the moving and manufacturing integration, which include the following issues: design process of type synthesis for legged robots by GF set theory, real-time operating system for legged robots, hexapod robot with safe riding capability, walking based on force sensing., obstacle avoidance with both vision and F/T sensor, walking upstairs by vision, human-robot interactive assembly based on F/T sensor, manufacturing based on F/T sensor, locked door opening based on F/T sensor for legged robots, and so on.


Feng Gao was born on Dec. 21, 1956 in Jiujiang City of Jiangxi Provence, P. R. of China. He got his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1991 and his Master in mechanical engineering from the Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute, China in 1982. From 1995 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

He has been serving as an Associate Editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory and the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics since 2008 and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design since 2012, and the General Member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee since 2012. He gave the Keynote Speeches on the conferences of the ASME 2012 and IFToMM 2015, respectively. He won the 2013 China National Natural Science Award because of his contributions in parallel mechanism design and the 8 items of awards from the provincial science and technology invention prizes in China. 2014. Dr. Gao won 2014 ASME Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his invention of parallel manipulators.

His chief research domain is the parallel robots. The major achievements obtained include the design theory, invention and application of the parallel robots. In the theory aspect, he proposed the GF Set Theory for the type synthesis of parallel robotic mechanisms, the evaluating performance criteria and the physical model of the solution space for dimensional designing of parallel robotic mechanisms. In the application aspect, he Invented and Designed many kinds of the robots and machines with parallel mechanisms for heavy load applications He published 3 books and 288 papers. The 120 invention patents were authorized in China.

Speaker        Prof. Rafi Wertheim

Title       Additive Manufacturing – a New Technology moving from Academia to Industry




Additive Manufacturing (AM) is moving very fast from a science and academia topic towards actual application in the industry. The various AM processes, creating real components and products by adding material in a layer by layer process, are gaining a continuous and significant place in many areas of our daily lives, in the industry, in education and in R&D activities. The keynote is based on the most recent developments and achievements in Germany and in Israel. The recent 15th GCSM 2017 conference discussed the AM processes together with various sustainability aspects. The paper presents the influence of design criteria and manufacturing parameters on AM products for the aerospace, automotive, medical, and industrial products. Examples made of various materials, including metals and ceramics, as well as real products like molds and dies, medical instruments or aerospace and automotive components, will be included in the presentation.


Dr Ing. Rafael Wertheim is Professor Mechanical Engineering at IWU Fraunhofer Institute in Germany since 2009. He has served as Head of Machining Technology Department at Chemnitz University of Technology and Head of Metal Cutting Department at IWU-Fraunhofer. He is also an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management at Israel Institute of Technology. He was ISCAR LTD Manager of Engineering from 1975-2003. He is very active in The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He served as the CIRP President in 2001-2002 and is a prestigious Honorary Fellow of CIRP since 2007. He has been honored by the coveted SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal for his significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities principles and operations and their application to improving the manufacturing process. He has authored 7 books, 7 patents, and over 200 papers in these areas. In addition to academia, Dr. Wertheim is also very active social and political activates in Israel and Germany. He Was Mayor of Qiryat Bialik in Israel from 2003-2008 and is a member of town council since 1987 .In addition, he is an active member Of Jewish Community and Mentor and Moderator for Germany Officers in Chemnitz, Germany. He received his Dr -Ing. In production engineering from RWTH Aachen in 1975, M.Sc. and B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from The Technion in 1970 and 1968, respectively. In the last 3 years he is also the Fraunhofer Senior Advisor für Israel.

