Professor Ben J Hicks

BEng(Bath), PhD(Bath)

  • BS8 1TH


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Research interests

Ben’s research concerns tools and methods to support the design and improvement of products, machines and manufacturing systems. His research has resulted in the creation of new processes and methods for design management, methods for computer-based design and optimisation, approaches for managing manufacturing information and knowledge discovery, and techniques for modelling machine-material interaction.  

In addition to leading the ES&D group, Ben is CoDirector of the Design & Manufacturing Futures Laboratory ( The lab is researching and creating the tools and technologies of tomorrow, providing game changing capability for the design, manufacture, operation and disposal of next generation products and machines. Projects include: constraint-based and topological optimisation; engineering project health monitoring; tangible interfaces and mixed media prototyping; augmented and mixed-reality; fabricative, additive and subtractive technologies; democratisation of design and manufacture; digital-physical twinning and revision control; and, manufacturing systems of the future. 

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Hicks, B. J.


Project: Research

LOCM: The Language of Collaborative Manufacturing

Gopsill, J. A., Mcalpine, H. C., Mcmahon, C. A., Snider, C. M., Shi, L., Watts, L., Jones, S., Johnson, P., Newnes, L., Payne, S., Culley, S. & Hicks, B. J.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    169 Downloads (Pure)

    Towards the democratisation of design: a generalised capability model for FDM

    Goudswaard, M., Hicks, B. & Nassehi, A., 16 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Agile Systems and Management. 13, 1, p. 79-101 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Accelerating product prototyping through hybrid methods: Coupling 3D printing and LEGO

    Mathias, D., Snider, C., Hicks, B. & Ranscombe, C., May 2019, In : Design Studies. 62, p. 68-99 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    218 Downloads (Pure)


    Phil Cash

    Ben J Hicks (Host)

    20 Jan 201424 Jan 2014

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Nutrition for Life Competition

    Ben J Hicks (Examiner)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Andy Dong

    Ben J Hicks (Host)

    15 Oct 201318 Oct 2013

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


    A hybrid virtual-physical design methodology to enable the democratisation of design for FDM

    Author: Goudswaard, M. A., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Hicks, B. J. (Supervisor) & Nassehi, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Improving Engineering Information Access and Knowledge Discovery through Model-Based Information Navigation

    Author: Jones, D., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Hicks, B. (Supervisor) & Snider, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Investigating and Characterising the Coupling of LEGO and 3D Printing

    Author: Mathias, D. R. F., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Snider, C. (Supervisor) & Hicks, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)