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PhD Studentship: Abstractions of Ship Architectures in Sketching for CAPSD

University College London - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019
Reference: 1822385

Duration of Studentship: 3 years

Vacancy Information

A 3-year PhD studentship is available at UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering for an enthusiastic student interested in automated and semi-automated architecture generation in CAPSD processes.

Studentship Description

Various methods have been developed for automated and semi-automated architecture generation in CAPSD processes. Question remains how to differentiate designs and how to deal with large amount of options (many unrealistic) these generate. Methods have been developed to apply mathematical approaches to analysing architectures in abstract planes, e.g. networks, UofM grid approach. These are mainly intended as an additional discriminator / analysis for automated approaches. UCL network-based analysis (IMDC) sought to apply these abstractions as an aid to designer understanding. 

UCL Approaches:

DBBA approach to design is instead more a designer-centric approach to modelling and information management in an architecturally centred CAPSD approach. ZEOLIT tool is a derivative of the DBBA which seeks to limit the detail and enforce uncertainty. Each of these approaches has inherited social aspects of the wider research, design & procurement community in which they have been developed and applied.

PSD has been identified as an example of sketching in ship design, with PSD representations being fluid/forgiving/functional, but limited by current PSD tools (including implementations of the DBBA).

Person Specification

The PhD will examine the applications of these abstractions in a designer-centred sketching approach to CAPSD. The research objective is to develop and demonstrate a novel approach and software toolset that allows, “in-stride” application of developing abstraction, modelling and analysis approaches to early stage ship designs, developed in the typical timescale of UCL concept design projects, and providing an effective reply to the requirements for a sketching tool laid out by Pawling and Andrews (2011).


Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria:

Application Process: Eligible applicants should first contact Prof David Andrews quoting the job reference. Please enclose a cover letter (including the names and contact details of two referees), one-page research statement and two pages CV. The supervisory team will arrange interviews for short-listed candidates. After interview, the successful candidate will be required to formally apply online via the UCL website. Regrettably, we are only able to contact candidates who are successful at the shortlisting stage. Thank you for your interest in this position.

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Professor David Andrews

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