Research Opportunities in Design Optimisation

Dr. Rajkumar Roy (r.roy@cranfield.ac.uk)
Fri, 4 Jun 1999 20:31:08 +0200 (MET DST)

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN DESIGN OPTIMISATION

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School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science
Cranfield university, UK

There are THREE research positions currently available in Design
Optimisation area at Cranfield. Successful candidates are
expected to work closely with industry for applied research.

EPSRC FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT:
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PROJECT 1: Flexible Optimisation within the CAD/CAM Environment

Duration: TWO years, starting 1st Oct. 1999

Researchers: TWO

The research aims to develop a framework for ‘Flexible Optimisation in a

CAD/CAM Environment’. The flexible optimisation enables a CAD/CAM
environment to select appropriate optimisation techniques, and
parameters
for an optimisation. The approach will help to handle different types of

optimisation, such as multiobjective, multimodal and constrained, within

the CAD/CAM System. The framework will be validated in a prototype, as
a decision support system, using a standard CAD/CAM system. The
multidisciplinary research will establish state of the art optimisation
capability within the leading design systems. The project will identify
the
requirements for the ‘best practice’ within the manufacturing industry.
The
multidisciplinary research will involve state of the art design
optimisation
approaches in industry, evolutionary computing, and neutral Application
Programming Interface development. The research is funded by EPSRC
and is for TWO years. The project requires one Research Assistant
(RA) and one postdoctoral Research Officer (RO) for the two year period.

Starting salary (approx):
Research Assistant: £16K per year (REF: 9090A)
Research Officer: £19K per year (REF: 9091A)

The RA should have good academic background (mech/manuf eng.) + some
computer skills; programming knowledge and CAD/CAM background will
be preferred. The RO should have research experience (mech/manuf eng.)
+ software application knowledge + programming; knowledge of
evolutionary
computing and CAD/CAM will be preferred. To discuss the research
opportunities further, please contact Dr. Rajkumar Roy (Tel: +44
(0)1234 754073, Email: r.roy@cranfield.ac.uk) or Mr. Graham Jared
(Tel: +44 (0)1234 750111Ext. 4788, Email: G.Jared@cranfield.ac.uk) at
your earliest. The RA would be encouraged to register for a PhD.
Closing date for application: 2nd July 1999.

ONE ENGINEERING DOCTORATE
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PROJECT 2: Development of a soft model approach for design optimisation
of rolling systems

Industrial Sponsor: Swindon Technology Centre, British Steel

Duration: FOUR Years, starting 1st Oct 1999

REF: CU1008

British Steel has developed a number of quantitative models to predict
and optimise product thermomechanical behaviour during rolling.
Although, the quantitative modelling addresses the accurate
predictions of key properties, other issues, potentially qualitative
such as manufacturability, repairability are not being addressed
at the moment for global optimisation. The project will therefore
be aimed at developing a knowledge based approach to capture
the qualitative knowledge and integrate with the existing
quantitative models. This will define a 'Soft Model' for the 'rolling
system' design. The study will exploit different knowledge
representation techniques including Fuzzy Logic, evolutionary
computing, and design optimisation approaches for the research.

The student would receive around £11-12K tax free pa. Interested
graduate
students with mechanical/maufacturing engineering background and some
programming knowledge, with an interest in Design Optimisation, are
invited to submit their CV for an informal discussion over telephone or
email with Dr. Rajkumar Roy (Tel: 01234 754073, Email:
r.roy@cranfield.ac.uk). The minimum academic requirement for entrants
to the degree is an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent,

preferably followed by two or three years industrial experience. Please
note that the EngD funding is restricted to British Nationals, in
special
cases it may be offered to an EC national.
Closing date for application: 2nd July 1999.

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Dr. Rajkumar Roy CEng
Lecturer
Department of Enterprise Integration
(formerly known as The CIM Institute)
School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science,
Cranfield University,
Cranfield, Bedford,
MK43 0AL, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 2423
Fax: +44 (0)1234 750852
Email: r.roy@cranfield.ac.uk or r.roy@ieee.org
URL: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sims/cim/people/roy.htm

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