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Pan, Zengxi Stephen. A/Prof.

Associate Professor

  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Associate Member - Welding Engineering Research Group

Overview


A/Prof. Zengxi (Stephen) Pan has a research reputation of international standing and recognition in industrial robotics, offline programming, and wire arc additive manufacturing. He has more than one hundred publications in refereed journals and international conferences, with over 3000 google scholar citations. He has research cooperation with many Chinese universities such as Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, etc.

Since 2008, he has been the project leader for both Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC) and Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC), leading 10 research projects with each of them worth around AU$500K cash funding and last 3 years. The projects under his leadership have had a major impact on the Australian Defence Industry and Australian Manufacturing industry. This has been recognised through multiple prestigious national awards, including National Innovation Award at the Pacific Maritime Exposition 2015, and Australia Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Programming for industrial robots

    • Automated offline programming for complex tasks
    • Path planning and trajectory planning for High DOF robots in dynamic environment
    • Human-robot interaction
    • VR/AR assisted robot programming

    Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)

    • Process development, modelling and optimisation
    • Monitoring and control of WAAM process
    • Application of artificial intelligent and machine learning in WAAM
    • Skill learning and acquisition for welding
    • Material properties study of AM fabricated components
    • Intermetallics and High-entropy material development

    Industrial automation

    • Robotic manufacturing process including robotic welding, assembly, and machining
    • Robotic application in construction and architecture
    • Flexible automation and Industry 4.0 

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    1. High speed video analysis for welding
    2. RobotStudio assembly demo
    3. Water tank PID control
    4. Modula robotic lab
    5. ROS study for robotics lab
    6. Automated stock counting using computer vision
    7. Industry 4.0 and Australia manufacturing industry.
    8. 3D printing using industrial robot
    9. Design optimisation for WAAM
    10. Distortion simulation for WAAM
    11. Vision control for TIG based Additive manufacturing
    12. Bead modelling for WAAM process
    13. Weld data analysis through pattern recognition
    14. Development of a control system for WAAM process
    15. Advanced penetration control for K-TIG welding
    16. Additive manufacturing for Arts using WAAM ,Programming for single droplet transfer.
    17. 3D reverse engineering, Faro sensor + repair

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy High Degree of Freedom Motion Planning for Dynamic Environments Short, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy The Study of Fabricating Cu-Al Alloy via Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing Dong, Bosheng
    Doctor of Philosophy Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-Cu alloys fabricated using wire arc additive manufacturing Marenych, Olexandra
    Doctor of Philosophy Keyhole Tungsten Arc Inert Gas Welding Fei, Zhenyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Machine Learning Based Product Quality and Cost Control Li, Fucun
    Doctor of Philosophy Process Control in Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing Yuan, Lei
    Doctor of Philosophy Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing: Hardfacing of Armour Steel Ning, Yimiao
    Doctor of Philosophy Automated Assembly for Rolling Stock Fabrication in Rail Industry Vu, Trong Thien
    Doctor of Philosophy A Study of the Influence of Different Phases of Ti2AINb Based Alloys on the Joints Welded by Vacuum Diffusion Welding Wang, Jun
    Doctor of Philosophy In-Situ Micro-XRD measuring of micron-sale microstructures in 3D-additive manufacturing for functionally graded materials. Ghosh, Sujan Kumer
    Doctor of Philosophy Process Planning and Control for WAAM Xia, Chunyang
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Development of WAAM process for surface improvements. Yu, Ziping
    Master of Philosophy - EIS The development of a real-time control system in K-TIG Zhang, Shiyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Intelligent programming strategies for metal additive manufacturing Yuxing, Li
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Robotic wire arc additive manufacturing process for hollow turbine blade. Cui, Junyi
    Doctor of Philosophy Robot path planning in dynamic environment Visser, Alexander

Outreach Overview


    • Program committee, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec 12-15, 2018.
    • Keynote speech, Program committee, International Conference on Robotic Welding, Intelligence and Automation, RWIA, Dec 7-10, Guangzhou China, 2018
    • Invited lecture, Pan, Z., et al, (2017) “CAD based Automated Offline Programming for low volume robotic welding applications”, IIW International Conference, 29th June, 2017
    • Invited speaker, Pan, Z., et al, (2017) “Automated Offline Programming for Industrial Robotics” National Manufacturing Week, 12th May, 2017
    • Program committee, IEEE CYBER Hawaii 01-07 August 2017.
    • Program committee, 2017 International Workshop on Intelligentized Welding Manufacturing (IWIWM’2017) June 2017
    • Program committee, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO Qingdao 03-07 Dec 2016.
    • Program committee, IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impact, ARSO Shanghai 08-10 July 2016.
    • Invited speaker, Pan, Z., et al, (2014) “Robotic GTAW near net manufacture”, 4th IIW Welding Research & Collaboration Colloquium, 7th Nov, 2014
    • Chair of IIW technical commission XII-A: Sensor and Control for Arc Welding processes and production systems since 2013
    • Board of Editors of the Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing (TIWM), since 2017
    • Pre-screener for IIW Welding in the World Journal, since 2016
    • Associate editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), since 2015
    • Reviewer for over 30 papers every year for international journals and conferences

