PhD in Engineering: Improved motion-correction for MRI with markerless face-tracking

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  • název organizace
    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
  • termín uzávěrky
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


This project will involve developing methods to use this technology to maximise the image quality for different types of MR imaging and different motion regimes.

If a patient moves their head during an MRI scan of their brain, we expect the images that are obtained to be reduced in quality. Various methods have been proposed to try to track this motion, and correct the data to compensate for the motion before the final image is generated.

Within the CUBRIC facility at Cardiff University we have recently installed a motion-tracking device from TracInnovations which uses structured light to track the subject’s head in 3 dimensions and in real-time.

Of particular interest is the ability to continue to obtain high-quality images in the case of large and continuous motion profiles as might be expected in some children or patients with movement disorders. It is expected that even with real-time updates of the scanner coordinate system in response to the movement, higher quality images should be obtainable if this is combined with retrospective approaches which compensate for the measured residual motion effects prior to reconstructing the final image. The project will explore these concepts to develop robust protocols for imaging in the presence of strong motion.

What is funded

Full UK/EU tuition fees

This studentship is open to Home or EU candidates. Overseas candidates may apply but must confirm that they are able pay the difference between home and overseas fees (approx. £14K pa) themselves.

Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum


3 years


Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2:1 (or their equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or a related subject.

Some programming experience is essential, with knowledge of MATLAB and C++ preferred.

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