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Hefin Rowlands known as Professor Hefin Rowlands

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Qualifications

Ph.D., February 1995; University of Wales College Cardiff.
Title: Optimum design using the Taguchi method with neural networks and genetic algorithms.

M.Eng. by research, April 1983; University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST)
Title: Low cost flexible automatic test system for sequential electromechanical device testing.

B.Sc. (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, July 1979, University College Cardiff
Grade: 2:1

About

Professor Hefin Rowlands is currently Professor of Quality Management at the University of South Wales. He has worked in Higher Education for over 30 years. He gained a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 1979, an MEng by research on Automatic Test Systems in 1983 and his PhD in Optimum Design using the Taguchi method and AI techniques in 1995.

His current research interests are in the field of Strategic Quality Management in the value chain, Zero defect strategies, quality improvement and quality in the supply chain. He has published over 90 journal and conference papers in these areas and supervised 13 PhD students to successful completion.

He is a reviewer for a number of international journals and an editorial board member of the TQM Journal.

He is currently a nominated regional expert for the EU FoFAM Project (Factory of the Future in Additive Manufacturing) and has been an expert evaluator and rapporteur for the EU Research Executive Agency under the Framework 7 (FP7) SME call.

Experience

Present Position from January 2015:
Professor of International and Quality Management, South Wales Business School, University of South Wales

June 2010 – December 2014:
Dean of Research & Graduate Studies, University of South Wales from April 2013 (formerly at University of Wales, Newport)
Co-Director of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institute, University of South Wales (From April 2014)

April 2007 – June 2010 : Director of Research & Enterprise, University of Wales, Newport
February 2005 – April 2007 : Director of Research, University of Wales, Newport
October 1995 – February 2005 : Reader/ Head of Mechatronics Research Centre/ Head of Research & Enterprise (School of Computing & Engineering), University of Wales, Newport
April 1983 – September 1995 : Lecturer in Quality Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Wales College, Cardiff.
October 1982 – April 1983 : Research Associate (SERC ACME grant), UWIST, Cardiff
November 1980 – October 1982 : Teaching Company Associate, UWIST & Hoover Ltd, Merthyr Tydfil
July 1979 – November 1980 : Development Engineer, Marconi Avionics, Rochester, Kent

Responsibilities

Academic Role:
• To support the development of Research across the Business School.
• To co-ordinate the PhD students applications and allocation of supervisors for the South Wales Business School
• To contribute to the delivery of the DBA programme
• PhD and DBA student supervision.

Publications

Publications (1996 – 2015)