Teaching Overview


    • MECH470 Advanced Topics in Mechatronics (PLC)
    • MECH482 Additive Manufacturing
    • ECTE344 Control Theory
    • ECTE441/941 Intelligent Control
    • ECTE442/942 Computer Control
    • ECTE471/971 Robotic Manipulator

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Programming for industrial robots

    • Automated offline programming for complex tasks
    • Path planning and trajectory planning for High DOF robots in dynamic environment
    • Human-robot interaction
    • VR/AR assisted robot programming

    Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)

    • Process development, modelling and optimisation
    • Monitoring and control of WAAM process
    • Application of artificial intelligent and machine learning in WAAM
    • Skill learning and acquisition for welding
    • Material properties study of AM fabricated components
    • Intermetallics and High-entropy material development

    Industrial automation

    • Robotic manufacturing process including robotic welding, assembly, and machining
    • Robotic application in construction and architecture
    • Flexible automation and Industry 4.0 

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    1. High speed video analysis for welding
    2. RobotStudio assembly demo
    3. Water tank PID control
    4. Modula robotic lab
    5. ROS study for robotics lab
    6. Automated stock counting using computer vision
    7. Industry 4.0 and Australia manufacturing industry.
    8. 3D printing using industrial robot
    9. Design optimisation for WAAM
    10. Distortion simulation for WAAM
    11. Vision control for TIG based Additive manufacturing
    12. Bead modelling for WAAM process
    13. Weld data analysis through pattern recognition
    14. Development of a control system for WAAM process
    15. Advanced penetration control for K-TIG welding
    16. Additive manufacturing for Arts using WAAM ,Programming for single droplet transfer.
    17. 3D reverse engineering, Faro sensor + repair

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy High Degree of Freedom Motion Planning for Dynamic Environments Short, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy The Study of Fabricating Cu-Al Alloy via Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing Dong, Bosheng
    Doctor of Philosophy Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-Cu alloys fabricated using wire arc additive manufacturing Marenych, Olexandra
    Doctor of Philosophy Keyhole Tungsten Arc Inert Gas Welding Fei, Zhenyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Machine Learning Based Product Quality and Cost Control Li, Fucun
    Doctor of Philosophy Process Control in Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing Yuan, Lei
    Doctor of Philosophy Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing: Hardfacing of Armour Steel Ning, Yimiao
    Doctor of Philosophy Automated Assembly for Rolling Stock Fabrication in Rail Industry Vu, Trong Thien
    Doctor of Philosophy A Study of the Influence of Different Phases of Ti2AINb Based Alloys on the Joints Welded by Vacuum Diffusion Welding Wang, Jun
    Doctor of Philosophy In-Situ Micro-XRD measuring of micron-sale microstructures in 3D-additive manufacturing for functionally graded materials. Ghosh, Sujan Kumer
    Doctor of Philosophy Process Planning and Control for WAAM Xia, Chunyang
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Development of WAAM process for surface improvements. Yu, Ziping
    Master of Philosophy - EIS The development of a real-time control system in K-TIG Zhang, Shiyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Intelligent programming strategies for metal additive manufacturing Yuxing, Li
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Robotic wire arc additive manufacturing process for hollow turbine blade. Cui, Junyi
    Doctor of Philosophy Robot path planning in dynamic environment Visser, Alexander

Outreach Overview


    • Program committee, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec 12-15, 2018.
    • Keynote speech, Program committee, International Conference on Robotic Welding, Intelligence and Automation, RWIA, Dec 7-10, Guangzhou China, 2018
    • Invited lecture, Pan, Z., et al, (2017) “CAD based Automated Offline Programming for low volume robotic welding applications”, IIW International Conference, 29th June, 2017
    • Invited speaker, Pan, Z., et al, (2017) “Automated Offline Programming for Industrial Robotics” National Manufacturing Week, 12th May, 2017
    • Program committee, IEEE CYBER Hawaii 01-07 August 2017.
    • Program committee, 2017 International Workshop on Intelligentized Welding Manufacturing (IWIWM’2017) June 2017
    • Program committee, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO Qingdao 03-07 Dec 2016.
    • Program committee, IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impact, ARSO Shanghai 08-10 July 2016.
    • Invited speaker, Pan, Z., et al, (2014) “Robotic GTAW near net manufacture”, 4th IIW Welding Research & Collaboration Colloquium, 7th Nov, 2014
    • Chair of IIW technical commission XII-A: Sensor and Control for Arc Welding processes and production systems since 2013
    • Board of Editors of the Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing (TIWM), since 2017
    • Pre-screener for IIW Welding in the World Journal, since 2016
    • Associate editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), since 2015
    • Reviewer for over 30 papers every year for international journals and conferences

Teaching Overview


    • MECH470 Advanced Topics in Mechatronics (PLC)
    • MECH482 Additive Manufacturing
    • ECTE344 Control Theory
    • ECTE441/941 Intelligent Control
    • ECTE442/942 Computer Control
    • ECTE471/971 Robotic Manipulator
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