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Development of a low cost hyperspectral imaging device for remote sensing of environmental flows

School of Engineering

About the Project

Hyperspectral imaging is widely used in industry and research but traditional commercial devices tend to suffer from high cost and low portability, as well as lacking information on the ultraviolet range of the spectrum or being unsuitable for underwater applications (Nevala and Baden, 2019). In order to address these issues, there has been a recent move towards the development of open-source, low-cost hyperspectral imaging devices (e.g. Nevala and Baden, 2019; Salazar-Vazquez and Mendez-Vazquez, 2020). This project seeks to build upon this initial work and produce a low-cost device suitable for deployment in the field to study different aspects of free-surface flow.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in suitable Engineering discipline (e.g. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical), or Physics. The successful candidate will be a Highly motivated, pro-active individual with keen interest in fluid mechanics and instrumentation and excellent communication skills

Knowledge of fluid Mechanics, optical/electrical instrumentation and programming is essential.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Stewart (), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Fluid Mechanics. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Additional research costs will be required to purchase individual elements for a prototype hyperspectral scanner. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT


Nevala, N.E. and Baden, T., 2019. A low-cost hyperspectral scanner for natural imaging and the study of animal colour vision above and under water. Scientific reports, 9(1), pp.1-14.

Salazar-Vazquez, J. and Mendez-Vazquez, A., 2020. A plug-and-play Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor using low-cost equipment. HardwareX, 7, p.e00087.

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