Principle Investigator

Ir Dr PAI ZHENG is currently an Associate Professor (Tenured since 07/2024), Wong Tit Shing Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of PolyU-Rhein Köster Joint Laboratory on Smart Manufacturing, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR. Dr. Zheng is a recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers Award (2024), HKPU Young Innovative Researcher Award (2023), and Top 50 Global “AI+X” Chinese Young Scholars (2022). 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, Journal of Engineering Design, and Guest Editor/Referee for many high-impact international journals in the manufacturing/industrial engineering field.

PhD/Mphil Candidates

Fan Junming

Scholarship by AIR@InnoHK, ITC (2021 – )

Exchange @ The University of Manchester in 2023

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

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

Contact: [email protected]

Chengxi Li

Scholarship by AIR@InnoHK, ITC (2021 – )

PhD exchange @ The University of Southern California in 2024

MSC, Computer Science, Uppsala University, 2020

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

Contact: [email protected]

Yue Yin

Scholarship by MHKJFS, ITC (2022 – )

Exchange @ University of New South Wales in 2024

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Beihang Univerisity, 2019

Research Interests: Digital Twin; Model-based Engineering

Contact: [email protected]

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

Contact: [email protected]


Tian Wang

Scholarship by MHKJFS, ITC (2022 – )

MSC in Signal Processing, Nanyang Technological University, 2022

Research Interests: Production and Manufacturing Systems, Monitoring and Management

Contact: [email protected]

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

Contact: [email protected]

*SUSTech co-supervisor: Dr. Yi Xiong

Wenhang Dong

PolyU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2023-)

M.S. Zhejiang University, 2022

Research Interests: Human-robot collaboration; Computer vision; Semantic segmentation

Contact: [email protected]

Suiyan Shang

*UGC-funded Research Scholarship (2022 – )

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong Univerisity, 2021
Research Interests: virtual metrology, physical-informed neural network, signal processing and self-optimization ultra-precision machining system

Contact: [email protected]

*Main-supervisor: Prof. Benny Cheung

Hongpeng Chen

PolyU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2023-)

MSC in Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2023
Research Interests: Human-robot collaboration; Robot teleoperation; Robot Learning

Contact: [email protected]

Mengyang Ren

AiDLab Project Scholarship (2023 – )

M.S. Tianjin University, 2022

Research Interests: Human-vehicle interaction, smart product-service systems, AIGC

Contact: [email protected]

Dongpeng Li

*Joint PhD Programme Scholarship (2023 – )

PhD candidate in both HKPU and SCUT since 2022
Research Interests: Cognitive Predictive Maintenance, Explainable Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Knowledge Graph

Contact: [email protected]

Benhua Gao

PolyU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2023-)

M.Eng. Control Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, 2023
Research Interests: Multimodal HRC, Deep learning, Robot teleoperation

Contact: [email protected]

Ke Wan

Mphil Student (2023 – )

B.Eng. Telecommunications Eng., Nanjing University, 2022
Research Interests: Human-robot collaboration; Robot teleoperation

Contact: [email protected]


Mphil student(2024 -)

B.Eng. Aircraft Manufacturing Eng., Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2022

Research Interests: Human-robot Collaboration

Contact: [email protected]

Research Staff

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. 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.

Contact: j[email protected] 


Dr. 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; 

Contact: [email protected] 


Dr. Weipeng Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow (2024-2026)

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2021

Research Interests: Intelligent manufacturing system, Green manufacturing, Aluminum casting.

Contact: [email protected]

Fo Sing Lo

Research Assistant @ CobotAI Limited (2023 – )

B.Eng. Industrial and Systems Engineering, HKPU (2023)

Research Interests: AR, Human-Robot Collaboration

Contact: [email protected]



Dr. Shufei Li

Current Position: Research Fellow, the Centre for Advanced Robotics Technology Innovation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

UGC-funded Research Scholarship (2020 – 2023)

PhD exchange @ KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2022

PhD thesis: A Systematic Exploration Methodology to Achieve Proactive Human-Robot Collaboration in the Human-Centric Smart Manufacturing Environment

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

Contact: [email protected]


Dr. Liqiao Xia

Current Position: Postdoctoral scholar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

PolyU Fast-Track PhD Scholarship (2020 – 2023)

PhD exchange @ University of Cambridge in 2022

PhD thesis: A Systematic Graph-based Methodology for Cognitive Predictive Maintenance of Complex Engineering Equipment

Research Interests: Knowledge graph; Network Analysis; Engineering Informatics

Contact: [email protected]

Dr. 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)

Mr. Yat-Ming Pang

FYP student & Research Assistant (2020 – 2022)

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

Research Interests: Augmented Reality, Human-Robot Collaboration

Contact: [email protected]


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

Contact: [email protected]

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

Contact: [email protected]


Dr. Kai Ding

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

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

Contact: [email protected]

Past Postdoc/Visiting Staff/Student

Prof. Pin Lyu

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Dianji University

Senior Visiting Scholar (2021-2022)

Professor, School of Electrical Information Engineering, Shanghai Dianji University

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

Contact: [email protected]


Dr. LIU Peiji

Current Position: Associate Professor, Chongqing University

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

Contact: [email protected]

Dr. Tianyuan Liu

Current Position: Associate Professor, Donghua University

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 – 2023)

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Donghua University, 2021

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

Contact: [email protected] 


Dr. Chenyu Xiao

Current Position: Resarch Scientist, Hong Kong Productivity Council

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022 – 2023)

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

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


Dr. Jingchen Cong

Current Position: Associate Professor, Hebei University of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow (2023-2024)

PhD at Tianjin University

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

Contact: [email protected]

Dr, Xing Cai

Current Position: Associate Professor, Southeast University

Postdoctoral Fellow (2022-2023)

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Southeast University, 2021

Research Interests: Digital twin; Intelligent Reconstruction of Traffic Infrastructure; Sustainable construction material; NDT(nondestructive testing).

Contact: [email protected]


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)

Contact: [email protected]


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)

Contact: [email protected]


Tao Jing

Research Associate (2022-2023)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Research Interests: Machine prognosis and health management; Deep learning

Contact: [email protected]