About this research seminar series

The objective of this research seminar series is to provide a platform to connect global academics, researchers, and practitioners in industrial and systems engineering, management science, and engineering (covering a broad range of application domains, such as construction, finance, healthcare, logistics and transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain). Distinguished scholars and industrial leaders will share their significant and innovative visions, insights, and ideas with the participants and nurture the younger generation of researchers who will lead our future.

This series of seminars is free and open to the public.

Next Seminar


Aydin Nassehi

Professor of Production Systems,

Head of Mechanical Engineering, 

University of Bristol

Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory

FCIRP, FHEA, MIET & IJCIM Senior Editor 


Date and time:  July 20 (Wed), 2022, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/93965533071       Zoom meeting ID: 939 6553 3071

Seminar Title: 

Is digital manufacturing smart?


For more than a decade, the wide implementation of sensors and connected devices has been heralded as the next industrial revolution. In this talk, I will review the changes that have taken place in the context of manufacturing systems since the 1960s, consider the latest in the state of the art and the best available future predictions for developments to answer the question of whether “digital manufacturing” and “smart manufacturing” are the same thing. 

Speaker bio: 

Aydin Nassehi is Professor of Production Systems, a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), and, the technical secretary of the Academy for production system and organisations as well as the chair of CIRP UK. He is known for his work in digital manufacturing through more than 150 peer-reviewed publications with highly impactful papers on digital twins, hybrid manufacturing and process planning. He is the senior editor for the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and leads working groups for international standardisation in smart manufacturing and contributes to ISO/IEC work on smart manufacturing reference models, digital twins for manufacturing and cyberphysical manufacturing systems.


Upcoming Speakers

(in the order of seminar date and alphabetical order of surname)

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Chun-Hsien Chen


Director of the Design Stream, and Professor-in-Charge of the Design & Human Factors Laboratory,

School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,

Nanyang Technological University


Advanced Engineering Informatics

Date and Time: 

Aug 3 (Wed), 2022, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Design Informatics in Human-Centric Smart Product-Service Systems


Andrew Kusiak


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

University of Iowa 

Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

Date and Time: 

Sep 14 (Wed), 2022, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Digital Manufacturing and Service Enterprises


Yasser Dessouky

Chair Professor,

Industrial & Systems Engineering,

San Jose State University


Computers and Industrial Engineering

Date and Time: 

Oct 5 (Wed), 2022, 09:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Supply Chain Analytics



Previous Speakers

(in the order of seminar date)

Recorded videos will be available typically in 2 to 4 weeks after the seminar.


Christopher S. Tang

Distinguished Professor of UCLA and
Edward Carter Chaired Professor in Business Administration,

UCLA Anderson School of Management


Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Seminar title:

Faster Deliveries and Smarter Order Assignments for an On-Demand Meal Delivery Platform



Stefan Minner

Full Professor for Logistics and Supply Chain Management,

School of Management,

Technical University of Munich 


International Journal of Production Economics

Seminar title:

A Data-Driven Approach to Strategic Inventory Placement in Multi-Echelon Networks



Lihui Wang

Professor and Chair of

Sustainable Manufacturing,

Department of Production Engineering,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology



International Journal of Manufacturing Research,

Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing,

​Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Seminar title:

Brain Robotics for Human-Robot Collaboration


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Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen

Chancellor's Professor and Department Chair,

Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research,

University of California, Berkeley


the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Seminar title:

A Practical End-to-End Inventory Management Model with Deep Learning



Hau L. Lee

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology,

Graduate School of Business,

Stanford University

Founding Faculty Director,

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)

Stanford Value Chain Innovations Initiative

Seminar title:

The New Supply Chain Renaissance


Ren C. Luo

Irving T. Ho Chair Professor and Life Distinguished Professor, 

National Taiwan University


IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Seminar title:

AIoT and Robotics Driving Paradigm Shift of Intelligent Manufacturing Automation


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Jianjun Shi

The Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor,

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Georgia Institute of Technology


IISE Transactions (2017-2020)

Seminar title:

Machine Learning Enabled Quality Improvement in Smart Manufacturing Systems


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Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Chair Professor,

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,

University of Maryland


Automation in Construction

Seminar title: 

