About the Author
Kai Cheng of Brunel University in the UK holds the chair professorship in Manufacturing Systems at Brunel University. His current research interests focus on micro manufacturing, design of precision machine tools, and global/sustainable manufacturing and systems. Professor Cheng has published over 160 papers in learned international journals and refereed conferences, authored/edited 5 books and contributed 6 book chapters. Professor Cheng is a fellow of the IET and IMechE. He is the head of the Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering Department at Brunel, which consists of 10 academics and over 30 research assistants and PhD students. Professor Cheng is the European editor of the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.