Tobias C. Larsson, Professor 

Tobias Larsson (PhD) is chaired professor in Mechanical Engineering with special emphasis on Product-Service System Innovation.

Tobias C. Larsson, Professor

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Professor Tobias C. Larsson (TCL), born 1972, got his PhD at Luleå University of Technology in 2001 within the area of simulation driven design within a product development context. The applications were within automotive, and high-speed train sector. Special emphasis was on multi-body dynamics and simulation driven design within a product development context.

The core of today is within the Engineering Design Research area, where the focus is on developing methods and tools for engineering product development and simulation applications in industrial settings to support development of sustainable product-service systems (PSS) that should create value in the upcoming Functional Economy. PSS puts the focus on the functional aspects of the development and drives the usually separated product and service development teams into a more concurrent way of working to ensure delivery of a life-cycle function. Value modelling and simulation, knowledge management, and innovation engineering capability when developing PSS is of extra interest in the research

The constantly expanding “engineers desktop” is expanding with new tools and methods, and here the focus is on Model Based Engineering/Enterprise. The updated "engineering toolbox 2.0" for the engineer of the future needs to support organisations moving into a “greener” situation, hence life-cycle factors and sustainability, besides the traditional factors of product performance, are always in focus.

TCL is currently supervising 5 PhD students and has examined several PhD's (21) and licentiate (22) degrees. He has contributed in over 100 peer-reviewed publications within his research area. TCL has initiated and finalized several research projects. Currently leading the BTH KKS research profile "Model Driven Development and Decision Support". TCL was the main person behind the creation of the Faste Laboratory, a VINN Excellence Centre within product-service systems. He is co-founder of the Design for Wellbeing framework, a joint research project together with Stanford University, USA, and Hosei University, Japan, and have taken part in several European Union projects within aerospace sector (VIVACE 2004-2007, CRESCENDO 2009-2012), ), and healthcare sector (PrimCareIT 2012-2104).

TCL devotes his teaching efforts to product development courses, both via BTH lectures and via lectures on other universities and in industry on national and international level, and by initiated and now hosting the Master programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation, MSPI, at BTH.

The mode of work is collaborative where building strong group dynamics processes in the research team collaboration is one cornerstone, building from experiences in team sports Playing ice hockey on semi-professional level in various Swedish teams, and now being Chairman of the Board of Karlskrona HK and Board Member of SHL.

TCL lives in Karlskrona, Blekinge, with wife Madelene (interaction designer by profession, and active within applied health technology field) and the three kids Tilde (2000), Linnea (2004), and William (2008).

Strategic Responsibilities at BTH


My research is clustered within the Product Development Research Lab. and covers on the following aspects:

  • Methods and tools for product development & innovation
  • Value driven engineering
  • Modelling and simulation of Product-Service Systems
  • Methods and tools for incremental product development and radical innovation
  • Creative methods for concept ideation and generation
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) for innovation and development work
  • Simulation driven design
  • Design Automation (Knowledge Based Engineering, Case Based Reasoning, Design Rational Capture etc.)