Speaker        Prof. Richard Leach

Title        Enriching additive manufacturing metrology




Additive manufacturing facilitates the manufacture of highly complex geometries – a bonus for designers but a headache for metrologists. The keynote will address a new approach to metrology which can help to solve some of the outstanding issues in additive (and more generally, digital) manufacturing. Information-rich metrology (IRM) is a new term that refers to an approach, or better a philosophy of thought, where the conventional paradigm of measurement (measurement information gathered solely through the physical interaction of the instrument with the measured object) is transcended, thanks to the introduction and active role of multiple novel sources of information. The overarching goal of IRM is to encompass and homogenise all those measurement scenarios where information available from heterogeneous sources, for example, from the object being measured, the manufacturing process that was used to fabricate it, the workings of the measurement instrument itself, as well as from any previous measurements carried with any other instrument, is gathered and somewhat incorporated with an active role into the measurement pipeline in order to ultimately achieve a higher-quality measurement result (better metrological performance, shorter measurement times, smaller consumption of resources). Examples of IRM in action in additive manufacturing will be presented, including the measurement of form and texture, external and internal features, and post- and in-process.


Richard is currently a professor in metrology at the University of Nottingham and prior to this spent 25 years at the National Physical Laboratory. Richard's research is dominated by what he calls "information-rich metrology": the enhancement of manufacturing metrology through the use of a priori information, often utilising concepts from artificial intelligence. His current interests are the dimensional measurement of precision and additive manufactured structures. Richard obtained a PhD in Surface Metrology from University of Warwick in 2000 and a DSc from Warwick in 2014. Richard is on the Council of the European Society of Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, the International Committee on Measurements and Instrumentation and several international standards committees. He is the European Editor-in-Chief for Precision Engineering. He has over 350 publications including five textbooks. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the International Society of Nanomanufacturing and a Sustained Member of the American Society of Precision Engineering. He is a visiting professor at Loughborough University and the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Speaker        Prof. Yong Huang

Title       Additive Manufacturing and Three-Dimensional Bioprinting: Frontier and Scientific Challenges




Additive manufacturing, commonly known as “three-dimensional (3D) printing,” is a suite of computer automated technologies to fabricate 3D structural and functional parts, usually layer by layer, from 3D model data. Currently, the technology has been applied in various industries including automotive, aerospace, biomedical, energy, consumer goods and many others. Of these applications, 3D bioprinting is a revolutionary advance for printing arbitrary cell patterns as well as creating heterogeneous living constructs. Most importantly, cell printing provides a promising solution to the problem of organ donor shortages by printing 3D tissue/organ constructs for implantation, resulting in what is known as organ printing.

The talk first reviews the definition and classification of additive manufacturing and the perspective of ongoing bioprinting research. Then it introduces process innovations in 3D bioprinting using extrusion, drop-on-demand inkjetting, and drop-on-demand laser-induced forward transfer technologies. Finally, this talk shares some thoughts regarding frontier and basic scientific challenges of additive manufacturing, in particular, those related to bioprinting.


Dr. Yong Huang is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. His research interests are two-fold: 1) processing of biological and engineering materials for healthcare/energy applications, and 2) understanding of material dynamic behavior during manufacturing and process-induced damage or defect structures. His current research topics include three-dimensional (3D) printing of biological and engineering structures, precision engineering of medical implants and performance evaluation of machined implants, and fabrication of polymeric microspheres / microcapsules / hollow fiber membranes. He served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (ASME MSEC 2010) and the 2012 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA 2012). He received various awards for his manufacturing research contributions including the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award (2005), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2006), the NSF CAREER Award (2008), and the ASME International Symposium on Flexible Automation Young Investigator Award (2008). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002 and is a Fellow of ASME.

Speaker       Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna

Title        Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy




Emerging industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0, characterized by a confluence of new technologies, from Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), sensors, robotics, 3D printing, wearables, to mind-technologies, biotechnology and nanotechnology, will transform production systems, business models, economic growth, employment, and sustainability.

Circular economy, CE is an alternative to a traditional linear economy, in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. CE too an emerging trend derived from scientific fields and semi scientific concepts. CE emphasizes the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and the 6Rs (reuse, recycle, redesign, remanufacture, reduce, recover).

