Professor R. Setchi leads Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing at the School of Engineering of Cardiff University. She received her Double Honours degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (first class, Summa Cum Laude) from Moscow Technological University in Russia, and her PhD from Cardiff University, UK. Professor Setchi joined the School of Engineering as a Lecturer in 2000; she was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2007 and Chair in 2011.
Professor Setchi’s main research interests are in sustainable manufacturing, manufacturing and design informatics, systems engineering, design, robotics, AI, HCI, and knowledge engineering. She has international reputation for her research in the area of knowledge engineering and semantic engineering systems.
Professor Setchi has been able to secure, with colleagues, external grant support totaling more than £15 million; £3 million of it is her individual contribution.
Professor Setchi has collaborated with more than 20 UK and 30 overseas universities, over 15 research organisations and 30 industrial companies from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia. She has provided research leadership on over 20 collaborative projects funded by UK and overseas funding bodies. She has contributed over 170 refereed research papers to international journals and 53 conferences in 18 countries including Australia, Chile, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, USA and many European countries. In 2010 she chaired the 14th International conference on Knowledge –based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (KES 2010) which gathered together more than 300 delegates from 42 countries. In 2014 she chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM 2014), which attracted 120 researchers from 21 countries.
Professor Setchi has been a recipient of the 2015 KES Award for outstanding contribution and leadership, 1999 Literati Club Award for Excellence, 2004 Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and awarded the KES Conference Best Paper Award in 2012 and 2013.
Professor Setchi is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, and European Engineer. She is Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the British Computer Society and Senior Member of IEEE. She acts as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (IJSS), and the International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (IJKSS), and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms (IJKESDP) and the International Journal of Service and Computing-Oriented Manufacturing (IJSCOM).
Professor Setchi is currently External Examiner at Brunel University and Warwick University.
Professor Setchi has served since 2001 as a proposal evaluator and a project reviewer for the European Commission. She is also a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and evaluates research proposals for the National Science/Research Funds of the Slovak Republic, Finland, Georgia, Qatar and Portugal. Professor Setchi is also a member of the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG).
Design and manufacturing - digital design, digital manufacturing, computer-aided product, process and systems design, CAD/CAM
Robotics - industrial robotics, service robotics, robots for medical applications and security
Information systems - manufacturing informatics, digital life cycle management, business process modelling, computational semantics
Systems engineering- systems integration, systems modelling, risk assessment and risk management, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0
Knowledge engineering - knowledge representation, ontologies, semantic systems, knowledge management, knowledge-based applications, collaborative working environments, use of NLP in knowledge engineering, computational semantics
Artificial intelligence - semantics, case-based reasoning, rule-based reasoning, expert systems, engineering applications of AI, data mining, knowledge discovery
Professional Activities and Recognition:
AWARDS AND PRIZES
2015 KES Award for outstanding contribution and leadership
Best Paper Awards at KES2012, San Sebastian, Spain and KES2013, Kitakyushu, Japan
Donald Julius Groen Prize, 2004 - awarded for a journal paper on case-based generation of product support and contribution to manufacturing
Literati Club Award, 1999 - awarded for a journal paper on computational modelling and robotics
ACADEMIC JOURNAL EDITORIAL POSITIONS
Guest Editor of Special Issues of Computers in Industry (2015), International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (2015, 2011), Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering (2015), Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (2012), Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (2011 and 2006) and the International Journal of Systems Science (2002)
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms (KESDP), since 2008
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (IJKSS), since 2008
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (IJSS), since 2003
Founder and Chair of the KES Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Society
Founding member of the I*PROMS NoE integrating partners from 14 EU countries (2004-2009)
Core member of EPSRC Manufacturing Futures Network (2004-2008)
Provided scientific leadership in 15 collaborative research projects funded by the European Commission, 2 research projects sponsored by European Research Councils, 2 sponsored by UKRC, 3 research projects funded by WEFO/ERDF and 3 sponsored by industry
Collaboration with more than 20 UK and 30 overseas universities, 15 research organisations and 30 industrial companies from more than 20 countries
INVITED LECTURES and KEYNOTE TALKS
Keynotes at KES2015, Singapore (2015), IEC, Malaysia (2014), KSS, Sapporo, Japan(2014)
Invited lectures at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (2015), Xiamen University, China (2014), Kyoto University, Japan (2012 and 2010), China Agricultural University (2012), University of Strasbourg, France (2012), University of Rousse, Bulgaria (2011), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain (2011), Tsinghua University, China (2010), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010), National University of Singapore (2010), University of Tokyo (2010), Keio University (2010), and Nagoya University (2010).
Invited lectures at University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (2009), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China (2008), VTT Espoo and VTT Tampere, Finland (2008), Deakin University and University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2008) and the University of Seville, Spain (2005)
Contributed papers to 58 international conferences in Australia, Chile, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, USA and many European countries.
Published over 170 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings
ORGANISATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
General Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM2015), 12-14 April 2015, Seville, Spain.
General Chair of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM2014), 28-30 April 2014, Cardiff, UK.
General Chair of the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES2010), 8-10 Sept 2010, Cardiff, UK.
Invited Chair of a Special Session on Knowledge Engineering in Medical and Healthcare Informatics of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC15), Hong Kong, October 2015 and the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC14), San Diego, USA, October 2014.