1. Stephens, V., ROWLANDS, H., Lee, C. and Barrett, J. Complementary initiatives for sustainability in UK defence sector supply chains, 10th International AIRTEC Congress, Future of Aviation track, Munich 3-5 November 2015.
2. BURVILL, S. M., JONES-EVANS, D. and ROWLANDS, H. An Exploration Into A New Theoretical Perspective Of Firm Growth: Combing Resources, Mediating Factors And Output Factors, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2015 Conference, Track 18, Portsmouth 8-10 September 2015.
3. BURVILL, S. M., JONES-EVANS, D. and ROWLANDS, H. The open innovation process in an small early stage knowledge based firm: The essential business model?, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2015 Conference, Track 10, Portsmouth 8-10 September 2015.
4. FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. J., ROWLANDS, H. 2014 Reconceptualising value in tourism and hospitality, 23rd Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research – The Values of Tourism, Copenhagen Business School, 1-4 October 2014.
5. FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A. J., ROWLANDS, H. 2014 A theoretical framework for understanding the nature of value in logistics and supply chain management, International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), July 2014.
6. RADANLIEV, P., ROWLANDS.H., THOMAS, A.J. 2014 Supply Chain Paradox: Green-field architecture for sustainable strategy formulation, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Cardiff, April 2014
7. FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. J. and ROWLANDS, H. 2014 (Published on-line 02 April 2014) The meaning of value in purchasing, logistics and operations management, International Journal of Production Research.
8. THOMAS A.J. and ROWLANDS, H. 2014 Welsh Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand study, Welsh Government Report, July 2014.
9. FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A. J., ROWLANDS, H. 2014 A theoretical framework for understanding the nature of value in logistics and supply chain management, 19th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), Vietnam, July 2014.
10. THOMAS, A.J., ROWLANDS, H., FRANCIS, M. and Fisher, R. 2014 Applying Group Consensus Theory to aid Organisational Learning in Educational Institutions – A comparative Study, South Wales Business School Working Paper Journal of Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement, V2 Issue 1, June 2014
11. RADANLIEV, P., ROWLANDS.H., THOMAS, A.J. 2014 Supply Chain Paradox: Green-field architecture for sustainable strategy formulation, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Cardiff, April 2014
12. FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. J. and ROWLANDS, H. 2014 (Published on-line 02 April 2014) The meaning of value in purchasing, logistics and operations management, International Journal of Production Research.
13. FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. J. and ROWLANDS, H. 2013, Interpretations Of The Value Concept In Logistics And Supply Chain Management International Symposium on Logistics, Vienna, Austria, 8th-10th July 2013.
14. YANDLE, S., JONES-EVANS, D and ROWLANDS, H, 2012. An exploration into the factors influencing the early development of a technology based firm, Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (RENT) conference (Supported by the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) and the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)), Lyon, 21-23 November 2012.
15. FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., ROWLANDS, H. and THOMAS, A. J., 2012 Meanings of Value Within Logistics & Operations Management: Constructing the Tower of Babel?, Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Logistics, Cape Town, South Africa, 8-11 July 2012.
16. THOMAS, A.J., ROWLANDS, H. and FRANCIS, M., 2012 Sustainable Six Sigma – an organisational learning perspective, 4th International Conference on Lean Six Sigma, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 26-27 March 2012.
17. FRANCIS, M., ROWLANDS, H., THOMAS, A.J., 2012 Value Flow University (VFU) Pilot Project on the PhD Student Experience/Lifecycle Mapping at the University of Wales, Newport, Conference on Lean in Services and Higher Education: Transforming the Public Sector 25 – 27 January 2012.
18. THOMAS, A.J., FRANCIS, M. and ROWLANDS, H., 2011 Defining and Asset Management Strategy for Aerospace MRO Functions Using Monte Carlo Methods, Proceedings of the Asset Management Conference, IET, London 30 November – 1 December, 2011.
19. HASLETT, S.K., ROWLANDS, H. (Editors); 2010 Linking Research and Teaching in Higher Education, Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference 2010.
20. HASLETT, S.K., ROWLANDS, H. 2010 Enhancing Research-Teaching Links in Higher Education: an introduction, in Linking Research and Teaching in Higher Education, Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference 2010. Special Publication, No. 3, pp. 5-6, ISBN 978-1-899274-43-7.
21. WILLIAMS, J., ROWLANDS H., 2009 Case study illustrations of a scorecard to measure IT strategy improvements in UK SMEs, The Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Emerald, Vol 11(1), p24-42, January 2009.
22. FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A. J., THOMPSON, G., ROWLANDS, H.; 2009, Convergence and the Digital Content Industry: Proposing new Business Models and Supply Chain Structures fro a Volatile new Digital Landscape, LRN09, Cardiff University Sept 2009.
23. HASLETT, S.K., ROWLANDS, H. (Editors); 2009 Linking Research and Teaching in Higher Education, Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference 2009, CELT Special Publication No1, ISBN 978-1-899274-38-3
24. ROWLANDS, H., 2009, Research Informed Teaching Explored, Keynote presentation at the Newport Nexus Conference – Linking Research and Teaching in Higher Education, Newport, June 2009.
25. CASTELLANI, M., ROWLANDS, H., 2009, Evolutionary Artificial Neural Network Design and Training for wood veneer classification, Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Vol 22, Issue 4-5, p732-741, June 2009.
26. THOMAS, A.J., ROWLANDS, H., BYARD, P., ROWLAND-JONES, R.; 2008 Lean Six Sigma: An Integrated Strategy for Manufacturing Sustainability, International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, ISSN 1479-2494, Vol 4, No 4, pp333-354, 2008.
27. THOMAS, A .J., ROWLANDS, H., ROWLAND-JONES, R., BYARD, P.; 2008 Creating a Sustainable Six Sigma Model, International Conference on Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, Edinburgh, December 15th 2008.
28. NEWMAN, P.; ROWLANDS, H.; WILLIAMS, J.; 2008 A UK company case study in the use of Value Chain Analysis and Process Mapping for Organisational Change, IEMC – Europe 2008, Lisbon, June 2008.
29. CASTELLANI, M., ROWLANDS, H., 2008, Evolutionary feature selection applied to artificial neural networks for wood-veneer classification, International Journal of Production Research, Vol 46, Issue 11, p3085-3105, June 2008.
30. ROWLANDS, H., NAIM, M. and GROSSI, P., 2006, A Systems Approach to Six Sigma Learning, 2nd International Conference on Six Sigma, Caledonian Business School, 5-7 June 2006.
31. ROWLANDS, H., WILLIAMS, J., ELIAS, S., JAMES, O. and GARDNER, C., 2006, e-Learning in advanced Business Improvement Techniques, 2nd International Conference on Six Sigma, Caledonian Business School, 5-7 June 2006.
32. LEE, S and ROWLANDS, H, 2006, An alternative to random Generation of the initial population for generic algorithms, Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, pp 85-89.
33. LEE, S., & ROWLANDS, H. 2005. Introducing the swingometer crossover and mutation operators for floating-point encoded genetic algorithms. In Proceedings of the 19th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2005).
34. GROSSI, P.C., HARWOOD, D.J. and ROWLANDS, H. 2005, The stakeholder model as a performance standard, The British Academy of Management (BAM) 2005 Conference, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 13-15 September 2005, ISBN 0-9549608-1-5.
35. BAICHER, G.S., TAYLOR, M. and ROWLANDS, H. 2005, A comparative study of finite word length coefficient optimization of FIR digital filters, Proceedings of the International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC-05), Changsha, Hunan, China. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3612, pp877-882, 27-29 August 2005.
36. BAICHER, G.S., ROWLANDS, H. and TAYLOR, M. 2005, Optimisation of non-uniform Multiple filter banks through evolutionary algorithms, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (DCDIS-05), Watam press, Guelph, Canada. Pp 348-352, 27-29 July 2005.
37. GROSSI, P.C., ROWLANDS, H. and HARWOOD, D.J. 2005, Determining Organisational success through stakeholder analysis, Philosophy of Management 05 Conference, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 6-10 July 2005.
38. ESAIN, A., CATHERWOOD, P. and ROWLANDS, H. 2005, A new approach to six sigma training – Welsh SME’s needs and wants discussed, 12th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference (EurOMA), Budapest, Hungary, June 19-21, 2005.
39. ROWLANDS, H., WILLIAMS, J., CATHERWOOD, P., ESAIN, A. 2004, Implementation Issues of Six-sigma in an SME, 1st International Conference on Six-Sigma, Glasgow, 16th – 17th December 2004.
40. AGUILAR-SAVEN, R. , NAIM, M. and ROWLANDS, H. 2003, The Role of Total Quality Management in Extended Enterprise Integration, 17th International Conference on Production Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. August 3-7th 2003. ISBN 0-9721257-3-6
41. ROWLANDS, H. and ANTONY, J. 2003, Application of design of experiments to a spot welding process, Assembly Automation, The International Journal of Assembly Technology and Management, Vol 23, No. 3, pp273-279, ISSN 0144-5154.
42. JAFFAR, A., ROWLANDS, H., ALDERSON, A. and FLETCHER, M. 2003, An Empirical Comparison of Some Business Process Notations, Proceedings of The International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 23-26, Vol I,pp344-350. ISBN 1-932415-07-6
43. ROWLANDS, H 2003. Six Sigma: A New Philosophy or Repackaging of old Ideas?, IEE Engineering Management Journal, April/May 2003, pp18-21. ISSN 0960-7919.
44. Hafeez, K., ROWLANDS, H., Kanji, G., & Iqbal, S. (2003). Design optimization using ANOVA. QUALITY CONTROL AND APPLIED STATISTICS, 48(5), 549-550.
