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Javier Villalba-Diez, PhD. PhD. has the mission of empowering individuals and organizations achieve their strategic goals while increasing trust. 

Dr. Villalba-Diez is a Mechanical Engineer with Technische Universität München, Germany and Industrial Engineer with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain (2003). He received his first PhD in Engineering, Economics and Organizational Innovation with focus on Strategic Organizational Design from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2016. His PhD was awarded by UPM with the prize for best doctoral thesis by UPM.

Dr. Villalba-Diez finished a second PhD in Quantum Computational applications for Industry 4.0 in 2022 with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His PhD was also awarded by UPM with the prize for best doctoral thesis.

His current research interests include Quantum Computing, Deep Learning, Hoshin Kanri, Strategic Organizational Design, Business and Artificial Intelligence. He has a background of more than 15 years as consultant and production manager in a number of positions related to manufacturing operations in German, American and Japanese manufacturing facilities.

His research and work has brought him to numerous companies and hundreds of factories, where he collaborates with people to test ideas and share lessons learned. 

He splits his time between Germany, USA, Japan, and Spain.

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  • Grijalvo, M., Ordieres-Meré, J., Villalba-Díez, J., Aladro-Benito, Y., Martín-Ávila, G., Simon-Hurtado, A., & Vivaracho-Pascual, C. (2024). Sufficiency for PSS tracking gait disorders in multiple sclerosis: A managerial perspective. Heliyon, 10(9), e30001. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e30001


  • Sterkenburgh, T.R.; Villalba-Diez, J.; Ordieres-Meré, J. (2023) Socio-Technical Analysis of the Benefits and Barriers to Using a Digital Representation of the Global Horse Population in Equine Veterinary Medicine. Animals (2023), 13, 3557. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13223557 
  • Ordieres-Meré, J., Gutierrez, M., & Villalba-Díez, J. (2023). Toward the industry 5.0 paradigm: Increasing value creation through the robust integration of humans and machines. Computers in Industry, 150, 103947. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compind.2023.103947


  • DIRECTOR DOCTORAL THESIS. SUMMA CUM LAUDE. Schmidt,  Daniel (2022). From data and algorithms to value creation in the Industry 4.0. Thesis (Doctoral), E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM). ## Download PDF Thesis Manuscript. ## Download PDF PhD Presentation
  • Villalba-Diez, J., González-Marcos, A. & Ordieres-Meré, J. Quantum cyber-physical systems. Scientific Reports 12, 7964 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-11691-x
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., González-Marcos, A., & Larzabal, A. S. (2022). Quantum Deep Learning for Steel Industry Computer Vision Quality Control. 14th IFAC Workshop on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems IMS 2022, 55(2), 337–342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2022.04.216
  • BOOK. Villalba-Diez, J., & Ordieres Meré, J. (Eds.). (2022). JIDOKA. Integration of Human and AI within Industry 4.0 Cyber Physical Manufacturing Systems. MDPI. ## Download PDF
  • BOOK. Villalba-Diez, J., & Ordieres Meré, J. (Eds.). (2022). Sense and Respond: Industrial Applications of Smart Sensors in Cyber-Physical Systems. MDPI. ## Download PDF
  • DOCTORAL THESIS. SUMMA CUM LAUDE. Villalba-Diez,  Javier (2022). Quantum Computation in Industry 4.0 Cyber-Physical Systems. Thesis (Doctoral), E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM). ## Download PDF Thesis Manuscript. ## Download PDF PhD Presentation
  • Sánchez-Herguedas, A., Mena-Nieto, A., Rodrigo-Muñoz, F., Villalba-Díez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2022). Optimisation of Maintenance Policies Based on Right-Censored Failure Data Using a Semi-Markovian Approach. Sensors. 2022; 22(4):1432. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22041432
  • Sánchez-Herguedas, A., Mena-Nieto, A., Rodrigo-Muñoz, F., Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2021) Aplicación de Enfoques Semimarkovianos a la Mejora de Políticas de Mantenimiento Predeterminado en Activos Industriales. Actas de las IV Jornadas ScienCity 2021 - Fomento de la Cultura Científica, Tecnológica y de Innovación en Ciudades Inteligentes, 17-19 Noviembre, 2021: 23-26. Huelva, Spain.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., González-Marcos, A., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2022). Improvement of Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm for Max–Cut Problems. Sensors, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/s22010244


  • Villalba-Diez, J., & Ordieres-Meré, J. (2021). Human–Machine Integration in Processes within Industry 4.0 Management. Sensors, 21(17). https://doi.org/10.3390/s21175928 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Molina, M., & Schmidt, D. (2021). Geometric Deep Lean Learning: Evaluation Using a Twitter Social Network. Applied Sciences, 11(15). https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156777
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Gutierrez, M., Grijalvo Martín, M., Sterkenburgh, T., Losada, J. C., & Benito, R. M. (2021). Quantum JIDOKA. Integration of Quantum Simulation on a CNC Machine for In–Process Control Visualization. Sensors, 21(15). https://doi.org/10.3390/s21155031
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Losada, J. C., Benito, R. M., & Schmidt, D. (2021). Industry 4.0 Quantum Strategic Organizational Design Configurations. The Case of 3 Qubits: Two Report to One. Entropy, 23(4). https://doi.org/10.3390/e23040426
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Losada, J. C., Benito, R. M., & González-Marcos, A. (2021). Industry 4.0 Quantum Strategic Organizational Design Configurations. The Case of 3 Qubits: One Reports to Two. Entropy, 23(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/e23030374 
  • Grijalvo Martín, M., Pacios Álvarez, A., Ordieres-Meré, J., Villalba-Díez, J., & Morales-Alonso, G. (2021). New Business Models from Prescriptive Maintenance Strategies Aligned with Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010216


