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Computational Representation and Reasoning Tools to Support Design and Manufacturing - Dr. Beshoy Morkos

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Virtual Event

Abstract: This presentation will provide a general overview of Dr. Morkos’ complex system design research.  The core research on engineering design fundamentally investigates the “how” and “why” we design - addressing the lack of formal computational support needed in the early stages of engineering design. The goal of the design research is to fundamentally reframe our understanding and utilization of system representations and computational reasoning capabilities to support the development of system models which help engineers and project planners intelligently make informed decisions at earlier stages of engineering design. This early stage design is of critical importance as it offers the greatest design flexibility but is limited by lack of computational tools.  By developing formal computational tools available early in the design process, we transform how complex systems are designed, a feat that will enrich the lives of the global community. By using advent computational tools such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can predict system behavior in a manner that allows engineers to plan early in the design stages. 

This thrust is twofold as we explore (1) the design of complex systems and (2) how said systems should be manufactured. Design research is performed through the development of computational representation and reasoning models that support designers in understanding, analyzing, synthesizing, and designing complex systems. It is the goal to implement design tools and methods which improve system performance, development lead time, and efficiency while decreasing overall cost and system uncertainty.

BiographyBeshoy Morkos is an associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia where he directs MODE2L (Manufacturing Optimization, Design, and Engineering Education Lab) Group. His research group currently explores the areas of system design, manufacturing, and their respective education. His system design research focuses on developing computational representation and reasoning support for managing complex system design through the use of Model Based approaches. His manufacturing research is to fundamentally reframe our understanding and utilization of product and process representations and computational reasoning capabilities to support the development of models which help engineers and project planners intelligently make informed decisions.  On the engineering education front, Dr. Morkos’ research explores means to improve persistence and diversity in engineering education by leveraging students’ design experiences.  Dr. Morkos’ research has secured $6.5M (Morkos’ portion: $2.6M) in research funding and published over 70 peer reviewed conference proceedings and journals.  His past work experience includes BMW Information Technology Research Center as a Research Associate and Robert Bosch Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer. Dr. Morkos comes from a low-income background, having overcome limited access to many math and science prerequisites at every academic level prior to college.  This experience led to his commitment to increasing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering as evidenced by his research on improving student persistence in engineering and graduate student recruitment.

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