Keynote Speakers

A number of leading industrialists and academics will deliver keynote presentations throughout the Conference.

This page will be updated with more information about the keynotes.

Prof Yusuf Altintas

Prof Yusuf Altintas

The University of British Columbia

Keynote title: Digital Machining

The aim of our research is to develop mathematical models of metal cutting operations, machine tool vibrations and control. The digital models allow the virtual design of machine tools; simulation, optimization and on-line monitoring of machining operations.

The model predicts the cutting forces, torque and power consumed in machining parts by considering material properties, cutter geometry, structural flexibilities, and cutting conditions along the tool path. The structural dynamics of the machine tool can either be imported from Finite Element analysis if the machine tool is at the design stage, or from the experimental modal measurements if the machine is already built. The simulation system predicts chatter free cutting conditions within the work volume of the machine tool, or detects the presence of chatter vibrations along the tool path. The dynamics of servo drive control systems, and trajectory generation as a function of jerk, acceleration and velocity profiles of machine tools are considered in simulating the machine tool behaviour. An in-house developed virtual and real time CNC system allows the design and analysis of any five axis machine tool controller. The virtual machining system simulates the cutting forces, torque, power, chip load and deflection errors along the tool path, and adjusts the federate along the tool path in CAM environment. The system is also used in on-line monitoring and control of machine tool and machining process by communicating with CNC in real time as a digital twin.

Yusuf’s bio:

Professor Altintas obtained his Bachelor from Istanbul Technical University (1975), M.Sc. (1980) from University of New Brunswick and Ph.D. (1987) from McMaster University in Canada. He worked as a machine tool manufacturing engineer in Turkey (1977-1978), process development engineer in Pratt & Whitney Canada in Montreal (1980-1981), and served as the principal engineer of Canadian Institute of Metalworking at McMaster University in Hamilton (1981-1982). He joined The University of British Columbia and founded the Manufacturing Automation Laboratory in 1986. He conducts research on metal cutting, machine tool vibrations, control, sensors and actuators for machine tools, and virtual machining. He has published over 200 archival journal and 100 conference articles with over 32,500 citations with h index of 94 (Google Scholar), and a widely used “Manufacturing Automation: Principals of Metal Cutting Mechanics, Machine Tool Vibrations and CNC Design”. His research laboratory created advanced machining process simulation (CUTPRO), virtual part machining process simulation (MACHPRO) and open-modular 5 axis CNC system (Virtual CNC), which are used by over 300 companies and research centers in the field of machining and machine tools worldwide.

He currently directs NSERC CANRIMT Machining Research Network across Canada, and holds the NSERC – P&WC- Sandvik Coromant Industrial Research Chair Professorship to develop next generation Digital Machining Twin Technology. He is also founding president of MAL Manufacturing Automation Lab. Inc. which develops virtual machining technology.

Prof Sung-Hoon Ahn

Prof Sung-Hoon Ahn

Seoul National University

Keynote title: TBC

Sung-Hoon’s bio:

Sung-Hoon Ahn is a Full Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU), and is the director of the Innovative Design and Integrated Manufacturing Lab. He received his Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan (1992), Master (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Aeronautics and Astronautics (minor in Mechanical Engineering) of Stanford University. Since then, he has held professional and visiting positions at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Gyeongsang National University, and University of Washington. He joined SNU in 2003 and has served as the Director of Institute of Global Social Responsibility (2016-2017), the Associate Dean of Graduate School of Engineering Practice (2017-2018), the President of University Industry Technology Force (UNITEF, 2016-2017), the Program Director of Tanzania-Korea Innovative Technology Energy Center (ITEC, 2017-2021), an Outside Director of Hyundai WIA Corporation (2019-present), and the President of Academic Society for Appropriate Technology (2021-present).

Dr. Ahn's research interests include smart factory, appropriate technology, sensor, soft robotics, smart/composite/meta materials, micro/nano fabrications, 3D printing, green manufacturing, renewable energy, and smart grid. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles (H-Index 58, Citation 16,500), 170 patents, and supervised over 100 M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Dr Tony Bannan, OBE, CEng FIMechE


Advanced Machinery and Productivity Institute (AMPI)

Precision Technologies Group (PTG) Limited, UK

Keynote title: Why AMPI is vital to the UK economy

Manufacturing is a key driver of economic growth and is an essential, strategically vital component of the UK Economy, contributing £192bn per annum to GDP and employing approx. 2.5m people directly, with an additional 3.5 service sector/support jobs for each of those. The UK is the world’s ninth largest manufacturer (Make UK, 2019) and practically all of manufacturing is dependent upon the effective deployment of machinery of some kind. The Advanced Machinery & Productivity Institute (AMPI) is a proposed new centre for innovation in machinery and associated technologies, including digital, automated, Industry 4.0 and so-called ‘smart’ systems. AMPI will be based in Rochdale and its strategic economic objective is to create the new machines, technologies and people needed to stimulate the UK’s advanced machinery sector, creating value and sustaining advantage in international markets, manufacturing the products and materials needed in current and future industries. This short talk will highlight some of the primary objectives and explain the vision behind this ambitious project.

