Principle Investigator

Ir Dr PAI ZHENG is currently an 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, 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 – )

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 – )

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 – )

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: Human-Robot Collaboration, Multimodal Human-Robot Interaction, Vision and Language Navigation

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]

Research Staff

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

Contact: [email protected] 


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. 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


Dr, Xing Cai

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]


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. Jingchen Cong

Postdoctoral Fellow (2023)

PhD at Tianjin University

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

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

UGC-funded Research Scholarship (2020 – 2023)

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

PolyU Fast-Track PhD Scholarship (2020 – 2023)

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)

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

Contact: [email protected]

Dr. LIU Peiji

Assistant 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]

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

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]


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]

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]


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

Contact: [email protected]


Dr. Zhihua Chen

Visiting Scholar

Research Assistant Professor

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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

Contact: [email protected]