Dr Boyang Song

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research Associate

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Dr Boyang Song
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Amy Johnson Building
Portobello Street
S1 3JD

Dr Boyang Song joined Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) within University of Sheffield as a research Associate after he completed his PhD in Optimisation and Simulation for Flexible Manufacturing System from Cranfield University in 2018. Before his research career, he worked in several international product development and manufacturing projects in automotive industry after graduated from his BSc in Automotive Engineering in 2010.

Research interests
  • Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance
  • Industrial Internet of Things integrated with Operation Technology
  • Flexible Manufacturing Systems and Reconfigurable Manufacturing systems
  • Simulation and optimisation for manufacturing systems.

Research activities

Dr Song is developing his early research career and led several research projects engaged closely with the manufacturing and supply chain industry. During his master’s degree, he contributed to the analysing UK manufacturing productivity and presented in the national manufacturing debate 2014. With industry partner Cosworth,  he successfully delivered Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) Project (2014-17) on ‘Flexible Manufacturing Systems through Supply Chain Initiative’, and Innovation UK project (2017-19) on ‘real-time productivity and ergonomic assessment of flexible manufacturing’. He was the lead researcher in the RAEng Regional Engagement Award project on ‘Digitisation and Connectivity for Productivity Enhancement in SMEs’ from 2018. Since 2018, He started to contribute to research collaboration with Airbus in multiple projects including simulation modelling Autonomous Mobile Robots operations for factory internal logistics. His current research projects (2019-2020) including EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) project and Research England Pitch-In funded projects in subjects of Industrial Internet of Things and machine learning for predictive maintenance and process quality control, with the industry partners Tinsley Bridge, Siemens, and academic partner Cambridge University.

Dr Song’s research is characterised by strong industrial collaboration, having worked with companies such as Airbus, Siemens, Cosworth, Tinsley Bridge etc.


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Professional activities
  • 2015-18 PhD scholarship from Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Member of IEEE