Lihui Wang is a Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH, Sweden. He is also the Director of Centre of Excellence in Production Research (XPRES) - one of the five national strategic research centres at KTH. He has served as the President (2020-2021) of North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI) of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the Chairman (2018-2020) of Swedish Production Academy. In 2020, he was elected one of the 20 Most Influential Professors in Smart Manufacturing by Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He received his PhD and MSc from Kobe University (Japan) in 1993 and 1990, respectively, and BSc in China in 1982. He was an Assistant Professor of Kobe University and Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan) prior to joining National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 1998, where he was a Senior Research Scientist before moving to Sweden in 2008. His research interests are presently focused on real-time monitoring and control, human-robot collaboration, brain robotics, digital twin, cyber-physical and sustainable production systems. His research work has won one Best Poster Award in Switzerland (2003), five Best Paper Awards in Germany (2002), USA (2016), Serbia (2020), Sweden (2020) and Hong Kong (2023), and two Outstanding Paper Awards in Mexico (2008) and USA (2016). In 2021, he received the Best Paper Award of Journal of Manufacturing Systems. He is also an eight-time winner of NRC Institute Awards on Excellence and Leadership in R&D, Multidisciplinary Collaborative Research, Global Reach, and Outstanding People.
Professor Wang has published 10 books, 15 conference proceedings and 37 journal special issues. He has authored or co-authored in excess of 650 scientific articles in archival journals, books, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings in the above research areas. In addition to the research work, he is actively engaged in various committee and community activities. He was the Conference Chair of FAIM 2004 and CIRP CMS 2018, a member of Grant Selection Committee (GSC-20 for Industrial Engineering) of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2004-2007), the Chair of the Scientific Committee of NAMRI/SME during 2016-2018, and a member of Technical Committee 282 (Machinery Safety) of Swedish Standards Institute (2014-2017). He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Manufacturing Research, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Editor-in-Chief of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Editor of Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (2007-2019), Associate Editor of CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Associate Editor of International Journal of Production Research, and an Editorial Board Member of other 17 international journals. He is also a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), a Fellow of International Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET), a Fellow of SME, a Fellow of ASME, and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada.