Spyros Hirdaris

Visiting Professor (IT)
Visiting Professor (IT)
T212 Mechanical Engineering

I am Visiting Professor of Marine Technology at the Marine & Arctic Technology Group of Aalto University and the Manager of Global Ship Systems Centre of ABS at Athens, Greece. To date my work involved research, product development, management, planning and strategy for R&D, consultancy and marine new construction. I combine knowledge from advanced ship theory for safe and sustainable ships and their systems operating under extreme events. I also focus on de-risking emerging technologies (e.g. big data analytics, nuclear technology, autonomy etc.) for use in ship design and operations. I am European and Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (UK) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA). I am a member of the International Towing Tank Conference since 2021 and the International Ships and Offshore Structures Congress since 2006, serving as member in various committees and chair of committee I.2 on Loads from 2008-2012. Part of my editorial duties involve Associate Editorship of the IMechE Proceedings Part M : Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment (ISSN:14750902, Sage Pub. Ltd). To date I have been sponsored by the EU Framework programs, Lloyd's Register and their Foundation (LRF), British Maritime Technology, The Finnish Maritime Foundation (Merenkulun säätiö) and the Academy of Finland. 

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Areas of expertise

Safe and Sustainable Ships, Sea Loads and Responses, Ship Design for Safety, Hydroelasticity of Ships, Fluid Structure Interactions, Hydrodynamics for design, Emerging technologies, Extreme events, 214 Mechanical engineering, Mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology

Honors and awards

Student prize: Technical Chamber of Greece 1st Prize for best MSc project in Mechanical Engineering

Award or honor granted for a specific work Marine Technology Jan 2002

The UK IMechE/F1 Petronas Ross Brown Challenge Innovation in Brand Award support of the new River Thames RNLI search and rescue boat

Joint Award by Mr Ross Brown (Brawn GB team owner, 2009 F1 World Championship winner) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to Lloyd's Register Team Life Matters for charitable corporate innovation activities (Competitors : Barclays, PWC, etc.)
Invitation or ranking in competition Marine Technology Jan 2009

Lloyd's List Global Innovation Award - 2014 for participation in EU FP7 Lynceus

Award or honor granted for a specific work Marine Technology Jan 2014

Research groups

  • Marine and Arctic Technology, Visitor (Visiting Professor)


A viscous investigation on the hydrodynamic coefficients and wave loads under the interaction of side-by-side cylinders in regular waves

Zongyu Jiang, Fang Li, Sasan Tavakoli, Pentti Kujala, Mikko Suominen, Spyros Hirdaris 2024 Ocean Engineering

A deep learning method for the prediction of ship fuel consumption in real operational conditions

Mingyang Zhang, Nikolaos Tsoulakos, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2024 Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence

Numerical studies on tugboat performance during pushing operations

Zeiad Abdelghafor, Ghalib Taimuri, Pentti Kujala, Youjiang Wang, Spyros Hirdaris 2023 Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Ship and Marine Hydrodynamics

Implementation of the Polar Code - Perspectives on the Code Five Years On

Rob Hindley, Pentti Kujala, Spyros Hirdaris 2023 Proceedings of the International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC)

Guest editorial for the special issue on “Marine hydrodynamics for innovative design”

Spyros Hirdaris, Mirjam Furth, Rajiv Sharma, Kyung-Kyu Yang, Renato Skejic 2023 Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment


Spyros Hirdaris, Decheng Wan 2023 Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Ship and Marine Hydrodynamics

Review of the uncertainties associated to hull girder hydroelastic response and wave load predictions

Spyros Hirdaris, J. Parunov, Wei Qui, Kazuhiro Iijima, Xueliang Wang, Shan Wang, Stefano Brizzolara, Carlos Guedes Soares 2023 Marine Structures

Slamming Loads and Responses on a Non-Prismatic Stiffened Aluminium Wedge: Part I. Experimental Study

Saeed Hosseinzadeh, Kristian Tabri, Spyros Hirdaris, Tarmo Sahk 2023 Ocean Engineering

Slamming loads and responses on a non-prismatic stiffened aluminium wedge: Part II. Numerical simulations

Saeed Hosseinzadeh, Kristjan Tabri, Ameen Topa , Spyros Hirdaris 2023 Ocean Engineering