Dr Lavindra de Silva is a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge University Engineering Department. Lavindra joined the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) in February 2019 as project leader on the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project. Prior to joining DIAL, Lavindra worked in the Engineering Department of the University of Nottingham, where, in collaboration with the Agents Lab, he developed algorithms and a tool for determining whether and how a factory of manufacturing cells can ‘reconfigure’ in order to manufacture a product. This enabled factories in a manufacturing cloud to automatically ‘bid’ for products requested by customers. Before coming to the UK, Lavindra worked on two projects as a research scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS-LAAS).