Areas of expertise


Dr Jörn Mehnen is a Reader in Computational Management with expertise in: Real-world application of Through-Life Engineering, Cloud Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and IoT, Computational Intelligence, Additive Layer Manufacturing, Machining Technology, Mathematical Modelling

Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inform. Jörn Mehnen has a background in machining technology (PhD) and soft computing (MSc) from TU Dortmund, Germany. He studied computer science and mathematics (Dipl.-Inform.). In 1995 he began his research career at the Department of Machining Technology (ISF) at the University of Dortmund, Germany. There he obtained his PhD (Dr.-Ing., summa cum laude) and received admittance for teaching (venia legendi, Habilitation) in 2005 as a Privatdozent (Priv.-Doz.). In 2007 he joined Cranfield University as a Senior Lecturer within the Manufacturing Department. He is also Privatdozent at TU Dortmund (Germany). In 2013 he was promoted to Reader in Computational Manufacturing at Cranfield University.

Current activities

Dr Jörn Mehnen is engaged
  • in the KTP project Design for Industry 4.0 with Design Rule Ltd. as (KTP Ref. KTP010558, Academic Supervisor) for the project part Design for IoT. October 2016 - 2018 (total: £262k). 
  • in the EU H2020 project SCORE (Scoreboard of Competitiveness of European Transport Manufacturing Industry), Coordination and Support Action under H2020-MG-8.1-2015 (£169k). VDI/VDE (Germany) is Coordinator. October 2016 - 2018. 
  • in the EU H2020 CPSE Project LegInt "Integrating legacy machines with the Internet" (€91k) as PI. Formtec (Germany) is Coordinator. Funded under H2020-EU. Proj. Ref. No: 644400, 2016-2017.
  • in the EPSRC HVM Catapult Fellowship Project BAUTA "A non-invasive remote maintenance tool for legacy CNC machine tools" (£38k) as PI (2016-2018). Hosted by AMRC Sheffield. 
  • since October 2013 Co-I in the Cranfield lead £777k EPSRC project Robustness-performance optimisation for automated composites manufacture with Nottingham and Bristol. The 3 years project started in October 2013.
  • as Deputy Director of the TES Centre Degradation Studies Laboratory (since 2016)
  • as Deputy Director of the TES Centre IoT Laboratory (since 2016)
Dr Jörn Mehnen was
  • Deputy Director of the National EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services (£11.2m, 2014-2016, EP/I033246/1)
  • PI in the EPSRC TES Centre project "Mind Palace" (£120k, 2015-2106)
  • PI in the £5m EU project CAPP-4-SMEs dealing with making advanced Cloud Manufacturing technology for process planning and optimisation available to European SME companies. The project is comprised of 11 partners (4 universities, 1 multi-national manufacturing company and 6 SMEs) from 5 European countries (Sweden, UK, Greece, Germany and Spain), Ref.-No: 314024
  • Co-I in the flagship Project 3 "Characterisation of In-Service Component Feedback for System Design and Manufacture (£360k) in the EPSRC TES Centre dealing with advanced NDT technology (e.g. Thermoscope, X-Ray, 3D scanning) 2011-2016
  • Co-I in the EU FP7 project CASES (Customised Advisory Sustainable manufacturing Services) that brings together eight universities from UK, Spain, France, China and Ukraine. (£2.5m), 2012-2015, Project Ref.-No.: 294931
  • PI in the EPSRC IMRC project RUAM Ready-to-Use Additive Manufacturing (£2m), EP/E001874/1 
He is member of the organisation committee of  the world largest conference on evolutionary optimisation GECCO as organiser of the Evolutionary Computation in Practice (ECP) track. He is on the editorial board of the Journal Applied Soft Computing and associate editor of International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR). Dr Mehnen is member of Red Cedar Technology Technical Advisory Council (US). Since 2013 he is a member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He is member of various IoT and Optimisation LinkedIn groups.