Tony’s bio:

Tony is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (Fellow of IMechE) and internationally experienced technical, operations and managing director. With particular expertise in precision engineering and machinery technologies, he has wide-ranging experience of large-scale project delivery across multiple industry sectors.

Beginning his career as an apprentice instrument maker in 1980 in the UK’s Ministry of Defence, Tony worked from the shop floor through various roles while continuing his academic studies part-time. As a passionate advocate of lifelong training and professional development in engineering, Tony has established two accredited, multi-site engineer-development schemes and mentored over thirty students to Incorporated and Chartered Engineer qualification.

Awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy in the Queen’s 2016 birthday Honours list, Tony is a graduate of the Open University (BSc), Lancaster University (MSc) and Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology (PhD)

Steve Brambley

Steve Bramley - Gambica


Keynote title: The technology is advancing, but by the people, for the people

Taking a look at the AMPI webpage, we see the strapline “Creating the new machines, technology and people needed to manufacture tomorrow’s products”. It’s really pleasing to see people mentioned here, as we are the key ingredient for innovation, the creators, enablers and beneficiaries of advanced technology. This address will look at how the UK can harness the academic brilliance of students, researchers and innovators, in collaboration with an experienced and evolved industrial base to create the machinery and technology of a better future. Going beyond productivity and output, the benefits are many and varied for people, society and the climate. From increasing the skills and abilities of the workforce, to improved learning for students and early careers, we look further to improved safety and working conditions, less pollution and waste, carbon-neutral manufacturing and wider socio-economic benefits.

Steve’s bio:

Steve Brambley is the Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK. He leads GAMBICA in being a highly collaborative and influential organisation, engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders including UK and European governments, associations, institutions, academia, industry, media b events companies and standards bodies. He has over 16 years of trade association experience at GAMBICA with previous roles in public affairs and the industrial automation sector.

Steve also brings previous experience from the automotive industry, having worked for the Michelin Tyre Company and the Dana Corporation in management roles across manufacturing, quality, logistics and engineering. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University. He is passionate about the positive influence that technology can bring to UK industry, with a view to generating growth, protecting the climate, ensuring health and well-being and driving innovation in the UK.

Prof Amaresh Chakrabarti

Prof Amaresh Chakrabarti

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Keynote title: An Overview of Smart Manufacturing and its Implications for Innovation and Growth

Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, often also called Smart Manufacturing, is a major disruptive influence on how the global economy would be shaped for this century. This is important for India, especially its manufacturing sector, as rapid transformation of the sector is needed for aligning itself with the global movement, and turning the threats into opportunities. This talk will provide an overview of the major concepts and technologies in smart manufacturing. It will then discuss its implications for the global economy, and for the economy of India in particular, and how innovation can play a significant role in growth of the economy. It will discuss the need for innovation in this area, and provide examples of innovations that are in the process of supporting this transformation. The talk will also provide a glimpse of the development of an indigenous smart factory at IISc, which will be used for supporting awareness, training, R&D and innovation.

Amaresh’s bio:

Amaresh Chakrabarti is a Senior Professor and current Chairman for Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He has BE (Topper in Mech Engg, IIEST Shibpur), ME (topper in Mech Design, IISc) and PhD (Engg Design, Univ of Cambridge UK). He led for 10 years the Design Synthesis group at EPSRC CoE Engg Design Centre at Univ of Cambridge. His interests are in synthesis, creativity, sustainability, and informatics. He published 17 books, over 300 peer-reviewed articles, and has 11 patents granted/pending. He co-authored DRM, a methodology used widely as framework for design research. He founded IDeASLab – India's first Design Observatory. He co-initiated India's first indigenous Smart Factory R&D platform. He also heads IISc-TCS Innovation Lab, IISc Press and the Springer Intl Book Series 'Design Science & Innovation', and chairs the Smart Manufacturing Standards Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards. He received Careers360 Faculty Research Award 2018 for being the 'Most Outstanding Researcher' in Decision Sciences. He is also among the global top 1% of researchers in 'Design Practice & Management'. He is the current Editor-in-Chief for AI EDAM Journal (CUP).

