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  • Aston Triangle, Main Building 154M

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Professor Yuchun Xu is a Chair in Manufacturing at Aston University. His research is mainly focused on Digital & Smart Manufacturing, Life Cycle Engineering, and Engineering Economic Analysis & Optimisation. Prof Xu’s research is sponsored by EPSRC, Innovate UK and EU H2020, FP7 etc. with total profile over £25M. His research is closely linked with industry to address the challenges associated with Smart Factory, Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy. His industrial collaborators include Manufacturing Technology Centre, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Network Rail etc.

Professor Xu has published over 60 papers largely in leading peer reviewed journals. He is the Member of EPSRC & STFC Peer Review College, the editorial board member and peer reviewer of several leading international journals. Prof Xu regularly serves as the technical and programme committee member and sessions chair of leading international conferences.

Research Interests

Professor Xu’s research interests include Digital Product Development & Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing & Automation, Remanufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering, Cost Modelling & Engineering-Economic Analysis.

Teaching Activity

  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Engineering for Industry
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Final Year Project 


  • Aug 2020 – : Chair Professor of Manufacturing, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University
  • 2017 – 2020: Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University
  • 2008 – 2017: Lecturer, Manufacturing Division, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University
  • 2005 – 2008: Research Fellow, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • 2003 – 2005: Project Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • 2001 – 2002: Department Manager, Technical Centre, Great Wall Broadband Network Ltd., Shanghai, China
  • 1999 – 2001: Research Fellow, National Key Laboratory of Precision Measuring Technology and Instruments, School of Precision Instrument & Opto-electronics Engineering, Tianjin University, China


  • PhD in Manufacturing Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1999
  • BEng (1st Hons) in Automotive Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1993


  • TS Manufactures
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Remanufacturing
  • Life Cycle Cost Modelling
  • Engineering Management
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Machining
  • Metrology
  • Inspection
  • Automation
  • Robotics

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Research Output

Ergonomic evaluation on the manufacturing shop floor: A review of hardware and software technologies

Mgbemena, C. E., Tiwari, A., Xu, Y., Prabhu, V. & Hutabarat, W., Aug 2020, In : Cirp Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology. 30, p. 68-78 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • The aperiodic facility layout problem with time-varying demands and an optimal master-slave solution approach

    Xiao, Y., Zhang, Y., Kulturel-Konak, S., Konak, A., Xu, Y. & Zhou, S., 22 Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Production Research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The continuous maximal covering location problem in large-scale natural disaster rescue scenes

    Yang, P., Xiao, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhou, S., Yang, J. & Xu, Y., 1 Aug 2020, In : Computers and Industrial Engineering. 146, 106608.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The continuous pollution routing problem

    Xiao, Y., Zuo, X., Huang, J., Konak, A. & Xu, Y., 5 Feb 2020, In : Applied Mathematics and Computation. 387, 125072.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A new formulation of the electric vehicle routing problem with time windows considering concave nonlinear charging function

    Zuo, X., Xiao, Y., You, M., Kaku, I. & Xu, Y., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 236, 117687.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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