Industry 5.0

Industry 5.0 focuses on combining human creativity and craftsmanship with the speed, productivity and consistency of robots.

Charlie Wang

Theme lead

Professor Charlie C.L. Wang


Scope of theme

The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, saw the integration of smart, connected, and autonomous digital and physical technologies like IoT and robotics.

Industry 5.0 integrates AI and the crucial and exclusively human strengths of problem-solving, value-adding creativity, and deep understanding of customers, to improve products and productivity and enable mass personalisation.

The theme explores the transformative potential of Industry 5.0, bringing to bear technical, behavioural, business, and societal perspectives to address opportunities and challenges.

The theme includes:

  • technology to enable human-machine collaboration;
  • business and social implications of mass personalisation;
  • impact on careers, skills and the organisation of work;
  • impact on consumption and sustainability;
  • principles and ethics of human-machine collaboration;
  • bio and bio-inspired design and manufacturing.

See also: Digital Futures' Employment and Productivity theme.

Our strengths

In order to address large scale real-world challenges, the Industry 5.0 theme brings together strengths from across the University in:

  • manufacturing;
  • advanced materials;
  • robotics;
  • AI and data science;
  • business and employment;
  • ethics;
  • social and behavioural science.

Research centres

Henry Royce Institute

The Henry Royce Institute is the UK national centre for research and innovation of advanced materials.

The Thomas Ashton Institute 

Thomas Ashton Institute is a collaborative partnership between the Health and Safety Executive and The University Manchester.

The Tyndall Centre 

Tyndall Centre brings together natural scientists, engineers, social scientists and economists to produce socially impactful and policy-relevant interdisciplinary research.

The Manchester Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence 

Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence has an engaged data science community of over 600 researchers.

The Global Development Institute 

Global Development Institute is an interdisciplinary institute, joining social scientists and engineers, focusing on Digital Development, Urban Futures, Global Production Networks, Trade and Labour.

The Manchester Urban Institute

Manchester Urban Institute, exploring digital tools and technologies for smart and sustainable cities.

The Productivity Institute

The Productivity Institute brings together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

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