New Threats and Opportunities in Construction Industry Supply Chains


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Tsan-Ming Choi Jason

Professor of Fashion Business,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Transportation Research Part E

Department Editor,

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management


Senior Editor,

Production and Operations Management

Seminar title:

Supply Chain Coordination with Risk-Sensitive Agents: Recent Advances



John Birge

Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor of Operations

University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Operations Research

Seminar title:

The Impact of Supply Chain Network Structure on Risk Propagation



Ming Hu

Distinguished Professor of Business Operations and Analytics,

Rotman School of Management,

University of Toronto


Naval Research Logistics

Seminar title:

Several Queueing Models in On-Demand Economy



René de Koster

Professor of Logistics and Operations Management,

Department of Technology and Operations Management,

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM),

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Associate Editor,

Transportation Science,

Service Science, andOperations Research

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning


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Xenophon Koufteros

Jenna & Calvin R. Guest Professor in Business Administration at the Mays Business School,
Eppright University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and Director of the Supply Chain Consortium, Texas A&M University


Decision Sciences Journal

Seminar title:

Supply Management & Ethical Decision Making: Behavioral Experiments


Celso Ribeiro

Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science,

Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

General Editor,

 International Transactions in Operational Research

Seminar title:

Optimization models in sports scheduling and applications


Stephen T. Newman

Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology,

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

University of Bath


International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Additive Manufacturing of Large Components


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Alice E. Smith

Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Auburn University

INFORMS Journal on Computing

Seminar title:

Innovative Uses of Drones for Last Mile Delivery with a Focus on Healthcare


Suzanne de Treville

Professor of Operations Management,

University of Lausanne


Journal of Operations Management

Seminar title:

Building Responsiveness into Supply-Chain Decision Making


David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Engineering Systems,MIT Head,MIT Data Science Lab


Management Science

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning



Alexandre Dolgui

Distinguished Professor and Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer Sciences Department,
IMT Atlantique


International Journal of Production Research

Seminar title:

The ASSISTANT project: AI for high level decision in manufactuing


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Francisco Saldanha da Gama


Department of Statistics and Operations Research,

University of Lisbon



Computers & Operations Research

Seminar title:

Capturing Uncertainty in Districting Problems: Towards more comprehensive modeling frameworks


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Kalyan Singhal

McCurdy Professor of Operations Management, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore


Production and Operations Management,

Management and Business Review  

Seminar title:

History of Technology in China and China’s Strategic Options



Andrea Matta

Full Professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems,

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,

Politecnico di Milano


Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal

Seminar title:

Data-Driven Creation and Operation of Digital Twins for Discrete Event Systems



Henrik Lund

Professor in Energy Planning,

Department of Planning,

Aalborg University




Seminar title:

Smart Renewable Energy Systemsand a fully Decarbonized Society



Jiuh-Biing Sheu

Chair Professor, Department of Business Administration,
National Taiwan University

Advisory Editor (Past Editor-in-Chief)
Transportation Research Part E

Seminar title:

Proactive Medical Resource Allocation and Deployment toward Intelligent Disaster Management


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Hing Kai Chan

Professor of Operations Management,

Nottingham University Business School China


Industrial Management & Data Systems

Seminar title:

An Authentication Platform based on the Patented 3D Printing Digital Watermarking Technology and Blockchain Technology



International Advisory Committee

John Birge, University of Chicago

Tsan-Ming Choi Jason, National Taiwan University

Alexandre Dolgui, IMT Atlantique

Ming Hu, University of Toronto

George G.Q. Huang, The University of Hong Kong

René de KosterErasmus University Rotterdam

Xenophon Koufteros, Texas A&M University

Hau L. Lee, Stanford University

Ren C. Luo, National Taiwan University

Stefan Minner, Technical University of Munich

Stephen T. Newman, University of Bath

Henrik Lund, Aalborg University

Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, The University of Hong Kong

Alice E. Smith, Auburn University

Celso Ribeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Francisco Saldanha da GamaUniversity of Lisbon

Jianjun Shi, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kalyan Singhal, University of Baltimore

Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, University of Maryland

Christopher S. Tang, University of California, Los Angeles

Suzanne de Treville, University of Lausanne

Lihui Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Organizing Committee



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