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EPS2021/31: Biomechanical and tissue material assessment using camera-based motion tracking – applications in clinical diagnostics


School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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About the Project

Heriot-Watt University has now created scholarship opportunities in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 2021-22. 

Requirements

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2021. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or via Microsoft Teams). Most of these scholarships are only open to UK/EU applicants and for

students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC

https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/  For some projects, applications may be accepted for exceptional overseas applicants.

This project aims to use camera-based motion tracking technology and biomechanical modelling and experimental approaches for clinical applications of diagnosis of such conditions as mental illness and disorders.

Capturing the ‘signatures’ of clinical conditions is critical to the effectiveness and ultimate success of treatment, particularly for chronic ones. There is a clinical drive to detect signs of conditions at an earlier stage and, if possible, in ‘natural environment’ to avoid the patients from reacting negatively to unfamiliar environment or a ‘home set up’ to provide simple-to-access remote diagnosis. This project aims to use camera-based motion tracking technology to acquire physical models of the patient, informing the biomechanical modelling which will extract key diagnostic indices for the targeted conditions. The processed diagnostic indices will be validated by experimental and clinical studies. The scenarios will be tested in such application areas as early diagnosis of mental illness and disorders as well as other conditions that may affect movement of body parts and facial expressions.

This PhD project will build on and benefit from a multidisciplinary collaboration between an engineering group, a clinical psychology group and a medical team in interventional therapeutics across two universities in the UK and NHS.

How to Apply

1. Important Information before you Apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD, Bio-science & Bio-Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

2. Applications

Applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt on-line

application system, https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm

3. Closing Date

All applications must be received by Sunday 14th February 2021. All successful candidates will usually be expected to commence their studies in September/October 2021.


Funding Notes

There are a number of scholarships available. Generally these offer an annual stipend payment of approx. £15,000 per year and cover fees for between 3 and 3.5 years
DTP*
* Please note that full fee funding for DTP studentships is only available to UK applicants. If you are unsure of your funding status, please contact the project supervisor, before submitting an application.
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