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Prof Sheng-feng Qin


Department: Northumbria School of Design

Professor Qin joined  Northumbia School of Design in 2014. He was 2019 Newton Prize recipient based on his collaborative research work with Professor Cuixia Ma at the Institute of Software of Chinese Academy of Sciences on Transforming Service Design and Big Data Technologies into Sustainable Urbanisation.

Prior to this appointment  he worked in Department of Design at Brunel University as a Senior Lecturer in Product/Industrial Design (September 2007- December 2013) and a Lecturer (September 2001-August 2007). At Brunel University, he led the Computer Aided Design and Engineering research group between 2007 and 2013.  Dr Qin was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Loughborough (March 2000 and August 2001), and a Research Assistant in the School of Product Design of Cardiff Metropolitan University now-UWIC then) (September 1998 and Feburary 1999). He was an Academic Visitor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Birmingham ( September 1996 and September 1997), and a Lecturer/Associate Professor at East China Jiaotong University of China (May 1988-August 1996). He worked as a Design Engineer in HuaiBei Coal Mining Construction Company in China between 1983 and 1985.

Prof. Qin has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences and 2 books.

Sheng-feng Qin

Campus Address

Northumbria School of Design
Northumbria University, City Campus East
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Reserach Themes: Design+Business and Publics

Scholarly Interests:

Digital Design Technology, Smart Product and Service Design, Design Optimization, Digital Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Design for Emotion, Crowdsouring Product and Service Design and Development

Key Publications

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  • A hyper-heuristic based ensemble genetic programming approach for stochastic resource constrained project scheduling problem, Chen, H., Ding, G., Qin, S., Zhang, J. 1 Apr 2021, In: Expert Systems with Applications
  • Bi-level dynamic scheduling architecture based on service unit digital twin agents, Zhang, J., Deng, T., Jiang, H., Chen, H., Qin, S., Ding, G. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • Determination of vehicle requirements of AGV system based on discrete event simulation and response surface methodology, Fu, J., Zhang, J., Ding, G., Qin, S., Jiang, H. 1 Jul 2021, In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
  • How to extract traditional cultural design elements from a set of images of cultural relics based on F-AHP and entropy, Hu, Y., Yu, S., Qin, S., Chen, D., Chu, J., Yang, Y. 1 Feb 2021, In: Multimedia Tools and Applications
  • How to model and implement connections between physical and virtual models for digital twin application, Jiang, H., Qin, S., Fu, J., Zhang, J., Ding, G. 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • Integrating crowd-/service-sourcing into digital twin for advanced manufacturing service innovation, Niu, X., Qin, S. 1 Oct 2021, In: Advanced Engineering Informatics
  • Product design lifecycle information model (PDLIM), Niu, X., Wang, M., Qin, S. 28 Sep 2021, In: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • User experience evaluation method based on online product reviews, Cheng, F., Yu, S., Qin, S., Chu, J., Chen, J. 11 Aug 2021, In: Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems
  • A systematic literature review of product platform design under uncertainty, Han, X., Li, R., Wang, J., Ding, G., Qin, S. 3 May 2020, In: Journal of Engineering Design
  • Environment interaction model-driven smart products through-life design framework, Zhang, H., Qin, S., Li, R., Zou, Y., Ding, G. 2 Apr 2020, In: International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing

PGR Supervision

  • Wen Jiang Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Xiaojing Niu Feasibility investigation of crowdsourcing-based product design and development for manufacturing Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 29/06/2021
  • Liying Yang Recognizing user emotions from keystroke and pointer devices dynamics for bettering design team work performance Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Ziwen Zhu Design for individual emotion regulations from a designer’s perspective Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Kai Xu Developing a Data-Driven 3D Printable Prosthesis Design System Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Congying Guan Prototyping a novel apparel recommendation system: A feasibility study Start Date: 23/06/2014 End Date: 11/06/2018

Further Information

Professor Qin is an associate member of The Design Lab at UC San Diego since his visit to the Design Lab in 2016-2017 under the Leverhulme International Fellowship. 

Profsessor Qin is also a Visiting Professor to Southwest Jiaotong University of China on Digital Design and Manufacturing (2014-) and a Co-Coordinator of the Joint Design Innovation Lab with Northwestern Polytechnical University of China (2017-).

Professor Qin is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Design Engineering (Inderscience Publishers) and Journal of Systems Science & Control Engineering (Taylor & Francis Online).



  • Craft, Design andTechnology PhD February 29 2000
  • Computer Aided Engineering May 01 1988
  • Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons) July 01 1983
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Information not provided Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2014

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