45. Hafeez, K., ROWLANDS, H., Kanji, G., & Iqbal, S. (2002). Design optimization using ANOVA. Journal of Applied Statistics, 29(6), 895-906.
46. ROWLANDS, H and RICHARDS, C. 2002. Modelling of an Integrated Quality System Using IDEFO, IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, L’Aquila, Italy, July 8-11, pp 1364-1369
47. ROWLANDS, H., SU, Z. and JOHN, D. 2001. A Laser Tracking System For a Hot Moving Ingot. The 8th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Antibes – Juan les Pins, France. pp 623-625. ISBN 0-7803-7241-7.
48. ROWLANDS, H. and WANG, L. 2001. A Novel NN-Fuzzy-SPC Feedback Control System. The 8th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Antibes – Juan les Pins, France. pp 417-423. ISBN 0-7803-7241-7.
49. BAICHER, G.S., TURTON, B.C.H. and ROWLANDS, H. 2001. Optimisation of a class of non-uniform multirate filter banks – a genetic algorithms approach. 3rd International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing. Singapore.
50. ANTONY, J., WARWOOD, S., FERNANDES, K. and ROWLANDS, H. 2001. Process optimisation using Taguchi methods of experimental design. Work Study: A Journal of Productivity Science. Vol 50, No 2, pp 51-57.
51. ROWLANDS, H. 2001. Integrated Strategic Quality Systems, 3nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’2001), University of Twente, The Netherland, 27-29 June 2001, pp249-256.
52. RICHARDS, C, WILLIAMS, H., MEADOWS, C., ROWLANDS, H. & STANTON, M. 2001, Data Modelling & Acquisition in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing, 3nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’2001), University of Twente, The Netherland, 27-29 June 2001, pp227-235.
53. MICHAEL, C., ROWLANDS, H., STANTON, M., MEADOWS, C. and WILLIAMS, H. 2001. A model based system for a semiconductor company. IASTED (International Association for Science Technological Development) Conference at Congress Innsbruck. p.p. 171-176.
54. ROWLANDS, H., PACKIANTHER, M.S., and DRAKE, P.R. 2000. Optimizing the parameters of multilayered feedforward neural networks through Taguchi design of experiments. Quality and Reliability Engineering International. 16, pp 461-473.
55. WANG, L R. and ROWLANDS, H. 2000. An approach to a NN – Fuzzy – SPC Controller. Mechatronics 2000: 7th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. CD ROM, ISBN: 0-08-043703-6.
56. HUGHES, R., ROWLANDS, H. and MEEKIN, S. 2000. A laser plantar pressure sensor for the diabetic foot. Medical Engineering & Physics 22. pp 149-154.
57. SU,Z. and ROWLANDS H. 2000. An Angle Measurement System based on a Laser Diode for Three-Dimensional Construction. International Conference & Exhibition on Gearing, Transmissions and Mechanical Systems. Nottingham, UK. pp 533-543.
58. SU,Z. and ROWLANDS H. 2000. Measurement and Analysis of Leather Frictional Forces. Journal of Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists. UK. Vol. 84. pp 117-121.
59. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 2000. A helping hand for Quality Function Deployment (QFD). 44th Annual EOQ Congress. Budapest. Vol.2. pp 282-289.
60. SPENGLER, A., STANTON, M. and ROWLANDS, H. 2000. Improving Quality with the Help of Expert Systems. 44th Annual EOQ Congress. Budapest. Vol. 1. pp 233-240.
61. ROWLANDS, H. and ONUH, S. 2000. Distance Learning and Remote Access of manufacturing Information. International Journal of Engineering Simulation. 1(1) pp 4-7.
62. WANG, L.R. and ROWLANDS, H., 2000. An Approach of Fuzzy Logic evaluation and control in SPC. Quality and Reliability Engineering International. 16 (2) pp 91-98.
63. ROWLANDS, H., ANTONY, J. and KNOWLES, G. 2000. An application of experimental design for process optimisation. The TQM Magazine.12 (2) pp 78-83. ISSN 0954-478X.
64. SU, Z. and ROWLANDS. H. 2000. A laser alignment system for boat assembly. International Journal of sensing for industry. 20 (3) pp 206-211. ISSN 0260-2288.
65. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 2000. Methods and techniques to help quality function deployment (QFD). Benchmarking: An International Journal. 7(1) pp 8-19. ISSN 1463-5771.
66. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 2000. Quality function deployment: the unused tool. Engineering Management. 10 (1) pp 45-52. ISSN 0960-7019.
67. HUGHES, R., ROWLANDS, H. and McMEEKIN, S. 1999. Pressure measurement system using an interferometry technique. Image Processing & Communications. 5(1) pp 25-32.
68. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Analytical approaches to QFD. Manufacturing Engineer 76 (6) pp 249-254. ISSN 0956-9944.
69. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. A Fuzzy approach to Quality Function Deployment (QFD). 6th Workshop on Fuzzy Systems. Brunel University, UK. pp 99-108.
70. SPENGLER, A., STANTON, M., and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Expert Systems and Quality Tools for Quality Improvement. 7th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technology and Factory Automation, Barcelona, Spain. pp 955-962.
71. WANG, L.R., and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. A Fuzzy Logic application in SPC evaluation and control. 7th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation. Barcelona, Spain. pp 679-684.
