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Prof Sheng-feng Qin


Department: Northumbria School of Design

Professor Qin joined Northumbria 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 as a Senior/Lecturer in Department of Design at Brunel University (2001- 2013), a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2000-2001) at University of Loughborough, a Research Assistant in the School of Product Design of Cardiff Metropolitan University (1998-1999). He was an Academic Visitor at the University of Birmingham (1996-1997) from East China Jiaotong University.

His research interest is broadly in digital design and manufacturing methods and technology for product-service systems. Early work includes design optimization, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), sketch-based modelling and interfacing, gesture-based modelling and interfacing, design process and team management.

At Northumbria University, Professor Qin has established the Smart Design Lab (SDL), leading design research into future smart products, services and interconnected systems design by applying cutting edge smart technologies and smart multi-disciplinary design research methods/tools. 

Recent research is focused on planet/impact centred design theory, AI and Data-driven smart design methods, design for the product life cycle, design for ecosystem, crowdsourcing and digital twin-based design methods for smart manufacturing, railway, city, product, service, and well-being system.

Recent research projects are funded by UKRI, China Scholarship Council (CSC), British Council, British Academy, industry and charities, including

Professor  Qin is currently the Director for our MA Design Programme, teaching research principles and methods for this programme.

He is the Editor-in-Chief for  International Journal of Rapid manufacturing, and an Associate Editor for International Journal of Design Engineering.

Prof. Qin has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences and 2 books. His publication profile can be found on Google Scholar and his ORCID.

Sheng-feng Qin

Campus Address

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

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An application-oriented digital twin framework and the multi-model fusion mechanism, Zheng, Q., Ding, G., Zhang, H., Zhang, K., Qin, S., Wang, S., Huang, W., Liu, Q. 5 Oct 2023, In: International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • A new configuration approach to support the technical bid solutions for complex ETO products under uncertainties, Zhang, H., Li, R., Qin, S., Wang, J., Zhu, L. 1 Dec 2023, In: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach and Advanced Techniques for Enhanced 3D-Printed Upper Limb Prosthetic Socket Design: A Literature Review, Xu, K., Qin, S. 27 May 2023, In: Actuators
  • Design of a team emotion forecast tool for bettering individual emotional well-being and team performance, Yang, L., Qin, S., Zhu, Z., Harrison, D., Woo, W. 8 Jul 2023, In: Procedia CIRP
  • Emotion Regulation Tool Design Principles for Arts and Design University Students, Zhu, Z., Qin, S., Yang, L., Dodd, A., Conti, M. 8 Jul 2023, In: Procedia CIRP
  • Generic Digital Twin Platform Framework for Advanced Service Innovation, Niu, X., Qin, S., Zhu, Y., Wang, M., Chen, L., Chu, J., Chen, D. 14 May 2023, 2023 9th International Conference on Virtual Reality, ICVR 2023, Piscataway, NJ, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Nominal digital twin for new-generation product design, Zhang, H., Li, R., Ding, G., Qin, S., Zheng, Q., He, X. 1 Sep 2023, In: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Review of vision-based defect detection research and its perspectives for printed circuit board, Zhou, Y., Yuan, M., Zhang, J., Ding, G., Qin, S. 1 Oct 2023, In: Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • SpeechMirror: A Multimodal Visual Analytics System for Personalized Reflection of Online Public Speaking Effectiveness, Huang, Z., He, Q., Maher, K., Deng, X., Lai, Y., Ma, C., Qin, S., Liu, Y., Wang, H. 23 Oct 2023, In: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

  • Xiaoming Dong Building Digital Replicas of Unpaid Carers to Better Meet Community Needs: exploring the use of Personal Digital Twin (PDT) technology to provide responsive, personalized digital services to unpaid carers in Gateshead to improve community wellbeing Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Chenyu Ge Exploring a digital twin-based smart transportation system services towards smart cities Start Date: 01/03/2022
  • 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 Design of an emotion forecast tool based on keystroke and mouse dynamics for bettering individual well-being and design teamwork 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 Bringing Computational Design and Rapid Prototyping to Upper Limb Prosthetic Socket Design and Manufacturing 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

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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