Contact Professor Tetsuo Tomiyama

Areas of expertise


Professor Tetsuo Tomiyama has been Professor of Life Cycle Engineering at Cranfield University since October 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was Professor at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands (between 2002 and 2012), Professor (between 1998 and 2002) and Associate Professor (between 1987 and 1998) at the University of Tokyo in Japan. He holds BSc, MSc, and PhD (all from the University of Tokyo).

He is currently a fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and JSME (The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers), as well as a member of internationally recognised organisations including IEEE, AAAI and the Design Society.

Professor Tomiyama has co-authored a number of research papers, edited books, and been invited to a number of prestigious international conferences. He is Emeritus Editor of the International Journal on Advanced Engineering Informatics. He is also serving as editorial member for a number of other renowned international scientific journals. In May 2012, he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Current activities

Professor Tomiyama’s research activities cover a variety of research topics in engineering design, life cycle engineering, and through-life engineering. He is an internationally well-known expert in design theory and methodology, function modelling, systems architecting, maintenance engineering and service engineering. His capability of exploring a new multi-disciplinary area and solving cross-disciplinary problems is best demonstrated by his pioneering work in intelligent CAD, self-maintenance machines, life cycle simulation, and service CAD. Professor Tomiyama applies systems thinking and process focus to, for instance, the product development process of multi-disciplinary complex systems.

He filed a patent of a train seat cleaning robot. Recently, he was awarded a project to develop a cab front cleaning robot funded by RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University.


Prof. Tomiyama’s clients include:

  • Bombardier Transportation
  • RSSB
  • BD Medical
  • SHL Medical
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Society


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Ishii M, Tomiyama T & Yoshikawa H (1994) Synthetic reasoning method for conceptual design. In: Towards World Class Manufacturing 1993: Proceedings of the Ifip Tc5/Wg5.3 Conference, Litchfield Park, Arizona, USA, 12-16 September 1993 (IFIP transactions B: computer applications in technology). Wozny, MJ, Olling G. (ed.), Litchfield Park, AZ, USA, p. 3-16.