Dr Chi Hieu Le

Dr Chi Hieu Le BEng, MEng, MSc, PGCHE, DrEng, CEng, FHEA, MIMechE

Dr Chi Hieu Le

Dr Chi Hieu Le
BEng, MEng, MSc, PGCHE, DrEng, CEng, FHEA, MIMechE

Senior Lecturer

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty of Engineering and Science

Dr Chi Hieu Le graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST, Vietnam), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and University of Greenwich (United Kingdom, UK) respectively in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Higher Education. Before working for University of Greenwich, he had been working for HUST and Cardiff University (UK) as a lecturer and a senior research fellow for 12 years. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), and a fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Board in Science &Technology for Saigon Hi-Tech Park, and a member of Science & Technology committees for Vingroup Innovation Foundation and VinTech Fund (VinTech City), Vietnam; and  served as an advisor to the Chairman & CEO of Hi-Tech companies such as MD24 House Call (USA) and Robot3T (Vietnam).

Dr Chi Hieu Le has been actively working in Higher Education (Learning, Teaching and Assessment), Research & Technology Development (R&D), Technology Transfer,  Innovation and Entrepreneurship, especially in (1) Innovative Product Development and Advanced Manufacturing (CAD/CAM/CNC, 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Micro-Nano Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing), (2) Biomedical Engineering (Telehealth, In-Home Healthcare, 2D/3D Medical Image Processing, Personalised Implants, Biomedical Hi-Tech Products & Services), and (3) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data (Deep learning for smart manufacturing and e-Healthcare). He has been successfully implemented at least 150 R&D and commercial projects for companies in the UK, Europe, Vietnam and Japan, with more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

He was/has been a project evaluator for funding organisations such as VINIF (Vingroup Innovation Foundation, Vietnam), VinTech Fund (Vin Tech City, Vietnam),  Wellcome Trust (UK), The Royal Society (UK: Global Challenges Research Fund), Welsh Assembly Government (UK), NIHR - Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme (Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research - NIHR, UK), and British Council. He annually serves as a visiting professor and an invited speaker at Higher Education Institutions in Vietnam, Thailand, China and Europe.

Dr Chi Hieu Le is a co-founder of the Vietnam-UK Network of Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.vuheie.org), which has been successfully secured at least 2 millions GBP of the external funding for R&D and Higher Education activities in the last 4 years (2016-2019), with the active engagements and networking among scientists, researchers and experts from Vietnam, ASEAN and the UK, as well as the fruitful University-Business collaborations.

Dr Chi Hieu Le is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), and a fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), United Kingdom.

Dr Chi Hieu Le is currently a member of the Advisory Board in Science &Technology for Saigon Hi-Tech Park, and a member of Science & Technology committees for Vingroup Innovation Foundation and VinTech Fund (VinTech City), Vietnam; and  served as an advisor to the Chairman & CEO of Hi-Tech companies such as MD24 House Call (USA) and Robot3T (Vietnam). 

Dr Chi Hieu Le also served as a member of editorial boards for several scientific and technological journals, and frequently a member of the scientific and organising committee of international conferences.

Dr Chi Hieu Le has been involving in a wide range of research topics as well as investment and commercial projects. He has produced more than 90 technical papers published in peer reviewed journals, proceedings and book chapters.

The following are the key expertise and research topics of interest of Dr Chi Hieu Le:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data: Deep learning for smart manufacturing and e-Healthcare.
  • Innovative product development:  High-value added personalised and mass-customised products.
  • 3D geometrical modelling: 3D CAD, generative design, topology design, reverse engineering.
  • Advanced manufacturing: CAD - CAM - CNC – CAPP – CAE, additive manufacturing (3D Printing),  Micro & Nano Manufacturing.
  • Design Optimisation: Kinematics and dynamics analysis, finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and topology optimisation.
  • Smart Manufacturing and Mechatronics: Industrial robots, responsive manufacturing systems,  autonomous collaborative robots, and in-line control & monitoring.
  • Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare: Telehealth and in-home healthcare, biomechanics, 3D medical image processing, surgical planning, innovative development of high-value added medical technology products (personalised implants, biomodels, surgical tools, surgical training models, prostheses, orthotics, and medical devices).
  • Quality Control and Management: Dimensional inspections, micro & nano metrology, total quality management, production and operation management, and process improvement.
  • Operation research: Deterministic optimization models, multi-criteria decision modelling, process optimisation and simulation.
  • Higher education (Learning, teaching and assessment): Problem-based learning, collaborative learning, constructive alignment, development of course specifications and study programmes in Higher Education.

Funded research projects

The following are the funded R&D projects in which Dr Chi Hieu Le is a PI or Co-PI in the last 4 years (2016-2019):

  1. Big data analytics-based optimization of process parameters for a smart manufacturing shop floor consisting of CNC machines and Robots (10/2019 – 10/2021). Funded by VINIF. Budget: 300,000 USD (240,000 GBP).
  2. Education fit for the future: Development of a university-industry-government model to deliver industrial placements in international and transnational education. Funded by British Council – Higher Education Partnership Fund (5/2019-03/2020). Budget: £19,510 GBP.
  3. Design and develop innovative and cost-effective industrial robot for automation SMEs in Vietnam (03/018 – 3/2020). Funded by NATIF. Budget: 250,000 USD (200,000 GBP).
  4. Innovative and cost-effective development of a hybrid serial-parallel manipulator– Structural Dynamics, Control and Design Optimization. Funded by NAFOSTED (10/2017 -10/2019). Budget: 22,000 GBP.
  5. Transnational Education and Research via the Academic Mobility, Business-University Collaborations and the Joint Postgraduate Programmes in Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Funded by British Council – Higher Education Partnership Fund (10/2018-06/2020). Budget: 60,000 GBP.
  6. Cost-effective solutions & assistive technologies for low-income aging populations. Funded by British Council - Newton Fund (02/2018-02/2019). Budget: 31,000 GBP.
  7. Innovative design and development of anticancer bacteriocins from the human microbiome: The Big-Data and Bioinformatics approach, funded by NAFOSTED & NEWTON FUND (09/017 – 03/2018). Budget: 7,100 GBP.
  8. Development and Applications of Advanced Biomaterials and Medical Devices to Improve Health Outcomes of Underserved Population. Funded by British Council - Newton Fund (04/2016-01/2017). Budget: 25,000 GBP.
  9. Innovative design & development of sport and toy products for enhancement of the levels of physical activity with an active play. Funded by Bruce O'Brien and Associates (15/03/2016-15/08/2016, 9/2017-12/2018). Budget: 22,500.00 GBP.
  10. Enhancements of High-Quality Human Resources and Employability for Vietnam in Design and Development of High-value Added Products, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Funded by British Council (10/2016 – 06/ 2017). Budget: 30,000 GBP.

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