The Multidisciplinary Design Optimization lab is located in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales Australia. It was established in 2005 with a vision to make significant contributions towards global research in the area of multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). The aim is to develop cutting-edge, practical and efficient algorithms and frameworks to support multidisciplinary optimization, especially for computationally expensive problems. Such technologies are vital for industries to remain competitive.

The MDO group is led by Professor Tapabrata Ray and currently has eight core members. The members of this group have been working on a number of theoretical and applied areas such as decision making in presence of uncertainty, identifying solutions of interest from large trade-off sets, development of efficient algorithms for multi/many objective optimization, development of efficient constrained handling schemes, rule and policy mining, shape representation and optimization. The group has several collaborations with academics working in diverse areas of computational intelligence and engineering, within Australia and internationally.

Research visitors to MDO group

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  • Prof. Patrick Reed, Cornell University, USA. February 19-22, 2018. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Kaisa Miettinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. October 2-5, 2017. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Chris Manzie, University of Melbourne, Australia. September 30, 2016. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Daniel Delahaye, French National Civil Aviation University, Toulouse. June 30, 2016. Seminar Notice
  • A/Prof. William Browne, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. March 16-17, 2016. Seminar Notice
  • Computational Intelligence and Engineering Design Workshop, UNSW Canberra., Invited Speakers: Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb (Michigan State University, USA), Prof. Jun Wang (Chinese University of Hong Kong) , Prof. Yew Soon Ong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,) Prof. Nikhil Ranjan Pal(Indian Statistical Institute, India) and Prof. Akira Oyama (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Feb 05, 2016. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Xin Yao, CERCIA, University of Birmingham, UK. November 10, 2015. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Juergen Branke, Warwick Business School, UK. October 25 - November 05, 2015.
  • Prof. Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico. September 05 - September 12, 2015. Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Qingfu Zhang, University of Essex, UK and City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. July 26 - August 02, 2015 Seminar Notice
  • Prof. Hisao Ishibuchi, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. June 14 - June 21, 2015. Seminar Notice

PhD Projects and Scholarships

The following are some of the projects of our interest which could be pursued through ongoing rounds of UNSW Scholarships.
  • Development of optimization methods for computationally expensive many-objective optimization Description
  • Development of optimization methods for concept design Description
  • Optimum design of novel materials Description
  • Deep learning to uncover insights from scientific simulations Description
  • Development of optimization methods for robust design involving iterative solvers Description
  • Development of optimization methods for dynamic optimization problems Description
  • Development of optimization methods for large scale computationally expensive, constrained optimization problems Description
Key dates for scholarship applications can be found at this link . English language requirements are detailed at this link .
For more details on requirements visit this link before sending email requests.

Research Areas

  • Multiobjective Optimization
  • Many Objective Optimization
  • Constrained Optimization
  • Robust Optimization
  • Shape and Topology Representation
  • Surrogate Assisted Optimization
  • Multifidelity Optimization


  • Ship Hull Form Design
  • Optimal Design of Underwater Vehicles
  • Redesign for Six-Sigma
  • Identifying Solutions of Interest from Large Datasets
  • Optimal Resource Constrained Capability Planning


  • January 2018: Shelvin Chand secures funding to work on Quantum Computing at Los Alamos National Laboratories.
  • January 2018: Tapabrata Ray assumes the role of Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
  • November 2017: Ahsanul Habib joins Electrical Solutions, ACT.
  • November 2017: Hemant Singh has been awarded 2018 Endeavour Research Fellowship from Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • October 2017: Quang Nhat Huynh secures funding from Staybil.
  • August 2017: Kalyan Shankar Bhattacharjee secures funding from Canon Information Systems Research Australia.
  • August 2017: Hemant Singh to join Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program. Funded by Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • June 2017: Tapabrata Ray to join Australia-Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program-2017, Fukuoka, Japan. Funded by Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Japan Society for Promotion of Science
  • March 2017: Tapabrata Ray assumes the role of Technology Advisor for Marsotec Inc.


Tapabrata Ray, PhD
Professor, School of Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT)
University of New South Wales, Canberra, ACT 2600.
Email: t.ray @adfa.edu.au; Tel: +61 2 62688248, Fax: +61 2 62688276