Professor James Gao

Professor James Gao BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng

Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering

Key details

Professor James Gao

Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering


  • 2006-date: Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich
  • 1993-2006: Lecturer/Senior lecturer, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University (1994-2000; Director of MSc in CAD/CAM)
  • 1989-93: Post-doctoral research fellow, Loughborough University of Technology
  • 1987-89: PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Leader of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Management Research Group
  • Director of Automation and Industrial Robotics (AIR) Laboratory

Recognition

  • Chaired/co-chaired international conferences
  • Coordinator of the Manufacturing Industry Focus Group in the Southeast and London area
  • Committee member, Consortium of UK Manufacturing Engineering (COMEH)
  • Invited keynote speaker at various international conferences and industrial events
  • Edited special issues of international journals and conference proceedings
  • Peer reviewer of research grant applications of UK and EU research councils

Editorial board memberships

  • Associate editor, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B - Journal of Engineering manufacture.
  • International Journal of Product Design
  • International Journal of Engineering Business Management
  • International Journal of CAD and Applications

Research / Scholarly interests

Professor James Gao is a world-class academic with an international reputation in manufacturing engineering. He has directed a large number of research and innovation projects sponsored by UK/EU research councils and technology-leading companies in manufacturing and related sectors. Professor Gao is particularly interested in the following research topics:

  • Digital / smart manufacturing including
  • Collaborative product development with global supply chains
  • Manufacturing information and knowledge management
  • Automation, industrial robotics and artificial intelligence in manufacturing
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) including maintenance and services
  • Lean and sustainable manufacturing including quality issues
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly.

For more information about Professor Gao's research and enterprise activities please visit Mechanical, Manufacturing and Management Research Group.

Currently Professor James Gao is the leader of the Greenwich team in a £4m collaborative project funded by the European Commission's Interreg (France Channel Manche England) entitled "Improving The Design of Flexible and Responsive Manufacturing Systems Involving Autonomous Collaborative Robots". He is also the co-leader of the overall project involving four industrial and five academic partners.

Visit www.corot-project.org for more Information about this project.

Recent publications

Article

Zhu, Valentine , Giddaluru, Muni, El Souri, Mohammed, Gao, Xiaoyu (2022), An approach to determining the need for integrating quality management into industrial PLM implementation. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia CIRP, 109 . pp. 490-495 ISSN: 2212-8271 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2022.05.283).

Zhao, Zhiwei , Liu, Changqing, Li, Yingguang, Gao, Xiaoyu (2022), A new method for inferencing and representing workpiece residual stress field using monitored deformation force data. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Engineering ISSN: 2095-8099 (Print), 2096-0026 (Online) (doi: ).

Li, Yingguang , Liu, Changqing, Gao, James (2022), Special issue: Best in China–Smart manufacturing. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, IMechE Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 236 (1-2) . pp. 3-4 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/09544054211068297).

Arey, Daniel , Le, Chi Hieu, Gao, Xiaoyu (2021), Lean industry 4.0: a digital value stream approach to process improvement. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia Manufacturing, 54 . pp. 19-24 ISSN: 2351-9789 (Print), 2351-9789 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2021.07.004).

Elsouri, Mohammed , Gao, James, Wilson, Alister, Martin, Lancelot , Pyee, Robin (2021), Requirements analysis for automating product testing in aerospace manufacturing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia Manufacturing, 54 . pp. 222-226 ISSN: 2351-9789 (Print), 2351-9789 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2021.07.034).

Elsouri, Mohammed , Gao, James, Wilson, Alister, Martin, Lancelot , Pyee, Robin (2021), Requirements analysis for automating product testing in aerospace manufacturing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia Manufacturing, 54 (202) ISSN: 2351-9789 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2021.07.034).

Li, Yingguang , Xu, Ke, Liu, Xu, Yang, Mengyuan , Gao, James , Maropoulos, Paul (2021), Stress-oriented 3D printing path optimization based on image processing algorithms for reinforced load-bearing parts. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 70 (1) . pp. 195-198 ISSN: 0007-8506 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2021.04.037).

Elsouri, Mohammed , Gao, James, Simmonds, Clive, Martin, Nick (2021), A design for manufacturing methodology using defects knowledge for aerospace product manufacturing. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 235 (11) . pp. 1751-1762 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/09544054211007642).

