Chris Snider

Chris Snider MEng PhD FHEA

Chris is a Lecturer in Engineering Design and Manufacture. His areas of interest include the physical / digital divide, deskilling the engineering design process, and the next generation of computational design systems.
Chris has been a member of the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab since its inception, first as a post-doc researcher, and now as a Lecturer and Project Lead. His work areas have ranged from technical engineering design processes, to big-data analysis and real-time analytics of engineering progress and performance, computational design and interaction systems, effective global engineering management, and creativity and innovation in complex and constrained design scenarios.

This has given him expertise in how engineers can and should design in a world of ever more complex machines and systems, and how the next generation of processes and cutting-edge computational systems can enable them to produce outputs that meet the needs of the future.

He is particularly interested in how we can bridge the physical / digital divide in design, and use computation to increase capability while reducing the workload and skill requirements of engineering activities. Through his work he aims to enable engineers to work rapidly and effectively in both the digital and physical worlds, supported by cutting-edge systems that automatically analyse ideas and designs, suggest solutions, monitor progress, and perform simulations and tests, giving engineers the freedom, knowledge, and capability to explore the design space and generate innovative, high-performance outputs.


The Language of Collaborative Manufacture – Developing cutting-edge analytics for real-time, automatic monitoring of large-scale engineering processes and projects.

Digital – Physical Twinning – Creating a fully integrated digital / physical toolchain for engineering prototyping, enabling engineers to design, test, and evolve their ideas in any medium at any time.

Modular Prototyping – The PhD work of David Mathias, looking at mixed approaches for rapid manufacture of engineering prototypes.

Anarchic Manufacture – The PhD work of Andrew Ma, looking at using anarchy and agent-based modelling to control the factories of the future and enable efficient mass manufacture of bespoke products.

Artefact-Based Information Navigation – The PhD work of David Jones, looking at using 3D models as a medium for exploring engineering information in large and complex systems and machines.

Latest Publications

Recent Posts

  • The DMF go to Design 2022! - This week the whole DMF gave a strong showing at one of our very favourite conference series - DESIGN 2022 - hosted by our friends at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. For the second (and hopefully final) time the conference was hosted virtually, but as always it was a great… Read More
  • Augmented Prototyping – Reconfigurable, functional interfaces for real-time user customisation - How can your users understand how a product will work before it's been made? How can they understand what it will feel like to use, and how can they tell you how they would like it to work? As part of our work on Augmented Prototyping - using immersive technologies… Read More
  • PCA in Teaching: Empowering the public with Lego-based solutions to real problems - Through the winter semester this year 2nd year students at the University have completed PCA projects as part of their core teaching. Focusing on developing designs that anyone can build at home to reduce their risk of transmission, Students were tasked to develop devices that removed the need for contact… Read More
  • Clean Access Challenge 7: Enabling Everyone - Problem Many people in the world face additional challenges created by limited mobility, physical, or mental impairment. These can make challenges of clean access under Covid-19 even more daunting. How do you avoid touching if you cannot see? How do you interact with the world in a covid-safe way, while… Read More
  • Clean Access Challenge 1: A Toolkit for Queen’s Building - University buildings (like many other buildings throughout our cities) have many hundreds of users every day, all needing to move through and access a variety of different spaces, each with their own locks and access controls. In a world of social distancing, we need to think about how people move… Read More
  • ProtoTwinning at Connected Everything 2019 - We've just gotten back from the excellent Connected Everything 2019 conference hosted by the University of Nottingham. Focusing on industrial systems in the digital age, digital twinning, and the future of technology in engineering, the Connected Everything network are the perfect group to share our work and interests. The conference… Read More
  • And we’re funded! Our new project on seamless physical – digital prototyping. - The DMF lab has just secured an EPSRC grant for funding! Led by Prof. Hicks, Chris Snider, and Aydin Nassehi, we've secured £1.6 million to study the creation of seamless digital / physical prototypes over the next four years starting August this year. There will be lots of new information,… Read More