Professor Ben Wang
Future of Manufacturing: My Perspective
11/30(五) 13：30 - 14：30 ( 銘珠講堂 )
Professor Ben Wang,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Many good articles have been published on intelligent manufacturing. Most of the articles focus on hardware, software, additive manufacturing, robotics, IoT, and Industry 4.0. This talk provides another perspective by examining some challenges and including examples of some less talked about yet essential topics such as hybrid systems, re-defining advanced manufacturing, basic building blocks of new manufacturing, ecosystem readiness, and technology scalability. The first major challenge is (re-)defining what manufacturing of the future is, if we wish to: 1) raise public awareness of new manufacturing’s economic and societal impacts, and 2) garner the unequivocal support of policy makers. The second major challenge is to recognize that manufacturing in the future will consist of systems of hybrid systems of human and robotic operators, additive and subtractive processes, metal and composite materials, and cyber and physical systems. Therefore, studying the interfaces between constituencies and standards becomes important and essential. The third challenge is developing a common framework in which the technology, manufacturing business case and ecosystem readiness can be evaluated concurrently to shorten the time it takes for products to reach customers. Integral to this is having accepted measures of “scalability” of non-IT technologies. The last, but not least challenge is examining successful modalities of industry-academia-government collaborations through public-private partnerships. This presentation discusses these challenges in detail, and on-going initiatives at Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.
Dr. Ben Wang is Executive Director of Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and Chief Manufacturing Officer of Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the prestigious Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and is Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Wang serves as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The NMMB is the principal forum at the U.S. National Academies for national issues related to innovative materials and advanced manufacturing, and has oversight responsibility for National Academies activities in these technology areas.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and a member of two Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu.
Dr. Wang is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the growing field of nano-materials science and technology. His main area of research involves an extraordinary material known as “buckypaper,” which has shown promise in a variety of applications, including the development of aerospace structures, production of effective lightweight vehicles, improvements in energy and power efficiency, enhancements in thermal management of engineering systems, and construction of the next generation of computer displays.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring 260 refereed journal papers and 150 conference articles, he is a co-author of three books. Creativity and innovation is central to Dr. Wang’s R&D endeavors. He has a portfolio of issued and applied-for patents that now exceeds 35, and 15 of which have been licensed or in discussion for commercialization.