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Research Group

Computational Engineering and Design Group

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We're a centre for multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design, and combine a range of analytical, computational and experimental techniques.

Part of Engineering


Our 3 main research themes are:

  • design search and optimisation
  • applied computational modelling
  • computational methods

The strength of our research is based on combining engineering methods with industrial applications. For example, we are developing grid-based, problem-solving services for academia and industry. Our research has many applications, and our activities include:

  • using computational methods for studying design and related problems in fluids, structures, control systems and biomechanics
  • evolutionary optimisation
  • constructing advanced cost-prediction systems
  • optimising metamodelled, approximate or noisy systems and analysis of robustness

We also host:

People, projects and publications


Dr Andras Sobester

Airbus Professor in Digital Design
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Professor Andy Keane DSc, FREng

Professor of Computational Engineering
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Dr Bob Entwistle

Principal Enterprise Fellow Soton UAV
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Dr Dasha Semochkina

Research Fellow in Statistics

Research interests

  • computational methods in Bayesian statistics
  • building emulators
  • using emulators for Bayesian optimisation problems
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Dr David Toal

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Design optimisation & automation
  • Machine learning & deep learning
  • Computer aided design
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Mr Edmar Silva

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Hakki Eres BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Senior Research Fellow
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Professor Hans Fangohr

Professor of Computational Modelling
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Dr Hau Yong

Research Fellow
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Professor James Scanlan

Professor of Design
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I manage a number of research programmes sponsored by BAE systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the EPSRC.
Professor of Design