ICOMM2019 Keynote & Plenary Speakers 


Prof. Xungai Wang

Deakin University, Australia 

Biography: Professor Wang is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Future Fibres) at Deakin University, Australia. He also heads the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres, and serves as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of the Textile Institute. Professor Wang holds a PhD in Fibre Science and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales. In 2005, he was awarded the US Fiber Society Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2006, he was named Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest Honour that Deakin University can bestow on a member of staff. He served as President of the Fiber Society in 2015.
Title of Speech: Recent Research in Fibre and Textile Materials
Abstract: This talk will introduce examples of recent research activities by researchers at Deakin University, supported by the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres. The Hub is a major research collaboration between leading research organisations and local industry partners. The talk will also cover our research into several key properties of fibre materials. These properties are not only basic properties of a fibre, they also affect our daily lives. The challenges in measuring these properties are discussed, together with recent progress in the textile recycling area.


Prof. Zhengyi Jiang

University of Wollongong, Australia 

Biography: Professor Zhengyi Jiang is currently Senior Professor and Leader of Advanced Micro Manufacturing Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). He has been carrying out research on rolling mechanics with over 28 years expertise in rolling theory and technology, tribology in metal manufacturing, contact mechanics and computational mechanics in metal manufacturing, numerical simulation of metal manufacturing, advanced micro manufacturing, development of novel composites, and artificial intelligent applications in rolling process. He obtained his PhD from Northeastern University in 1996, and was promoted full professor at Northeastern University in 1998 and at UOW in 2010. He has over 500 publications (more than 380 journal articles) and 3 monographs in the area of advanced metal manufacturing. He has been awarded over 30 prizes and awards from Australia, Japan and China, including ARC Future Fellowship (FT3), Australian Research Fellowship (twice), Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship. He is currently leading a highly motivated research team at UOW on rolling mechanics, advanced micro manufacturing, computational mechanics and multi-scale simulation in metal manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in managing large research projects where he is project leader. He was Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation (1996-1998), the only State Key Laboratory in rolling and automation area in China, and has accumulated broad knowledge and extensive interdisciplinary experience through his work in Australia, Japan and China.
Title of Speech: Novel composite materials and their advanced manufacturing technologies 
Abstract: This presentation illustrates the current development of novel graphene-based composites such as SiC-graphene core-shell nanoparticles, Al2O3-SiC-GNS composite and Al alloy-SiC-GNS composite. Microstructures, wear scar-topographies and mechanical properties are analysed and evaluated in both qualitative and quantitative manner. For instance, Al/Si-SiC-graphene disks fabricated using this innovative technology have achieved a much greater hardness compared with the conventional Al/Si disks, and then demonstrates several advanced manufacturing technologies based on composite materials, including the manufacturing of micro drill using HSS and WC, micro deep drawing of Cu/Al composite and the pump body forming. Appropriate methods like theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and physical experiment have been employed to investigate these forming processes accordingly, and the material formability as well as the shape, surface quality and tribological properties of the products has also been estimated and analysed, whereof the results have proved the feasibility and efficiency of the newly developed technologies. Finally, concluding remarks are given to summarise the aforementioned contents.