Dr Yuqian Lu

PhD in Mechatronics Engineering


Dr. Yuqian Lu is a Lecturer of Smart Manufacturing at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland.

He leads the Industrial Artificial Intelligence Research Group (https://iai.auckland.ac.nz) as part of the Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems (https://lisms.auckland.ac.nz). Prior to joining UoA in 2019, Dr. Lu was a Product Manager/R&D Team Lead at FRAMECAD Ltd., Business Analyst at Compact Sorting Equipment Ltd. He has substantial experience in researching and developing smart manufacturing system and AI-based engineering products. He led the development of the world-first cloud-based production management system for Cold-Formed Steel construction automation - MyFRAMECAD and an AI-based construction costing tool - FRAMECAD Estimator.

Dr. Lu's current research focuses on developing smart manufacturing systems and flexible manufacturing automation technologies.


Ph.D. in Mechatronics Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

BE Honours in Mechatronics Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China.


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Research | Current

Research Directions

  • Smart manufacturing systems
    • Cyber-physical Production Systems
    • Digital Twin
    • Industrial Internet
    • Industrial Internet of Things
    • Cloud manufacturing
  • Industrial Intelligence
    • Industrial Machine Learning
    • Industrial Knowledge Graph
    • Data-driven Decision-making
    • Big Data / Small Data / Fast Data Analytics
  • Industrial Robot and Control
    • Multi-robot collaboration
    • Human-robot collaboration
    • Intelligent robotic control
  • Smart Automation
    • Multi-agent systems
    • Swarm intelligence
    • Manufacturing process optimisation
    • Human-in-the-loop system

Research Highlights

Research Groups

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Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 352 - Manufacturing Systems
  • MECHENG 709 - Industrial Automation
  • MECHENG 710 - Advanced Industrial Automation
  • MECHENG 751 - Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC
  • MECHENG 752 - Technology Management

Postgraduate supervision

PhD students

  • Saahil Chand: "Intelligent human-robot collaboration for smart factories", to complete 2024
  • Zhaojun Qin: "Self-organising manufacturing systems for smart manufacturing", to complete 2023
  • Marwan Gharbia*: "Robotics in construction", to complete 2022
  • Emmanuel Flores Arriaga*: "Operator 4.0: A human perspective for Industry 4.0", to complete 2021
  • Khamdi Mubarok*: "Cloud Manufacturing for Modern Industry – an Industrie 4.0 Perspective", to complete in 2020

*-- As a co-supervisor

Master students

  • Munirah Mahadi: "Multi-agent collaborative control in a mobile robot team" - 2020
  • Ziwei Su: "Plug-and-play industrial internet of things gateways for data acquisition in cloud manufacturing" - 2019


  • Best paper shortlist, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Tertiary Student of the Year (finalist, 100 students), Ministry of Education, China, 2010
  • Top10 Tertiary Student of the Year of Liaoning Province, Department of Education, China, 2009

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), 2018-
  • Member, SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), 2019-
  • Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), 2020-
  • Associate Editor, IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing, 2020-
  • Committee member – 12th Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference
  • Committee member – MaDE, the fourth National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Committee member, session chair – The 48th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering
  • Session organiser – 2020 ASME MSEC Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Session organiser – 2020 IEEE 16th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)
  • Invited Reviewer for
    • Journal of Manufacturing Systems
    • Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing
    • International Journal of Production Research
    • ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
    • Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
    • Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences
    • SME Manufacturing Letters
    • Computers in Industry
    • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
    • Engineering
    • IEEE Access


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lu, Y., & Asghar, M. R. (2020). Semantic communications between distributed cyber-physical systems towards collaborative automation for smart manufacturing. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 55, 348-359. 10.1016/j.jmsy.2020.05.001
  • Lu, Y., Liu, C., Wang, K. I.-K., Huang, H., & Xu, X. (2020). Digital Twin-driven smart manufacturing: Connotation, reference model, applications and research issues. ROBOTICS AND COMPUTER-INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, 6110.1016/j.rcim.2019.101837
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang, Xun Xu
  • Liu, S., Bao, J., Lu, Y., Li, J., Lu, S., & Sun, X. (2020). Digital twin modeling method based on biomimicry for machining aerospace components. Journal of Manufacturing Systems10.1016/j.jmsy.2020.04.014
  • Ahel Eroff, S., & xu, X. U. N. (2020). IoT-enabled smart appliances under industry 4.0: A case study. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 4310.1016/j.aei.2020.101043
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50254
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shohin Aheleroff, Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., Huang, H., Liu, C., & Xu, X. (2019). Standards for smart manufacturing: A review. IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. 10.1109/COASE.2019.8842989
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., & Xu, X. (2019). Cloud-based manufacturing equipment and big data analytics to enable on-demand manufacturing services. ROBOTICS AND COMPUTER-INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, 57, 92-102. 10.1016/j.rcim.2018.11.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Liu, C., Vengayil, H., Lu, Y., & Xu, X. (2019). A Cyber-Physical Machine Tools Platform using OPC UA and MTConnect. JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS, 51, 61-74. 10.1016/j.jmsy.2019.04.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., Peng, T., & Xu, X. (2019). Energy-efficient cyber-physical production network: Architecture and technologies. COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 129, 56-66. 10.1016/j.cie.2019.01.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu


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Primary office location

Level 8, Room 869
New Zealand

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