Dr Babakalli is a Reader in Maintenance Engineering and the Assistant Head of Department in Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is leading the Maintenance and Reliability Engineering group at Glasgow Caledonian University. Babakalli is currently leading a research project in excess of 0.6 million pounds on maintenance optimisation and data analytics of railway rolling stock in Scotland. His specific research are in the area of: Railway Asset Management, Predictive Maintenance and Big Data Analytics, Maintenance Optimisation, Failure Analysis, Reliability and Maintenance Modelling, Human Reliability, Stochastic processes, Risks and Availability Assessment, Condition Based Maintenance, Maintenance Audit of Complex Systems. Babakalli has published over 100 scholarly papers in international journals.