Multi-camera synthetic-aperture imaging

   School of Physics and Astronomy

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  Prof Andy Harvey  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The PhD student will conduct experimental, theoretical and modelling research into new concepts in computational imaging. In recent years computational imaging has catalysed a revolution in imaging science and in cameras, microscopes and surveillance systems. Not only has it enabled a digital camera to be shrunk from the size of a large fist to the thickness of a human hair, it has enabled new capabilities such as imaging around corners, focus after capture and imaging in three dimensions and through obscurations.

The student will develop new computational imaging concepts and techniques for imaging with high resolution and in 3D from arbitrary surfaces. This will involve developing a deep understanding of optics and imaging science together with skills in modelling, experimentation and algorithms. Modelling and algorithm development will involve the optical-design programme Zemax® and a high-level programming language (eg ZemaxMatLabPython,Mathematica)

The student will work under the supervision of Prof Andy Harvey, within the Imaging Concepts Group of ~15 researchers. The ICG has been at the forefront of computational imaging for >20 years, researching new computational imaging techniques and their application to long-range macroscopic imaging, biomedical imaging and microscopy.The ideal candidate will have a 1st or 2i degree in a physical science, engineering or related subject and an enthusiasm for combining experimental research, mathematics and imaging science

This particular project aims to develop computational multiple-camera imaging to enable new capabilities in long-range imaging. Some of our publications in this field are included in the document here.

The position is for 3.5 years and an early start is possible. The project is co-funded by Quantic (The Quantum-Technology hub in quantum-enhanced imaging) and MBDA.

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Applicants should email a CV with covering letter to Prof Andy Harvey at the address below as soon as possible. Your covering letter should explain your motivation and suitability for the position. Prospective applicants are also very welcome to email or telephone Prof Harvey to discuss further details of the position in advance of an application. Additional information about this post can be found here. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Stipend and fees are provided at the current EPSRC rate; see

Applicants should satisfy the EPSRC residence requirements. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). Further details are at


Some recent conference presentations are at
Our publications pertinent to this position can be found here