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PhD Studentship - Virtual Reality Based Microsurgery Simulation System for Neurosurgical Training

Important description
This project is to develop a virtual reality based microsurgery simulation system with the aim to support skills training in neurosurgery. Computer-based surgical simulations enable a no risk environment to patient for surgical skills practice, refinement and case repetition.

In this project, we will develop computational algorithms with a research prototype system to solve some fundamental challenges, namely simulation speed, accuracy and realism, the three intertwined aspects that impact on the effectiveness of medical simulations. The project will have the following three stages:

Stage 1: Building a simulation platform based on 3D hardware accelerated graphics programming pipeline to enable the capability of real-time processing of mixed and complex geometrical structures of soft tissues. The essential requirement of the 3D graphics simulation environment is the interactive visualisation and realistic display of brain tissues and soft body structures.

Stage 2: Developing realistic soft tissue interactions and responses to surgical instruments.

Stage 3: Modelling the delicate feedback given by bipolar forceps while interacting with the brain tissues during operations with research focus on modelling the frictions and contacts between the soft tissue and the instruments with a haptic rendering algorithm that is capability of real-time computations.

The final result will be a demonstrable simulation prototype system with a preliminary evaluation conducted in the Teaching Hospital with feedback from medical students and trainees doctors.

Eligibility and other criteria
Local and international students may apply.

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

All candidates must satisfy the University's minimum doctoral entry criteria for studentships of an honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate Master's degree. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Application deadline
* June 26, 2015

Additional information, and important URL
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of 14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

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

For further information on how to apply click the Apply button below or email pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk

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