PhD Studentship Geometry Beyond Cad at University of Southampton

A new opening PhD position in artificial intelligence is available at University of Southampton, UK. Applications should be sent before June 30, 2019.

How do we represent more complex shapes during engineering design and analysis? 3D printing, (additive manufacturing) and incorporation of image scan data (from manufacturing and in service) both result in shapes that are not easily captured by arcs and straight lines. How do we interact with geometry when dealing with this data as part of normal engineering workflows?

In this project ideas from photo editing tools and computer animation will be adapted to work with commercial CAD software to add new geometry layers that can represent both variations stemming from manufacture and those arising from wear in service. This will permit the full range of engineering analysis methods to be applied to real part shapes. Combined with the latest GPU hardware, Deep Learning, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence methods to allow hint based automatic geometry creation, the project will provide insights into the next generation of engineering design software.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Andy Keane, Computational Engineering and Design Research Group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2944.

This project is funded by Rolls-Royce plc as part of their support to the R-R University technology Centre for Computational Engineering at Southampton. The studentship covers UK/EU level fees. In addition to the basic tax free student stipend of 15,009 pa, R-R will provide a further tax free stipend increment of 9,000 pa. The stipend will rise in subsequent years. Funding for travel to international conferences will be available.

Click here to apply and select the programme – PhD in Engineering and the Environment. Please enter the title of the PhD Studentship in the application form. As part of the selection process, the strength of the whole application will be taken into account, including academic qualifications, personal statement, CV and references.

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