Invited Co-Chair of a Special Track on Collaborative Knowledge Management (CKM) at KGCM, Orlando, FL, USA (2010).
Invited Co-Chair of a Special Session on Service Computing at DET’09, Hong Kong, China (2009).
Chair of Conference Sessions at CIRP ICME’08, Naples, Italy (2008), KSEM’07, Melbourne, Australia (2007), AI’07, Gold Coast, Australia (2007), CISE’07, Bangkok, Thailand (2007), and ISFA’06, Osaka, Japan (2006).
Member of the Programme Committee of ICED 2015, Milan, Italy, SEKM’15, Vancouver, Canada, KSS14, Sapporo, Japan, DESIGN 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia, ICED13, Seoul, Korea, CENTERIS, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013, DESIGN 2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia, KSS12, Ishikawa, Japan, CENTERIS 2011, Algarve, Portugal, ICED11, Copenhagen, Denmark, IADIS Collaborative Technologies’11, Rome, Italy and NLDB’11, Alicante, Spain, KEER’10, Paris, France (2010), NLDB, Cardiff, UK (2010), MCCSIS, Freiburg, Germany (2010), S3T, Varna, Bulgaria (2010), KES’09, Santiago, Chile (2009), I*PROMS’09, Cardiff, UK (2009), ISOMA’08, Hawaii, USA (2008), ROBTEP’08, Novy Smokovec, Slovakia (2008), CHER21’08, Sozopol, Bulgaria (2008), I*PROMS’08, Cardiff, UK (2008), CHER21’07, Sozopol, Bulgaria (2007), I*PROMS’07, Cardiff, UK (2007), ICED'07, France (2007), ROBTEP’06, Kosice, Slovakia (2006), ISOMA’06, Budapest, Hungary, (2006), CHER21, Sozopol, Bulgaria (2006), I*PROMS’06, Cardiff, UK (2006), I*PROMS’05, Cardiff, UK (2005), IEEE INDIN’04, Berlin, Germany (2004), Business Excellence’03, Guimaraes, Portugal (2003), and NCMR’01, Cardiff, UK (2001).
Member of the Organising Committee of I*PROMS’06, Cardiff, UK (2006), I*PROMS’05, Cardiff, UK (2005), NCMR’01, Cardiff, UK (2001), AMTECH’95, Rousse, Bulgaria (1995), and AMTECH’93, Rousse, Bulgaria (1993).
External examiner of MSc programmes at WMG, Warwick University (2013-2018)
External examiner of MSc Advanced Engineering Design, Brunel University, UK (2012-2017)
External examiner of UG programmes (Mechanical, Manufacturing and Marine Engineering) at University of Portsmouth, UK (2009-2014)
External Examiner of PhD students at University of Reading, UK (2015), INSA-Strasbourg, France (2014), Anna University, India (2 in 2013, 2012 and 2011), Bath University, UK (2012), Griffith University, Australia (2012), Deakin University, Australia (2010, 2009 and 2008), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012, 2 in 2009), University of Rousse, Bulgaria (2009), Open University, UK (2007) and University of Seville, Spain (2006).
REFEREEING FOR EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROGRAMMES
Evaluation expert for Horizon 2020 ICT for the Creative Industries; research area: ICT, design, creativity.
Evaluation expert for Horizon 2020 Factory of the Future; research area: robotics, manufacturing.
Evaluation expert for Future Emerging Technologies (FET), Horizon 2020 (2014).
Project reviewer for Research for SMEs (2013 and 2014); research area: AI/intelligent systems.
Evaluation expert and rapporteur for the Research for SMEs and Research for SME Associations programmes within Framework 7 of the European Commission (2013 and 2012)
Evaluation expert for the CoFUND programme within Framework 7 of the European Commission – evaluation of Marie Curie Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND)(2012)
Evaluation expert for ICT FP7 – evaluation of Integrated Projects (IP), Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREP), Networks of Excellence (NoE) and Coordinating Actions (CA); research area: intelligent information management (2009).
Evaluation expert for the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programme of the EU; research area: Mechanical, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering (2009).
Expert evaluator of proposals for the Leonardo da Vinci programme of the European Commission; research area: e-learning and e-training (2006-2009)
Expert reviewer for FP6; evaluating projects in the area of robotics and web-based applications (2003-2006)
Evaluation expert for ICT FP6 – evaluation of Integrated Projects (IP) and Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREP) proposals in the area of e-government, e-business and networked organisations (2002–2006)
Invited project reviewer for IST FP6 (2003-2006)
REFEREEING FOR UK FUNDING BODIES
EPSRC Panel member for Centres for Doctoral Training (2013) and Flexible and Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (2012)
Reviewer for the Royal Society; research area: semantic-based systems (2010) and the Levelhulme Trust (2010)
DTI Assessor of collaborative research project proposals; research area: ICT: data, scientific and medical visualisation for innovative products and services (2006)
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, UK (2002-present)
IMRC reviewer, University of Bath, UK (2005)
REFEREEING FOR OVERSEAS SCIENCE FOUNDATIONS AND RESEARCH COUNCILS
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; research area: Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems(2013)
Qatar National Research Fund; research area: Mechanical and Systems Engineering (2011-present)
Georgian National Science Foundation; research area: IT, AI, e-learning (2007-2010)
Slovak Research and Development Agency; research area: intelligent robotics (2006)