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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)

Glasgow United Kingdom Computational Physics Computer Vision Electronic Engineering Optical Physics Physics Systems Engineering

About the Project

The PhD student will conduct experimental and modelling research into new concepts in computational imaging. This will involve developing and applying new techniques in imaging science, involving optical design and the development of computer algorithms for generation of images. The imaging concepts group has been at the forefront of computational imaging for 20 years, researching new computational imaging techniques in in long-range macroscopic imaging (pertinent to this project) and in microscopy. 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 student will develop 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 MatLabPython or Mathematica). Prototype optical systems designed by the student will be developed and assessed experimentally in the ICG labs in Glasgow. It is envisaged that the technologies developed will be transferred to our industry partner.

The student will work under the supervision of Prof Andy Harvey, within the Imaging Concepts Group of 15 researchers. We conduct internationally-leading research into the invention and application of new imaging techniques in the fields of computational imaging, biomedical imaging and microscopy. The student will develop and apply technical skills in optical imaging science, experimental optics and optical design, algorithm development and soft skills in creativity and problem solving and working with extended teams of academics and industrialists. 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.

The position is for 3.5 years from, nominally, early 2021, within the Imaging Concepts Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. The project is co-funded by Quantic 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.

Some recent conference presentations are at

Our publications pertinent to this position can be found here 

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


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