  • Villalba-Diez, J., Benito, R. M., & Losada, J. C. (2020). Industry 4.0 Quantum Strategic Organizational Design Configurations. The Case of Two Qubits: One Reports to One. Sensors, 20(23), 6977. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20236977
  • Villalba-Diez, J., & Zheng, X. (2020). Quantum Strategic Organizational Design: Alignment in Industry 4.0 Complex-Networked Cyber-Physical Lean Management Systems. Sensors, 20(20), 5856. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20205856 
  • Schmidt, D., Gevers, R., Schwiep, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Villalba-Diez, J. (2020). Deep learning enabling quality improvement in rotogravure manufacturing. 30th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM2021), 51, 330–336. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2020.10.047 
  • Sun, S., Zheng, X., Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2020). Data Handling in Industry 4.0: Interoperability Based on Distributed Ledger Technology. Sensors, 20(11), 3046. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20113046 
  • Schmidt, D., Villalba Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Gevers, R., Schwiep, J., Molina, M. (2020). Industry 4.0 Lean Shopfloor Management Characterization Using EEG Sensors and Deep Learning. Sensors, 20 (10), 2860. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20102860 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Molina, M., Ordieres-Meré, J., Sun, S., Schmidt, D., Wellbrock, W. (2020). Geometric Deep Lean Learning: Deep Learning in Industry 4.0 Cyber–Physical Complex Networks. Sensors, 20 (3), 0763. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20030763  


  • Wellbrock, W., Ludin, D., Villalba-Diez, J. (2019). Potentials and Success Factors of Early Supplier Integration into Own Product Development. International Journal of Business and Economic Affairs, 4 (1), 1--11. https://doi.org/10.24088/IJBEA-2019-41001
  • Sun, S., Zheng, X., Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2019). Indoor Air-Quality Data-Monitoring System: Long-Term Monitoring Benefits. Sensors, 19 (19). https://doi.org/10.3390/s19194157 
  • Villalba-Diez, Javier, Schmidt, D., Gevers, R., Ordieres-Meré, J., Buchwitz, M., Wellbrock, W. (2019). Deep Learning for Industrial Computer Vision Quality Control in the Printing Industry 4.0. Sensors, 19 (18). https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183987 
  • Villalba-Diez, Javier, Zheng, X., Schmidt, D., Molina, M. (2019). Characterization of Industry 4.0 Lean Management Problem-Solving Behavioral Patterns Using EEG Sensors and Deep Learning. Sensors, 19 (13). https://doi.org/10.3390/s19132841 
  • Ordieres-Meré, J., Villalba-Diez, J., Zheng, X. (2019). Challenges and Opportunities for Publishing IIoT Data in Manufacturing as a Service Business. Procedia Manufacturing, 39, 185--193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2020.01.308 


  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Mere, J., Molina, M., Rossner, M., & Lay, M. (2018). LEAN DENDROCHRONOLOGY: COMPLEXITY REDUCTION BY REPRESENTATION OF KPI DYNAMICS LOOKING AT STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN. Management and Production Engineering Review, 9(4), 3–9. https://doi.org/10.24425/119541 


  • Villalba-Diez, J., DeSanctis, I., Ordieres-Meré, J., Ciarapica, F.E. (2017). Lean Structural Network Resilience. In Cherifi, C., Cherifi, H., Karsai, M.,  Musolesi, M. (Eds.), Complex Networks \& Its Applications VI: Proceedings of Complex Networks 2017 (The Sixth International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications) (pp. 609--619). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72150-7_49 
  • BOOK. Villalba-Diez, J. (2017b). The Lean Brain Theory. Complex Networked Lean Strategic Organizational Design. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group LLC.
  • BOOK. Villalba-Diez, J. (2017a). The HOSHIN KANRI FOREST. Lean Strategic Organizational Design (1st ed.). CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group LLC.


  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2016). Improving the Management of Projects through Hoshin Kanri. Direccion y Organitzación, 60, 40--46. 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Rubio-Valdehita, S. (2016). Lean Learning Patterns. (CPD)nA vs. KATA. Procedia CIRP, 54, 147--151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.05.101 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. (2016). Strategic Lean Organizational Design: Towards Lean World-Small World Configurations through Discrete Dynamic Organizational Motifs. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2016, 1--10. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/1825410 
  • DOCTORAL THESIS. SUMMA CUM LAUDE. Villalba-Diez,  Javier (2016). Hoshin Kanri Forest : lean strategic organizational design. Thesis (Doctoral), E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM). https://doi.org/10.20868/UPM.thesis.42976


  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Nuber, G. (2015). The HOSHIN KANRI TREE. Cross-Plant Lean Shopfloor Management. CIRP, 32, 150--155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.120 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Chudzick, H., Lopez-Rojo, P. (2015). NEMAWASHI: Attaining Value Stream alignment within Complex Organizational Networks. Procedia CIRP, 37, 134--139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.08.021 
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Alba-Elías, F., González-Marcos, A. (2015, July 6). PMO standardization through Hoshin Kanri Improving the Management of Projects by Process Management. 9th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management XXI International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management International IIE Conference 2015, Aveiro, Portugal. 
  • Villalba-Diez, J.,  Ordieres-Meré, J. (2015). Improving manufacturing operational performance by standardizing process management. Transactions on Engineering Management, 62 (3), 351--360. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7103303?arnumber=7103303

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