This lecture examines the availability and readiness of industry 4.0 technologies to support and promote the circular economy. Other questions that will be addressed include which sectors of the economy will have the most impact? Which industries and businesses will be benefited and who will be affected? What are the opportunities for innovation? What are the best practices around the world, and examples to emulate? What are the changes needed in engineering education to nurture future engineers?


Academician Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked as number one university in Asia, and among the top 20 universities in the world. He pioneered nanotechnology in Singapore. He leads the Circular Economy taskforce at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with members from across university and Agency for Science, Technology and Research, ASTAR, Singapore. He is a member of World Economic Forum’s Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production committee. He co-chairs the Smart Manufacturing Expert Group at SPRING, Singapore. He chairs the Future of Manufacturing technical committee at the Institution of Engineers Singapore.

He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science (Clarivate Analytics). Thomson Reuters identified him among the World’s most influential scientific minds. A European study ( placed him among the only five researchers from Singapore with H index over 100, and among the only 1612 highly cited researchers (h > 100) in the world. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and The General Management Training from the Harvard University, USA. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is an elected Fellow of International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE); Institution of Engineers Singapore; ISTE, India; Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK; and American Association of the Advancement of Science; ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers; American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, USA. His leadership roles includes University Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Founding Director of NUSBioengineering; Founding Co-Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative, NUSNNI; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He served on the boards of several national organizations. He founded a successful international organization the Global Engineering Deans Council, GEDC (

Speaker       Prof. WEI Jun

Title        Opportunities and Applications of 3D Additive Manufacturing




3D Additive Manufacturing (AM) is defined by ASTM as the "The process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies”. Traditional manufacturing has fuelled the industrial revolution that has enabled our world today, yet it contains inherent limitations that point to the need for new approaches. Casting, forming, molding, and machining are complex processes that involve tooling, machinery, computers, and robots. The competitive advantages of 3D AM are geometrical freedom, shortened design to product time, reduction in process steps, mass customization and material flexibility. 3D AM simplifies the laborious process of producing complex parts while reducing cost. It is predisposed to industry sectors that require high mix, low volume parts or customised parts. This presentation will highlight the opportunities and applications of 3D additive manufacturing in a number of growing industry sectors including Aerospace, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Precision Engineering, MedTech, Electronics, Energy and Consumer. In addition, the 3D additive manufacturing research activities in A*STAR/ SIMTech will also be introduced.


Dr Wei Jun is currently the Principal Scientist in Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), the Programme Manager of 3D Additive Manufacturing Programme and Large Area Processing Programme. He is leading the 3D additive manufacturing programme to develop a number of critical technologies to boost Singapore manufacturing industry. Under his leadership, A*STAR and SIMTech has established one-stop platform and ecosystem for 3D AM: design, modelling & simulation, materials development, manufacturing processes, equipment and product development, pre- & post-processing (such as powder preparation, heat-treatment, machining & polishing, coating), metrology & inspection, and applications. The developed technologies are being transferred to the Singapore manufacturing industry through collaborative industrial research, where industry partners participate to develop specific AM technology capabilities, and manpower training. He has authored and co-authored over 600 publications with citations over 10000 times. He is holding more than 60 technology disclosures and patents. He is serving several international conference committees and editorial boards.

Speaker       Prof. Jia-Yush Yen

Title        Recent advancement in engineering accreditation and the NTUME implementation




The Washington accord as the world’s leading Engineering Education Accreditation alliance has been continuously improving or continuously evolving. Over the years there had been major changes both in the published graduate attributes and the signatories’ view toward them. The changes not only changed the signatories’ requirement on their education provider to elevate their education standard, but also promoted the implementation of the capstone courses.

This talk will first briefly introduce these changes and how these changes had affected the execution of the WA review by the WA signatories on the review process. I will then introduce the implementation of these new requirements by the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan. With the underlining IEET requirements, this talk will then move on to share the actions taken by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of National Taiwan University and the preliminary results.


