Djordje Popovic

Associate Senior Lecturer integrated product and production development


Djordje is born (1985) and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2011 he obtained the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree with a major in Wood processing, specialisation in Furniture quality, at the School of Forestry, Belgrade University. The following year (August, 2012) he moved to Skellefteå, Sweden to pursue further education in Wood technology at Luleå University of Technology. Beginning of 2015 he obtained the Master of Science degree and moved to Jönköping where he started Ph.D. studies in the field of production systems at the department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the School of Engineering, Jönköping University (JTH). He was at the same time enrolled in the ProWOOD research school. He defended his PhD in September of 2020. After 9 months of employment in the industry (OBOS Sverige AB) he took the position of an associate lecturer at JTH where he does research at OBOS Sverige AB on 50% basis and teaches different subjects related to product development at Bachelor, Master and Advanced level. 


The purpose of research is to gain a better understanding of how can the timber house off-site production efficiency be improved through process platform development. Like other industries, industrialized house building is also facing an increasing need for customized products. The only way for the companies to offer variety to the market and make profit with affordable products is by improving the internal efficiency. This implies eliminating wasteful operations from their processes and keeping the value adding activities. In the last couple of decades there are number of companies that have faced this challenge but nevertheless capitalized by using process platforms. This study has a focus on the prefabrication processes of the off-site production of single family timber houses. By collecting available knowledge from the literature about process platforms and combining it with empirical findings from the cases companies it will be investigated how these principles can be applied in the context of industrialized house building. Reconfigurable and flexible manufacturing solutions together with the barriers of their implementation are expected to be the main findings of this research project.


Vestin, A., Säfsten, K., Popovic, D. (2023). Mitigating product data management challenges in the wooden single-family house industry Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 28, 757-773. More information
Popovic, D., Schauerte, T., Elgh, F. (2022). Product platform alignment in industrialised house building Wood Material Science & Engineering, 17(6), 572-585. More information
Popovic, D., Elgh, F., Heikkinen, T. (2021). Configuration of flexible volumetric elements using product platforms: Information modeling method and a case study Automation in Construction, 126. More information
Pahlberg, T., Thurley, M., Popovic, D., Hagman, O. (2018). Crack detection in oak flooring lamellae using ultrasound-excited thermography Infrared physics & technology, 88, 57-69. More information
Popovic, D., Meinlschmidt, P., Plinke, B., Dobic, J., Hagman, O. (2015). Crack Detection and Classification of Oak Lamellas Using Online and Ultrasound Excited Thermography Pro Ligno, 11(4), 464-470. More information

Doctoral thesis

Popovic, D. (2020). The development and use of product platforms in single-family industrialized house building (Doctoral thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering). More information

Book chapter

Popovic, D., Rösiö, C. (2019). Product and manufacturing systems alignment: a case study in the timber house building industry. In: Irene Lill & Emlyn Witt (Ed.), 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization (pp. 357 -364). More information

Conference paper

Popovic, D., Lindholm, J. (2023). Applying generative design in industrialized house building? – Prerequisites. 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction and the 40th International CIB W78 Conference, Crete, Greece, 10-12 July, 2023. More information
Vestin, A., Säfsten, K., Popovic, D. (2022). Information Management in the Wooden Single-Family House Industry-Challenges and Potential Solutions. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 10th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS2022), School of Engineering Science, University of Skövde, Sweden, April 26–29 2022. More information
Popovic, D., Raudberget, D., Elgh, F. (2020). Product platforms in industrialized house building – information modeling method. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 9th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS), 6-9 October, 2020, Jönköping, Sweden. More information
Popovic, D., Thajudeen, S., Vestin, A. (2019). Smart manufacturing support to product platforms in industrialized house building. Modular and Offsite Construction Summit 2019, May 21-24 2019, Banff, Canada. More information
Popovic, D., Schauerte, T., Johansson, J. (2017). Prefabrication of single-family timber houses - Problem areas and wastes. 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2017, Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 July 2017. More information
Popovic, D., Fast-Berglund, Å., Winroth, M. (2016). Production of customized and standardized single family timber houses – A comparative study on levels of automation. 7th Swedish Production Symposium. More information
Popovic, D., Winroth, M. (2016). Industrial timber house building – levels of automation. 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Auburn, United States, 18 July 2016 through 21 July 2016. More information
Popovic, D., Broman, O., Hagman, O. (2014). Optimizing the cross cutting operation using research design metod. Annual International Conference on “Production Engineering & Management” : 25/09/2014 - 26/09/2014. More information

Other publications

Vestin, A., Säfsten, K., Popovic, D. (2023). Enablers for PLM implementation in the Wooden Single-Family House Industry. More information

Licentiate thesis

Popovic, D. (2018). Off-site manufacturing systems development in timber house building: Towards mass customization-oriented manufacturing (Licentiate thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering). More information