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  • Aston Triangle, Main Building 147C

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Life Extension of High Value Engineering Asset Based on Smart Condition Monitoring Manufacturers need to increase the availability of their engineering asset, in order to reduce unscheduled downtime and maximise the asset utilisation. This requires techniques managing maintenance and extending the asset’s life. Condition monitoring offers a predictive approach to asset maintenance, ensuring optimum asset performance while keeping downtime to a minimum. This PhD project will develop a system solution to predict the machine failure effectively and efficiently. You need to have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mechatronics, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science to apply for this post. Knowledge/experience of condition monitoring, signal processing, data analysis, programming on Matlab or other professional software are preferred. Please contact Dr Yuchun Xu ( with your CV for more details.

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Personal profile


Yuchun joined the Aston School of Engineering and Applied Science in July 2017. His main background is in manufacturing engineering, mechatronics, and life cycle engineering. Prior to Aston, Yuchun worked as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Division at Cranfield University. Before that, Yuchun worked as postdoctoral researcher in Queen’s University Belfast, Cardiff University in UK, and Tianjin University in China, respectively. Yuchun also worked in IT industry shortly in Shanghai, China before coming to UK in 2002.

Contact Details

Phone number: 44(0)121 204 3291                             
Room: MB 154M

Research Interests

Dr Xu’s research lies in the areas of Industry 4.0, Digital & Smart Manufacturing, Remanufacturing, Life Cycle Engineering, and Circular Economy. His research work are closely linked with industry, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, and Network Rail etc. 

Teaching Activity

  • Design for Manufacturing, Engineering for Industry


  • 2017 -        : 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, UK. 
  • 2005 – 2008: Research Fellow, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. 
  • 2003 – 2005: Project Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, UK. 
  • 2001 – 2002: Department Manager, Technical Centre, Great Wall Broadband Network Ltd., Shanghai, China. 
  • 1999 – 2001: Postdoctoral Researcher, 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 with 1st Class Honours in Automotive Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1993


  • TS Manufactures
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Life Cycle Engineeering
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Remanufacturing
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Machining
  • Metrology
  • Inspection
  • Measurement

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Product design Engineering & Materials Science
Knowledge management Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science
Ergonomics Engineering & Materials Science
Life cycle Engineering & Materials Science
Personnel Engineering & Materials Science
Vehicle routing Engineering & Materials Science
Product Design Mathematics

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Research Output 2008 2019

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

electric vehicle
Vehicle routing
Electric vehicles

Optimal mathematical programming and variable neighborhood search for k-modes categorical data clustering

Xiao, Y., Huang, C., Huang, J., Kaku, I. & Xu, Y., 29 Jan 2019, In : Pattern Recognition. 90, p. 183-195 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mathematical programming
Linear programming
Heuristic algorithms

Summary of Cloud Robot Research

Liu, Y. & Xu, Y., 11 Nov 2019, ICAC 2019 - 2019 25th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing. Yu, H. (ed.). IEEE, p. 1-5 8895254

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cloud computing

An autonomous system for maintenance scheduling data-rich complex infrastructure: Fusing the railways’ condition, planning and cost

Durazo-Cardenas, I., Starr, A., Turner, C. J., Tiwari, A., Kirkwood, L., Bevilacqua, M., Tsourdos, A., Shehab, E., Baguley, P., Xu, Y. & Emmanouilidis, C., 22 Feb 2018, In : Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 89, p. 234-253 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
German Federal Railways

Design and implementation of ergonomic risk assessment feedback system for improved work posture assessment

Mgbemena, C. E., Oyekan, J., Hutabarat, W., Xu, Y. & Tiwari, A., 4 Jul 2018, In : Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. 19, 4, p. 431-455

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Risk assessment
risk assessment