72. HUGHES, R., ROWLANDS, H. and McMEEKIN, S. 1999. A pressure sensor using an interferometry technique. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99). Newport, UK. pp 523-530.
73. SPENGLER, A., STANTON, M. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Quality improvement using expert systems. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99). Newport, UK. pp 399-406.
74. WANG, L. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. The evaluation and control of SPC in fuzzy logic and neural network. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 391-198.
75. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Artificial intelligence: A helping hand for quality function deployment (QFD). 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 383-390.
76. MICHAEL, C., ROWLANDS, H. STANTON, M., MEADOWS, C. and WILLIAMS, H. 1999. Expert Systems in Semiconductor Manufacturing. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 301-308.
77. LIU, X., PAWESKA, R. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. A study of neural network structures and training data formats for an optical character recognition system. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 267-274.
78. WILLIAMS, H. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Back to Basics. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 197-206.
79. HOPKINS, B.M., ROWLANDS, H. and WILLIS, C. 1999. Management Information Systems and Automation. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 181-188.
80. ONUH, S., ABJUREDA, S. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. Development of an Innovative Remote Access Virtual Enterprise. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 171-180.
81. SU, Z., ROWLANDS, H. and MAIA, C. 1999. A laser alignment system for small shipyards. 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99) Newport, UK. pp 71-78.
82. ROWLANDS, H. and GEARY, N. 1999. Optimisation of coil inspection line welding using the Taguchi method. International Symposium ‘Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Systems and Technologies (AMPST)99. Bradford, UK. pp 205-214.
83. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 1999. The use of Fuzzy Logic in Quality Function Deployment (QFD). International Symposium ‘Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Systems and Technologies (AMPST)99. Bradford, UK. pp 215-224.
84. HAMEL, F. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. S-Fuzzy ART, Adaption of Fuzzy ART to non-parallel systems. The fifth International Conference on Neural information Processing. Kitakyushu, Japan. pp 1655-1658
85. BAICHER, G.S. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. Optimisation of finite word length FIR and IIR digital filters through genetic algorithms. 1998 International Conference on Communication, Computer & Power. Muscat, Oman. pp183-187.
86. LIU, X. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. A Step towards Automating the Entering process of Student Examination Results using Neural Network and Machine Vision Techniques. 4th France-Japan & 2nd Europe-Asia Congress on Mechanics, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. pp119-122.
87. LEE, S. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. A Diploid Genetic Algorithm for finding Robust Solutions in a Problem Space. The Mendel ’98 Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. pp 63-68.
88. LIU, X., PAWESKA, R. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. A study of Neural Network Structures and Training Data Formats for an Optical Character Recognition System. International ICSC/IFAC Symposium on Neural Computation/NC’98, Vienna, Austria.
89. BOUCHEREAU, V. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. An intelligent systems approach to quality function deployment (QFD). The Tenth Symposium on Quality Function Deployment. Novi, Michigan USA. pp 535-552.
90. LEE, S. and ROWLANDS, H. 1998. Reproduction in Genetic Algorithms using the Refocusing Operator. 3rd. International conference on Adaptive Computing in Design and Manufacture, Plymouth. UK. pp 9-12.
91. TUBB, C.A.J., ROBERTS, G.N. and ROWLANDS, H. 1997. Behavioural control implementation using fuzzy logic. 12th. International Conference on Systems Engineering. Vol. 2. pp 695-699. Coventry
92. PRYDE, M. and ROWLANDS, H. 1997. “GAEVO – Genetic Algorithms with Evolutionary Operation”. 1st. European Conference on Intelligent Management Systems in Operations. pp 231-238, Salford.
93. ROWLANDS, H., PACKIANATHER, M.S. and OZTEMEL, E. 1996. Using artificial neural networks for experimental design in off-line quality control. Journal of Systems Engineering, 6, (1) pp 46-59.
94. ROWLANDS, H. 1996. A hybrid approach for optimum design using a genetic algorithm, a neural network and the Taguchi method. Second International Conference on Adaptive Computing in Engineering Design and Control, University of Plymouth, pp 205-211.
95. ILLIG, M., BASSLER, T., BRANDON, J.A., PRICKETT, P. and ROWLANDS, H. 1996. Two-dimensional tool path optimisation for rectangular pocket milling using a genetic algorithm. 13th. Irish Manufacturing Conference, Limerick. pp 55-64.
96. ROWLANDS, H., PHAM, D.T. 1995. Application of the Taguchi Method for the Design of a Robot Sensor. Robotica, Volume 13, pp607-617

