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Mixed Reality based Surgery Simulation Techniques

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The fast-growing digital innovations for surgery has led to a number of disruptive technologies in the surgical workplace. To improve the proficiency of surgeons, Virtual Reality (VR) based simulators with vision and haptic feedback techniques have been adopted as a cost-effective, risk-free and efficient alternative to the traditional medical trainings. However, despite the advancing techniques like physically based soft tissue deformation and realistic rendering, the force feedback can only offer limited operations compared with real surgery instruments. Mixed Reality (MR) techniques, blending the physical world with the digital world, bring the next evolution into human, computer, and environment interaction by advancements in computer vision, graphical processing power, display technology, and input systems. A major advantage of the MR simulator over VR is that it allows the trainee to use the same instruments used in the operating room, and provides realistic haptic feedback from hybrid mannequin environment. There are a few early stage MR based simulators on the market, developing rapidly, like Touch Surgery. However, they are still facing challenges on the tracking of non-rigid objects which is common in surgery simulation.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate: A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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