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PhD Scholarship in Ultra Wide Band (UWB) Imaging Augmented by the Combination of Tomography and Radar Techniques

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  • Full or part time
    Prof S Dudley
    Prof M Ghavami
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength. We are offering a number of funded PhD scholarships below. These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.

Description

UWB imaging has attracted growing attention in this last decade, especially for its applicability to diagnostic imaging such as breast cancer detection, motivated by the contrast in the dielectric properties at microwave frequencies of normal and malignant tissues. Current research in UWB imaging can be divided mainly into tomography and radar techniques. While tomography implies to solve a non-linear ill-posed inverse problem to reconstruct dielectric constant/conductivity profiles, UWB radar techniques are linear techniques, which may be applied in time or in frequency domain with the aim of identifying the main scattering points inside the investigation domain. Hitherto, no attempt has been made to combine tomography and radar techniques. This research will investigate the combination of tomography and radar techniques to enhance UWB imaging performances, both in terms of resolution and signal to noise ratio, benefitting UWB imaging applications, such as diagnostic (breast cancer, stroke detection, bone assessment) and industrial (quality check, security screening). The main aims of the project are listed below:
• to understand UWB imaging tomography and radar techniques;
• to develop a theoretical framework for combining tomography and radar techniques;
• to perform electromagnetic simulation to verify and assess the theoretical framework;
• to perform measurements in anechoic chamber using dedicated antennas and phantoms;
• to implement the findings in dedicated UWB waveguide-based apparatus, thus performing experiments using a realistic medical device with dedicated phantoms;
• to develop highly skilled expert in the field of biomedical imaging capable of delivering research goals and further developing new systems.

The successful student will use a dedicated software (CST), anechoic chamber, UWB antennas, UWB measurement tools, phantoms; all available al LSBU.

Supervisory Team

Professor Sandra Dudley https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=fdCAgr8AAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Professor Mohammad Ghavami https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=dYyMtnMAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Both are internationally recognised researchers in communication and UWB systems. You will join the Bioengineering centre (http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/biomedical-engineering-communications-bimec) and work alongside a range of new and experienced PhD students in a collaborative environment.

Requirements: Applications are invited from UK/EU and overseas students with, or expecting to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or similar numerate discipline to join the School of Engineering for 3 year fully funded PhD programmes for the PhD places below. Students with relevant MSc and MRes are also welcome to apply.

LSBU Research Centres Website: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups, please click on the link here to see the specific PhD posts available: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees
Closing date for applications: 20th August 2019
PhD Start: September/October 2019

Funding Notes

• 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
• Payment of all tuition fees*

These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.



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