Dr Shahroz Khan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow 

Maritime Design Researcher

Uncovering Design’s Mysteries with Computational Power 

Henry Dyer Building, Room HD216shahroz.khan [at] strath.ac.uk

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME, ranked 3rd in the world by Shanghai Ranking ) of the University of Strathclyde, working on the GRAPES (learninG, pRocessing, And oPtimising shapES) Project

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

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

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Previously, I had the opportunity to work with renowned professionals in notable organisations. 

I worked with Professor Kosa Goucher-Lambert at the Co-Design Lab, University of California, Berkeley, on creating a mixed-initiative generative learning model that engages with designers during the training phase, resulting in an intelligent design and optimisation system. The opportunity to visit the Co-Design lab was made possible through the support of the Royal Society under the HINGE project.

I also visited the Institute of Marine Engineering of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-INM) in Rome, Italy, as a Mac Roberson Visiting Scholar. At the CNR-INM, I worked with Dr Matteo Diez on developing data-driven techniques to enhance the efficiency of 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) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece, where I collaborated with Professor Alexandros-Alvertos I. Ginnis to create an immersed computational design platform for complex maritime vessels. 

In addition, I was also a research assistant in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean, and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom. In this role, I developed a digital system for simulating the operational activities in offshore wind turbine farms as part of the NEXUS project, which was led by a consortium (co-led by ARTTIC and Rolls-Royce Marine)  of various key players from four European Union (EU) member states. It was funded by the EU through the Horizon 2020 program. 

During my Master's studies, I was a Scholar of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) at the Smart Computer-Aided Design Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, where I worked with Dr Erkan Gunpinar to create a generative framework called ModiYacht for designing superyachts. 

Furthermore, I worked as an International Internship Student Trainee with Professor Hiromasa Suzuki at the Geometric Modelling for Industrial Application Laboratory of the University of Tokyo, Japan, where I created a machine intelligence model to infuse human perception into the design process.

Research Experience

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Jul 2020 - PresentProfect: GRAPESFunder: European Union  Horizon H2020;Research Outcome: IntraSensitivity - SSDR - GMDSA

Visiting Researcher 

ITI-global, Cambridge, UK.

Jan 2023- Present

Profect: GRAPESFunder: European Union  Horizon H2020

Visiting Student Scholar 

Co-Design Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering,

University of California, Berkeley, US.

Aug 2022 - Nov 2022

Profect: HINGEFunder: Royal Society, UK

Visiting Researcher

Institute of Marine EngineeringNational Research Council, Rome, ItalyJan 2020 - Apr 2020Funder: Mac Robertson Travel ScholarshipResearch 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 EngineeringUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UKOct 2018 - Mar 2019Profect: NEXUS; Funder: European Union  Horizon H2020; Research Outcome: OptiRoute


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 2017Funder: University of Tokyo; Research Outcome: Psycho-Physical Distance

TUBITAK Scholar 

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

Areas of Research Interest