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Professor Xiaoqi Chen

Electrical Engineering & Electronics, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom; Materials Technology, Brunel University, United Kingdom; Mechanical Engineering, South China University of Technology, China; Mechanical Engineering, South China University of Technology, China


XiaoQi Chen is Deputy Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and Professor in Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering. He obtained his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, South China University of Technology. He was a recipient of China-UK Technical Co-Operation Award for his MSc study in Materials Technology, Brunel University (1985 – 1986), and PhD study in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool (1986 – 1989). Prior to joining Swinburne, he was Professor, Director of Mechatronics Engineering, University of Canterbury (2006-2019). He was Senior Scientist and Technical Manager of Advanced Materials Processing in Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006); Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (1998-2006); Research Fellow, Brunel University (1990-1992) and Durham University (1989-1990), UK.

Prof Chen’s research interests span over robotics, smart manufacturing, advanced materials processing, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems. He is a strong advocate for translating fundamental and applied research into commercial adoption. His team received Singapore National Technology Award for their pioneering work on additive re-manufacturing of turbine aerofoils (1999), and he was the recipient of New Zealand Forest Owners Association Award (2015) for the development of tree felling robot. His research on untethered wall climbing robot span off Invert Robotics Ltd that won New Zealand Hi-Tech Start-Up Excellence Award (2012).

Prof Chen is an elected Fellow of Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ); elected Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME, USA). He was Vice Chair of SME Singapore Chapter, founding Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation New Zealand Chapter. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Control and Intelligent Systems, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.  He has more than 400 publications, 10 patents, and authored and edited 4 books. He has delivered over 100 invited keynote addresses and seminars.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Manufacturing Robotics And Mechatronics (excl. Automotive Mechatronics) - 091007
  • Mechanical Engineering - 091300
  • Adaptive Agents And Intelligent Robotics - 080101

Teaching areas

Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing


Also published as: Chen, Xiaoqi; Chen, X.; Chen, X-Q.; Chen, X. Q.; Chen, Xiao Qi; Chen, Xiao-Qi; Chen, XiaoQi; XiaoQi, Chen
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