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Phone number: +44 (0) 121 204 3291                             
Email: y.xu16@aston.ac.uk


Professor Yuchun Xu is a Chair in Manufacturing, leader of two interdisciplinary research themes Digital Engineering, and Circular Economy at Aston University. His research is mainly focused on Smart Manufacturing, Remanufacturing, Life Cycle Engineering and Cost Modeeling/Analysis. Prof Xu’s research is sponsored by EPSRC, Innovate UK and EU H2020, FP7 etc. with total profile over £25M. His research closely links with industry to address the challenges associated with Smart Factory, Asset Management, and Circular Economy. His industrial collaborators include Manufacturing Technology Centre, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Network Rail etc.

Professor Xu has published over 70 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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