Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Computational Aided Engineering



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Michel-Alexandre is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Computational Aided Engineering at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, and Lead of the Strategic Engineering Laboratory. His work focuses on the development and evaluation of new computer aided methodologies, digital processes, and algorithms to support the design of engineering systems, with applications in infrastructure and financial systems. The work covers topics such as concept generation and selection, decision-making, machine learning, stochastic optimization, uncertainty modeling, and virtual/augmented reality.

In particular, his work focuses on design for flexibility (also known as real options), a design paradigm aiming at enabling better flexibility, sustainability and resilience in complex engineered systems, with the goal of improving expected performance in the face of uncertainty and risks. This is highly needed, especially given ongoing and future threats from climate change, cyber and physical terrorism, and pandemics. His latest efforts explore the roles of AI and machine learning as part of this emerging paradigm.

Prior to joining Imperial College, Dr. Cardin served as a faculty member at the National University of Singapore (2011-2018), where he established the Strategic Engineering Laboratory. He also worked as a Quantitative Researcher in the hedge fund industry, developing strategies for derivatives trading using machine learning. He was a principal investigator for the Singapore-ETH Centre Future Resilient Systems project, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. Dr. Cardin holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT, a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, Honors BSc in Physics from McGill University in Canada, and is a graduate of the Space Science Program at the International Space University. He is currently serving as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, served as Associate Editor for the INCOSE journalSystems Engineering (2013-2021), and on the Editorial Review Board for the journal IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (2013-2019). He is an avid ice hockey player, and proud father of three.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kuznetsova E, Cardin M-A, Diao M, et al., 2019, Integrated decision-support methodology for combined centralized-decentralized waste-to-energy management systems design, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:103, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:477-500

Zhao S, Haskell WB, Cardin M-A, 2018, Decision rule-based method for flexible multi-facility capacity expansion problem, Iise Transactions, Vol:50, ISSN:2472-5854, Pages:553-569

Cardin M-A, Zhang S, Nuttall WJ, 2017, Strategic real option and flexibility analysis for nuclear power plants considering uncertainty in electricity demand and public acceptance, Energy Economics, Vol:64, ISSN:0140-9883, Pages:226-237

Caunhye AM, Cardin M-A, 2017, An approach based on robust optimization and decision rules for analyzing real options in engineering systems design, Iise Transactions, Vol:49, ISSN:2472-5854, Pages:753-767

Cardin M-A, Xie Q, Ng TS, et al., 2017, An approach for analyzing and managing flexibility in engineering systems design based on decision rules and multistage stochastic programming, Iise Transactions, Vol:49, ISSN:2472-5854, Pages:1-12

Cardin M-A, Hu J, 2016, Analyzing the Tradeoffs Between Economies of Scale, Time-Value of Money, and Flexibility in Design Under Uncertainty: Study of Centralized Versus Decentralized Waste-to-Energy Systems, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol:138, ISSN:1050-0472

Cardin M-A, Jiang Y, Yue HK-H, et al., 2015, Training Design and Management of Flexible Engineering Systems: An Empirical Study Using Simulation Games, Ieee Transactions on Systems Man Cybernetics-systems, Vol:45, ISSN:2168-2216, Pages:1268-1280

Hu J, Cardin M-A, 2015, Generating flexibility in the design of engineering systems to enable better sustainability and lifecycle performance, Research in Engineering Design, Vol:26, ISSN:0934-9839, Pages:121-143

Cardin M-A, 2014, Enabling Flexibility in Engineering Systems: A Taxonomy of Procedures and a Design Framework, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol:136, ISSN:1050-0472

Cardin M-A, Kolfschoten GL, Frey DD, et al., 2013, Empirical evaluation of procedures to generate flexibility in engineering systems and improve lifecycle performance, Research in Engineering Design, Vol:24, ISSN:0934-9839, Pages:277-295

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