Professor Jia-Yush Yen received the B.S. degree from National Tsing-Hwa University, Taiwan in 1980, the M.Sc. degree from University of Minnesota, USA, in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1989, all in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty of National Taiwan University where he served as the Department Chair (2004 – 2007), the director of Tjing-Ling Industrial Research Institute (2007 – 2011), and the Dean of the College of Engineering (2011 – 2017).

Prof. Yen has a very active academic career. He served as the Chair of the Automation Area for the National Science Council for three years. He was the Secretary General of the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan. He served as the President of the Chinese Institute of Automation Engineers (CIAE) for four years. He is the fellow of ASME, Chinese Society of Mechanical Eng., and CIAE. Dr. Yen received many awards, among them twice the Outstanding Research Award from Taiwan National Science Council (now the Ministry of Science and Technology) is awarded only to the topmost researchers in their area. Dr. Yen also received numerous complements from the government for his public services. He had also served as consultant for many companies and institutes. His research interests are in the areas of mechatronic systems, precision servo control, and nano-manipulations.

Speaker        Kazuto Yamauchi

Title       Abrasive-Free Planarization of Functional materials by Catalyst Referred Etching




A novel abrasive-free planarization method named catalyst-referred etching (CARE) was developed. The apparatus of CARE is nearly the same as that of conventional CMP. As a unique difference, a polishing pad coated by a catalytic material with the thickness of about 100nm is used in CARE. During the processing, topmost areas of the work surface, which contacts more frequently with the catalytic pad, are preferentially etched off through the catalytically induced chemical etching, leading to quick and effective flattening of work surface. Currently, CARE with pure water, named water-CARE, has been developed, in which Pt and pure water are employed respectively for a catalyst and an etchant. This method has lately attracted considerable attention to be a new planarization method with natures of clean room compatibility and eco-friendliness. This paper reviews the CARE method from the viewpoints of the equipment configuration and applicability to functional materials. 4H-SiC, GaN, and SiO2 glass substrates are respectively employed as single crystalline and amorphous materials. In the crystalline materials, geometrically and crystallographically well-ordered surface with a step-and-terrace structure was observed over the whole area of the 2 inch substrate. The height of the step was a single bilayer. Also in the glass material, atomically smoothed surface was obtained.


Professor Kazuto Yamauchi received his Ph.D. from Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He has occupied the professor position at Osaka University since 2003, and has been a Leader of Center of Excellence for Atomically Controlled Fabrication Process of Osaka University since 2008. He is a Fellow member of SPIE from 2016. He is working in the field of precision fabrication for precision optics and electronic devices, and is studying to realize atomically controlled surfaces through developing new surface processing and evaluation methods.

Speaker       Prof. Enrico Savio

Title       Advances in X-ray Computed Tomography for Dimensional Metrology




X-ray computed tomography (CT) recently emerged as an advanced measuring technology for dimensional and geometrical measurements in industry. CT coordinate measurements offer several advantages with respect to tactile and optical coordinate measurements. For example, CT enables non-destructive and non-contact inspections of features that can be both accessible (e.g. external) or difficult to be accessed (e.g. internal), with simultaneous material analysis and dimensional quality control. Typical industrial applications are: CAD comparison, wall-thickness analysis, defect analysis, analysis of assembly, wear evaluation, fibre orientation analysis and quality assessment of complex additive manufactured parts. The dimensional measurement accuracy of CT systems must be verified in order to achieve traceability to the unit of length (meter) and comparability of CT to other dimensional measuring techniques. With this aim, CT metrological performances must be periodically tested and uncertainty of CT dimensional measurements must be determined for each specific measurement task. Metrological performance verification is usually conducted by measuring CT-specific reference objects featuring calibrated dimensions. This presentation describes the reference objects developed at University of Padova for the assessment of length measurement errors, metrological structural resolution, accuracy of CT porosity analysis, accuracy of micro-gap measurements and CT geometrical errors. The CT Audit international intercomparison, coordinated by University of Padova, demonstrated that only a minority of participants were able to perform length measurements with errors below their CT systems’ specification. Moreover, the participants had difficulties in evaluating measurement uncertainty appropriately. Determining the task-specific uncertainty is challenging because of many complex influence quantities that can affect CT measurements. For example, the influence of surface roughness on CT dimensional measurements is discussed in this presentation. The urgent need for international standards and appropriate training and education dedicated to dimensional CT is also discussed.