Le, Chi Hieu , Le, Dang Thang, Arey, Daniel, Gheorghe, Popan , Chu, Anh My , Duong, Xuan Bien , Nguyen, Trung Thanh , Truong, Trong Toai , Prakash, Chander , Zhao, Shi-Tian (2020), Challenges and conceptual framework to develop heavy-load manipulators for smart factories. CEFIN Publishing House. In: , , , . CEFIN Publishing House, International Journal of Mechatronics and Applied Mechanics, 8 (2) . pp. 209-216 ISSN: 2559-4397 (Print), 2559-6497 (Online) (doi: https://ijomam.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/pag.-209-216_CHALLENGES-AND-CONCEPTUAL-FRAMEWORK-TO-DEVELOP-HEAVY-LOAD-MANIPULATORS.pdf).

Li, Yingguang , Mou, Wenping, Li, Jingjing, Liu, Changqing , Gao, Xiaoyu (2020), An automatic and accurate method for tool wear inspection using grayscale image probability algorithm based on bayesian Inference. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 68: 102079 ISSN: 0736-5845 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2020.102079).

Li, Yingguang , Liu, Changqing, Hua, Jiaqi, Gao, James , Maropoulos, Paul (2019), A novel method for accurately monitoring and predicting tool wear under varying cutting conditions based on meta-learning. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, CIRP Annals ‐ Manufacturing Technology, 68 (1) . pp. 487-490 ISSN: 0007-8506 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2019.03.010).

Wan, Shan , Li, Dongbo, Gao, James, Li, Jing (2019), A knowledge based machine tool maintenance planning system Using case-based reasoning techniques. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 58 . pp. 80-96 ISSN: 0736-5845 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2019.01.012).

Zhao, Zhiwei , Li, Yingguang, Liu, Changqing, Gao, James (2019), On-line part deformation prediction based on deep learning. Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 31 (3) . pp. 561-574 ISSN: 0956-5515 (Print), 1572-8145 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10845-019-01465-0).

Li, Yingguang , Liu, Changqing, Gao, James (2018), Spcial issue on Digital Enterprise Technologies in Manufacturing. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232 (13) . pp. 2251-2252 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0954405418774602).

El Souri, Mohammed , Gao, James, Owodunni, Oladele, Simmonds, Clive , Martin, Nick (2018), A structured approach to defect data management for improving DFM implementation in aerospace manufacturing. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. In: , , , . Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 10 (4) ISSN: 1743-5110 (Print), 1743-5129 (Online) (doi: ).

Gao, Xiaoyu and , (2018), An overview of manufacturing knowledge sharing in the product development process. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232 (13) . pp. 2253-2263 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: ).

Gao, Xiaoyu and , (2017), A multi-pattern compensation method to ensure even temperature in composite materials during microwave curing process. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing ISSN: 1359-835X (Print), (doi: ).

Liu, Changqing , Li, Yingguang, Gao, James (2017), Special issue on digital enterprise technologies (editorial). Springer London. In: , , , . Springer London, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology . pp. 1-2 ISSN: 0268-3768 (Print), 1433-3015 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-017-0595-4).

Li, Nanya , Li, Yingguang, Jelonnek, John, Link, Guido , Gao, James (2017), A new process control method for microwave curing of carbon fibre reinforced composites in aerospace applications. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Composites Part B: Engineering, 122 . pp. 61-70 ISSN: 1359-8368 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.04.009).

Evans, Richard David , Gao, James Xiaoyu, Martin, Nick, Simmonds, Clive (2017), A new paradigm for virtual knowledge sharing in product development based on emergent social software platforms. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture: 95440541769 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954405417699018).

Zammit, Joseph Paul , Gao, James, Evans, Richard, Maropoulos, Paul (2017), A knowledge capturing and sharing framework for improving the testing processes in global product development using storytelling and video sharing. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0954405417694062).

Gao, James and , Bernard, Alain (2017), An overview of knowledge sharing in new product development. Springer London. In: , , , . Springer London, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology . pp. 1-6 ISSN: 0268-3768 (Print), 1433-3015 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-017-0140-5).

Wan, Shan , Li, Dongbo, Gao, James, Roy, Rajkumar , He, Fei (2016), A collaborative machine tool maintenance planning system based on content management technologies. Springer London. In: , , , . Springer London, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 94 (5-8) . pp. 1639-1653 ISSN: 0268-3768 (Print), 1433-3015 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-016-9829-0).

Wan, Shan , Li, Dongbo, Gao, Xiaoyu, Roy, Rajkumar , Tong, Yifei (2016), Process and knowledge management in a collaborative maintenance planning system for high value machine tools. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Computers in Industry, 84 . pp. 14-24 ISSN: 0166-3615 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compind.2016.11.002).

