Our Sandpit at Moorfields Eye Hospital, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, was a success!
PhD TOPIC DESCRIPTION
Research Area: PhD in Computer-Assisted Interventions
Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Supervisors: Dr Christos Bergeles, Prof. Lyndon da Cruz
Salary: £16,296 per annum (+ £4,728 for UCL EU/UK fees)
Duration: 4 years
The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences invites applications for a PhD Studentship in Computer-Assisted Interventions. This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic Engineer with relevant skills in this area to join an internationally leading research group, and conduct patient-centred research.
The PhD Student will be part of a vibrant team that develops robots and algorithms for regenerative medical interventions in confined spaces. More specifically, the funded project pertains to the development of a micro-surgical robot for the implantation of sight-restoring stem cells to the retina. This specific position aims at developing the computer vision tools that enable image-guided delivery of the said stem cells. The student can be involved in the design and development of real-time algorithms for tool segmentation, retinal image analysis, multi-modal image registration, and the overall framework that provides the computer-aided assistance during the robotic intervention. The student will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of algorithm development, testing, and deployment to the operating theatre.
The team is highly multidisciplinary, comprising robotics engineers, computer vision specialists, optics engineers, and stem cell biologists under clear clinical guidance.
The project enjoys excellent financial support through a 5-year ERC Starting grant. The project is co-led by the PIs Dr. Christos Bergeles (UCL) and Prof. Lyndon da Cruz (Moorfields Eye Hospital). The student will be employed within the Translational Imaging Group, part of UCL’s Wellcome EPSRC Interventional and Surgical Sciences Centre, and the Centre of Medical Image Computing.
The start date is flexible, but with a strong preference for a start in September 2017. The post is funded for 4 years, and UCL fees at the EU/UK level are covered. Overseas (non-EU/UK) students may apply if they have other means to fund the additional fees.
Applicants are expected to have a first degree (2:1 and above) in computer vision, computer science, medical image computing, biomedical engineering, mathematics or closely related field. Good analytical and communication skills are expected.
If you have queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr. Christos Bergeles, email: email@example.com
To apply, please apply via UCL’s online application system PRISM, indicating as a degree “Surgical and Interventional Sciences”. For querries regarding the process, please contact Ms. Rebecca Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Ideal start date: October 2017
Our paper titled “Unsupervised identification of cone photoreceptors in non-confocal adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope images” was accepted for publication in Biomedical Optics Express. The paper can be found here.
NVIDIA, through their Academic Grants Program, kindly donated a Quadro M5000 GPU to support our Image-guided robotic interventions and deep learning research.
An exciting opportunity for 2 PhD students (fully funded for 4 years) is available, as part of a flexible surgical robotics project. We are looking for candidates with background in robotics, computer science, and/or microelectronics and sensing.
The students will join a vibrant team that is developing next generation cognitive flexible micro-surgical robots. Our team enjoys good funding from the European Research Council and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Further, we are well linked with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, and the newly founded Wellcome Trust EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences.
The positions are fully funded for 4 years, and come with travel and consumables support. The university’s fees will be covered at the EU/UK level. The expected start date is September 2017, but earlier start dates may also be accommodated.
If you are interested, please send a CV, a statement of purpose, and the name of 2 referees to Dr. Christos Bergeles (email@example.com).
The final application will include maximum 3 reference letters and has to be done through UCL’s official application system, PRISM.
More information can be found here: http://cmictig.cs.ucl.ac.uk/about-menu/vacancies/4-year-phd-studentship-in-robotic-surgery
Application deadline: 30th May 2017
Our paper titled “Unified Tracking and Shape Estimation for Concentric Tube Robots”, led by Alessandro Vandini, was accepted for publication at the IEEE Trans. Robotics. The paper is the first to propose a joint energy optimisation framework that handles the tracking and 3D shape estimation of continuum robots simultaneously. Please find the pre-print here.
Our team is co-organising, with Prof. Pierre Dupont from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Prof. Russ Taylor from Johns Hopkins University, a workshop dedicated to the challenges of bringing a robotic or medical device from research to first-in-man trials. Continue reading “First-in-man workshop co-organised at Hamlyn Symposium”
Dr. Bergeles will give an invited talk on Advanced Robotics for Vitreoretinal Surgical Interventions on 14/01/2017 at Hilton, Athens, within the Greek Vitreoretinal Society Conference (http://gvrscongress.gr/en/)
Dr. Brice Thurin is joining us as a Research Associate to work on Light-field imaging in medical applications. Brice will be funded through the Academy of Medical Sciences/Wellcome Trust.
Benjamin Davidson, MMath, joins us for this M.Res./Ph.D. degree! Ben is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging, and will work on the automated analysis of adaptive optics images.