Enrico Savio is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Padova, Italy, with research focus on Manufacturing Metrology, including X-Ray Computed Tomography, and economics of metrological activities in industry.

In 2003 he was awarded the F.W. Taylor Medal from CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering). He is currently Chairman of the CIRP Scientific Technical Committee “Surfaces” and Council Member of EUSPEN (European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology).

Responsible of contract work with industry, national and international research projects, he is author of five patents and over 120 publications on international journals or proceedings of international conferences.

Speaker       Prof. Satoru Takahashi

Title       New developments on micro/nano manufacturing science based on evanescent light




In the micro manufacturing field, light energy based production technologies such as photolithography, stereolithography, and various types of laser applied in-process measurement methods have been playing important roles for manufacturing the advanced products. Generally, the spatial resolution of the light energy based technologies is physically governed by the diffraction limit of freely propagating light. That means that the spatial resolution for fabrication or sensing remains limited to approximately half the wavelength of light. We conduct research on advanced light energy based micro/nano production technology, which can be applied to the next-generation micro/nano manufacturing by focusing on special localized photon energy. In order to realize our target, not only conventional light energy propagating in free-space but also localized light energy emerging at near-field region of bulk material like evanescent light is applied as manufacturing techniques.

In this talk, I would like to present the challenges of the spatial resolution improvement of optical fabrication and measurement techniques using evanescent light, which can be generated under a total internal reflection condition. 1) Micro/nano photofabrication using evanescent light energy, and 2) in-process super-resolution high-sensitive optical measurement for nano-defects in semiconductor industry will be introduced and their possibility for the next-generation microstructure manufacturing will be discussed.


Satoru Takahashi, born 1969, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Mechanical Engineering for Industrial Machinery and Systems from Osaka University, Japan in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He received his doctor degree from Osaka University in 2002. He is currently working as a full professor of the University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan, and leads the Photon based Advanced Manufacturing Science Division of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of UTokyo. His research interests include the nano-in-process measurement, nano-scale-metrology, and nano/micro microfabrication using the advanced optics based on not only far-field optics but also localized photon energy such as evanescent light, near-field light, and so on. In parallel, he worked at the University of Toronto, Canada in 2011, as a visiting professor.

He is a member of the ASPE, euspen, JSPE, JSME, and CIRP and has been awarded various prizes from national academic communities, including three JSPE Best Awards, four JSPE Best Paper Awards, two JSPE Numata Memorial Prize, and has also received various international awards of euspen Recommended Poster (2007), IMEKO Award Certification of Merit for the Paper (2007), ASPEN Best Paper Award (2009), Outstanding Paper Award of ISMQC (2010), and Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Presentation of LEM (2013 and 2015).

