Shahroz Khan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Uncovering Design’s Mysteries with Computational Power

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Strathclyde working on the GRAPES (learninG, pRocessing, And oPtimising shapES) Project. I focus on developing intelligent computational design tools for the maritime and mechanical industry. Currently, I am creating an AI-assisted design system, which will help designers and engineers:

  • Generate appearance- and performance-driven designs at the conceptual design phase.

  • Overcome the computational burden of physical computer simulations.

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Previously, I worked with Dr Matteo Deiz at the Institute of Marine Engineering of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-INM), Rome, Italy, as a Mac Roberson Visiting Scholar. At the CNR-INM, I developed a data-driven dimension reduction technique to accelerate shape optimisation.

From August to December 2019, I visited the Virtual Reality Research Group of the Ship Design Laboratory at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (S-NA&ME), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece. I worked under the supervision of Professor Alexandros-Alvertos I. Ginnis, on coupling parametric-design tools with virtual reality systems to develop an immersed computational design platform for complex maritime vessels.

I also worked as a part-time research assistant in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. As part of the NEXUS project, I was involved in developing a digital system for simulating the operational activities in offshore wind turbine farms. The NEXUS project was carried out by a consortium (co-led by ARTTIC and Rolls-Royce Marine) of six key players from four European Union (EU) member states and was backed by the EU through the Horizon 2020 programme.

During my master's studies, I joined the Smart Computer-Aided Design Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, as a Research Scholar of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). There, I teamed up with Dr Erkan Gunpinar to create a generative framework called ModiYacht for designing superyachts.

In July 2017, I also had the privilege of serving as an International Internship Student Trainee with Professor Hiromasa Suzuki at the Geometric Modelling for Industrial Application Laboratory of the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. While working with Professor Suzuki, I created a machine intelligence model to infuse human perception into the design process.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Computer-Aided Design & Engineering

  • Machine Learning

  • Generative Design

  • Shape Optimization

  • Design Intelligence