5G networks provide unparalleled opportunities for manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0 through the application of Integrated Digital Technologies to drive transformational improvements across the whole value chain, bringing inclusive growth that benefits business, individuals and society as a whole.
The Made Smarter review identified growth opportunities of 1.5 – 3% per annum and work underway within the Worcestershire 5G testbed is already proving productivity gains of over 2%, with more to come.
The UK5G Manufacturing working group will seek to explore how the unique characteristics of 5G can be exploited to the benefit of high value growth areas in manufacturing (Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Drink, Construction) plus other key sub-sectors such as automotive, along with developing our understanding of the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in the supply chain and where vertical collaboration can fast-track digitalisation.
We will use our findings to influence policies that will translate into practical solutions on the ground.
Working group champions
Dritan KaleshiHead of Technology - 5GDigital Catapult
Chair of the UK5G Manufacturing Working Group
Dritan is Head of Technology - 5G at Digital Catapult. He is an experienced technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT for over 20 years. Dritan joined Digital Catapult as a 5G Fellow from the University of Bristol. There he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators. His interests are on national 5G testbeds coordination which best support startup and scaleup innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, identity and user profile data management and IoT support. Dritan has published over 65 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability. He has represented the UK in various international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees. He is seconded as a 5G Fellow to the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, and was previously a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Bristol. Dritan received his PhD from the University of Bristol and an Electronic Engineering MEng degree (with Excellence) from Polytechnic University of Tirana.
Mark StansfeldChairWorcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Chair of the UK5G Manufacturing Working Group
Mark started his career in the food industry at Cadbury Schweppes and Kraft Foods, but quickly moved into technology with positions at BT, T-Mobile and as Commercial Director for O2, where he was part of the board team who brought the brand to market leadership.
Alongside his Executive Director roles, Mark held Non Executive roles on a number of boards spanning technology, finance and health. These included The Link Retail, West Bromwich Building Society, NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, Ovo energy, and at O2 UK.
In addition to being Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire 5G Consortium, Mark is Chairman of Giffgaff, the fastest growing mobile network in the UK, Commercial director at CWS, B2B division at Dixons Carphone, and digital consultant to a number of start-ups.
Alejandra MatamorosTechnology ManagerThe Manufacturing Technology CentreDr Alejandra Matamoros BSc and MSc in Control and Automation Systems Engineering, and PhD on hybrid control design and simulation of train suspension systems. With over 15 years of academic, industrial and applied research experience, mostly related to the oil and manufacturing industry. She currently leads technical capacity on process and automation controls, industrial and digital connectivity in manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems, and simulation of mechanical systems and motion control. As a Technology Manager for Intelligent Automation Group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, she manages the vision, strategy and relationships to deliver innovative solutions for intelligent automation and enablement of digital manufacturing for the UK industry.
Fiona PiercyCEO InterimWorcestershire 5G
Gayle CogswellProgramme DirectorWorcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Gayle is Programme Director at West Midlands 5G (WM5G) responsible for the Industry 4.0 5G testbeds. In collaboration with leaders from manufacturing and construction she will drive adoption of 5G applications that make a measurable difference to the industries’ productivity. Gayle has over 20 years experience in the telco industry spanning 4G, wifi, Big Data and 5G usage in Europe, Latam and East Asia.
Julian StephensTechnical Development ManagerMJC²
Part of the MJC² team for more than 20 years, designing and implementing real-time transport and production scheduling solutions for some of the largest logistics, manufacturing and supply chain organisations in the World, including parcel networks, bulk tanker operations, construction, food manufacturing and retail.
Current R&D interests include new optimisation and machine intelligence algorithms for synchro-modal logistics, real-time manufacturing and global supply chain resilience.
Before joining MJC² I studied Physics at Cambridge University, completing a PhD in the Optoelectronics Group, focussing on novel polymers for LED and photovoltaic appplications.
Laura FentonConsultantGate One
Mohammed Al-Imari3GPP Standards SpecialistMediaTek Wireless
Mohammed Al-Imari obtained his Ph.D. degree in mobile communications from the University of Surrey, U.K., in 2013. He worked as Research Fellow at the 5G Inovation Centre where he focused on developing advance multiple access technologies for 5G systems. In 2015, he joined Samsung R&D Institute UK as a 5G Research Engineer, where he actively lead and contributed to the Horizon 2020 5G-PPP projects including FANTASTIC-5G and ONE5G.
Since 2017, he is working with MediaTek as Radio Standardization Specialist, where his main focus is on developing 3GPP specifications for 5G.
He has filed more than 30 patents, published over 40 referred journals and international conference papers, and made active contributions to PHY standardization of 5G (NR).
Rab (Robin) ScottHead of DigitalUniversity of Sheffield AMRC
Professor of Industrial Digitalisation. Head of Digital at the AMRC.
Rab Scott is Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He has been a member of the AMRC staff since its beginning in 2001, after heading up the Virtual Reality and Simulation activities he now leads on the strategic development and implementation of digital solutions across the whole organisation.
Rab is the operational chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Digital Strategy Team. He sits on the Steering Committee of Immerse UK (the UK’s body for immersive technologies), the IET’s Digital Panel and their Applied Visualisation Forum. He is also the IET’s spokesman for virtual reality. Rab has recently been made a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde.
Sylvia Lu5G Tech Leadu-blox
Deputy Chair of the UK5G International Working Group
An award winning Engineer, non-executive director, advisor and ambassador, combining technology and strategic expertise with a solid understanding of the Telecom and vertical industries.
Wenbing YaoVice President, Business Development and PartnershipsHuawei
Wenbing Yao joined Huawei UK in 2008 and took up the role of VP Business Development and Partnerships in April 2018. Since 2017, Wenbing has been with Huawei Corporate Elite Program on telco network and business transformation, driving strategic projects on NFV, SDN and automation with tier one network operators. Between 2012 and 2016, Wenbing was the Director of Strategy and Marketing, responsible for developing the mid and long term business strategy for Huawei UK; driving strategic business development in areas including 5G, IoT, Smart City, Big Data, Data Centre IT and infrastructure; leading joint innovations with key telecom customers and organising market communication activities. Before 2012, Wenbing held various positions in a global account in Huawei, leading the solution marketing and industry and research collaborations team.
Wenbing received her Ph.D degree in Communication and Information Systems from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R.China, in 2001. She was a lecturer in wireless communications at Brunel University from 2003 to 2008, and a research fellow from 2002 to 2003 in heterogeneous networking technologies and mobile healthcare systems.