Speaker        Prof. Kazuya YAMAMURA

Title       Plasma-nanomanufacuturing for damage-free dry processing of difficult-to-machine materials




Wide gap semiconductor materials, such as SiC, GaN and diamond, are very promising materials for power device because of their excellent electrical and thermal properties. However, owing to the high hardness and chemical inertness of those materials, and subsurface damage (SSD), which deteriorates the electronic, chemical and mechanical properties of the functional materials, is inevitably formed on the surface in conventional grinding and lapping process. Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) is widely used in finishing process of SiC, GaN and diamond wafer, but polishing rate of these materials is very low. To resolve these issues, we are now developing plasma-assisted polishing (PAP), which is one of the plasma-nanomanufacturing process proposed by us, to realize highly efficient damage-free finishing of difficult-to-polish materials in dry condition. In the case of PAP, surface of the substrate is modified by irradiation of atmospheric pressure plasma, and modified soft layer is removed by soft abrasive. We apply noble gas (He or Ar) based water vapor plasma for SiC, and apply noble gas based O2 or CF4 plasma for GaN. After the plasma irradiation, surface of the SiC and GaN are oxidized or fluorinated, and hardness of the modified surface is drastically decreased compare to the base material. Softened modified layer is removed by dry polishing using a soft abrasive such as ceria (CeO2) without forming the subsurface damage. In the case of sapphire and diamond, we apply the noble gas based water vapor plasma and oxide plate. Irradiation of water vapor plasma produces OH-terminated surface to both objective substrate and oxide plate surface. Atoms of both substrate and oxide are bonded by dehydration reaction, then the atom of substrate is removed from the surface by motion of the abrasive. In the PAP process, combination of surface modification by plasma irradiation and removal of modified layer by soft abrasive enables us to obtain atomically smooth damage-free surface of hard material efficiently. In this paper, latest research results of PAP for wide gap semiconductor materials are presented, and combined process, which consists of numerically controlled plasma chemical vaporization machining (NC-PCVM) and PAP, for fabrication of high-precision glass lens mold is introduced.


Dr. K. Yamamura started his carrier as a Research Associate at Department of Precision Engineering of Osaka University. He obtained the Degree of Dr.-Eng from Osaka University in 2001. His research area is development of unconventional ultraprecision fabrication process and its application. He developed several unique ultra-precision figuring and finishing techniques, which utilize atmospheric pressure plasma. Plasma chemical vaporization machining: PCVM is a noncontact chemical figuring technique for fabrication of ultraprecision optical components and the substrate for electronic device use. Plasma-assisted polishing: PAP is a damage-free finishing technique for wide gap semiconductor materials, such as SiC, GaN, diamond, and sapphire. Some of his research works have been presented at General Assemblies of CIRP.

Speaker       Prof. Xichun Luo

Title       Development of hybrid micromachining processes and machining tool for next generation of micro-products




Micro-machining has attracted great attention as micro-components/products such as micro-displays, micro-sensors, micro-batteries, etc. are becoming established in all major areas of our daily life and can already been found across the broad spectrum of application areas especially in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, photonics, renewable energy and medical instruments. These micro- components/products are usually made of multi-materials (may include hard-to-machine materials) and possess complex shaped micro-structures but demand sub-micron machining accuracy. A number of micro-machining processes is therefore, needed to deliver such components/products.

The talk introduces the concept of hybrid micro-machining process which involves integration of various micro-machining processes with the purpose of improving machinability, geometrical accuracy, tool life, surface integrity, machining rate and reducing the process forces. It takes development of hybrid micromilling and laser bugging process for micro-moulds and laser assisted microgrinding process for ceramic denture as studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of hybrid micromachining process in terms of machining performance and productivity. Development a new 6-axis hybrid micro machine tool to implement the hybrid micromachining processes is also introduced. The talk concludes with the future research focus and challenges in the field of hybrid micromachining.


Xichun Luo is a Professor in ultra precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing at the University of Strathclyde (UK). He is a member of scientific committee of European Society of Precision Engineering & Nanotechnology (euspen) and a member editorial board of Proceedings of Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Mechanical Science, Nanomanufacturing and Nanometrology. He worked at Cranfield University, Heriot-Watt University and University of Huddersfield before joined Strathclyde in 2013. He has strong research interests in ultra precision machining, micromachining and nanomanufacturing, supported by the EPSRC, EU and industries. He has published a book and more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed highly ranked journals and international conferences. He chaired two IEEE international conferences in 2014 and 2015.

