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Improved motion-correction for MRI with markerless face-tracking

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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.

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. 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.

Further information about Dr. Gallichan’s previous research, Cardiff University and the new facilities at CUBRIC can be found here:

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) including;
• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
• Current academic transcripts
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of October 2019.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference DG-PSE-2018.

Funding Notes

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.

Tuition fees (home/EU rate) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (approx. £14,771 stipend for academic year 2018/19). Start date: October 2019 / January 2020. 3 years full time.

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How good is research at Cardiff University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.80

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