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Dr Ajith Parlikad


Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET), Service Research



Ajith Kumar Parlikad is a University Lecturer at Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is based at the Institute for Manufacturing, where he is the Deputy Director of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory.


Ajith currently leads research activities on asset management and maintenance at the Institute, with a specific focus on examining how asset information can effectively managed and used to improve asset investment and maintenance decision-making. He currently runs two research projects - one funded by the IMRC on information management strategies, and the other funded by the EPSRC on information quality in asset-intensive organisations - in addition to a number of student projects in this area.

Ajith is a member of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Asset Management (IAM), a core partner of the International Working Group on "Maintenance for Sustainable Manufacturing (M4SM)", and member of the IFAC Working Group on "Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology".


Research Interests

  • Asset Management
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Decision-making under Uncertainty
  • Value of Information
  • RFID/Sensors in asset management


Ajith joined Cambridge University to read for his PhD degree, which he successfully completed in August 2006. For his PhD, he developed a methodology for quantifying the benefits of improving product information availability and quality on the effectiveness of product recovery processes. Ajith has also been involved in consulting to logistics companies on RFID.


Before coming to Cambridge, Ajith obtained his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with honours from Govt. Engineering College, Trichur. After working with Steel Industries Kerala Ltd.(SILK) for a couple of months, he did his Masters in Industrial Production & Management at Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani. During the same period, he also worked as an Industrial Engineer at Grasim Industries, which is one of the leading textiles manufacturer in India. He then completed his second Masters in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. During this period he worked on projects with Nortel Networks and IBM eServer manufacturing facilities in Raleigh, NC, USA.



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