Interview: Mostafa Meliani
Mostafa Meliani started his position as PhD researcher at ECO² Vehicle Design in February 2019. Before he came to KTH he studied at ISAE-Supaero in Toulouse.
1. What is your research project?
My research project deals with the use of adequate models and algorithms to explore the design conflicts arising from the interaction of the different engineering disciplines involved in making a vehicle. The results from this project are however expected to be generally applicable and not only applicable to vehicle design.
2. To which concrete problems could your research be applied?
The idea is that if you have adequate information you can make the right decision as a vehicle designer. The decisions could be on emissions, stability, road safety, etc. The main aim for us is to generate reliable information and analyses. How this information is used is not up to us, but within the Centre and its partners we expect it to be used to increase the sustainability and safety of the transportation system.
3. How is the research performed?
As I’m in the beginning of my project, I attend courses, read existing documentation, and discuss a lot with my supervisors about the different directions this research can take. The project will involve a lot of conceptual research and computer simulations. In the future we expect to collaborate with one of the industry partners within the Centre. We also have a collaboration with the Department for Applied Physics at the University of Eastern Finland .
4. Who would be most interested in the results of the research?
I think designers in general who work with vehicles will benefit of this kind of research. My view is that the natural application would be early-stage vehicle design within the Centre. But as I said earlier, the research is expected to be generally applicable. I am not a mathematician but as engineers we constantly use applied mathematics. And because mathematics is reasoned in abstract terms, that makes the research easily generalisable. That is why mathematics are a powerful and valuable tool to engineers and scientists.
5. Why do you conduct research and what are your plans after your PhD?
I graduated last year with a Master degree from ISAE-Supaero (French School of Aerospace Engineering) after two successful research experiences in the field of early stage design optimisation. I realised then that I’m still eager to learn and explore more the questions related to this subject. I might consider an academic career in the future, but for the time being, my focus is on this project. The main reasons I applied for a PhD at the Centre are the existing collaborations between ISAE-Supaero and KTH as well as the strength of the Swedish automotive industry.
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