Dr Cinzia Giannetti


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Job title: Senior Lecturer
Division: College of Engineering
Organisation: Swansea University
Tags: Fellowship: Innovation Fellowship, Researcher, Swansea University
Related theme: Digital economy Engineering ICT Manufacturing the future Mathematical sciences


I am a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Swansea University. My expertise includes smart manufacturing and sensors technologies, with emphasis on knowledge and information management, data analytics and machine learning. Before joining academia, I worked for a decade in industry in senior roles delivering, planning and coordinating software development projects. 

Your Fellowship

Digital Manufacturing relies on pervasive and ubiquitous use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), sensors, intelligent robots to deliver the next generation of intelligent, co-operating and interconnected manufacturing systems. The main focus of my research is to improve techniques that can be used to develop digitalised manufacturing systems to reduce existing inefficiencies in production processes that impact on production costs, unplanned downtime, quality and yields. Using real world datasets provided by industrial partners, I aim to develop and deploy data driven computational models that will enable to monitor and predict process conditions and advise on best actions to increase operational efficiency of production processes.

The research addresses challenges arising from modelling the complex and dynamic behaviour of production systems and linking predictions to decisions. I will address these challenges by developing novel algorithms that effectively learn patterns from data by reusing and transferring knowledge across different factories or, more interestingly, across different domains. An important outcome of my research will ultimately be to improve our understanding of the benefits of adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies, and their value, and inspire confidence for manufacturers and suppliers to invest in this area, contributing to the UK to become a leader in digital manufacturing.

What motivated you to apply for the Fellowship?

I am passionate about innovative fundamental research and translating this into practical knowledge, which can deliver short and long term socio-economic impact. Through engagement with several manufacturing companies, I have realised that most organizations are "data-rich" but have limited capabilities to use data for real time decision making in smart factories, leading to inefficiencies and low productivity. The Innovation Fellowship was the ideal opportunity to pursue my research ambition to co-create innovative tools and resources with industry and contribute to the development of the next generation of cyber manufacturing systems, advancing the UK Manufacturing sector.

How do you think your career can benefit from having the Fellowship?

The Innovation fellowship will enable me to advance my career and establish myself as a research leader in the emerging field of industrial digitalisation. It gives me the necessary support and resources to further develop and extend my network of academic and industrial collaborators, gaining greater visibility in the international research community. Through the joint support from the Fellowship and my host organisation, I will have the necessary experience and exposure to achieve my research ambition to produce World-class research that has far reaching impact for UK and international manufacturing sectors and economies.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for an EPSRC fellowship?

The Fellowship is a personal award, so a good balance between research and personal aims is needed. For specific calls with focus on industrial engagement, such as the Innovation Fellowship, having a strong support from industry is of paramount importance. In such cases, start to build your industrial network earlier and allow plenty of time to shape the industrial engagement. If you have followed a non-standard academic career path, like myself, don’t be shy to highlight your unique and relevant skills and abilities that you have gained in other sectors.