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Professor Ajith Kumar Parlikad


Ajith Kumar Parlikad

Professor of Asset Management

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management

Research group: Manufacturing Systems

Telephone: +44 1223 7 65606


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Research interests

Ajith Kumar Parlikad is Professor of Asset Management at Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is based at the Institute for Manufacturing, where he is the Head of the Asset Management research group. He is a Fellow and Tutor at Hughes Hall.

Ajith leads research activities on engineering asset management and maintenance. His particular focus is examining how asset information can be used to improve asset performance through effective decision-making. He actively engages with industry through research and consulting projects. He is currently the Scientific Secretary of the IFAC TC5.1 Working Group on "Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology" and sits on the steering committee of the UK Digital Twin Hub. Ajith's current research focusses on the development and exploitation of digital twins of complex asset systems bringing together data from disparate sources to improve asset management. 

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Maintenance of urban infrastructure.

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Maintenance and through life management of physical assets, particularly risk and value.

Research projects

  • West Cambridge Digital Twin Research Facility - funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure - funded by EPSRC and BT
  • Collaborative Fault Prognostics - funded by Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
  • GIS-Based Infrastructure Management System for Optimised Response to Extreme Events on Terrestrial Transport Networks - funded by EU H2020
  • BIM and Data driven engineering for asset management - funded by Costain and CSIC
  • Construction Innovation Hub (Co-I) - funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
  • Centre for Digital Built Britain (Co-I) - funded by the HM Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (Co-I) - funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK
  • Digital Cities for Change (Co-I) - funded by the Ove Arup Foundation
  • Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring (Co-I) - funded by EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Digitally Optimised Through-Life Engineering Services (Co-I) - funded by Innovate UK

Teaching activity


  • 3P5: Industrial Engineering (2016- )
  • 3P2: Production Machines and Systems (2007-17)
  • 3P7: Managing Business and People (2011-16)
  • 3P4: Operations Management (2007-11, 2016) 

MET IIB (Course Director, 2016-19; Chair of Examiners, 2019-current)

  • Industrial Operations Management (2017- )
  • Industrial Systems Operations and Services (2012-16) 
  • Managing People (2011-14)
  • Asset Management (2010-11)

Current PhD students

  • Maharshi Dhada (2018- ): Federated learning for collaborative prognosis
  • Sam Petchrompo (2017- ): Asset portfolio management
  • Gishan Don Ranasinghe (2017- ): Predictive maintenance under limited data availability
  • James Heaton (2016- ): Information management processes within asset management 

Past PhD students

  • Adria Salvador (2016-20): Distributed collaborative learning for prognosis
  • Hao Li (2015-19): Integrated workload allocation and condition-based maintenance threshold optimisation
  • Joel Adams (2015-19): Dynamic criticality analysis of industrial Assets and systems 
  • Jiaqiang Wang (2012-16): Performance measurement for asset management systems
  • Zhenglin Liang (2011-15): Condition-based maintenance optimisation of systems with fault propagation
  • Nipat Rasmekomen (2010-14): Condition-based maintenance of systems with degradation interactions
  • Alexander Borek (2009-12): Risk-based approach for measuring the impact of data quality
  • Raj Srinivasan (2008-11): Value of Information for maintenance decisions

Other positions

  • Deputy Director of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory
  • Fellow and Tutor, Hughes Hall