Gokula Vijayumar Annamalai Vasantha

Research Fellow

Personal Statement

I am a lead researcher in ‘Quantifying Patent Commercialization to Support Engineering Design’ and ‘Enabling Design Reuse through Predictive CAD’ research projects funded within the ‘Design the Future’ EPSRC scheme. I have completed three other research projects: ‘Capability based Product-Service Systems Design’, ‘Distributing Industrial Optimization Tasks to Rural Workers’ and ‘Understanding Knowledge Needs and Processes in Aeronautical Industry’. All my past and present research projects involve industrial collaborators. Some of the industries I worked with are Rolls Royce Plc Derby, UK; GKN Aerospace, Sweden; BAE Systems, Preston, UK; Bombardier, Derby, UK; MAN Trucks, Swindon, UK; Weir Research Centre, UK; and Aeronautical Developmental Agency, Bangalore, India.  My noted research outcomes are:

  1. A Novel Framework for Integrated Product-Service Systems (PSS) Design
  2. A System for Crowdsourcing Manufacturing Processes
  3. Developed New Patent Search, Cluster and Utilisation Processes using Crowdsourcing Approach
  4. Taxonomy for product development knowledge
  5. Product-Service Systems (PSS) Ontology Development
  6. Enhancement of Service CAD
  7. Documentation Analysis to Understand Efficacy of Design Capturing process
  8. Support Development to Satisfy Knowledge Needs of Designers
  9. Knowledge Management Industrial Survey
  10. Assessment of Design Tools for supporting knowledge capture and reuse

My Research Interests are:

  • Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes
  • Engineering / Patent Informatics
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Collaborative Product Development
  • Product-Service Systems Design
  • Industrial Tasks for Rural Workers


  • Received Certificate of Merits for both of my presented papers titled "Designers' Perception on Information Processes" and "Requirements for Computer-Aided Conceptual Product-Service Systems Design" in the International Conference on Research into Design held at IIT Madras, Chennai, India, 2013.
  • Won £10K in a team event 'Strathclyde Inter-disciplinary Solutions Incubator' held as a part of 'Engage Strathclyde' week, 2012.
  • Awarded ‘Young Researcher Award’ in the 4th International conference on Product-Service Systems, Tokyo, Japan, 2012.
  • Awarded National Doctoral Fellowship (NDF) from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi which is given to the best 50 young researchers within India, 2004.

Activities in professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Design Society
  • Member in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes, the Design Society, International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR).
  • Reviewer for the Computer in Industry, Research in Engineering Design, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, Product Life-Cycle Management and Journal of Engineering Design Journals.
  • International Scientific Committee member in the 4th CIRP Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, AIST, Japan, 2012.
  • Reviewer for the International Conference in Design Computing and Cognition, 2008, US.
  • Reviewer for the International Conference in CIRP Manufacturing Systems Design, 2011, US.
  • Reviewer for the International Conference in Engineering Design (ICED), 2013, South Korea; 2015, Italy.
  • Reviewer for the International Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD), 2014, Bangalore, India.
  • Reviewer for the International Conference on Design Creativity and Cognition (ICDC), 2014, Bangalore, India.
  • Created and managed SharePoint portal of Product-Service System Industrial Benchmarking Club involving 15 industrial partners at Cranfield University, UK.
  • Special session organized in Product-Service System Design at the 8th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR, Durham University, UK, 2010 and the 3rd CIRP conference on IPS2, Germany, 2011.
  • Active member in the organizing committee of Indo-US workshop on Integrated Design Engineering, Bangalore, India, 2006.
  • Active member in the organizing committee of internal research symposium on Research in Product Design, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2007 and 2008.

Teaching Interests


Product Costing And Financial Management (DM 944)

Engineering Innovation & Management (56324)

Taught BSCW – An Introduction, A collaborative platform for Master students in Knowledge System Design Module, Cranfield University, UK, 2009-2011.


    Research areas

  • Manufactures, Mechanical engineering and machinery


  1. Best Presentation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Received Certificate of Merit for the presented paper

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Certificate of Merits

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Gokula Vijayumar Annamalai Vasantha

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