Speaker       Prof. Ömer Sahin Ganiyusufoglu

Title       “Globalization with Digitalisation” – Transformation Strategy of a Chinese Machine Tool Manufacturer




Machine tools are called as “mother machines” . Almost for everything in the world a machine tool is needed at its origin for its production. So far, these equipment is essential for any country which is aiming at industrialization.

After opening to the world 1976 over the years Chinese Government realized that an own capable machine tool industry is necessary for reducing the dependance from foreign suppliers. Several state owned and private enterprices started to produce machine tools. First priority was to satify the demands of local users. As there is an huge market in China these companies became larger without considering export to global markets. On the other hand their technological level was focussed to the average of Chinese users thus the competitiveness in global markets was very limited.

Targeting leveling up the sophistication of Chinese industry as a whole and also improving the competitive position globally Chinese Government declared the machine tool industry as a key industry in Five-Year-Plans.

Shenyang Machine Tool (Group) Co., Ltd. as the leading state owned machine tool manufac-turer realized already early 2000 that for fast closing of the gap between China and developed countries a deep transformation of the company from a state owned, plan focussed company to a market oriented agile enterprize was necessary. Furthermore the management understood that an own CNC control was vital for implementing own features for the easy use of machines as well as for connecting them with the digital world. In terms of mechanical design a close cooperation with german partners was established.

The presentation highlights the transformation procedure of the Chinese company to a global enterprize by utilizing the digitalisation. The experience gained through this precedure should be the guideline for smilar chinese manufacturers on their way to going global and improving the competitive position.


After studying machine tools and manufacturing technology at Technical University of Berlin he worked as scientific collaborator at the Institut for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology und Fraunhofer Institut for Production Technology and Design (IPK – Berlin), Chair: Prof. Dr. Spur. There he graduated as Dr.-Ing in 1984.

1985 he moved to industry and worked until 1989 at the German CNC lathe manufacturer Traub as Head of Automation. 1990 he changed to Yamazaki Mazak Germany and worked until 2005 as Managing Director.

2006 he changed to German CNC lathe manufacturer Index-Werke and moved to China as General Manager of Index Dalian Machine Tool Ltd., which is a Joint Venture between Dalian Machine Tool Group and Index-Werke Germany.

2011 he joined Shenyang Machine Tool (Group) Co., Ltd. in Shenyang/China. As personal resident consultant to the Chairman of the Group he supports the chairman and the group management in terms of strategy, globalisation and international cooperations.

Dr Ganiyusufoglu is visiting Professor of Tongji University/Mechanical Faculty. He is holding the Award of Dalian, the Rose Prize of the City of Shenyang and the Friendship Award of Liaoning Province.

Speaker       Prof. Dominiek Reynaerts

Title       The added value of manufacturing in the context of Industry 4.0




The future of manufacturing industry is a major concern in Western economy. On the one hand it is clear that is a key stone of economic welfare but on the other hand the cost of labour is seen as a threat to keep this economic activity intact. During the past years the concept of industry 4.0 has been launched as a major breakthrough to strengthen manufacturing industry. This presentation will focus on the added value of manufacturing in this context, the opportunities Industry 4.0 can create, but also show some misconceptions about the power of Industry 4.0. All this will be illustrated using examples of research results of KU Leuven.


Professor dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts was born in Tienen, Belgium, in 1963. He received his mechanical engineering degree from KU Leuven (formerly Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium, in 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, also from KU Leuven, Belgium, in 1995 and became Assistant Professor at KU Leuven in 1997. Since 2007 he is a Full Professor. He was chairman of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of KU Leuven from 2008 to 2017. His research activities are in machine design and manufacturing with focus on precision engineering, micromechanical systems, and actuators. Major applications of research are in precision instruments or machine tool components and medical instrumentation. He is a member of IEEE, ASME and euspen. He is the author of more than 250 reviewed publications (H-index: 28) and holds 3 granted patents.

