Dr Yuqian Michael Lu

PhD in Mechatronics Engineering


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Dr. Yuqian Lu is a Lecturer of Smart Manufacturing at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland. Prior to his current appointment, he was heavily involved in industrial R&D and product management at Compac Sorting Equipment Ltd. and FRAMECAD Ltd. with over $ 3M NZD research funds from NZ government agencies. During this period, he successfully led the development of the world-first cloud-based production management system for Cold-Formed Steel construction automation - MyFRAMECAD.

Dr. Lu’s research interests are in the areas of industrial automation and smart systems applications. Currently, he is focusing on the research of industrial artificial intelligence, big data analytics and sensing technologies for smart manufacturing applications. Applications include autonomous robotics, and cognitive manufacturing systems. He is devoted to the research of the next generation context-aware applications with self-learning capabilities.



PhD 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

Dr. Lu's research goal is to pursue smart systems by integrating various digital technologies and methods. Current research topics include but not limited to:

  • Cognitive manufacturing systems
  • Artificial Intelligence for smart manufacturing (robotics, machine tools and 3D printing)
  • Autonomous robotics
  • Industrial big data processing
  • Robotics and automation in construction
  • Human-machine collaboration
  • Collaborative manufacturing
  • Internet of Things

Research Highlights

Research Groups

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Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 352 - Manufacturing Systems
  • MECHENG 751 - Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC
  • MECHENG 752 - Technology Management

Postgraduate supervision

PhD students

  • Marwan Gharbia: "Robotics in construction", to complete 2022
  • Emmanuel Flores Arriaga: "Operator 4.0: A human perspective for Industry 4.0", to complete 2021

Part IV students

  • Joshua Goh/Wanqing Xia: "Internet of Things enabled AGVs for Smart Factories": 2019
  • Nikhil Harilal/Steve Tran: "Machine Learning for optimising 3D printing processes": 2019


Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive manufacturing system
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Industry 4.0
  • Cloud manufacturing
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Big data analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Semantic web

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • MIT Technology Review Global Panellist, 2019 -
  • 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


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • Lu, Y., Wang, H., & Xu, X. (2019). ManuService ontology: a product data model for service-oriented business interactions in a cloud manufacturing environment. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 30 (1), 317-334. 10.1007/s10845-016-1250-x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36065
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., & Xu, X. (2018). Resource virtualization: A core technology for developing cyber-physical production systems. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 47, 128-140. 10.1016/j.jmsy.2018.05.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., & Xu, X. (2018). A digital twin reference model for smart manufacturing. Proceedings of International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Lu, Y., & Xu, X. (2017). A semantic web-based framework for service composition in a cloud manufacturing environment. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 42, 69-81. 10.1016/j.jmsy.2016.11.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32443
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu
  • Yu, C., Xu, X., & Lu, Y. (2015). Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical Systems and Cloud Manufacturing – Concepts and relationships. Manufacturing Letters, 6, 5-9. 10.1016/j.mfglet.2015.11.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Xun Xu


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Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1016
New Zealand

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