Professor Prasad Potluri is a Principal Investigator for the Hub and leads the core research on 3D preforming and automated manufacturing. He is a Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites at the University of Manchester, and holds an EPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellowship at the National Composites Centre. He was a Senior Design Engineer at Suzuki Motor Company (Maruti-Suzuki) before moving to academics. Prof. Potluri has extensive industrial collaborations and a significant proportion of his funding is for collaborative R&D. Since 2007, he received funding of over £8 million from a variety of sources including the EPSRC, TSB, EU, BIS, DSTL and the US Air Force. Prof Potluri is an internationally recognised expert on technical textiles, especially in the area of 3D textile preforming. Over the years, he developed a number of novel machines for 3D weaving, braiding, robotic fibre placement and complex winding; some of these technologies are being adopted by the HVM sector. Prof Potluri published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the area of textile composites and mechanics of fibre assemblies. He a member of the Materials Technical Committee (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), EPSRC Peer Review College and serves on the Editorial Boards of Textile Research Journal, Journal of Industrial Textiles and Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science.