The 4th International Workshop on Autonomous Remanufacturing (IWAR 2020)

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Smart Remanufacturing for a Circular Economy

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The 4th International Workshop on Autonomous Remanufacturing (IWAR 2020) is an interdisciplinary forum for people to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of sustainable remanufacturing. The workshop will bring together engineers and scientists in the field from around the world and enable the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge.

The workshop is sponsored by the EPSRC-funded AUTOREMAN project. The event is organised by the University of Birmingham (UK), co-organised by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) and Wuhan University of Technology (China), and supported by other AUTOREMAN partners (Caterpillar, the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, RecoTurbo, Shenyang Yuanda Science & Technology Park, and Sun International Recycling Group). The previous three IWAR events took place at the University of Birmingham (2017), Wuhan University of Technology (2018), and the University of Castilla-La Mancha (2019).

Call for presentations

IWAR 2020 invites presentations (max.10 mins) in all areas relating to the theme of autonomous remanufacturing, including but not limited to:

  • Circular economy
  • Smart remanufacturing
  • Sustainable production technologies
  • Sustainable business models
  • Green supply chains
  • Reverse logistics
  • Inspection and testing
  • IoT and Industry 4.0
  • Disassembly mechanisms
  • Robotic disassembly
  • Collaborative robots
  • Robotic inspection
  • Remanufacturing of automotive products
  • High-value equipment remanufacturing
  • End-of-life strategies

Please submit your presentation title and abstract to Dr. Jun Huang ( before 18 Oct. 2020. Selected presenters will be invited to submit full papers to Cogent Engineering, a multidisciplinary open-access journal published by Cogent OA, Taylor & Francis Group.

Keynote speakers

(1). “Human-Robot Collaboration-Based Intelligent Manufacturing”, by Prof. Zude Zhou & Prof. Wenjun Xu, (China)

Professor Zude Zhou is a Chief Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology, China. He is also a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Distinguished for his seminal work in Digital Manufacturing, Professor Zhou's innovative researches include CNC machine tool control, digital monitoring and diagnosis and advanced manufacturing technology, and his wide-ranging engineering contributions to the steel, automotive, heavy-duty machine construction and ship building 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 Wenjun Xu is a Professor in the School of Information Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology. He received his doctorate and both the master's and bachelor's degrees from Wuhan University of Technology in 2010, 2007 and 2005 respectively. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a visiting researcher in the Manufacturing Engineering Centre at Cardiff University. His research is focused on manufacturing informatics, robotics and sustainable manufacturing, human-robot collaboration, digital twin, etc. Professor Xu has published more than 40 journal papers and 50 conference papers. He has received recognition through key awards such as Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Gold honorary Sign of the Russian Academy of Engineering in 2018, and Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the IEEE SMC Society Technical Committee on Enterprise Information Systems in 2017, etc.

(2). “Sustainable Remanufacturing of High-Value Equipment in a Close-Loop Supply Chain. Applications within the Renewable Energy Sector”, by Dr. F. Javier Ramírez, (Spain)

Dr F. Javier Ramírez is Associate Professor at the School of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. Ramirez’s research focuses on operations research and manufacturing engineering. He has participated in more than 120 R&D projects and has co-authored over 50 research papers in journals, specialized conferences and book chapters. He is co-inventor of 6 patents with industrial exploitation. Dr Ramírez is Associate Editor of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, and Cogent Engineering.

(3). “Remanufacturing: A Caterpillar Approach”, by Mr Scott Mitchell, (UK)

Mr Scott Mitchell is Engineering Manager (Design) at Caterpillar Defense. He was responsible for managing the remanufacturing salvage development team at Caterpillar Shrewsbury Limited. He has worked for Leyland DAF, GEC Alsthom and Perkins Engines. He did his apprenticeship at the Royal Military College of Science and obtained a First-Class Honours degree in mechanical and automotive engineering from Cranfield University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

(4). “Requirements and Challenges for Smart Remanufacturing”, by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Gerke, (Germany)

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Gerke is the head of the robotics and control department at the environmental campus of Trier University of Applied Sciences. For over 6 years he was a project leader at Robert Bosch GmbH in Erbach/Germany and managed research projects funded by the European community. As the head of the staff department for technical computer sciences at the company ThyssenKrupp AG/Germany he managed IT solutions in large scale industrial projects, as the assembly line for the A321 aircraft. Since 2006 he managed several remanufacturing research projects funded by industry and European. He wrote several textbooks and published numerous scholarly contributions as conference and research papers.

Live online

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm (GMT), Wed. 28 Oct. 2020.

The agenda will be sent out before the workshop. You can join the online workshop (Zoom Webinar) via the following link from 08:40am onwards. If the link does not load when you attempt to join the workshop, please copy the URL below into your browser:

Webinar ID: 969 4867 6203

IWAR 2020 committee


D. T. Pham, University of Birmingham, UK


W. Gerke, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Y. Laili, Beihang University, China

F. J. Ramírez, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Z. Zhou, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Committee members

F. Altumi, University of Birmingham, UK

T. Binbakir, University of Birmingham, UK

M. Caterino, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

M. Castellani, University of Birmingham, UK

K. Essa, University of Birmingham, UK

Y. Fang, Wuhan University of Technology, China

J. Guo, Wuhan University of Technology, China

N. Hartono, University of Birmingham, UK

J. Huang, University of Birmingham, UK

A. Ismail, University of Birmingham, UK

C. Ji, University of Birmingham, UK

K. Jiang, University of Birmingham, UK

M. Kerin, University of Birmingham, UK

Q. Liu, Wuhan University of Technology, China

J. Liu, Wuhan University of Technology, China

H. Li, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

J. Lim, University of Birmingham, UK

R. Li,Wuhan University of Technology, China

M. Micheli, University of Birmingham, UK

M. Qu, University of Birmingham, UK

M. Saadat, University of Birmingham, UK

M. Sahin, Roketsan Roket Sanayii ve Ticaret. A. Ş., Turkey

S. Su, University of Birmingham, UK

N. Theinnoi, University of Birmingham, UK

H. Tang, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Y. Wang, University of Birmingham, UK

C. Wang, Changshu Institute of Technology, China

S. Xu, University of Birmingham, UK

W. Xu, Wuhan University of Technology, China

J. Yan,Wuhan University of Technology, China

S. Zeybek, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey

Y. Zhang, Wuhan University of Technology, China


Dr. Jun Huang (

Dr. Shizhong Su (

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