Dr Zhi Chen obtained his PhD from Tianjin University (China) in 2007. Prior to working as Senior Deputy Director of Confucius Institute at UQ, he had been working as an associate professor at Tianjin University. His principal research interests are in the fields of micro/nano machining and metrology. His current work, focusing on nano-fabrication and nano-measurement technology based on scanning probe microscopy, optical measurement technology for microstructures, micro-fabrication technology based on ultra-fast laser. He also has strong interests including ultra-precision machining, optical freeform machining.