Paul Clarke CBE FREng

Paul Clarke CBE FREng

Independent Advisor to Government, Industry and Start-ups

Keynote title: Weaving a National Cyber-Physical Fabric

The pandemic has been a stern tutor, teaching us many lessons including the importance of data, models, agile configurable manufacturing, smart logistics and the need for better tools for remote collaboration and learning. These are examples of some of the tools we failed to build in previous peacetimes, to help us drive prosperity and battle with exogenous shocks. As a nation, we now need to build the cyber-physical infrastructure to enable us to innovate smarter, faster, with less cost and risk and with more resilience, sustainability and competitive advantage. This talk will focus on weaving a national Cyber-Physical Fabric to turbo-charge the UK's innovation factory and tackle the planetary scale challenges that lie ahead.

Paul’s Bio:

In November 2020, Paul Clarke stepped down as Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, having joined the business in 2006 and led the sharp end of Ocado's innovation factory since early 2012. Paul is passionate about the recipes for successful invention, innovation and disruption, which in his experience are all about embracing non-linearity, mess, uncertainty, intersectional thinking, unconventionality, intuition and leaps of faith. He believes building a successful innovation factory is all about the people, culture, creativity, leadership and vision rather than the underlying technologies, and he has spent much of his career being a piece of disruptive grit in a number of different oysters, trying to help people see what they can’t see and trying to inspire teams to do things they never dreamed possible. He now sits on a number of government and industry advisory boards including the AI Council, Robotics Growth Partnership (co-chair), Innovation Expert Group, ISCF Future Flight, ISCF RAI Extreme Environments and the National Food Strategy, whilst at the same time advising a number of exciting start-ups.

Philippa Glover

Philippa Glover CNC Robotics Ltd

CNC Robotics Ltd

Keynote title: How robotic machining systems designed and built in the UK are fundamentally changing factory concepts?

Robotic machining systems designed and built in the UK are fundamentally changing factory concepts and enabling the creation of more creative, agile and sustainable factories. Robot machining systems excel in applications that need adaptability, speed and good, but not micron-level accuracy – which still covers many industrial needs. Composites machining is a significant area at the moment, with more new entrants working in electric vehicles and companies looking to machine lighter weight composite parts can benefit from the agility, speed and quality of a robotic machining system.

Philippa’s Bio:

Philippa is the Managing Director of CNC Robotics Ltd, a leading robotic integration company based in the Liverpool City Region. She started her career studying a Masters in Chemistry University of Sheffield and has worked in manufacturing ever since. Philippa is responsible for the strategic development of the business and its people and is passionate about working closely with the broader manufacturing community to address critical challenges that will shape our future. Philippa aims to encourage collaboration within this space and is an active voice within the sector, sitting on several advisory boards including MAKE UK, Manufacturing Made Smarter and has recently been appointed a commission member of Made Smarter. In 2019 she featured in Insiders 42 under 42 NW list celebrating the strength of the region’s brightest business talent who will form the next generation of successful business leaders.

Prof Richard Jones

Prof Richard Jones

Chair in Materials Physics and Innovation Policy, University of Manchester

Title: ingredients for successful innovation

Richard’s bio:

Richard is an experimental soft matter physicist. His first degree and PhD in Physics both come from Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, USA, he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, before moving to Sheffield in 1998. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his work in the field of polymers and biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces, and in 2009 he won the Tabor Medal of the UK’s Institute of Physics for his contributions to nanoscience.

He is the author of more than 190 research papers, and three books, Polymers at Surfaces and Interfaces (with Randal Richards, CUP 1999), Soft Condensed Matter, (OUP 2002), and Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life (OUP 2004).

He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sheffield University from 2009 to 2016, was a member of EPSRC Council from 2013 – 2018, and chaired Research England’s Technical Advisory Group for the Knowledge Exchange Framework. He has written extensively about science and innovation policy, and was a member of the Sheffield/Manchester Industrial Strategy Commission.

