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Dr András Sóbester BSc, BEng, PhD,

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Dr András Sóbester is an Associate Professor in Aeronautical Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


András’s research focuses on design technology – specifically the tools and techniques that facilitate aerospace design processes. These include parametric geometry modelling, design space search and exploration and the management of design data and rationale. He works closely with the aircraft industry on new ways in which engineers can interact with an emerging, parametric design.

He is also interested in applying these technologies in airframe design, for example towards the development of novel unmanned aircraft systems; he is a co-investigator on the EPSRC programme grant CASCADE, aimed at improving the `real world’ usability of unmanned aircraft.

András leads the development of two large open source projects. The first is ADRpy (Aircraft Design Recipes in Python), a free library of aircraft design and performance analysis tools suitable for rapid sizing calculations. The models implemented in ADRpy are largely analytical, enabling fast explorations of large design spaces (the open source code is hosted on GitHub). The second is AirCONICS (Aircraft CONfiguration through Integrated Cross-disciplinary Scripting), a parametric geometry toolkit for aircraft conceptual design.

In addition to 30+ journal articles, András is the author of a book exploring the scientific and technological limits of flight at high altitudes, as well as co-author of three Wiley texts, one on the statistical modeling for engineering design applications, another on aircraft geometry, and one on fixed wing unmanned aircraft design.


BSc, Design and Manufacture, University of Central Lancashire, 1999

BEng, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 2000

PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Southampton, 2003

Appointments held

2012 – present: Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, University of Southampton

2007 – 2012: Lecturer and EPSRC / RAEng Research Fellow, University of Southampton

2004 – 2007: Research Fellow (Aircraft Engineering), University of Southampton


Research Interests

·         parametric geometry modelling

·         design optimization

·         unmanned aircraft systems

·         aerodynamic shape optimization

·         surrogate modelling

·         evolutionary optimization

·         genetic programming

·         design rationale capture

·         aircraft performance modelling

·         uncertainty quantification


Research group

Computational Engineering and Design

Research project(s)

Project MAVIS: exploring the upper atmosphere

Director of Research, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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SESA1015: Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics, module co-ordinator

SESA3040: Introduction to Aircraft Design, module co-ordinator

PhD Supervision (Graduated)

Stephen Powell: Applications and enhancements of aircraft design optimization techniques (2012)

Dong Li: Physics- and engineering knowledge-based geometry repair system for robust parametric CAD geometries (2012)

Christopher Paulson: The Rapid Development of Bespoke Sensorcraft: A Proposed Design Loop for Small Unmanned Aircraft (2016)

Chris Crispin: Path Planning Algorithms for Atmospheric Science Applications of Autonomous Aircraft Systems (2016)

Willem Eerland: Applications of uncertainty quantification in the spatial analysis of trajectories (2017)

Konstantinos Kontogiannis: On developing efficient parametric geometry models for waverider-based hypersonic aircraft (2017)

Teemu Ikonen: Evolutionary topology optimization via direct and generative encodings: applications to aerospace and heat transfer engineering (2019)

PhD Supervision (Current)

Laminn McLay: Mixed energy optimization of unmanned air vehicles

Adrian Weishaeupl: Shortening unmanned aircraft development cycles via automated flight testing







Dr András Sóbester
Computational Engineering and Design Group Engineering Centre of Excellence Building 176 University of Southampton Boldrewood Campus Burgess Road Southampton SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/5005

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