Professor Rajkumar Roy

Professor Rajkumar Roy

Professor Roy has led Competitive Design research at Cranfield for over sixteen years. Competitive Design is a fact-based approach to studying the whole life of technology intensive products and services and optimising their design, along with efficient design information and knowledge management. He has advocated creative thinking in higher education and has started a number of new initiatives over last ten years, including setting up the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), a £5.5 million investment from HEFCE, Cranfield University, UAL and EEDA. The Centre aims to embed design thinking across enterprises to improve their creativity and make them more competitive. This is an initiative to link design with science, technology and management. Professor Roy has over 16 years experience in building high performance teams and leading collaborative research and development with industry. In recognition of his leadership, organisational ability and international reputation, he is also elected President of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) (2008-2010) and a Fellow of CIRP. Previously, Professor Roy worked in TELCO (now TATA Motors) for three years and was selected as the Best Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1990. He studied Production Engineering for BEng and MEng at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India and MSc (Intelligent Systems) and PhD (Design Optimisation and Soft Computing) from University of Plymouth, UK.

Through-life Engineering Services - Now and the Future

High value and long life equipments require through-life engineering services (TES) during their life cycle to achieve required performance with optimum through-life cost. The future global market size for such a ‘service and support’ sector is predicted to be £710 billion by 2025. The keynote will give an international perspective of TES and present the current state of research in technology and management for TES. Business model evolution and business drivers determine the nature of the knowledge required and the technological solutions. Research challenges in TES will also be identified. The future of TES across industrial sectors within the Industry 4.0 context also identifies the role of IoT, standards and cyber security.