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Hing Kai Chan

Professor of Operations Management, Nottingham University Business School China


Industrial Management & Data Systems 


Date and time: June 1 (Wed), 2022, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]


Zoom link:       Zoom meeting ID: 939 6553 3071

Recording: [Link]

Seminar title: 

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


Abstract: This presentation outlines a project that aims to provide a reliable authentication service platform for the targeted 3D printing technologies (hereafter 3DP) users based on patented 3DP watermarking technology and blockchain technology. As a representative of digital manufacturing, 3DP has the potential to stimulate changes in the current global production and manufacturing value chain. However, existing technologies cannot offer protection for intellectual property in the 3DP supply chain. Our research indicated that the development of distributed 3DP production networks for established products had been inhibited. Thus, it is clear that 3DP has not realised its full commercial potential. The collaborative design of virtual products in a network environment has increasingly made people realise that the item a user buys is not just a physical component or product but a 3D digital model. It is necessary to protect the security of 3D digital files to prevent information loss and the counterfeiting of the physical models. The proposed integrated platform can provide such services as: 3DP watermarking encryption; 3DP finished product attribution and authentication; 3DP data storage; 3DP digital model design file trading, etc. This project will promote digital model authentication standards and accelerate the formulation of national policy to protect the intellectual property rights of digital models.

Speaker bio: 

Professor Hing Kai Chan is a Professor of Operations Management at the Nottingham University Business School China. He received the MSc degree (with distinction) and the PhD degree from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong. He also earned the BEng degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Hong Kong and the BSc degree in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Chan has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic articles and (co-)edited several special issues for reputable international journals. His publications appear in Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, various IEEE Transactions, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, among others. He has been the co-editor of Industrial Management & Data Systems since 2014 and has been an Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review since 2018. He was the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics from 2009 to 2015 and the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics from 2014 to 2017. In 2019, Ningbo Municipal Commerce Bureau appointed him as the Expert Committee Member of the “Supply Chain Innovation and Applications Committee”.

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