Special Issue "Machine Learning in Micro Fabrication"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "E:Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tsz Ho Kwok
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Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
Interests: additive manufacturing; 4D printing; polymer; design for additive manufacturing; topology optimization; generative design; lattice structure
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Dr. Xiangjia Li
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School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Interests: additive manufacturing; bioinspired design; programmable material; biomanufacturing
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Dr. Jida Huang
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Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Interests: computational design; interactive design; soft robotics; manufacturing systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the rapid advancement of advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies, it is possible to rapidly fabricate complex physical objects in various scales. To monitor and control the manufacturing processes, there are different internal and external sensors producing numerous data in regard to the conditions of the machines. In recent decades, machine learning (ML) has been proved a suitable tool for analyzing large and complex datasets. Therefore, it is unsurprising that ML methods have been introduced for process planning and control. Smart manufacturing, i.e., Industry 4.0, refers to the manufacturing paradigm that makes use of sensors, cloud computing, machine learning, additive manufacturing, and/or advanced robotics to improve manufacturing productivity and cost efficiency. ML serves an important and necessary role in AM systems. Fundamental studies in ML will lead us to create more innovations in smart manufacturing and expand the manufacturing sectors. The objective of this Special Issue is to collect cutting-edge research works focused on the development of ML-based methods for microfabrication. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • ML-based product design and development;
  • Data-driven process planning and control;
  • Customization and personalization;
  • Real-time monitoring and decision making;
  • Manufacturing intelligence and informatics;
  • ML-based topology optimization;
  • Geometric deep learning methods for design and fabrication in AM.

Dr. Tsz Ho Kwok
Dr. Xiangjia Li
Dr. Jida Huang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • machine learning
  • Industry 4.0
  • smart manufacturing
  • advanced manufacturing
  • computer-intergrated manufacturing

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