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The Manufacturing Futures Research Institute team brings together expertise in manufacturing, nanomaterials, nanofabrication, Internet 4.0 and cutting edge industrial design.

Research associates

Program 1. Industry 4.0

Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos

Industrial IoT (IIoT)

Prem Prakash Jayaraman (Stream Leader)


Jun Zhang (or delegate)


Kai Qin (or delegate)


A.Prof. Philip Branch



Cyber-Physical Machines, Processes, Humans, Products (Cyber Twins)

Dr. Abhik Banerjee (Stream Leader)


Franz Fuss (or delegate) 


Dr. Hadi Ghaderi 


Dr. Mahnaz Shafiei



Manufacturing Solution Development and Optimisation (DevelOpt)

Dr. Ambarish Kulkarni (Stream Leader)


Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos





Program 2. Digital Design

A.Prof Boris Eisenbart

Design-driven Product and Manufacturing Innovation

Prof. Anita Kocsis (Stream Leader)


Dr. Boris Eisenbart 



Mixed-Reality Design and Manufacturing

Dr. Ambarish Kulkarni (Stream Leader)


Prof. Kim Vincs


A/Prof. Boris Eisenbart



Design for Sustainability

A.Prof. Gavin Melles (Stream Leader)


Prof. Geoffrey Brooks


Dr. Enda Crossin


Prof. M Akbar Rhamdhani





Program 3. Intelligent Robotics

Dr. Mats Isaksson

Field Robotics

Dr. Jinchuan Zheng (Stream Leader)

Construction Robotics

Dr. Daniel Prohasky


Dr. Canhui Chen



Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy

Dr. Chris McCarthy (Stream Leader)

Autonomous systems

A.Prof. Bao Quoc Vo

Multi-agent Systems and Cloud Robotics

Dr. Jiong Jin


Prof. Ryszard Kowalczyk



Human-robot Interaction

A.Prof. Zhenwei Cao (Stream Leader)


Dr. Mats Isaksson



Assistive Robotics

A.Prof. Sonja Pedell (Stream Leader)

Bionic robot devices

Prof. XiaoQi Chen


Dr. Michelle Dunn

Brain machine interfaces

Dr. Rifai Chai

Biomechanics modelling and control

Dr. John McCormick



Program 4. Next Generation Materials

Prof. Baohua Jia


Prof. Bronwyn Fox (Stream Leader)


Prof. Alan Lau


Dr. Nishar Hameed



Nano Materials and Device

Prof. Baohua Jia (Stream Leader)


Han Lin


Prof. Simon Moulton


Dr. Mahnaz Shafiei



Smart Materials and Structure

Jay Sanjayan (Stream Leader)


Dr. Hongjian Du



Energy harvesting and storage materials

A.Prof. Chenghua Sun (Stream Leader)


Dr. Francois Malherbe


A.Prof. Aimin Yu


Dr. Peter Mahon


Prof. Baohua Jia





Program 5. Resilient Processes

Prof. XiaoQi Chen

Materials Processing and Inspection Technology

A.Prof. Suresh Palanisamy (Stream Leader)


Prof. Syed Masood


Prof. Tracy Ruan


Prof. Emad Gad


Prof. Chris Berndt


Prof. Xiaodong Huang


A.Prof. Pat Rajeev


Dr. Nishar Hameed


Dr. Yvonne Durandet


Dr. Andrew Ang


Dr. Novana Houtasoit


Dr. Rizwan Rashid


Wealth from Waste

Prof. M Akbar Rhamdhani (Stream Leader)


A.Prof. Aimin Yu


A.Prof. Igor Sbarski


Dr. Francois Malherbe


Dr. Yat Wong


Dr. Nisa Salim


Dr. Mostafa Nikzard


Dr. Yoga Sembada


Carbon Reduction in Manufacturing

Prof. Geoffrey Brooks (Stream Leader)


Prof. Richard Manasseh


A.Prof. Jamal Naser


A.Prof. Justin Leontini


Dr. Rosalie Hocking


Dr. Terence Grant


A.Prof. Maria Zhang




Contact the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

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