Find and download my publications via BTH DIVA portal.
  • Bertoni A., Bertoni M., Panarotto A., Johansson C., Larsson T. (2016) Value-driven product service systems development: methods and industrial application. Submitted to Special Issue on Design of sustainable Product Service Systems and their Value Creation Chains” of the CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology.
  • Johansson, Christian, Jenny Elfsberg, Tobias C. Larsson, Martin Frank, Larry J. Leifer, Niklas Nilsson, Victor Söderberg. (2016). Urban Mining as a Case for PSS. Procedia CIRP, Volume 47, 2016, Pages 460–465, Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle.
  • Bertoni, Alessandro, Christoffer Levandowski, Ola Isaksson, Tobias Larsson. (2016). Virtual Modeling for Lifecycle Performance Assessment in Aerospace Design. Procedia CIRP, Volume 47, 2016, Pages335–340, Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle.
  • Bertoni, Marco, Massimo Panarotto, Tobias C. Larsson. (2016). Boundary objects for PSS Design. Procedia CIRP, Volume 47, 2016, Pages 329–334, Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle.
  • Kianian, B., S. Tavassoli, T.C. Larsson and O. Diegel. The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Sweden. 13th CIRP Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing-Decoupling Growth from Resource Use, September 16th-18th, 2015, Ho Chi Minh City & Binh Duong, Vietnam.
  • Benaim, A., Elfsberg, J., Larsson, T.C., Larsson, A., (2015). Implementing Innovation Metrics: A case study. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15), July 27-30, 2015, Milan, Italy.
  • Kianian Babak, Tavassoli Sam, Larsson Tobias C., and Diegel Olaf (2015). The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Sweden. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. December 2015, 2(4): 152-158. doi:10.1089/3dp.2015.0013.
  • Kianian, B., T.C. Larsson (2015). Additive Manufacturing Technology Potential: A Cleaner Manufacturing Alternative. 20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC). Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2015), August 2nd-5th, 2015, Boston, Masssachusetts, USA.
  • Tavassoli, S., B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson (2015). Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries. In C. Karlsson, B. Johansson, & R. Stough, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization'', Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Eivazzadeh, S., P. Anderberg, J. Berglund, T. Larsson (2015). Designing with Priorities and Thresholds for Health Care Heterogeneity : The Approach of Constructing Parametric Ontology. ICED 2015, Design for Life, Milan, Italy, 27-30 July, 2015.
  • Bertoni, A., M. Bertoni, M. Panarotto, C. Johansson, T. Larsson (2015). Expanding Value Driven Design to Meet Lean Product Service Development. 7th Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference – PSS, industry transformation for sustainability and business, May 21-22, 2015, Saint-Étienne, France. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.153
  • B. Kianian, S. Tavassoli, T.C. Larsson (2015). The Role of Additive Manufacturing Technology in job creation: an exploratory case study of suppliers of Additive Manufacturing in Sweden. 12th CIRP Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing - Emerging Potentials, September 22nd-24th, 2014, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  doi:10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.109
  • Benaim, A., A. Larsson, T.C. Larsson, J. Elfsberg (2014). Becoming an innovative company: Assessing an organization's innovation capability from the perspective of a team. CINet 2014.
  • Benaim, A., T.C. Larsson, A. Larsson, J. Elfsberg (2014). Building a pathway for innovation -Lessons Learned from developing an online platform. NordDesign2014.
  • Broman G., Robèrt K-H., Basile G., Larsson T., Baumgartner R., Collins T. and Huisingh D., (2013). Systematic leadership towards sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2013. 
  • Panarotto, M., T. Larsson, A. Larsson. (2013). Enhancing supply chain collaboration in automotive industry by value driven simulation. 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), 19-22 August, 2013, Seoul, Korea.
  • Hallstedt, S., T. Thompson, H. Ny, O. Isaksson, T. Larsson. (2013). A Decision Support Approach for Modeling Sustainability Consequences in an Aerospace Value Chain. IDETC/CIE 2013, August 5-9, Portland, US.
  • B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson, M.H. Tavassoli (2013). Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, June 26-29th, 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. Green Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes. Taylor & Francis (ISBN: 978-1-138-00046-9).
  • Bertoni, A., M. Bertoni, M. Panarotto, T. Larsson. (2013). Methods and Technologies to enable Systems Engineering. CIRP Design Conference 2013, March 11-13, Bochum, Germany. 
  • Motamediyan, F., A. Thompson, T. Larsson (2012). Impacts of project-overload on innovation inside organizations: Agent-based modeling. ICTI 2012 : International Conference on Technology and Innovation, Venice, Italy, November 14-16, 2012.
  • Panarotto, M., T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, A, Larsson. (2012). Value simulation in conceptual phase of PSS design, TESConf 2012, Nov 5-6, Cranfield, UK. 
  • Bertoni, M., C. Johansson, A. Larsson, M. Sandberg, H. Nergård, T. Larsson, O. Isaksson. (2012). Knowledge Enabled Engineering, Research in Engineering Design
  • Larsson, A., M. Bertoni, Å. Ericson, K. Chirumalla, T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, D. Randall. (2012). The Rise of Social Product Development. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, Vol.11, No.2, pp.188 - 207, DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2012.048346.
  • Larsson, T., O. Isaksson, M. Kokkolaras, M. Bertoni, Å. Ericson. (2012). Simulation Driven Design for Product-Service Systems. 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 465-470, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_78.
  • Panarotto, M., Å. Ericson, T. Larsson. (2012). Intangibles in design of PSS value proposition, 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 85-90, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_14.
  • Nopparat, N., B. Kianian, A.W. Thompson, and T.C. Larsson. (2012). Resource Consumption in Additive Manufacturing with a PSS Approach, 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 357-362, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_60.
  • Ericson, Å., T. Larsson, O. Isaksson, A. Larsson (2012). Revisiting the Research Field of Product-Service Systems Development. ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), August 12-15, 2012 in Chicago, IL.
  • Tretten, P., A. Gärling, R. Nilsson, T. Larsson (2011). An On-Road Study of Head-Up Display: Preferred Location and Acceptance Levels. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, September 2011 vol. 55 no. 1 1914-1918. doi: 10.1177/1071181311551398.



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