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. 


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. 


Current funded projects

  • Digital hospital operations - funded by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Driving port efficiency through 5G-enabled connectivity - funded by DCMS
  • West Cambridge Digital Twin Research Facility - funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure - funded by EPSRC and BT
  • GIS-Based Infrastructure Management System for Optimised Response to Extreme Events on Terrestrial Transport Networks - funded by EU H2020
  • 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

Courses taught



  • 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)

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

Current PhD students

  • Kaya Dreesbeimdiek (2020- ): Resilient Healthcare Operations
  • Janet Chang (2020- ): Asset Data Management using Cloud BIM
  • Adolfo Crespo del Castillo (2020- ): Digital Twins of Complex Systems
  • Maharshi Dhada (2018- ): Federated learning for collaborative prognosis
  • Gishan Don Ranasinghe (2017- ): Predictive maintenance under limited data availability

Past PhD students

  • Sam Petchrompo (2017-21): Asset portfolio management
  • James Heaton (2016-21): Information requirements for asset management
  • 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



Click here for a dynamic list of my publications on the departmental system.

Click here for the list of my publications on Google Scholar.

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