Tuesday 31st March, Manchester Central Convention Complex

For the third year running, The University of Manchester is organising the Industry 4.0 Academia Summit. This year, the Academia Summit will take the form of a one-day symposium on:

The future of human-centric manufacturing in a global UK

Come and join us as we bring together a number of thought leaders from the interface between academia and business to share their views and visions about the challenges and opportunities facing the UK in a competitive global market in the next decade.

Attending the Academia Summit is free for pre-registered delegates of the Industry 4.0 Summit and visitors to the Industry 4.0 Expo.

If you have any queries about the Industry 4.0 Academia Summit please e-mail Industry4.0@manchester.ac.uk

Symposium Chair: Prof Paulo Bartolo – Chair, Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Lead, University of Manchester

Symposium Manager: Dr Shaden Jaradat – Research Strategy Coordinator and Industry 4.0 Liaison

University of Manchester


Speaker: Prof David Romero

Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Title: Operator 4.0

Bio: Professor David Romero is a Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Mexico, as well as National Academia Representative and Coach for the Regional Secretariat of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) – Mexico. His research interests include: Circular Manufacturing, Service Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems & Human Systems, Advanced Production Management Systems, Green Virtual Enterprises, and Technology and Engineering Management. He is a member of the Society of Collaborative Networks, the IFAC TC5.3 on Enterprise Integration and Networking, the IFIP WG5.7 on Advances in Production Management Systems, the IFIP WG5.12 on Architectures for Enterprise Integration, the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society and the IEEE Internet of Things Community. Furthermore, he is an Agenda Contributor at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Council on “Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production”, and a World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) Ambassador. He has published more than 100 journal and international conference articles and serves at different editorial and scientific committees and advisory boards in academia, industry and government in the disciplines of business and industrial engineering. Nowadays is focus on promoting the concepts of the “Operator 4.0” and “Digital Lean Manufacturing”.


Speaker: Prof Darek Ceglarek

EPSRC Research Chair, Director of Digital Lifecycle Management Group, WMG

Title: TBC

Bio: Prof Darek Ceglarek is EPSRC Star Research Chair at WMG, University of Warwick and a CIRP Fellow. Previously, he was Professor in Industrial & Systems Engg. at Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. in ME from Univ of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1994. His research focusses on digital manufacturing, in-process and closed-loop quality control; data mining and root cause analysis across design, manufacturing & service.  His research has been funded by: US (NSF, NIST), UK (EPSRC, InnovateUK, HVM Catapult), EU (FP7, Marie Curie) and industry (>30 OEM/SME). He has published over 170 papers; received several Best Paper Awards; & numerous awards including 2018 Jaguar LandRover’s (JLR) ‘Innovista’ Award for the WMG-JLR collaborative project ‘Laser Welded Lightweight Aluminium Door for SUV’; 2007 UK EPSRC Star Award, US NSF 2003 CAREER Award; 1999 Outstanding Research Scientist Award, Univ. of Michigan; 1998 Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, SME. He served as Chair, INFORMS QSR Section; Program Chair, ASME Design-for-Manufacturing Life Cycle Conference, AE of the IEEE & ASME Transactions. He is an Associate Editor (EU), ASTM Smart & Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Journal.


Speaker: Dan Burton

Global Enterprise Account Orchestrator, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Title: TBC

Bio: Dan Burton is an experienced business consultant with experience of helping customers realise their digital vision. From understanding requirements to helping put together joint product roadmaps, Dan has helped customers understand the benefits of an integrated vision for their digital portfolio of solutions. Dan has worked for Siemens Industries Software for 4 years and previously at ANSYS and FLUENT in a variety of roles for 16 years previously.


Speaker: Dr Joe Ravetz

Co-Director, Collaboratory for Urban Resilience & Energy

Title: The role of the urban in Industry 4.0 & vice versa


Please visit this page again w/c 9th March for a final list of speakers

The programme will run from 09:30 until around 16:30.


Please visit this page again on or w/c 9th March for a final list of speakers

Attending the Academia Summit is free for Expo visitors and for delegates of the Industry 4.0 Summit.

Please follow this link to register

With an exciting and ambitious Vision and Strategy for Industry 4.0 @ Manchester, The University of Manchester is uniquely equipped to be a leader of Industry 4.0 research, innovation and upskilling:

  • A supply chain of talent – We are one of the largest universities in the UK, with c.40,000 students nearly 12,000 of whom in STEM subjects, 4,000 Postgraduate Research students, and over 6,700 academics and researchers.
  • Responsible research – Ranked 27th in the world, 6th in the UK and 8th in Europe (QS). Best in Europe and third in the world based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals framework (THE). Around 83% of our research activity judged world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2017). Total research income of c. £400m in 2019.
  • An ecosystem of innovation – Our capabilities in core Industry 4.0 technologies can combine with a myriad of interdisciplinary institutes, centres and networks that provide the human-centric aspects, including the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, Robotics and AI in Nuclear Hub, BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, The Thomas Ashton Institute, Sir Henry Royce Institute, Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, North West Composites Centre, Manchester Urban Institute, and many others.

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