Basser Seminar Series

Engineering Informatics - Lifecycle Management, Standards and related activities at NIST

Professor Sudarsan Rachuri
George Washington University & National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Wednesday 19 March 2008, 4-5pm

The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Room 123


Globalization is the major trend in product engineering and manufacturing today - globalization of markets and globalization of partners. These trends have created network centric product engineering and manufacturing extended enterprises and a need to understand the role of engineering informatics. Engineering informatics is the study of use of information and the design of information structures that facilitate the practice of engineering and of designed artifacts that embody and embed information technology and science to achieve social, economic and environmental goals.

Next-generation PLM support systems need to provide both syntactic and semantic interoperability among computer systems and people through well-defined standards. It is absolutely critical to the success of companies and their suppliers that this sharing is done correctly, efficiently, and inexpensively.

During the past few years, we have worked on a number of significant extensions of PLM support systems in breadth, depth and extent of coverage. A brief sketch of the following will be discussed:

  • Formalizing product and process models.
  • Standards landscape for lifecycle product management.
  • Long term data and knowledge retention.
  • Sustainable manufacturing systems.

Speaker's biography

Sudarsan Rachuri is a Research Professor with the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University, USA. He is a Guest Researcher in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, National Institute of Science and Technology. Presently, his work at NIST includes Development of Information Models for Product Lifecycle Management, Assembly Level Tolerancing, Product Ontology and Transfer of Knowledge and Technology to Industry. Sudarsan has published over 50 papers and technical reports. He is the Regional Editor (North America) for the International Journal of Product Development, and Associate Editor for International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management. He received the BS (Mathematics, Madras University), MSc (Applied Mathematics, College of Engineering Guindy), MS and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.