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University of Warwick
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W:   Digital Lifecycle Management

Research Interests

Research by the Digital Lifecycle Management group is aimed at developing methodologies that integrate product, processes, complex services with system design to create a novel closed-loop lifecycle modelling and synthesis framework, self-resilient production and service systems that are robust to changes and 6-sigma faults. This breaks new ground by establishing a research field on the interface between product design, system design, manufacturing and intangible services. The developed methodologies will significantly impact a range of areas including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and the healthcare services. Broadly, my research aims to inform the Factory-of-the-Future and Hospitals-of-the-Future.

(1) Informing the Factory-of-the-Future.
Achieving current and future interconnected industrial systems will require tremendous advances in the development of fundamental methods and simulation approaches that can effectively integrate design, manufacturing and service engineering models with heterogeneous measurement data captured during manufacturing and service phases. Developing such methods demands an interdisciplinary focus that can integrate design models (CAD), system engineering models (product/process architecture; performance optimisation), manufacturing models (CAM), control engineering models, statistical models (data with large sample size and small dimensionality), and computer engineering and data mining models (data with relatively small sample size and large dimensionality) with a focus on: (i) modelling and analysis of inter-loops between Lifecycle phases: no fault found (NFF) diagnosis by integrating the information available from manufacturing and service phases; (ii) modelling and analysis of intra-loop between Lifecycle phases: remote service diagnostics/prognostics; & (iii) intra-loop: service system modelling and improvement.

(2) Informing Hospitals-of-the-Future and Future Health Service Delivery
Creating and sustaining a robust health care service delivery system for high quality care entails developing fundamental and innovative methodologies that can model and analyse health care services from a systems perspective using interdisciplinary approaches. Our health care research integrates systems engineering approaches with heterogeneous data and health care modeling to inform patient care, whole systems quality improvement and productivity. Our Pathway Variation Analysis (PVA) project goes beyond current lean health care tools by addressing unneeded variations in the service system by comprehensively examining the crucial interactions between patient characteristics with clinical decision-making, hospital operational parameters (e.g. bed capacity, availability of decision-makers, hours of operation etc.) along with performance targets overseeing the service environment to assess the effects of these factors on patient care and service delivery organizations. Some examples of our research include modeling service delivery organisations for the management of chronic diseases, for e.g. stroke and diabetes in Emergency Department; and maximise patient services through effective utilisation of capital intensive equipment such as MRI and CT.


Professor Darek Ceglarek received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1994. Prior to joining the University of Warwick he was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor with tenure and Professor with tenure in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 2006 he has been Professor and EPSRC Research Chair at WMG at the University of Warwick, UK.

Professor Ceglarek is a Fellow of CIRP (International Academy of Production Research), based in Paris, France. Professor Ceglarek served as Chair of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability Section of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS); Program Chair for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design-for-Manufacturing Life Cycle (DFMLC) Conferences and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. (TASE). He also serves as Associate Editor of the ASME Transactions, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and is the co-chair of the 2007 and 2008 World Congress on Engineering, London. Currently, he serves as a UK representative in the Implementation Support Group of ManuFUTURE, European Technology Platform.

He has published widely in his research areas with more than 100 papers in leading journals such as IEEE Trans., ASME Trans., IIE Trans among the others. Two of his paper received Best Paper Awards by ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division and ASME Design Engineering Division. He has received numerous awards including in 2007 an UK EPSRC STAR Award (granted to an exceptional senior faculty, recognised international leader in his/her research field), US National Science Foundation (NSF) 2003 CAREER Award (NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research); 1999 Outstanding Research Scientist Award from the College of Engineering at University of Michigan; the 1998 Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

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