Dr Blake Kendrick

Dr Blake Kendrick Renishaw Plc

Renishaw Plc

Keynote title: How to Automate Automation

The demand for Industrial Automation has drastically trended upwards in recent years and the appetite for automating lines has never been higher. With major global events still fresh in mind, manufacturers are looking to reasons such as future-proofing, providing greater production flexibility, higher consistency and more accuracy to automate cells and incorporate industrial robotics. However, the process of automation is far from automatic, with multiple manual considerations presenting bottlenecks to the delivery of automated solutions. Applying new thinking and approaches for this sector, which have been built upon established principles from elsewhere, will improve productivity and enable necessary supply to deliver on potential. This keynote will outline the challenges seen in industry and present a pathway to efficient automation of the near-future.

Blake’s bio:

Blake has been navigating the interface between business, technology, UX, product and customer for the past twelve years. With a background in Engineering Design and an Engineering Doctorate in Systems, he has actively been engaged in and led research across hybrid manufacture, decentralised manufacture, flexible cells and AI-focussed projects. He has successfully brought a range of metrology and automation-based products to market for several companies. He is interested in bringing fundamental measurement principles into wider sectors of manufacturing, with a drive to make the user experience as easy and intuitive as possible. He is a chartered member of the IET, has been a corporate member of the CIRP and is a strong advocate for various STEM outreach initiatives.

Prof Eric MacDonald


University of Texas at El Paso
Keynote title: Additive Manufacturing of Elastomer, Ceramic and Metal Multi-functional Structures

3D printing has been historically relegated to fabricating conceptual models and prototypes; however, increasingly, research is now focusing on fabricating functional end-use products. As patents for 3D printing expire, new low-cost desktop systems are being adopted more widely and this trend is leading to a diversity of new products, processes and available materials. However, currently the technology is generally confined to fabricating single material static structures. For additively manufactured products to be economically meaningful, additional functionalities are required to be incorporated in terms of electronic, electromechanical, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, chemical and optical content. By interrupting the 3D printing and employing complementary manufacturing processes, additional functional content can be included in mass-customized structures. This presentation will review work in multi-process 3D printing for creating structures with consumer-anatomy-specific wearable electronics, electromechanical actuation, electromagnetics, propulsion, embedded sensors in soft tooling and including metal and ceramic structures.

Eric’s bio:

Eric MacDonald is a professor of mechanical engineering and Murchison Chair at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. MacDonald received his doctoral degree (2002) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in industry for 12 years at IBM and Motorola and subsequently co-founded a start-up specializing in CAD software and the startup was acquired by a firm in Silicon Valley. Dr. MacDonald held faculty fellowships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US Navy Research and was awarded a US State Department Fulbright Fellowship in South America. His research interests include 3D printed multi-functional applications and process monitoring in additive manufacturing with instrumentation and computer vision for improved quality and yield. As a co-founding editor of the Elsevier journal Additive Manufacturing, MacDonald has helped direct the academic journal to have highest impact factor among all manufacturing journals worldwide. He has recently been involved in the commissioning of a second partner journal, Additive Manufacturing Letters, upon which he serves as the Editor-in-Chief. Recent projects include 3D printing of structures such as nano satellites with structurally-embedded electronics - one of which was launched into Low Earth Orbit in 2013 and a replica of which was on display at the London Museum of Science. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, dozens of patents, one of which was licensed by Sony and Toshiba from IBM. He is a member of ASME, ASEE, senior member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the USA state of Texas.

Prof Ajay Malshe

Purdue University

Keynote title: How smart is smart manufacturing?

Ajay’s bio:

Dr. Malshe is R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University. He has 25 years of academic scholarship, and 15 years of partly overlapping nanomanufacturing business entrepreneurship experience taking breakthrough ideas from the tabletop-to-factory floor as the Founder CTO, and Board member of NanoMech Corp (now VinTech NanoMaterials). He is a member of professional organizations including ASEE, ASME, CIRP, NAE, and SME, and serves various roles. Subjects of his competencies are smart human-centric convergent manufacturing, bio-inspired designs, multifunctional materials, and system integration. Application areas of his experience are heavy-duty machines, microelectronics, smart food manufacturing for equity, and in-space manufacturing. He has 27 allowed/pending patents. More than 60 percent are licensed resulting in commercialized products for leading aerospace, automotive (EV), energy, heavy-duty trucking, racing, and other smart and precision manufacturing industries. Malshe received more than 40 international recognitions including a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), SME’s S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award and The 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing recognition, and Fellowships of the American Society of Materials (F.ASM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (F.ASME), the International Academy of Production Engineering (F.CIRP), and the UK’s Institute of Physics (F.InstP). He has trained/mentored >1200 scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Iain Minton

Technology Capability Director, BAE Systems

Keynote title and abstract: Manufacturing the Future

A look at the key challenges facing manufacturing, the industrial response and some examples where operational performance is being transformed.