Wan, Shan , Li, Dongbo, Gao, James (2016), Exploring the advantages of content management systems for managing engineering knowledge in product-service systems. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia CIRP, 56 . pp. 446-450 ISSN: 2212-8271 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.10.087).

Zammit, Joseph Paul , Gao, James, Evans, Richard (2016), Capturing and sharing product development knowledge using storytelling and video sharing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia CIRP, 56 . pp. 440-445 ISSN: 2212-8271 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.10.081).

Evans, Richard David , Gao, James Xiaoyu, Mahdikhah, Sara, Messaadia, Mourad , Baudry, David (2016), Crowdsourcing user-contributed solutions to aerospace product development issues through micro-blogging. Academic Conferences and Publishing International (ACPI). In: , , , . Academic Conferences and Publishing International (ACPI), Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, 14 (2) . pp. 126-136 ISSN: 1479-4411 (Print), 1479-4411 (Online) (doi: http://issuu.com/academic-conferences.org/docs/ejkm-volume14-issue2-article773?mode=a_p).

Evans, Richard D. , Gao, James X., Mahdikhah, Sara, Messaadia, Mourad , Baudry, David (2016), A review of crowdsourcing literature related to the manufacturing industry. Engineering and Technology Publishing (ETPub). In: , , , . Engineering and Technology Publishing (ETPub), Journal of Advanced Management Science, 4 (3) . pp. 224-231 ISSN: 2168-0787 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12720/joams.4.3.224-231) NB Item availability restricted.

Essop, Ismael A. , Evans, Richard D., Wan, Shan, Giddaluru, Muni P. , Gao, James X. , Baudry, David , Mahdikhah, Sara , Messaadia, Mourad (2016), Investigation into current industrial practices relating to product lifecycle management in a multi-national manufacturing company. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 13 (5) . pp. 647-661 1686-4360 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16864360.2016.1150711).

Zammit, Joseph Paul , Gao, James, Evans, Richard (2016), Development of a knowledge sharing framework for improving the testing processes in global product development. Inderscience. In: , , , . Inderscience, International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 9 (1) . pp. 1 ISSN: 1743-5110 (Print), 1743-5129 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJPLM.2016.078853).

Messaadia, Mourad , Baudry, David, Louis, Anne, Mahdikhah, Sara , Evans, Richard , Gao, James , Paquet, Thierry , Sahnoun, M'hammed , Mazari, Belhacène (2016), PLM adoption in SMEs context. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 13 (5) . pp. 618-627 1686-4360 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16864360.2016.1150706).

Li, Yingguang , Gao, James, Maropoulos, Paul (2016), The 9th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology – Intelligent Manufacturing in the Knowledge Economy Era. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia CIRP, 56 . pp. 1-624 ISSN: 2212-8271 (Print), (doi: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22128271/56?sdc=1).

Liu, Xu , Li, Yingguang, Gao, James (2016), A multi-perspective dynamic feature concept in adaptive NC machining of complex freeform surfaces. Springer Verlag. In: , , , . Springer Verlag, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 82 (5-8) . pp. 1259-1268 ISSN: 0268-3768 (Print), 1433-3015 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00170-015-7456-9).

Li, Yingguang , Gao, James, Lee, Chen-Han (2015), Special issue on Computational Numerical Control Machining. Sage. In: , , , . Sage, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 229 (7) . pp. 1085-1086 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954405415592117) NB Item availability restricted.

Evans, Richard , Gao, Xiaoyu, Martin, Nick, Simmonds, Clive (2015), Integrating social knowledge and collaboration tools into dispersed product development. International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE). In: , , , . International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE), International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 8 (2) . pp. 20-27 1867-5565 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3991/ijac.v8i2.4548).

Giddaluru, Muni Prasad , Gao, J.X., Bhatti, Raj (2015), A modular product structure based methodology for seamless information flow in PLM system implementation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 12 (6) . pp. 742-752 ISSN: 1686-4360 (Print), 1686-4360 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16864360.2015.1033339) NB Item availability restricted.

Zhu, Haihua , Gao, Xiaoyu, Cai, Qixiang (2015), A product-service system using requirement analysis and knowledge management technologies. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. In: , , , . Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Kybernetes, 44 (5) . pp. 823-842 ISSN: 0368-492X (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/K-11-2014-0244) NB Item availability restricted.