Speaker       Prof. Aldo Attanasio

Title       Experimental and analytical force analysis in Micromilling




Nowadays micro cutting processes are widespread in several advanced industrial field. However, there is a need of increasing the knowledge on the phenomena involved in these manufacturing processes, in order to continuously improve the quality of micro products and reduce the manufacturing costs. As a consequence, several researchers are incentivised to develop researches aimed to study how the process parameters affect the micro cutting processes in terms of surface integrity (i.e., roughness, residual stresses, strain hardening, corrosion, etc.), geometrical accuracy, cutting forces, burr formation, mechanics of material removal, and so on. Cutting forces play a fundamental role in all machining processes at every dimensional scale (macro, meso or micro). Tool wear, tool deflection, process energy are some of the parameters affected by cutting forces. For this reason there is a relevant number of works and research centre working on this topic. Both experimental analysis and analytical model can be found in literature. A review of these work will be presented in this work together with the results of a research conducted at our University aimed to develop a modelling procedure able to forecast the cutting forces generated during micromilling operations of slots. The presented force model is based on specific cutting pressure and actual instantaneous chip section estimated considering the tool run-out contribution. The model parameters were optimised applying the Particles Swarm Optimization on data coming from experimental tests. Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) was considered as workpiece material. The comparisons between experimental and analytical data, and the evaluation of the uncertainty showed the good ability of the proposed procedure in predicting forces in channels micromilling. The developed modelling procedure can be used by industries for evaluating several aspects related to the process such as part quality and precision, failure risks, power consumption and cutting costs.


Aldo Attanasio is Associate Professor in Manufacturing at the University of Brescia. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 with a final dissertation on “Simulation of chip formation in orthogonal cutting operation”. Since 2002 to 2014 he was Assistant Professor in Manufacturing at the University of Brescia. Teacher of “Technologies and Manufacturing systems”, his research activities cover several aspects dealing with manufacturing. In particular, his researches are focused on experimental and simulative analysis of cutting and micro cutting operations. Tool wear, tool life, product accuracy, surface integrity and cutting force analysis are some of the investigated topics.

Speaker       Prof. Eamonn Ahearne

Title       Enabling Technologies for Future Grinding Research




There has been a proliferation in recent years in the range of technologies for supporting research. There is now the potential for a “knowledge and innovation explosion” through the strategic deployment of these technologies. Research into machining processes is indicative where the complex mechanisms and their cause-effect relationships are being revealed by a range of technologies for in-process sensing, offline and “in-laboratory” measurement and characterisation. Moreover, there is now the potential for interconnection of data from sensors and instruments “to the cloud”, enabling advanced data analytics and autonomous learning.

On the other hand, the complex mechanisms in grinding processes are also more easily elucidated and simplified by the minimisation of experimental “noise” in the machine-process. In particular, advances in machine tool technologies reduce inherent sources such as extraneous vibrations, by the design of high stiffness machine tool structures. Machine tool technologies will also, now and in the future, contribute to the scope for process improvement and overall optimisation by providing more control functionalities such as; new control parameters, multi-mode control and intelligent tooling. The present contribution describes some of these developments with due regard to general and specific goals of research and optimisation of grinding processes. It will consider the possibility of setting out a general strategy for expediting process research and development in the context of more rapid technological change and trends such as mass customisation.


Dr Ahearne is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. Before joining academia, he worked for many years as Research and Development Manager for a tier one global supplier of automotive components, Donnelly Mirrors Ltd. There he developed an abiding interest in the core process technologies of glass grinding and polishing. After joining UCD in 2001, and completing his PhD on a topical grinding process, he expressed this interest through research and publication. His research projects have involved collaborations with high end multinational manufacturing companies with a recent focus on process monitoring and the application of data analytics to advanced machining processes.

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