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Hinnerk Hagenah

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institute of Manufacturing Technology


Vice Head / Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Inf.


Lecture title: Sheet Bulk Metal Forming (tentative)

Biography:Prof. Hinnerk Hagenah is professor at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) at the Institute of Manufacturing Technology (LFT). He received his diploma in Computer Science from the FAU in 1995. In 2002 he received his PhD in Manufacturing Engineering at the LFT under the guidance of Prof. Geiger. The title of the thesis was “Simulation-based estimation of the expected accuracy in sheet metal bending”. In 2010 he got his postdoctoral lecturer qualification focusing on “Knowledge-based methods in the design of manufacturing processes” and the venia legendi for Manufacturing Technology. Since 2019 he is professor at the LFT.

He has been managing director of the Collaborative Research Center 396 (Robust,shortened process sequences for lightweight sheet parts) and the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 73 (Manufacturing of Complex Functional Components with Variants by Using a New Sheet Metal Forming Process - Sheet-Bulk Metal Forming). His research and teaching interests are in the field of knowledge based approaches in manufacturing engineering, sheet metal processing and process optimization (6s). Currently Prof. Hagenah is managing editor of the international journal Production Engineering and Secretary of ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for Material Forming).








Livan Fratini

University of Palermo,Italy

Department of Engineering


Title:New perspectives on solid state processing: from recycling to upcycling of light weight alloys chips

Biography:Prof. Livan Fratini graduated with honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and took his PhD in Production Engineering at University of Palermo in Italy in 1997. Currently he is full professor of Manufacturing at the University of Palermo. He has been Deputy Rector up to Oct. 2021; he has been formerly Vice-Rector for Research and Third Mission since 2018.

The scientific activity has been mainly focused on the development of numerical models for the analysis of the plastic behavior of metals during forming processes and to the development of experimental tests aimed to the validation of the numerical results with particular reference to the sheet metal stamping operations. Most recently he has been working on friction stir welding and on solid bonding processes. He has been coordinating or involved in several research projects both at a national and international level.

Prof. Fratini is co-author of over 350 papers on international scientific journals or on the proceedings of national and international conferences (ORCID: 0000-0002-1059-2850).

Prof. Fratini was awarded the F.W. Taylor Medal by the CIRP (2007). He has been Vice-President of AITEM (Italian Association of Manufacturing) in the period 2013-2017; he is Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Currently he is President of ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for Material Forming) since 2020; he is President Elect of Namri/SME.




Jianguo Lin

Imperial College London, UK

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)


TATA Steel and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair

Title:Advances and challenges on experimental method development to meet the requirements of innovative metal forming techniques 


Biography:Professor Jianguo Lin, FREng, is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and TATA Steel and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair. Professor Lin's research expertise is in Metals processing technologies, Materials and process Modelling. He has published over 300 research papers in refereed international journals.

He joined Imperial College London from the University of Birmingham in 2008 and established a Metal-forming and Materials Modelling Group at Imperial. The Group has an international reputation in developing new metal forming processes, multiscale materials and process modelling, and materials characterisation methods. The Group also has 4 research centres fully sponsored by industry. He is a Founder Director of Impression Technologies Ltd, CurvEx Technology Ltd and Multi-X Solutions Ltd, which are Spin-offs of Imperial College and are resulted from his patented metal forming and materials characterisation techniques.     











Paulo A.F. Martins

IDMEC, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon,Portugal


fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)


Title:Innovative joining by forming production of hybrid busbars for electric power distribution



Biography:Paulo Martins is professor of manufacturing at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in 1991, the habilitation in mechanical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in 1999 and the degree of doctor technices honoris causa from the Technical University of Denmark in 2018.

He is fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), member of the Standing Advisory Board of ICTP – The International Conference on Technology of Plasticity, and received the (JSTP) Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity International Prize for R&D in Precision Forging in 2021.

He was president of the scientific board of Instituto Superior Técnico from 2009 to 2012 and president of the school council of Instituto Superior Técnico from 2017 to 2020.

His research interests are focused on metal forming and joining by forming technologies and he is co‐author of six books, several international patents and more than 400 papers in international journals and conferences. 








Shijian Yuan

Harbin Institute of Technology,China
School of Material Science and Engineering

Title:Innovations in theory and processes of hydroforming for thin complex components of metals

Biography:Prof. Shijian Yuan is the leader of the innovation team of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of the Ministry of Education, China and Distinguished Young Scholars of Chinese National Science Funding. He has been engaged in the field of hydroforming of complex-shaped thin-walled integrated structures for a long time. Prof. Yuan developed the theory and method of controlling three-dimensional deformation based on high-pressure fluid loading, invented the hybrid pressure hydroforming process for large complex curved surface thin-walled structures, developed a series of numerical control hydroforming equipment, and established the complete technology systems of theory/process/equipment for hydroforming.

His research outcomes have been widely used in the new generation of launch vehicles and aircraft, and successfully applied in the mass production of key automobiles components. He obtained Second Class Prize for the State Technological Invention Award twice and Second Class Prize for the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award twice.

He has published more than 190 SCI papers, and 70 authorized invention patents of China. He is the executive member of Standing Advisory Board of International Conference on Technology of Plasticity (ICTP), Standing member of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. In addition, he is also an Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science and Technology, associate Editors of International Journal of Material Forming.








Takashi Kuboki

The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Title:Tool shapes and structures for stress control to achieve high formability and precise forming

Biography:Professor Takashi Kuboki has research experiences in both industry and academy. He started his professional career in Sumitomo metal industry after graduating from Kyoto University in 1990, and conducted research on manufacturing technologies for LSI, and changed his research field to metal forming beginning with a tube-bending technology for atomic power plants in 1996. He was certified as a Chartered Engineer in the UK in 2001. After obtaining a position in the University of Electro-Communications in 2003, he continued research for metal forming, focusing upon prediction of mechanical properties, tube forming, sheet-metal bending, bar drawing, rolling and straightening. He constructed a cooperative framework on the FEM with Swansea University during his sabbatical leave in 2004-2005, and it has been expediting his research. He furthermore started up projects on invention of new forming methods for the next generation. His achievement resulted in 9 paper awards and overall from inside and outside Japan. He is an associate member of CIRP, the chairman of the Tubeforming committee in JSTP, and was a vice president of The University of Electro-communications (FY 2020-2021).