Airbus (UK), Air Liquide (FR), Augusta Westland (UK), Alstom (UK), Babcock (UK), Bombardier (UK), BAE Systems (UK), Castrol, COMAC (China), Corus/Tata (UK), Delcam (UK), Doncaster (UK), DMG / Mori Seki (UK, Germany, Japan), EnginSoft (UK), Eurocopter (France), Faiveley (UK), Formtec (Germany), GE Fanuc (UK), Green Tubes (USA), Hexagon, Holroyd (UK), InConTec (Germany), Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. (UK), Laser Cladding (UK), Lockheed Martin (USA/UK), MOOG Ltd. (UK), PowerKut Ltd (UK), Prodintec (Spain), Red Cedar Technology (USA), Rolls-Royce Ltd. (UK), Santander Bank (UK), Geoban-Santander Bank (UK), Saint-Gobain, Sandvik (Sweden), SAS/JMP (UK), TIMET (US/UK), TWI Cambridge (UK), VDI/CDE (Germany), VBC (UK), VGO consulting (USA)


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Zhao Y, Mehnen J, Xu W, Alrashed M, Abineri S & Roy R (2015) Degradation assessment of industrial composites using thermography. In: 4th international conference on through-life engineering services (TESConf 2015), Cranfield, 3-4 November 2015.
  • Okoh C, Roy R, Mehnen J, Redding L & Harrison A (2014) Development of an ontology for aerospace engine components degradation in service. In: 6th international conference on knowledge engineering and ontology development (KEOD 2014), Rome, 21-24 October 2014.
  • Adebayo A, Mehnen J & Tonnellier X (2013) Limiting travel speed in additive layer manufacturing. In: 9th International Conference on Trends in Welding Research, 2012, Chicago, Illinois, 4 June 2012.
  • Fernandes P, Roy R, Mehnen J & Harrison A (2011) An Overview on Degradation Modelling for Service Cost Estimation, In: Functional Thinking for Value Creation. In: 3rd CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Braunschweig, 5-6 May 2011.
  • Suardi S, Roy R, Mehnen J & Azene YT (2011) Uncertainty Based Evolutionary Optimisation.
  • Mehnen J, Turner C & Tiwari A (2010) Business process mining for industry: successes and caveats. In: 7th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering (ICME 2010), Naples, 23 June 2010.
  • Mehnen J, Ding J, Lockett H & Kazanas P (2010) Design for wire and arc additive layer manufacture. In: 20th CIRP design conference: global product development, Nantes, 19-21 April 2010.
  • Trautmann H, Mehnen J & Naujoks B (2009) Pareto-Dominance in Noisy Environments. In: CEC 2009, Trondheim, Norway, 18 May 2009.
  • Azene YT, Roy R, Farrugia D, Onisa C, Mehnen J & Trautmann H (2009) Work Roll Cooling System Design Optimisation in Presence of Uncertainty using New Robust Dominance Criteria. In: CIRP Design 2009, Cranfield University, 28 March 2009.
  • Mehnen J, Almeida P & Ding J (2009) Modelling and Multi-objective Optimisation of Weld Bead Formations in Additive Manufacturing. In: IFCS Conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, Dresden, Germany, 13 March 2009.
  • Mehnen J (2009) Lessons Learned in Evolutionary Computation: 11 Steps to Success. In: GECCO 2009, Montreal, Canada, 8 July 2009.
  • Turner C, Tiwari A & Mehnen J (2009)

