Paul Maropoulos


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1989 …2023

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Research Focus

My main researh focus in on Smart and Metrology Enabled Manufacturing, combining and linking the process and product verification from the cyber to the physical domains. The verification thread is an enabler of new generation design and manufacturing, facilitating the design and manufacturing of products with minimal or zero testing and trial and error process development. The digital twin technologies are ustised in this context. I am also interested in resilient and capable production networks and supply chain readiness and this is a practice based topic in which I have a lot of interactions with manufacturing companies.

Research Interests

Digital Factory and Process Modelling

Metrology-Enabled Manufacturing Technology

Design and Process Verification

Aerospace Assembly, Machining and Tooling Technology 


Created advanced research centres at Durham and Bath Universities.

Worked with blue chip companies including Airbus (Framework Agreement relationship whilst at Bath), Rolls-Royce, Renishaw, Airbus Defence and Space, Caterpillar, Nissan and Thorn Lighting

At Bath formed the Laboratory for Integrated Metrology Applications (LIMA) (2006-2015) that was formally recognised by Airbus as a Framework Agreement University Lab, and formed research partnerships with NPL, Rolls-Royce and Renishaw.

Collaboration with National Physical Laboratory on Industrial Metrology

Published 274 papers, 91 in Learned Journals, (h index = 32 Research Gate and 29 Pure)

Multiple Distinctions and Awards, including receiving the 'Joseph Whitworth Prize' of the IMechE, best paper awards from SAGE and IEE and numerous Conferences, presented many invited Keynote papers, and was invited to give the prestigious 'Alistair Graham-Bryce Memorial Lecture' of the IMechE. 

Graduated 17 PhD students

Career, competitively won research income of £28m from EPSRC, Innovate UK, Industry and the EU

Directed the Agility Projest in North East of England (2004-05), that worked with 131 SMEs and generated £10.5m of new SME turnover.

Directed the LIMA Business Technology Centre at Bath (2010-15), that worked with 254 SMEs and generated £68m of additional GVA.

Major institutional funding of £98m from the Belfast Region City Deal for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC)

Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP), 180 in total in the world, and Trustee of CIRP UK, Fellow CIRP

Founder and General Chair of the Digital Enterprise Technology Series of International Conferences, that held 10 Conferences from 2001 to 2022



Advanced Manufacturing Tecnology

Design and Process Verification

Measurement - Enabled Manufacturing

Competitiveness and Readiness of Supply Chains

Innovation development and adoption by industry

Strategic initaitives for industrial capability enhancement and economic growth



Taught Manufacturing Technology at MEng Level

Designed and Directed the MSc in Innovation and Technology Management of Bath University, joint degree between Mechanical Engineering and School of Management


Academic Qualifications:

Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Eng.) Aristotle University Greece,


Professional Qualifications:

Fellow of IMehE (FIMechE)

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of European Federation of National Engineering Associations (Eur.-Ing.)

Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (Dipl.-Eng.)

Fellow of International Academy of Production Engineering (FCIRP)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Digital


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  • Best Paper Award

    Laverty, Eoghan (Recipient), A Rahman, Arfauz (Recipient), Jin, Yan (Recipient), Maropoulos, Paul (Recipient), Mohamad, Effendi (Recipient), Salleh, Mohd Rizal (Recipient) & Abdul Rahman, Azrul Azwan (Recipient), Sep 2023

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)