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Dr Xianzhi Zhang

Senior Lecturer in Design and Manufacture, BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, MIET


I am a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design and Manufacture in the School of Engineering. In 2012, I obtained my PhD from University of Bath and was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher. Before I joined Kingston in 2015, I have been working on EU projects ‘Dematerialisation of machine tools' and STEPMAN. I specialise in manufacturing informatics and the integration between manufacturing systems. 

My research interests include manufacturing system integration, CAPP, knowledge management in manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing, cloud manufacturing, big data, STEP-NC etc. My research publications can be found:

Areas of specialism

  • Manufacturing informatics
  • System interoperability
  • Knowledge-based process planning


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2009-2012 PhD in Mechanical Engineering


  • Manufacturing informatics (Big data, machine learning)
  • Manufacturing system integration and interoperability
  • Knowledge management in manufacturing
  • Digital Twin (Cyber-Physical systems)


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