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Yang Liu

Senior Associate Professor

Connecting smart technologies with sustainability

About me

Yang Liu received his M.Sc. (Tech.) degree in telecommunication engineering and D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in industrial management from the University of Vaasa, Finland, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.

He is currently a tenured Senior Associate Professor with the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden and an Adjunct Professor with the Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland. He has been an Adjunct/Visiting Professor at multiple other universities.

His research interests include sustainable smart manufacturing, product service innovation, decision support system, competitive advantage, control systems, autonomous robots, signal processing, and pattern recognition.

Prof. Liu has authored or co-authored over 120 Web of Science publications. He is ranked No.1 among the top authors on “big data analytics in manufacturing” and "Industry 4.0‑driven operations and supply chains for the circular economy", and among the top 1% of scientists in Engineering and Technology as well as Stanford-Elsevier list of the world's top 2% scientists. His publications have appeared in multiple distinguished journals, and some ranked in the top 0.1% ESI Hot Papers and the top 1% ESI Highly Cited Papers.

He serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Cleaner Engineering and Technology, Associate Editor of the prestigious Journal of Cleaner Production and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, and Editor or Guest Editor in several other renowned journals. He also serves as a reviewer in over 80 Web of Science journals with the Top Reviewer reward for Decision Sciences and an expert evaluator for international grants.

Brief facts

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Top 2% in the World

Since 2021,  I have been in the Stanford-Elsevier list of the world's top 2% most-cited scientists.

I am ranked 68,452 (self-citations excluded) out of around 200,000 top-cited scientists for 2021.

I am ranked 81,828 (self-citations excluded) out of over 200,000 top-cited scientists for 2022.


I have co-authored several ESI top 0.1% Hot Papers and top 1% Highly Cited Papers.


Wenke Wang, Qilin Cao, Yang Liu, Cheng Zhou, Qinghui Jiao, Sachin Kumar Mangla (2024) Risk management of green supply chains for agricultural products based on social network evaluation framework Business Strategy and the Environment Continue to DOI
Mohd Ziyauddin Khan, Ashwani Kumar, Yang Liu, Piyush Gupta, Dheeraj Sharma (2024) Modeling enablers of agile and sustainable sourcing networks in a supply chain: A case of the plastic industry Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 435, Article 140522 Continue to DOI


Cejun Cao, Yuting Xie, Yang Liu, Jiahui Liu, Fanshun Zhang (2023) Two-phase COVID-19 medical waste transport optimisation considering sustainability and infection probability Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 389, Article 135985 Continue to DOI
Claudio Sassanelli, Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Yang Liu, Diego Augusto de Jesus Pacheco, Sunil Luthra (2023) The disruptive action of Industry 4.0 technologies cross-fertilizing Circular Economy throughout society Computers & industrial engineering, Vol. 183, Article 109548 Continue to DOI
Zhichao Wang, Yang Liu, Zhenhong Lin, Han Hao, Shunxi Li (2023) Techno-economic comparison on charging modes of battery heavy-duty vehicles in short-haul delivery: A case study of China Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 425, Article 138920 Continue to DOI


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