Iain’s bio:

Iain has worked in the Aerospace industry since graduation in engineering from Oxford University. During over 20 years at Safran Nacelles, Iain worked throughout the Engineering arena, working in Product Validation and Chief Engineer of Nacelles, before moving into management roles within the Technical Department. Later Iain moved to be responsible for the research performed across Safran Nacelles sites in UK and France for the nacelle Architecture and Systems. Latterly, Iain was responsible for the Technical team within Safran Nacelles Ltd, included Programme responsibility for Safran Nacelles research activities within Europe and the UK.

Since 2021 Iain has been a member of BAE Systems Technology Programmes team, responsible for a wide range of technology programmes across the Air Sector that span the lifecycle of our current and future products.

An active STEM Ambassador, Iain chairs the Industrial Liaison Board of Burnley College, is a past Chairman of the Aerospace NorthWest Centre of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer. Iain is also a Board member of the NorthWest Aerospace Alliance.

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna

National University of Singapore
Keynote title: Implications of Carbon Neutral Economy on Manufacturing

Since the onset of COVID19 pandemic, several industrial nations around the world pledged to become carbon neutral economies by 2050. Major corporations also pledged carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier. They are in line with the stated goal of 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit, which is to secure global net zero emissions by mid-century. The UK will host the COP26 in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The impact of these stretching targets on manufacturing, energy, transportation, digitalization, trade, investments and finance industries can be expected. About 23% of global emissions is attributed to the materials production, and the global human made mass now exceeds all living biomass of Earth. It is implicit to reimagine manufacturing and build back better materials world so as to eliminate or significantly reduce the climate changing and human health harming emissions and solid waste accumulation. This lecture seeks to discuss the implications of carbon neutral economy as well as UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the future of manufacturing and materials. Also discusses the role of 4th industrial revolution technologies, life cycle thinking and engineering, and low-carbon materials on the future of manufacturing, products and services. Indeed, a clarion call to millions of researchers and engineers worldwide to advance the materials as well as manufacturing, which underpin modern economies, to facilitate carbon neutral economy transition.

Seeram’s bio:

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna 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 also an elected Fellow of American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS); ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME); American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE); Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE and Institution of Materials, Minerals & Mining, IoM3, UK; ISTE, India; and International Union of Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE). He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and the GMP training from Harvard University, USA. His academic leadership includes NUS’s Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Director of NUS International Relations Office; Founding Director of NUS Bioengineering; Founding Co-Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Institute. He is the Circular Economy Taskforce Chair at NUS and a member of Extended Producer Responsibility Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore. He is a member of UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda.

Prof Maarten Steinbuch

Prof Maarten Steinbuch

Distinguished University Professor, Eindhoven Univ. of Tech.

Keynote title: Are robots our friends?

Computing power doubles every two years, and is called Moore’s Law. This exponential rate of change enables accelerating developments in sensor technology, AI computing and in robotics and automotive. Machines to make products in modern factories will be smart and self-learning. Cars will become like an iPad on wheels. Our group is world champion in soccer playing robots. The question is when will they be better than humans? What we learn with playing robot soccer is also applicable to service robotics for care at home, and to autonomous guided vehicles for agriculture, logistics and industrial applications. We learn our robots to navigate, but when will robots start to learn to us. Are humans in the end necessary? And how does the future of schools and universities look like?

Maarten’s bio:

Maarten Steinbuch (born 1960 in Zeist, NL) is a high-tech systems scientist, entrepreneur and communicator. He holds the chair of Systems & Control at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where he is Distinguished University Professor. He is also Scientific Director of Eindhoven Engine. The research of his group spans from automotive engineering (with a focus on connected cars and clean vehicles) to mechatronics, motion control, and fusion plasma control. He is most known for his work in the field of advanced motion control and mechatronics, as well as in robotics for high precision surgery. Steinbuch is a prolific blogger and a key opinion leader on the influence of new technologies on society.

Prof Sam Turner

Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Keynote title and abstract: Manufacturing Technology: Resilient and responsive supply chains delivering a healthier greener society

The last 18 months has heightened the focus on global challenges and the need for agile manufacturing supply chains that can rapidly scale to deliver healthcare solutions, clean energy, transport and infrastructure. In the UK, the Government’s Net Zero 2050 targets present a clear call to arms to the engineering and manufacturing community to deliver the products and infrastructure that will enable the Net Zero targets to be met and Brexit and the Covid crisis sharpened the thinking around supply chain resilience.

