Shahroz Khan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow - Maritime Design Researcher

Uncovering Design’s Mysteries with Computational Power

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I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME, ranked 4th in the world by Shanghai Ranking ) of the University of Strathclyde, working on the GRAPES (learninG, pRocessing, And oPtimising shapES) Project.

My PhD is supervised by Professor Panagiotis Kaklis from the University of Strathclyde and co-supervised by Professor Fehim Cirak from the University of Cambridge.

I focus on developing intelligent computational design tools for the maritime industry. Currently, I am creating an AI-assisted design system, which will help designers and engineers to:

  • 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 Diez 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 developed 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 working 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.

Research Experience

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Jul 2020 - PresentProfect: GRAPES; Funder: European Union Horizon H2020;Research Outcome: IntraSensitivity
  • Visiting Researcher

Institute of Marine Engineering, Italian National Research Council, Rome, ItalyJan 2020 - Apr 2020Funder: Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship; Research Outcome: PIFFL
  • Visiting Researcher

Ship Design Lab., School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of AthensAug 2019 - Dec 2019
  • Research Assistant

Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UKOct 2018 - Mar 2019Profect: NEXUS; Funder: European Union Horizon H2020; Research Outcome: OptiRoute
  • Researcher

Brainlabs Group, Islamabad, PakistanNov 2017 - Aug 2018Research Outcome: DesignN
  • International Internship Student Trainee

Geometric Modelling for Industrial Application Laboratory, Precision Engineering Department, University of Tokyo, JapanJul 2017 - August 2017Research Outcome: Psycho-Physical Distance
  • Research Scholar

SCAD Lab., School of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.Jan 2015 - Jun 2017Profect: ModiYacht; Funder: The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey (TUBITAK); Research Outcome: ModiYACHT - GenYACHT - STLBO

Areas of Research Interest

  • Computer-Aided Design & Engineering

  • Machine Learning

  • Generative Design

  • Shape Optimization

  • Design Intelligence