Jasmin Jelovica

Jasmin Jelovica

Joint appointment: Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering
The University of British Columbia

Chair title

NSERC/Seaspan Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent and Green Marine Vessels (IGMVs)

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Associate Chairholder since 2020


This Industrial Research Chair addresses scientific challenges and provides technical solutions toward the development of next-generation intelligent and green marine vessels (IGMVs), by partnering the University of British Columbia with the Canadian marine industry. Advanced research on IGMVs is important to the marine industry in two primary ways: one, improvement of energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and two, understanding and developing mitigation strategies for adverse underwater radiated noise from vessels. New scientific understanding and tools will help protect marine ecosystems, supporting the goals of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, while research collaboration with our industry partners will advance their work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Technical objectives of the program are to develop high-fidelity methodologies and tools for multiphysics simulations that can predict fundamental characteristics leading to improved design, production and operation of marine vessels. Part of the program is carried out by Dr. Jasmin Jelovica’s group, focusing on structural mechanics, welding and optimization. Dr. Rajeev Jaiman’s research group will be focusing on hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction. The two groups work collaboratively toward integrated design tools and new solutions.

The efficiency improvements and underwater noise reduction of marine vessels are pursued by development of high-fidelity, data-driven computing; hull optimization; marine environment engineering; and yard productivity and engineering. Dr. Jelovica and his team will work on development of effective computational techniques to analyze structural behaviour of marine vessels under dynamic loading. Multifunctional panels and metamaterials will be designed to improve structural efficiency and reduce underwater noise. Advanced optimization tools will be created to allow efficiency improvements in hull and propeller shape, structural weight reduction using existing and new production techniques and structural topologies. Coupled thermo-structural computational techniques will be developed to predict quality of production using low heat-input welding techniques. These tools will allow the use of thinner plates in shipbuilding, quality improvements and lower production and operational costs. Machine learning models will be developed and trained based on high-fidelity models and experiments to improve the efficiency of analysis techniques.

Dr. Jelovica has extensive research experience in developing advanced techniques for analysis and optimization of multifunctional structures for marine vessels. He has worked with several marine industry partners in the European Union on the development of novel tools for design and production, which are now in use. This program will see expansion of these efforts while partnering with the Canadian marine industry, led by Seaspan Shipyards (a multi-purpose Vancouver facility, which is the most modern of its kind in North America) and its main partners, Serco Canada, Vard Marine and Robert Allan. Seaspan is one of two companies in Canada building ships under National Shipbuilding Strategy, while the other companies in this program are supporting it with analysis and design. As future operators or owners of the marine vessels, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard are also involved in this research process. The advanced research on IGMV will be directly beneficial to the design and production of marine vessels at Seaspan, boosting its research and development capacity for new technologies, processes and competencies. As Seaspan is a participant in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the work will support this long-term federal project to renew Canada's fleet of combat and non-combat vessels in the navy and the Coast Guard.

It is expected that the proposed research program on IGMVs will generate new products and services for the Canadian marine industry, enhancing its international competitiveness, while addressing challenges presented by the need for more efficient, safer and cleaner marine vessels.


  • Seaspan Shipyards Ltd.
  • Vard Marine Ltd.
  • Robert Allan Ltd.
  • Serco Canada Marine

Contact information

Joint appointment: Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering
The University of British Columbia



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