AI & Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing is a strategic sector of the Canadian economy, representing 11% of GDP (larger than the oil & gas sector, the mining sector and the forestry sector) employing some 1.7m Canadians. 1,300 Canadian companies are integrated into a hugely competitive international supply chain for automotive and aerospace production. UBC is Canada’s leading centre of research excellence in advanced manufacturing with deep expertise in metals and composites, virtual machining and clean energy manufacturing.  To maintain our national competitive advantage, it is absolutely essential that we navigate the digital transformation of manufacturing: the ubiquitous capture of data to plan, monitor and control factory operations, the use of new predictive models of materials, processes and products, the development of intelligent automation systems.


Shared Interests:

Automation and Robotics

  • understanding, quantifying, and managing the interaction between robot accuracy and dexterity and defect generation and management in the highly deformable and fragile raw composite materials
  • reinforcement learning-based prediction and control of adaptive robots for agile manufacturing in Industry 4.0
    Sensors and their Data

Sensors and their Data

  • how to manage classes of sensors, their data quality, and their stability and reliability in different manufacturing contexts
  • Data cleansing and aggregation

Scalable Data Modelling using Physics Based Modelling and Machine Learning

  • Efficient Deep Reinforcement Learning for process control and state estimation
  • Realistic Visualization of the Movement and Behavior of People in the Digital Twin





The UBC composites team – Poursartip, Ferlund, Vaziri, Ko worked with Boeing over the entire lifetime of the 787’s development, to design the breakthrough simulations that made it possible, for the first time, to model the cooking and curing of large structural composite components.