Professor Zude Zhou is a Chief Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology. He is also a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers. His other roles include Senior Member of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Standing Director of Chinese Automotive Engineering Society, Honorary President of Hubei Society of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Member of CIRP, the International Academy for Production Engineering, etc.
Distinguished for his seminal work in Digital Manufacturing, Professor Zhou’s innovative researches include CNC machine tool control and advanced manufacturing technology, and his wide-ranging engineering contributions to the steel, automotive, heavy-duty machine construction and shipbuilding industries in China, as well as his inspiring leadership of a major academic institution and thriving research team. Due to his creative activities and significant achievements in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, Professor Zhou received the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering (h.c.), University of Birmingham in 2015, and won the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Engineering in 2017 and the IEEE Distinguished Academic Leadership Award in 2014 respectively. Moreover, he also has obtained a series of scientific research achievements, 4 of them have achieved the Second Prize of National Science and Technology Awards, together with more than 10 achievements rewarded as the Provincial/Ministerial Advancement Awards.
So far, Professor Zhou has published over 300 papers in academic journals and conferences, and he has also published more than 10 monographs. Professor Zhou has undertaken several major research projects, including the Major Project and the Major International (Regional) Joint Research Program of National Science Foundation of China, the International Cooperation Project of Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the National Key Scientific and Technological Project, etc.

Fernand Weiland, 30 years in management positions with Bendix
Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW
Automotive. Fernand Weiland founded the APRA ( Automotive Remanufacturer Assoc.)  European Division in 1989, serving as the division’s first chairman for more than 20 years. Between 1990 and 2010 he organised a considerable number of APRA forums, workshops and exhibitions across Europe.
A co-founder of the biennial ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibitions in
Amsterdam, Fernand Weiland has written numerous articles for the
ReMaTecNews magazine as well as editing four books about automotive remanufacturing in Europe. He was also instrumental in setting up APRA’s recently established Asia-Pacific Division

Ir Dr Zheng, Pai is currently an Assistant Professor, Wong Tit Shing Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics, and Lab-in-Charge of Digitalized Service Laboratory (DSL), at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China. His main research interests lie in smart manufacturing systems field, including human-robot collaboration, smart product-service systems & engineering design informatics. Ir Dr Zheng is a Senior Member of IEEE/CMES, Member of HKIE/ASME, and CIRP Research Affiliate. He serves as the Associate Editor of Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing and Journal of Cleaner Production, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Advanced Engineering Informatics, Technical Committee Member for several IEEE/ASME/CMES societies/chapters, and Program/Session Chair, Guest Editor & Reviewer for many high impact international journals in the manufacturing and industrial engineering field.
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Dr. Jeremy L. Rickli received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2006 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech prior to joining Wayne State in 2013. At Wayne State, he created the Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Systems Laboratory (MaRSLab). MaRSLab targets fundamental and applied research in manufacturing, remanufacturing, and disassembly processes and systems while encouraging considerations for sustainability and life cycle thinking in design, manufacturing, use, and recovery. Research thrusts include Uncertainty Management in Remanufacturing and Disassembly; Leveraging Data to Innovate Decision Making in the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise; Collaborative Robotic Automation in Advanced Manufacturing and Disassembly Systems.  

Lorenzo Gaspari works at CPI, within the BORG Automotive Group as New Business Development Manager. His focus is on the extension of the product range, both with the introduction of new products, both of newer references. He is also taking care of the company university network.
Previously he has been a student at Politecnico di Milano and completed his thesis on remanufacturing at the Fraunhofer Institute in Bayreuth, Germany.
He is currently Ambassador for the Italian market of APRA, the Automotive Parts Remanufacturing Association, which promotes remanufacturing as an integral part of the circular economy and represents the interests of the industry, including free trade, an independent aftermarket and legal certainty. 

Dr Jun Huang is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Information Engineering at the Wuhan University of Technology in China. His main research interests include autonomous remanufacturing, robotic disassembly and optical fibre sensor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He has been a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) since 2020. Dr Jun Huang used to work as a Research Fellow in Prof. Duc Pham’s group at the University of Birmingham from 2017 to 2021. He is an expert committee member of China Renewable Resources Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance.