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Personal Statement

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research 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 artificial intelligence (AI) assisted design system, which will help designers and engineers:

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

- Overcome the computational burden of physical computer simulations.

Previously, I worked with Dr Matteo Deiz at the Institute of Marine Engineering of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-INM), Rome, Italy. 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. There, 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 served 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 at 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.

Research Interests

My core areas of research interests are: 
- Computer-Aided Design & Engineering
- Machine Learning
- Generative Design
- Shape Optimization
- Design Intelligence

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • Computer-Aided Design & Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Generative Design
  • Shape Optimization
  • Design Intelligence


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