Dr. Weiguo Xie is a Lecturer in Mineral Processing at Camborne School of Mines, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter. He received his BSc (1996) and MSc (1999) in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He has been awarded his PhD in chemical engineering in 2002 at UMIST, Manchester, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineering), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

His main research interests are mathematical modelling, simulation, optimisation, measurement and control in mineral processing and chemical engineering. He developed an ERT system for on-line measurement and prediction of coalescence in flowing foams. He developed optical fibre chemical sensor-based on-line systems for the monitoring of structural concrete. He has also developed two novel measurement techniques (Piezoelectric Vibration Sensor and Electrical Resistance Tomography) for turbulence in flotation cells. He developed software for non-linear reconstruction of ERT on-line systems, software for optical fibre chemical sensor-based on-line monitoring systems, modelled complex heterogeneous reactions on STAR-CD software, optimisation and advanced MPC (model predictive control) algorithms for large-scale process systems. He has developed an IsaMill model and dynamic models for AG/SAG Mill and Ball Mill. 

He has been awarded and worked on many large national and international research grants including Innovate UK Research Project, EC (European Commission) Horizon 2020 Research Projects, EC Research Fund for Coal and Steel Project, AMIRA International P9P Research Projects, EC FP6 (Sixth Framework Programme) Research Project, EC FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) Research Project, and EPSRC Research Project.