PhD students associated with (but not directly funded by) DigiTwin

Aidan Hughes

PhD Student, University of Sheffield

Aidan received an MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology from The University of Sheffield in the summer of 2018. Remaining at Sheffield to undertake a PhD, in the following autumn he began researching the application of probabilistic graphical models in the context of structural health monitoring (SHM). The project aims to improve probabilistic risk assessment and facilitate risk-informed decision making under uncertainty.


Riccardo Marrocchio

PhD Student, University of Southampton

Riccardo Marrocchio (Southampton) obtained his BSC in Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2014 and his MSC in Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2018. During his studies he had the opportunity to study and develop various analytical and computational techniques to build mathematical models of complex biological systems, in particular of neuronal networks and of the hearing system. During his master thesis he worked in the Nonlinear Physics and Mathematical Modelling Laboratory at the Campus Bio-Medico University, in Rome, on the reconstruction of the functional and effective connectivity of neural networks from calcium imaging data.

In September 2018 he joined the Signal Processing and Control Group of the ISVR at the University of Southampton as a PHD student. He is working on the development of a model of the micromechanics of the cochlea in order to understand how multiple local feedback systems can cooperate to provide control and stability of our hearing system, which results in its high selectivity and sensitivity.



Davide Balatti

PhD Student, University of Swansea

Davide Balatti obtained his B.Sc in Aerospace Engineering in 2015 and his M.Sc in
Aeronautical Engineering in 2018 at University of Milan. He focused his studies in rotary
wing aircraft and during his thesis he worked on the aeroelastic model of a tiltrotor gust
load reduction system.
In January 2019 he began his PhD at Swansea University on designing of passive and
active robust control systems for aircraft gust load alleviation using morphing wing tip
devices considering both structural and aerodynamic uncertainties.



Nick Gray

PhD Student, University of Liverpool

Nick Gray started his PhD in September 2018, he is working with the Digitwin project looking at ways in which uncertainty can be included in digital twin technology. Currently he is working on a software tool that will allow intrusive uncertainty analysis to be added to computer code automatically. Nick is also interested in how to express the uncertainty in situations in which you have no gold standard information and how that can be communicated. Another area that he is interested in is how computer algorithms can be designed
in order to be more humane, how they should deal with risk and uncertainty and whether they can be designed to fail in a non-catastrophic way.



Lara Edington

PhD Student, University of Sheffield

Lara graduated from the University of Sheffield in July 2018 with her MEng degree in mechanical engineering. During the later stages of her MEng she specialised in dynamics; Lara wrote her thesis on a project concerned with applying a novel method to multiple degree-of-freedom nonlinear systems by representing them as combinations of linear systems for simpler analysis. Having returned to Sheffield to begin her PhD in September 2019, she plans to research mathematical and computational techniques that may be applied to digital twins and is particularly interested in nonlinear dynamics.


Kyoung Hyun Lee

PhD Student, University of Bristol

Kyoung Hyun Lee received his BSc(2008) and MSc(2011) in Naval architecture and ocean engineering at Seoul National University. Kyoung focuses his studies on high-frequency vibration analysis during his studies in SNU.
Kyoung started his PhD in October 2018 at the University of Bristol in the department of Engineering mathematics. Kyoung’s main subject is control based continuation (CBC) which is an experimental bifurcation analysis scheme. Kyoung is currently working on applying CBC to the system with Hopf bifurcation and building a mathematical model from the results.


Evangelia Nicolaidou

PhD Student, University of Bristol

Evangelia received an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol in the summer of 2018, and joined the Dynamics & Control research group at the University of Bristol as a PhD student in May 2019. Evangelia’s research focuses on reduced-order modelling of nonlinear dynamic structures, as a means of alleviating the computational burden associated with the dynamic analysis of high-fidelity finite element models. The project aims to further the current state-of-the-art of nonlinear reduced-order modelling, which will allow the efficient and accurate response prediction of highly complex structures.


George Dale

PhD Student, University of Liverpool

George graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2019 with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. During his degree, he completed a research project on the optimisation of traffic flow across four-way junctions, including the development of an agent based model. He remained in Liverpool to pursue a PhD at the risk institute as a part of the Digitwin project. George’s research is currently focusing on dependency tracking and its importance in uncertainty quantification. He is also working on the implementation of interval arithmetic using Python.