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Programmes 2019-20

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PhD projects funded from autumn 2019

2D and 3D computational imaging through turbulence

Dr Yoann Altmann, Assistant Professor, Heriot -Watt University
In partnership with Leonardo

Full details and information on how to apply.

Long-range imaging and sensing is a rapidly evolving domain of research, relevant to a growing range of industrial applications. However, the current and future systems to be developed critically require efficient computational methods able to handle rapidly large data volumes while being robust to challenging observation conditions. The main objectives of this PhD project are thus to develop new and ground-breaking computational methods for fast and robust sensing and 2D/3D imaging in the low illumination regime. This ambitious project will concentrate on real-time solutions for object detection and 2D/3D reconstruction in the presence of scattering media and atmospheric turbulence.

Glancing angle deposition of ZnO nanostructured thin films for enhanced ultrasonic sensing and imaging applications

Dr Carlos Garcia Nuñez, Lecturer in Physics, University of the West of Scotland
In partnership with Novosound



Nowadays, there is a great demand on advanced materials which show multi-sensing functions for measurement applications in medical and industrial non-destructive testing markets. Among materials, deposited piezoelectric thin films have attracted a lot of attention due to their attractive properties in a wide range of physical and chemical sensors. Current challenges of this thin film sensors technology include low sensitivity but high selectivity, but the advantages include low-cost, wearability, energy-autonomy and cost-effective, scalable manufacturing. This project is an ambitious investigation focused on the development of an ‘ultrasonic thin-film, multimodal, flexible sensor’, with the ultimate aim of commercialising the eventual prototype through the industrial partner.

Next generation fluorescence imaging ophthalmoscopy for enhanced detection of disease

Prof Andy Harvey, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Glasgow
In partnership with Optos


Retinal imagers, such as the world-leading instruments manufactured by Optos, are the dominant tools for screening and informing treatment for retinal disease. Whereas existing imaging modalities produce images of retinal structure, we will develop new chemical-imaging techniques based on the spectral excitation and fluorescence properties of retinal fluorophores combined with fluorescence-lifetime imaging. We aim to develop new imaging technologies for: enhanced imaging of retinal chromophores such as drusen that are important for diagnosis of eye disease; and for mapping of metabolism indicators, such as flavoproteins, which offer a convenient route to detection of a wide range of systemic diseases.

Intelligent interaction between edge and cloud for data processing to enable Proactive Ambient Environment Surveillance

Prof Muhammad Imran, Professor of Communication Systems, University of Glasgow and BT

This position is open for application. Potential candidates should send their CV, research statement, transcript of records, and contact details of two referees to Muhammad.imran [at]

Automatic threat detection and anomaly counteraction in home IoT

Dr Paul Patras, Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh
In partnership with ARM

This position has been filled

The number of Internet-connected devices is expected to reach 1 trillion by 2035. A large fraction of these devices will become an integral part of households. This can improve the productivity and quality of life of their users, but also exposes them to new cyber security and privacy risks. This project will design intelligent algorithms that can detect and counteract cyber threats originating from or targeting IoT devices in user homes, without requiring manual intervention. Novel mechanisms will also be devised to allow users to operate safely with potentially compromised gadgets, while ensuring such devices will not damage the networking infrastructure or the operation of other equipment in homes. The concepts developed will be prototyped on commodity home routers and the source code of the implementations released into the public domain.