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Jing Bing Zhang

Research Director, IDC Worldwide Robotics

Jing Bing Zhang is Research Director responsible for leading the IDC Worldwide Robotics and IDC Asia/Pacific Manufacturing Insights research programs, providing strategic directions for the groups and advice to technology vendors and end-user clients.  Dr. Zhang's core research coverage includes robotics, drones, and technologies driving the future of manufacturing.

Previously, Dr. Zhang worked for seven years as Senior Director and Engineering Site Leader at Kulicke & Soffa Singapore, in which he provided site leadership, coaching, and mentoring to the Singapore engineering department. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), with increasing responsibilities as manager of various research groups and programs, director of the Research Liaison Office, and member of the institute’s management committee. His research interests and experiences cover robotics, drones, smart manufacturing, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), manufacturing execution system (MES), automated warehousing and logistics systems, radio frequency identification (RFID), and internet of things/machine to machine (IoT/M2M) for manufacturing.


  • PhD in Robotics and Computer Vision for Manufacturing from Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • MBA, with distinction, from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • BEng in Industrial Automation from Tsinghua University, China
  • Recipient of Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2003 from the Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  • Presenter and moderator at both industrial and academic conferences, as well as providing analysis for multiple media outlets, including Channel NewsAsia, South China Morning Post (SCMP), The Guardian, The Diplomat, CKGSB (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business) Knowledge, and so forth
With the increased demand for shop floor productivity and automation, IDC forecasts that investments around emerging technologies will continue to increase in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ). More importantly, organizations have been ...
This IDC Presentation provides an Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) regional forward perspective and implications of the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Predictions (IDC Manufacturing Insights #US42379618, October 2017). Each pre...
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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Predictions

Nov 07, 2017 - Framingham, MA United States