Memberships

C.Eng., MIET : Chartered member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology since 1989

External

Jan 2014: Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), Education and Skills panel, Chair.
March 2013: Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), Education and Skills panel member appointment.
Dec 2012 to Jan 2013: Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for the EU Research Executive Agency under the FP7-SME-2013 call for proposals.
Dec 2012: MRes Validation panel, Bournemouth University.
Dec 2012: MSc Quality Management Course review panel, Sheffield Hallam University.
Sept 2012: Panel member of review of Research & Knowledge Exchange Department, University of Chester
Sept 2012: Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for the EU Research Executive Agency under the FP7-SME-2012 2nd call for proposals.
2012 to date : Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB); Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Working Group member.
July 2012 : Wales Institute for Innovation, validation panel member, University of Wales.
June 2012 to date: TQM Journal Editorial Advisory Board.
Nov 2011 to Feb 2012: Expert Evaluator for the EU Research Executive Agency under the FP7-SME-2012 call for proposals.
August 2011: Research Project Evaluator under the Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Research Promotion foundation, Republic of Cyprus.
June 2010 to date: Member of RENU Executive committee (formerly MURG)
March 2010 to September 2011: Invited to become a member of the IETs Professional Network’s working group who oversee the development and operating structures of the IETs 30+ Professional Networks.
May 2003 to September 2011: Member of the IET Management Professional Network Executive Committee. Appointed as deputy chair in December 2008 and Chair in 2010.
2006-2009: Chair Welsh Six sigma Forum
2004 to date: Journal Editorial Board member; International Journal of Six-sigma and Competitive Advantage
2-5 November 2009: Quality Review of the Manufacturing & Operations Engineering Department at the University of Limerick.
July 2005-July 2006: QAA reviewer for Special Review on Postgraduate Research Programmes.
April 2004 – 2007: Member of South West and Wales Hub steering group of the UK GRAD Programme.
April 2001 – 2004: Member of IEE PN advisory team for Automation and Control.
1998-2000: Member of the IEE professional committee on Intelligent Control Systems.
1993-2000: Member of the IEE professional committee on Quality Management.
August 1997-December 1999: Member of the Project Assessment Group which assessed ERDF and ESF grant applications for Industrial South Wales.

