Filled Vacancies

Project Title: Online Super-resolution for Fibre-bundle-based Video Acquisition Medical Devices

Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Subsection:   Translational Imaging Group

Duration :     4 Years

Stipend: 16,851 per annum tax-free, Fees paid for.


Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity based within the Translational Imaging Group at UCL.

Fibre-bundle-based video acquisition medical devices rely on a flexible coherent bundle of fibre optics to transport an image from the distal end of the fibre bundle to its proximal end where a detector captures the signal. The bundle may also be used to transport light from the proximal side to the distal end of the device. Of particular interest for this project in collaboration with Mauna Kea Technologies, is the implementation of such optical fibre bundles for probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (pCLE) where the entire bundle is scanned at video rate with a laser. Other applications of fibre bundles in medical application can be found in the
various fiberscopes available to the clinicians.


Scientific PhD Objectives: The goal of this PhD is to develop an online method to improve the image quality and resolution of fibre-bundle-based video acquisition medical devices. For each image, we envision to rely on 1) real-time image registration to collect redundant information from previous frames and 2) machine learning to drive indication-specific interpolation / in-painting techniques. The machine learning part will require training data. Such training data may be gathered for stable motion videos where high-resolution images can be generated with the previous time-consuming algorithm or may be generated in silico thanks to simulation and domain adaptation. Please see attached further particulars for more information about this studentship.


Eligibility and to apply:

In order to be eligible, applicants will have achieved (or are predicted) a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications or experience) in a related subject.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your motivations for applying for this PhD and how your educational background, skills and experience fit the
programme to:

The studentship compromises of fees and a tax-free stipend of £16,851 per annum. In order to qualify candidates must be UK/EU passport holders or qualify for UCL
home fees status.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity, please contact Dr. Tom Vercauteren ( ) but please note applications need to be submitted using the above instructions.

The successful applicant to this project will join the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging programme, for more information please go to:

For more information about the Translational Imaging Group:

For more information on Mauna Kea Technologies please visit: 


Further Particulars.docx