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XiaoQi Chen

  • Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
  • Swinburne University of Technology

XiaoQi Chen is Deputy Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and Professor in Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering. He obtained his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, South China University of Technology. He was a recipient of China-UK Technical Co-Operation Award for his MSc study in Materials Technology, Brunel University (1985 – 1986), and PhD study in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool (1986 – 1989). Prior to joining Swinburne, he was Professor, Director of Mechatronics Engineering, University of Canterbury (2006-2019). He was Senior Scientist and Technical Manager of Advanced Materials Processing in Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006); Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (1998-2006); Research Fellow, Brunel University (1990-1992) and Durham University (1989-1990), UK.

Prof Chen’s research interests span over robotics, smart manufacturing, advanced materials processing, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems. He is a strong advocate for translating fundamental and applied research into commercial adoption. His team received Singapore National Technology Award for their pioneering work on additive re-manufacturing of turbine aerofoils (1999), and he was the recipient of New Zealand Forest Owners Association Award (2015) for the development of tree felling robot. His research on untethered wall climbing robot span off Invert Robotics Ltd ( ) that won New Zealand Hi-Tech Start-Up Excellence Award (2012). He is the Lead CI for PROGRAM 1 Biomimic Cobots in ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing administered by Queensland University of Technology (2021-2025).

Prof Chen is an elected Fellow of Engineering New Zealand (F.EngNZ); elected Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (F.SME); and elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (F.ASME, USA). He was Vice Chair of SME Singapore Chapter, founding Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation New Zealand Chapter; currently Vice Chair of ASME Australia Section. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Control and Intelligent Systems, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.  He has more than 400 refereed publications (including over 100 refereed journal papers), 10 patents, and authored and edited 4 books. He has delivered over 100 keynote addresses and invited seminars.

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