In search of relevant things: A novel approach for image analysis

In search of relevant things: A novel approach for image analysis

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MRes Yr 2 + PhD 

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Opening Date

01 Jan 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

01 May 2020 11pm AEST 

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This project aims to investigate how experts’ cognitive processes may be transferred to computers for the automatic recognition of visual features. By merging computer and brain sciences, the project will characterise the way the brains of experts understand what is seen, in order to translate such a process in a new computer vision tool. This should provide significant benefits, such as automatic detection in diagnostic imaging, mainly in neuroradiology, among other applications. For the first time, the combination of how a computer analyses an image and how an expert interprets it will be used as a common language to enable machines to process visual information in a manner that mimics the way human brains do.

The candidate will be exploring novel techniques to explore connections between physiological responses such as eye movement and imaging. It will suit a student with background and/or interest in cognitive neurosciences, as the eye tracking analysis will be used as a surrogate biomarker to characterise cognitive function in experts vs. non-experts in different domains of analysis (e.g., radiology, pathology, geology, astronomy and arts).

Visual tracking will also be associated to fMRI analysis and MEG, to better characterise the neurophysiological mechanisms underpinning images’ interpretation and perception.

The project is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship project, granted to Prof Di Ieva in the period 2020-2023 (FT190100623).

The project will be conducted within the research frame of the Computational NeuroSurgery (CNS) Lab at Macquarie University, led by Prof Antonio Di Ieva, neurosurgeon, neuroanatomist and computational neuroscientist.

The student will be supervised by Prof. Di Ieva and co-supervised by collaborators within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (including Department of Clinical Medicine and Macquarie Medical Imaging), Centre for Health Informatics, Department of Cognitive Sciences, Department of Computing, and the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training (CEPET). This multidisciplinary environment will provide a dynamic background for the candidate’s translational research.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake an MRes Year 2 (1-year) + PhD (3-year) program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Prof Antonio Di Ieva
Phone: 02 9812 3821

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