- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Competition funded
- Additional supervisors
- Prof Kanti Mardia
- School of Mathematics
- Research groups/institutes
Objects are everywhere, natural and man-made. Advances in technology have led to the routine collection of geometrical information on objects and the study of their shape is more important than ever. Analytically, shape comprises the geometrical information that remains when location, scale and rotational effects are removed from the description of an object.<br /> <br /> In many settings it is possible to define "landmarks" which can be consistently identified across a set of objects, and developments over the past 30 years have led to the new subject of statistical shape analysis, an extension of multivariate analysis. We have pioneered the development of statistical shape methodology for many medical, biological and computational real examples. More details can be found in Dryden, I.L. and Mardia, K.V. (2016) Statistical Shape Analysis with Applications in R, second edition, Wiley. In dynamic shape analysis the shape of an object changes through time.<br /> <br /> The time scale can range from years, e.g. the growth of a human face between childhood and adulthood, down to seconds, e.g. the formation of human facial expressions such as a smile. Such applications can be viewed as multivariate time series, sometimes with change points. It has some methodological connection with our pioneering contribution to growth assessment through facial LASER scans of children.<br /> <br /> The motivating application for this project comes from the use of craniofacial surgery to correct facial deformities such as a cleft lip. One measure of success for the surgery is the ability of the patient to make "normal-looking" facial expressions, such as smile. At the moment this judgement is made subjectively. Using a 3D motion capture camera system, we have already acquired some dynamic data for the normal human smile.<br /> <br /> The aim of the project is to develop and assess more objective measures to quantify the success of surgery, leading to a high impact contribution. Note that no knowledge of shape analysis is necessary.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for is <em><strong>PHD Statistics FT</strong></em> and in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Dynamic shape modelling in reconstructive surgery</strong></em> as well as <a href="https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/59/professor-kanti-mardia">Prof Kanti Mardia</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important:</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions: e: <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a></p> <p>For further information about this project, please contact Professor Kanti Mardia: e: <a href="mailto:K.V.Mardia@leeds.ac.uk">K.V.Mardia@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>
<h3 class="heading heading--sm">Linked research areas</h3>