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PhD projects

Finite Element Modelling; Mesh generation; Computer-Aided Design; Biohaviour; Design Systems; Simulation Intent


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Personal profile


Trevor Robinson is Professor of Computational Design Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. His expertise is on researching computational methods for automating and enhancing the engineering design process, primarily focusing on geometry build, parameterisation and reasoning, and CAD to CAE interoperability including meshing and intelligently applying/managing simulation attributes. More recently, he has been investigating how to use this research to advance innovative generative design systems, and how to use Machine Learning to inform the preparation of simulation models.

Trevor is a Chartered Engineering (IMechE) and Since January 2022 has been Deputy Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has a keen interest in Leadership, with overall responsibility for the School’s Engineering Leadership Programme from 2014 – 2018.

Trevor has supervised 21 PhD students to completion and has enjoyed mentoring 13 post-doctoral researchers. He has over 130 research outputs in leading journals and conferences. He was PI of the EPSRC project Dynamically parameterising CAD models using sensitivities for optimisation (EP/P025692/1) and has been co-investigator on a series of projects investigating a bio-inspired generative design system (EP/N005813/1; EP/R003564/1). These has culminated in the Re-Imagining Engineering Design Programme Grant (EP/V007335/1), where Trevor leads the Cyber Modelling Thread. He was QUB lead on the ATI projects GEMinIDS (£9M, 113088) and Colibri (£8.8M, 113296), and the European projects IODA (€3.9M, 642959) and TOICA (€15M, 604981).

Trevor is is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and is on the Editorial Board of the CAD Journal (since 2021). He was Chair of the SIAM International Meshing Roundtable (2022) and a member of the SIAM International Meshing Roundtable Steering Committee (2019-2023).


-Engineering Design 1 - Introducing first year students to Engineering Design, and CAD.

-Computer-Aided Engineering 4 - Helping final year MEng students understand the challenges of using CAD and CAE in industry, in the belief that awareness of the issues is a large part of the solutions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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