    Process mining: an application for industry

    . In: MITIP 2009, Bergamo, Italy, 15 October 2009.
  • Turner CJ, Tiwari A & Mehnen J (2009) Mining Pprocess flowcharts from business data: an evolutionary approach. In: 6th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology, DET 2009, Hong Kong, 14 December 2009.
  • Anil Ray & Mehnen J (2008) Value-based Estimate Cost At Completion Model Applying Multi-Attribute Utility Theory. In: ISPA\\\\\\\\SCEA 2008, Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 14 May 2008.
  • Mehnen J & Trautmann H (2008) Robust Multi-objective Optimisation of Weld Bead Geometry for Additive Manufacturing. In: ICME 2008 Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, ISBN 978-88-900948-7-3, pp. 419-424, Naples, Italy, 23 July 2008.
  • Trautmann H, Ligges U, Mehnen J & Preuss M (2008) A Termination Criterion for Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms based on Systematic Statistical Testing. In: PPSN 2008 Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, Dortmund, Germany, 13 September 2008.
  • Askar S, Tiwari A, Mehnen J & Ramsden JJ (2008) Solving Real-Life Multi-Objective Optimisation Problems: A Mathematical Approach. In: Cranfield Multistrand Conference, Cranfield, UK, 6 May 2008.
  • Turner C, Tiwari A & Mehnen J (2008) A Genetic Programming Approach to Business Process Mining. In: GECCO 2008 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Atlanta, USA, 12 July 2008.
  • Weinert K, Ungemach E, Surmann T & Mehnen J (2007) Simulation of Surface-Microstructures Resulting from Milling Processes. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Smart Machining Systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA, 13 March 2007.
  • Mehnen J, Trautmann H & Tiwari A (2007) Introducing User Preference Using Desirability Functions in Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimisation of Noisy Processes. In: CEC 2007, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Singapore, 25 September 2007.
  • Mehnen J, Kersting P, Roy R & Wagner T (2007) ICSPEA: Evolutionary Five-Axis Milling Path Optimisation. In: Proceedings of the GECCO 2007, London, 7-10 July 2007.
  • Mehnen J & Roy R (2007) Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms Applied to Machining of Materials with Dynamically Changing Properties. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer-Aided Production Engineering, CAPE 2007, Glasgow, 6 June 2007.
  • Mehnen J & Wagner T (2007) ICSPEA: Integrating CMA-ES and SPEA2. In: 4th International Conference on Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation, EMO 2007, Matsushima,Tohuko, 5 March 2007.
  • Michelitsch T & Mehnen J (2006) Optimization of Production Engineering Problems with Discontinuous Cost-Functions. In: Proceedings of the 5th CIRP International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering (CIRP ICME '06), Ischia, Italy, 25 July 2006.
  • Mehnen J & Trautmann H (2006) Integration of Expert's Preferences in Pareto Optimization by Desirability Function Techniques. In: Proceedings of the 5th CIRP International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, CIRP ICME '06, Ischia, Italy, 25 July 2006.
  • Mehnen J, Wagner T & Rudolph G (2006) Evolutionary Optimization of Dynamic Multi-objective Test Functions. In: Digital Proceedings of the 3ý Workshop Italiano di Vita Artificiale e delle 2a Giornata di Studio Italiana sul Calcolo Evoluzionistico, Siena, Italy, 1 September 2006.
  • Bartz-Beielstein T, Baranski B, Mehnen J, Schmitt K, Zimmermann M, Wiemann N, Steeg S, Slodzinski R, Seis D, Reimholz R, Polaszek T, Kossler B, Kajendran T & Ehlers R (2006) The Impact of Group Reputation in Multiagent Environments. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2006), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 16 July 2006.
  • Baranski B, Bartz-Beielstein T, Ehlers R, Kajendran T, Kossler B, Mehnen J, Polaszek T, Reimholz R, Schmidt J, Schmitt K, Seis D, Slodzinski R, Steeg S, Wiemann N & Zimmermann M (2006) High-Order Punishment and the Evolution of Cooperation. In: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2006), Seattle, Washington, USA, 8 June 2006.
  • Mehnen J (2005) Multi-Objective Evolutionary Design of Mold Temperature Control using DACE for Parameter Optimization. In: Short Paper Proceedings of the ISEM 2005, 12th Interdisciplinary Electromagnetic, Mechanic & Biomedical Problems, Bad Gastein, Austria, 12 September 2005.
  • Schmitt K, Mehnen J & Michelitsch T (2005) Using Predators and Preys in Evolution Strategies. In: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2005), Washington, D.C., USA, 25 June 2005.
  • Mehnen J, Michelitsch T & Stautner M (2005) Multiobjective Optimization of Mold Temperature Control Designs and Milling Strategies. In: COST 526 (APOMAT), Conference on Automatic Process Optimization in Materials Technology, Morschach, Switzerland, 30 May 2005.
  • Mehnen J, Michelitsch T, Bartz-Beielstein T & Henkenjohann N (2004) Systematic Analyses of Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms Applied to Real-World Problems Using Statistical Design of Experiments. In: 4th CIRP international seminar on intelligent computation in manufacturing engineering (CIRP ICME '04), Sorrento, 30 June 2004.
  • Michelitsch T & Mehnen J (2004) Evolutionary Optimization of Cooling Circuit Layouts Based on the Electrolytic Tank Method. In: 4th CIRP international seminar on intelligent computation in manufacturing engineering (CIRP ICME '04), Sorrento, 30 June 2004.
  • Weinert K, Mehnen J & Stautner M (2004) The application of multiobjective evolutionary algorithms to the generation of optimized tool paths for multi-axis die and mould making. In: 4th CIRP international seminar on intelligent computation in manufacturing engineering (CIRP ICME '04), Sorrento, 30 June 2004.
  • Bartz-Beielstein T, Limbourg P, Mehnen J, Schmitt K, Parsopoulos K & Vrahatis M (2003) Particle swarm optimizers for Pareto optimization with enhanced archiving techniques. In: CEC'03, Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Canberra, Australia, 24 June 2003.
  • Mehnen J, Kalveram M & Koehler W (2003) Error Analysis of a Closed Surface Reconstruction Process Chain. In: ISMS 2003, 36th CIRP International Seminar on Manufacturing Systems, Progress in Virtual Manufacturing Systems, Saarbruecken, Germany, 3 June 2003.
  • Mehnen J, Michelitsch T & Weinert K (2003) Evolutionary Optimized Mold Temperature Control Strategies Using a Mutli-Polyline-Approach. In: EuroGP 2003, Genetic Programming, 6th European Conference, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 14 April 2003.
  • Weinert K, Mehnen J & Meyer H (2002) Evolutionary Optimization of Deep Drilling Strategies for Mold Temperature Control. In: ICME 2002, 3rd CIRP International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, Ischia, Italy, 3 July 2002.
  • Weinert K, Surmann T & Mehnen J (2002) Parallel Surface Reconstruction. In: EuroGP 2002, 5th European Conference, Kinsale, Ireland, 3 April 2002.
  • Weinert K, Webber O, Huesken M, Mehnen J & Theis W (2002) Analysis and Prediction of Dynamic Disturbances of the BTA Deep Hole Drilling Process. In: ICME 2002, 3rd CIRP International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, Ischia, Italy, 3 July 2002.
  • Weinert K, Mehnen J & Schneider M (2002) Evolutionary Optimization of Approximating Triangulations for Surface Reconstruction from Unstructured 3D Data. In: Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Information Science (JCIS 2002), Section: 4th International Workshop on Frontiers in Evolutionary Algorithms (FEA 2002), Research Triangle Park, NC, 8 March 2002.
  • Ding J, Wessing S, Trautmann H, Mehnen J & Naujoks B Sequential Parameter Optimization for Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimization of Additive Layer Manufacturing. In: INTELLIGENT COMPUTATION IN MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING, ICME 2010, CIRP conference, Naples, Italy.
  • He H, Watson T, Maple C, Mehnen J & Ashutosh T A new semantic attribute deep learning with a linguistic attribute hierarchy for spam detection. In: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 2017 (IJCNN 2017), Anchorage, 14-19 May 2017.