In engineering the next generation products, there is a need to develop the manufacturing technology and processes that will enable these to be delivered at scale. With the trend of digitalisation there is an acceleration towards manufacturing engineering know how being embedded in the manufacturing hardware and systems that we deploy and a reducing dependency on the expertise and skill of experienced manufacturing engineers to deploy the technology. The manufacturing technology sector plays a crucial role in retaining value, a competitive supply base and highly skilled jobs. Without investment and support for the manufacturing technology sector, which has strategic value way beyond its direct market size, there is the risk that manufacturing supply chains become commoditised and manufacturing will gravitate to those regions with the manufacturing technology, lowest cost and lowest carbon footprint.

On the subject of low carbon manufacturing there is also a critical role to play here, not only in producing the products that enable a net zero transition, but in developing manufacturing hardware and systems that minimise energy usage and waste and support remanufacture and recycling of materials at end of life. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult recognises the importance of a strong and innovative manufacturing technology and systems community in the UK and welcomes the recent announcements regarding investment in AMPI.

Sam’s bio:

Professor Sam Turner is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. Sam works across the HVM Catapult centres and stakeholders, including government, to develop manufacturing strategy for the UK. He is part of the Made Smarter strategy implementation group led by Juergen Maier and was part of the review team. In this role Sam has chaired the D4I digital industry group, the Through Life Engineering Services (TES) Council and the IMechE Manufacturing Industries Division, The TRIB Infrastructure working group and the Cross Catapult Research & Technology Group. Sam currently leads the cross HVM Catapult Digital and Net Zero teams and strategy development.

He joined the HVM Catapult team in 2017 from his role as CTO of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, where he worked on a range of projects and capabilities including the flagship digital facility Factory 2050, machining, casting and composites technology. As a founding member of the AMRC, Sam led the growth of the AMRC’s Machining Group, with successes in delivering impact to UK industry, before moving into the CTO role. Sam has over 20 years experience in manufacturing working across the aerospace, steel, defence, automotive sectors.

Harkaitz Urreta

Harkaitz Urreta


Keynote title: Precision Engineering in machine tools, some steps towards smart manufacturing

Harkaitz’ bio:

Dr. Harkaitz Urreta leads the Precision Engineering group at IDEKO technology centre ( BRTA member, institute specialized in advanced manufacturing and machine tools technologies. With more than 20 years of experience in research and innovation projects focused on improving the performance of machines and manufacturing processes, the precision has been the main goal in his career. Into precision engineering field, the main activity is around: Machine's thermal behaviour, volumetric errors and compensation, precision mechatronics, measuring systems and high precision machine components like hydrostatic bearings. His doctorate project was related with active journal bearing, titled “Actively lubricated guiding systems for precision machine tools based on magnetic fluids and adaptive valves”. This way, and jointly a team with over twenty highly skilled researchers, he is involved in machine tools projects from design, simulation, experimental analysis, measuring systems developing and novel systems for prototyping.

Prof Lihui Wang

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Keynote title: Towards Factories of the Future through Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing depends on the timely acquisition, distribution, and utilisation of information from machines and processes from manufacturing shop floors and across product lifecycles. This is especially true for factories of the future. Effective information sharing can improve production quality, reliability, resource efficiency and the recyclability of end-of-life products. Smart manufacturing built on digitalisation also aims for better sustainability. As emerging infrastructures, cyber-physical systems and cloud manufacturing provide new opportunities to achieve the goals of smart manufacturing, where digital twin and human-robot collaboration add values to manufacturing operations. For the sake of the audience with diverse background, the following topics will be covered in this talk:
• A brief overview of manufacturing and AI history
• Current status and movements towards smart manufacturing
• Latest advancement and future opportunities in smart manufacturing
• Showcases of remote monitoring and control, and human-robot collaboration
While advanced technologies show great promise, challenges and future trends remain to be identified and will be highlighted in this keynote presentation.

Lihui’s bio:

Lihui Wang is a Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests are presently focused on human-robot collaborations, brain robotics, cyber-physical production systems, real-time monitoring and control, predictive maintenance, and adaptive manufacturing systems. Professor Wang is actively engaged in various professional activities. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Manufacturing Research, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Systems, and Editor-in-Chief of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. He has published 10 books and authored in excess of 550 publications. Professor Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, CIRP, SME and ASME, as well as a Professional Engineer in Canada. He was the President (2020-2021) of North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME, and the Chairman of Swedish Production Academy (2018-2020).