School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Niels Lohse Dipl Ing, MSc, PhD, MIEEE

Photo of Dr Niels Lohse

Reader in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics

Professional / academic background

  • 2014 to present: Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Automation, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, EPSRC Centre in Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2006 to 2013: Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2004 to 2006: Research Associate, School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK 
  • 2006: PhD in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2001: MSc in Technology Management, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • 2000: Dipl.-Ing. (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Engineering Design, University of Applied Science, Hamburg, Germany

Dr Niels Lohse graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Science Hamburg, Germany in 2000; obtained the M.Sc. degree in Technology Management from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2001 and received the Ph.D. degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2006.

He joined Loughborough University as Senior Lecturer in January 2014 where he is a member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation. He previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham from September 2006 until the end of 2013. His research interests are in the field of intelligent automation and include manufacturing system modelling, human-machine interaction, distributed control, diagnostics and design decision-support with a primary focus on modular and evolvable production systems and applications of artificial intelligence techniques in manufacturing.

Niels is a member of the IEEE and contributes to the Industrial Electronics Society, Robotics & Automation Society and the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Industrial Agents. Dr Lohse has received a number of awards for his work including the Outstanding Paper (2012) and Highly Commended Paper (2004) awards from the Emerald Literati Network for his publications in Assembly Automation.

Professional affiliations (optional)

  • Member of IEEE: Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society; Industrial Electronics Society; Robotics & Automation Society
  • Member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Industrial Agents

Broad interests and expertise

  • Agent-Based Distributed Industrial Control and Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Symbiotic Human-Machine Interaction
  • Self-Organising Production Systems
  • Semantic Technology, Engineering Ontologies
  • Diagnostics and Prognostics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Self-Learning Systems
  • Handling of Difficult and Delicate Components
  • Dynamic Optimisation: Resource Consumption Minimisation
  • Technology Selection
  • Manufacturing System Ramp-up Time Reduction

External interests

  • Member of the editorial board of: International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Journal referee for multiple journals, including: IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A; European Journal of Operational Research; Computers and Industrial Engineering; Assembly Automation; Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology
  • External PhD reviewer at: KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal), University of Oulu (Oulu, Finland)
  • Organising committee of INDIN: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (2014, 2013, 2011)
  • Organising committee of SMC: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (2013, 2014)
  • Organising committee of IPAS: International Precision Assembly Seminar (2012, 2014)
  • Invited guest lectures: Fraunhofer IPA (Stuttgart, Germany), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)

Current research activity

  • Senior Academic in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation, Jul 2011 to Jul 2016
  • SelSus: Health Monitoring and Life-Long Capability Management for SELf-SUStaining Manufacturing Systems, EC FP7 NMP FoF, IP, Sep 2013 to Aug 2017, Principal Investigator
  • ReBORN: Innovative Reuse of modular knowledge Based devices and technologies for Old, Renewed and New factories, EC FP7 NMP FoF, Demo, Sep 2013 to Aug 2016, Principal Investigator
  • KTP Guttridge: Development of decision support system for the selection of screw conveyors in the bulk material handling industry, TSB, Jan 2014 to Dec 2016, Principal Investigator, Academic Supervisor

Past research activity

  • TRANSPARENCY: Adaptive Business Collaboration by Progressive Knowledge Sharing and Engineering, EC FP7 NMP FoF, £214,518, Oct 2010 to Sep 2013, Principal Investigator
  • IDEAS: Instantly Deployable Evolvable Assembly Systems, EC FP7 NMP FoF, Apr 2010 to Jun 2013, Principal Investigator
  • FRAME: Fast Ramp-up and Adaptive Manufacturing Environment, EC FP7 NMP, Oct 2009 to Sep 2012, Co-Investigator
  • Eco-Efficient Product Development, NIMRC (EPSRC), Oct 2009 to Sep 2011, Principal Investigator
  • High Volume/Low Cost Composite Wings, NIMRC (EPSRC), Oct 2008 to Sep 2011, Principal Investigator
  • FLEXA: Advanced Flexible Automation Cell, EC FP7 Transport IP, Sep 2009 to Nov 2012, Co-Investigator
  • CATER: Computerized Automotive Technology Reconfiguration System for Mass Customization, EC FP6 IST STREP, Sep 2006 to Aug 2009, Co-Investigator
  • EUPASS; Evolvable Ultra-Precision Assembly Systems, EC FP6 NMP IP, Sep 2006 to Mar 2009, Co-Investigator, Researcher
  • E-Race: E-Space for Collaborative Manufacture of Re-Configurable Assembly Cells, Eureka Factory (TSB), Jul 2004 to Jun 2006, Researcher
  • Assembly Net: Thematic Network for the promotion of Precision Assembly Technologies for Mini and Micro Products, EC Competitive and Sustainable Growth, Sep 2001 to Aug 2004, Researcher

Further links