Li, Yingguang , Liu, Changqing, Hao, Xiaozhong, Gao, James X. , Maropoulos, Paul G. (2015), Responsive fixture design using dynamic product inspection and monitoring technologies for the precision machining of large-scale aerospace parts. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 64 (1) . pp. 173-176 ISSN: 0007-8506 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2015.04.025) NB Item availability restricted.

Zhang, Taoyuan , Owodunni, Oladele, Gao, James (2015), Scenarios in Multi-objective Optimisation of Process Parameters for Sustainable Machining. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Procedia CIRP, 26 . pp. 373-378 ISSN: 2212-8271 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.186).

Li, Yingguang , Liu, Changqing, Gao, James X., Shen, Weiming (2015), An integrated feature-based dynamic control system for on-line machining, inspection and monitoring. IOS Press. In: , , , . IOS Press, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, 22 (2) . pp. 187-200 ISSN: 1069-2509 (Print), 1875-8835 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/ICA-150483).

Li, Nanya , Li, Yingguang, Hao, Xiaozhong, Gao, James (2015), A comparative experiment for the analysis of microwave and thermal process induced strains of carbon fiber/bismaleimide composite materials. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Composites Science and Technology, 106 . pp. 15-19 ISSN: 0266-3538 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2014.10.008) NB Item availability restricted.

Gao, James , Lee, Chen-Han, Li, Yingguagan (2015), From computer-aided to intelligent machining: Recent advances in computer numerical control machining research. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 229 (7) . pp. 1087-1103 ISSN: 0954-4054 (Print), 2041-2975 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954405414560622) NB Item availability restricted.

Gao, James Xiaoyu and , (2015), Exploring the benefits of using enterprise 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration during product development. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. In: , , , . Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 8 (3) . pp. 233-252 ISSN: 1743-5110 (Print), 1743-5129 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJPLM.2015.074143) NB Item availability restricted.

Saunders, Tim , Gao, James, Shah, Satya (2014), A case study to evaluate lean product development practices in the global automotive industry. Inderscience Publishers. In: , , , . Inderscience Publishers, International Journal of Product Development, 19 (5/6) . pp. 307-327 ISSN: 1477-9056 (Print), 1741-8178 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJPD.2014.064882).

Li, Nanya , Li, Yingguang, Hang, Xiang, Gao, James (2014), Analysis and optimization of temperature distribution in carbon fiber reinforced composite materials during microwave curing process. Elsevier Science B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier Science B.V., Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 214 (3) . pp. 544-550 ISSN: 0924-0136 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2013.10.012).

Li, Yingguang , Li, Nanya, Gao, James (2014), Tooling design and microwave curing technologies for the manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites in aerospace applications. Springer London. In: , , , . Springer London, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 70 (1-4) . pp. 591-606 ISSN: 0268-3768 (Print), 1433-3015 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00170-013-5268-3).

Book

Gao, Xiaoyu , El Souri, Mohammed, Keates, Simeon (2017), Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXI. IOS Press. In: , , In: Xiaoyu Gao, Mohammed El Souri, Simeon Keates (eds.), . IOS Press, Amsterdam , 6 . ISBN: 9781614997917 (doi: https://www.iospress.nl/book/advances-in-manufacturing-technology-xxxi/).

Book section

Evans, Richard , Gao, James, Owodunni, Oladele, Shah, Satya , Mahdikha, Sara , Messaadia, Mourad , Baudry, David (2014), A framework for improving the sharing of manufacturing knowledge through micro-blogging. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. In: , , In: Bernard Grabot, Bruno Vallespir, Samuel Gomes, Abdelaziz Bouras, Dimitris Kiritsis (eds.), Advances in Production Management Systems: Innovative Knowledge-Based Produce (proceedings of the) International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS, Part I. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Germany International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS) – Innovative and knowledge-based Production Management in a Global-Local World (438) (First) . pp. 19-26 . ISBN: 9783662447383ISSN: 1868-4238 (Print), (doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44739-0_3) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Zammit, Joseph Paul , Gao, James, Evans, Richard (2017), The challenges of adopting PLM tools involving diversified technologies in the automotive supply chain. IFIP. In: IFIP 14th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, 9-12 July 2017, Seville, Spain , IFIP 14th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management. IFIP, (doi: ).

Giddaluru, Muni Prasad , Gao, James X., Bhatti, Raj (2017), Integrating product knowledge with modular product structures in PLM. I. In: ICIDM2017: International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, July 17-19, 2017, Milan, Italy , ICIDM2017: International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing. I, (doi: http://www.icidm2017.polimi.it/).