  • Mehnen J, He H, Tedeschi S & Tapoglou N (2017) Practical Security Aspects of the Internet of Things. In: Cybersecurity for Industry 4.0: Analysis for Design and Manufacturing. Lane Thames, Dirk Schaefer (ed.), Springer International Publishing, p. 225-242.
  • (2013) Cloud Manufacturing -- Distributed Computing Technologies for Global and Sustainable Manufacturing.
  • (2009) Applications of Soft Computing.
  • Roy R & Mehnen J (2008) Technology Transfer. In: Evolutionary Computation in Practice, Springer, p. 263-281.
  • Mehnen J, Michelitsch T & Weinert K (2008) Optimal Structures of Injection Molding Tools. In: EMERGENCE, ANALYSIS AND EVOLUTION OF STRUCTURES, Springer, p. 75-90.
  • Mehnen J, Rautenberg J, Hagedorn M & Schaefer J (2005) Fertigung von Leichtbaustrukturen. In: Spanende Fertigung, Vulkan Verlag, Essen, Germany, p. 403-410.
  • Mehnen J (2005) Mehrkriterielle Optimierverfahren fuer produktionstechnische Prozesse (Habilitation). Vulkan Publisher, Essen, Germany.
  • Weinert K, Mehnen J & Schneider M (2005) Evolutionary Optimization of Approximating Triangulations for Surface Reconstruction from Unstructured 3D Data. In: Information Processing with Evolutionary Algorithms, From Industrial Applications to Academic Speculations. Manuel Grana, Richard J. Duro, Alicia d'Anjou (ed.), Springer, p. 31-44.
  • Beielstein T, Mehnen J, Schnoemann L, Schwefel H, Surmann T, Weinert K & Wiesmann D (2003) Design of Evolutionary Algorithms and Applications in Surface Reconstruction. In: Advances in Computational Intelligence, Theory and Practice. Natural Computing Series, Springer, p. 145-193.
  • Mehnen J (2000) Evolutionaere Flaechenrekonstruktion. Vulkan Publisher, Essen, Germany.
  • Yadekar Y, Shehab E & Mehnen J Uncertainties in Cloud Manufacturing. In: Volume 1: Moving Integrated Product Development to Service Clouds in the Global Economy. Jianzhong Cha, Shuo-Yan Chou, Josip Stepandic, Richard Curran, Wensheng Xu (ed.), IOS Press, p. 297-306.