Research

Research Funding awards (1995 – 2015)

• Horizon 2020 Factory of the Future. Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing (CREMA). January 2015. Total project grant €5,324,720. USW acting as linked 3rd party to TANet. Award to USW €16,811.
KTP programme between University of South Wales and Airbus (formerly Cassidian). Principal investigator. January 2015 – date. Project title “the Development of a sustainable supply chain strategy”, £100,300
• Welsh Government consultancy, “Welsh Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand study”, January – April 2014, £24,000.
KTP programme between Newport and Shine Ltd. Principal investigator/ lead Academic. Sept 2007 – Sept 2009. Project value £90,169. Project title “The implementation of a Business Process Improvement programme to support the introduction of a new innovative product range for odour control in air ducting systems”.
• Six Sigma Network. Funding of £37,500 from the WDA to establish and run a Welsh Six sigma Network. (2006-2008)
KEF eLean Project, to provide accessible eLearning in sustainable business improvement, thinking and practice for Welsh SMEs, EU Objectives 1 & 3 ESF funded project. Project Value £387,392. (2005 – 2008). A collaborative project with Cardiff University.
• Centre of Excellence award from the Welsh Assembly Government for its research, consultancy and Third Mission Activities. The Centre of Excellence in Centre for Enterprise & Quality Management (CEQM) has been awarded £300,000 over 3 years to support its activities. (March 2004-07)
• Bridging the Knowledge gap, EU Objective 1 funded project. Project value £500,000. October 2004. Twelve 6-month projects with local SME’s
• Bridges to Innovation, EU Objective 2 funded project. Project value £250,000. September 2003 – August 2006. Six – 6-month projects with local SME’s
TCS programme between Newport and Frank Theak and Roskilly Ltd. Principal investigator. February 2002- January 2004. Project value £94,320. Project title “To improve the company’s business processes by the strategic utilisation of Information Technology”.
CBP programme between Newport and Dowds Ltd. Principal investigator. March 2002 – February 2003. Project value £29,000. Project title “Implementation & development of a data stock monitoring system”.
WDA Benchmarking data analysis contract. May 2002, £9,000. Data analysis of the WDA’s source Wales Benchmarking project.
CBP programme between Newport and Mountway Ltd. Principal investigator. December 2001- November 2002. Project value £29,000. Project title “The development of a company wide quality management programme”.
CBP programme between Newport and Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd. Principal investigator. November 2001 – October 2002. Project value £29,000. Project title “Analysis, documentation and extension to existing Microsoft Access bespoke database system”.
TCS programme between Newport and IQE Ltd. Principal investigator. February 1999- July 2001. Project Value £152,000. Project title “ The development of a process expert system for problem solving and out of control action plans (OCAPS)”.
TCS programme between Newport and Brohome Ltd. Principal investigator. January 1999 – October 2000. Project value £76,000. Project title “The introduction of a fully integrated computer system from office automation to shop floor data acquisition”.
ERDF project to investigate the use of video conferencing technology for demonstrating Computer Integrated Manufacturing techniques at remote sites, Principal investigator. May 1998 – May 2000. Project value £150,000
• EU 5th Framework project to design and develop a laser measuring system for steel-kit boat building, Principal investigator. October 1998 – July 2000. Project value £150,000
• Wales Information Society project to provide strategic IT support to local SMEs. Joint project between Newport and Cardiff Universities. Newport project manager, January 2000-December 2001. Total Project value £200,000
ERDF project to develop a Fieldbus facility to support local SMEs. Principal Investigator. January 2000- December 2001. Project value £110,000
• Teaching Company Scheme Programme between University of Wales Cardiff and Seal Technology Systems (STS), Co-Investigator. 1995-1997. Project Value £194,285. Project title “To develop a vision inspection system for seal production”.

Areas of Expertise

Quality Management in Manufacturing systems

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