Principle Investigator

Ir Dr PAI ZHENG is currently an Chartered Engineer, Assistant Professor, Wong Tit Shing Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Lab-in-Charge of Digitalized Service Laboratory (DSL), at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR. His research interest mainly lies in smart product-service systems, human-robot collaboration, and smart manufacturing systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (2022 – )/CMES (2018 – ), Member of SME (2022 – )/ASME (2017 – ), CIRP Research Affiliate (2022 – ), SME | NAMRC Scientific Committee Member of Track 1: Manufacturing Systems, Technical Committee Member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society TC-Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centred Automation, and CMES Industrial Big Data and Intelligent Systems Chapter. He also serves as the Associate Editor of Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Journal of Cleaner Production and IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing, Editorial Board Member of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Advanced Engineering Informatics, and Guest Editor/Referee for many high-impact international journals in the manufacturing/industrial engineering field.

PhD Candidates

Shufei Li

UGC-funded Research Scholarship (2020 – )

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Beihang Univerisity, 2020

Research Interests: Human-robot collaboration; AR-assisted industrial inspection; Computer Vision



Fan Junming

Scholarship by AIR@InnoHK, ITC (2021 – )

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2018

Research Interests: Computer vision; 6D pose estimation; Human Robot Collaboration


Yue Yin

Scholarship by MHKJFS, ITC (2022 – )

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Beihang Univerisity, 2019

Research Interests: Digital Twin; Model-based Engineering


Tian Wang

Scholarship by MHKJFS, ITC (2022 – )

MSC in Signal Processing, Nanyang Technological University, 2022

Research Interests: Digital Twin; Computer Vision, Prognostics, and Health Management


Muhammad Ateeq

PolyU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2022-)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2022


Liqiao Xia

PolyU Fast-Track PhD Scholarship (2020 – )

M.S. Computer Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2020

Research Interests: Knowledge graph; Network Analysis; Engineering Informatics



Chengxi Li

Scholarship by AIR@InnoHK, ITC (2021 – )

MSC, Computer Science, Uppsala University, 2020

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning; Multi-Agent Based Manufacturing; Robot Learning


Yongshi Liang

Scholarship by Smart Traffic Fund, HKPC (2022 – )

M.S. Computer Science, South China Agricultural University

Research Interests: Knowledge Graph, AR-HUD, Deep learning



Ke Dong

*SUSTech-PolyU Collaborative PhD Scheme (2022 – )

M.S. Textile Material and Textiles Design, Jiangnan Univerisity
Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing; Fibre-based Intelligent Composite; AI-Assisted materials design


*SUSTech co-supervisor: Dr. Yi Xiong

Mohammed Woyeso, Geda

*PolyU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2016-2021)

Research Interests: Remanufacturing and EOL Recovery; Product Family Design; Data-Driven Design

*Previous main supervisor: Dr. C. K. Kwong (2016 – 2020)

Research Staff

Dr. LIU Peiji

Postdoctoral Fellow(2022-)

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Chongqing University, 2019

Research Interests: Low-carbon manufacturing system, Green supply chain, Industrial big data, Industrial Internet service


Dr. Tianyuan Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 – 2022)

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Donghua University, 2021

Research Interests: Welding Automation; Computer Vision; Deep Learning; and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems



Dr. Shimin Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022-2024)

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Donghua University, 2022

Research Interests: Digital twin; Intelligent manufacturing system; Intelligent machining; System adaptability and Bionic manufacturing

Dr. Chenyu Xiao

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022 – 2023)

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, 2022

Research Interests: Fault Diagnosis, Prognostics and Health Management, Hybrid System Modeling


Jiazhen Pang

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022 – 2023)

Ph.D. Aeronautical Manufacturing Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2022

Research Interest: Digital twin manufacturing, Industrial object recognition, Augmented reality assistance, 3D model retrieval.



Kai Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022 – 2023)

Ph.D. Management Science and Engineering, Jinan University (expected in Mar. 2022)

Research Interests: Collaborative decision-making; Industrial production service systems; 



Tao Jing

Research Associate (2022-2023)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Research Interests: Machine prognosis and health management; Deep learning



Yat-Ming Pang

Research Assistant (2021 – 2022)

B. Eng., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2021

Research Interests: Augmented Reality, Human-Robot Collaboration



Honarary Academic Staff

Dr. Chao Liu

Research Assistant Professor in ISE (2020-2021)

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Aston University, UK

Research Interests: Smart Manufacturing Systems, Machine Tool, Machine Learning


Dr. Zuoxu Wang

Assistant Professor, Beihang University

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 – 2022)

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2021

Research Interests: Smart Product-service system; Data-driven design; Requirement elicitation



Dr. Kai Ding

Hong Kong Scholar (2019 – 2020, Supervisor: Prof. Felix Chan)

Associate Professor
Institute of Smart Manufacturing Systems, School of Construction Machinery, Chang’an University

Research interests: Cyber-Physical Production System, Digital Twin, Autonomous production and operations analysis



Visiting Staff/Student

Prof. Pin Lyu

Senior Visiting Scholar (2021-2022)

Professor, School of Electrical Information Engineering, Shanghai Dianji University

Research Interests: Data Mining, Sentiment Analysis, and Machine Learning




PolyU-NWPU Joint Supervision Scheme (2021-2022)

Visiting PhD Student, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Research Interests: Smart Manufacturing; Knowledge Management; Abnormity Diagnosis; Machine Learning

Main supervisor: Prof. Yingfeng Zhang (NWPU, China)

Co-supervisor: Dr. Pai Zheng (PolyU)



Jingchen Cong

Visiting PhD Student (2019)

PhD Student, Tianjin University

Research Interests: Smart Product Service System; Design Theory; Industrial Design


Xiangying Zhang

PolyU-ZJU Joint Supervision Scheme (2020-2021)

Visiting PhD Student, Zhejiang University

Research Interests: Human Ergonomics; Smart Office; Ambient intelligence

Main supervisor: Prof. Renzhong Tang (ZJU, China)

Co-supervisors: Prof. Tao Peng (ZJU, China), Dr. Carmen K.M. Lee and Dr. Pai Zheng (PolyU)


Dr. Wenbo Wu

Visiting Scholar (2021 – )

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2021

Research Interests: Computer-Aided Process Planning; Machining Feature Recognition; Deep Reinforcement Learning



Dr. Zhihua Chen

Visiting Scholar

Research Assistant Professor

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research Interests: Smart Product-service system; Cyber-Physical Systems; Complex Network