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Professor Ben Hicks

Professor Ben Hicks

Professor Ben Hicks
BEng(Bath), PhD(Bath)

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Strategic Alliances Project Lead

Area of research

Director of Strategic Alliances (UoB); Head of Engineering Systems and Design reseach group; Head of the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab and Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Programme Grant - The Language of Collaborative Manufacturing

Office 2.43
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5609

Research summary

Ben’s research concerns tools and methods to support the design and improvement of products, machines and manufacturing systems. His research has resulted in the creation of new processes and methods for design management, methods for computer-based design and optimisation, approaches for managing manufacturing information and knowledge discovery, and techniques for modelling machine-material interaction.  

In addition to leading the ES&D group, Ben heads up the Design & Manufacturing Futures Laboratory which undertakes cutting edge research into how emerging ICT tools and technologies can deliver a transformative change in the way high-value products are designed, developed, manufactured and commissioned. The focus ...

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Ben leads the Engineering Systems and Design group whose research activities necessitate close collaboration with industry to research, develop, implement and evaluate new tools, methods and technologies. Ben has worked closely with more than 100 organisations from the creative, design, high value manufacturing and construction sectors. Prior to joining Bristol he worked initially as a machine design consultant, entrepreneur and then academic at the Universities of Sydney and Bath. While at the University of Bath he was a founding member and later director of the (£10M) EPSRC-funded innovative manufacturing research centre. The Centre had a particular focus on machine design ...

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