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PhD studentship in skin mechanics at Cardiff University, UK

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  • PhD studentship in skin mechanics at Cardiff University, UK

    PhD on surgical simulation and artificial skin design

    A fully funded PhD studentship is available at Cardiff University within the College of Physical Sciences in collaboration with Computational Mechanics and Computer Sciences and with the opportunity to work jointly with Inria, France. The aim of the project is to develop computational and physical models of skin for use in surgical training.

    VIDEO of the surgical simulator:


    Year 1: How effective is our surgical simulator to help surgeons train in needle insertion and cutting of the skin?
    1-1. develop a multi-layer model of the skin
    1-2. simulate needle insertion and cutting
    1-3. validate with phantoms produced by MBI
    1-4. trials with surgeons to assess usefulness
    Year 2: Can a two-scale model of the skin be developed for interactive cutting simulation?
    2-1. develop a two-scale model of the skin
    2-2. develop reduced order modelling techniques (only possible through HPC Wales ~ 1 billion degrees of freedom)
    2-3. coupled reduced order modelling with cutting
    Year 3: How effective is the two-scale surgical simulator to train surgeons in needle insertion? How can a two-scale model help devise new polymers for "false skin" to be used in phantoms.
    3-1. trials with surgeons to assess role of the two-scale model on the response of the virtual skin
    3-2. inform the development of new polymers based on the two-scale models


    Profs. St├ęphane Bordas, Sam Evans, Nick Avis
    Drs. Kawashita, Kerfriden, Beex

    The successful candidate will join a team of over 20 researchers in computational mechanics and computer science and will work closely with a Welsh company manufacturing artificial skin for surgical training.

    For further information and to apply please contact Prof Stephane Bordas: