Professor Alison Noble
Professor Alison Noble, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor Alison Noble FREng is the Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Oxford University Department of Engineering Science , Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineeering (IBME), and a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the IET, a Fellow of the MICCAI Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is also the current President of the MICCAI Society.
Professor Noble is a founding director of the Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA)Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary research group working in the area of biomedical imaging and image analysis, a subarea of biomedical engineering. She heads large research activities in cardiovascular image analysis, women's health imaging (obstetrics and perinatal) image analysis. A particular research strength is ultrasound image analysis (segmentation, registration and RF-signal analysis), with current activities including machine learning for ultrasound segmentation and ultrasound-based biomechanical property estimation. Recent research highlights include the group's publications on fusion echocardiography, multi-modality cardiac image analysis, elasticity and slip imaging for breast cancer diagnosis, and fetal ultrasound image analysis. Much of her group's research is motivated by the need to make more intelligent use of ultrasound information for clinical decision-making and the desire to extract quantitative functional information from spatio-temporal acquisitions (movies of moving objects).To find out more about her research activities see the laboratory Research webpages.
Professor Noble has published around 300 publications. A list of her recent publications can be found at the BioMedIA website Publications webpages. She has supervised 37 PhD students to successful completion, with 17 further DPhil students currently under her sole or co-supervision.
Professor Noble has played a significant role in setting up the Biomedical Engineering taught courses and doctoral training programmes at Oxford since 2002. She led setting up and was the first Course Director of the 1yr Oxford MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Director 2006-7,2008-9), also playing a key role in introducing biomedical engineering into the MEng in Engineering Science during 2002-6. From 2002-8 she was on the management committee of the EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre postgraduate DPhil programme, and the engineering department co-ordinator for that programme. In 2008 she led the successful bid, and was the founding Director of the £7.1m RCUK Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation, which is pioneering the way to train postgraduate PhD students in healthcare innovation and translational in biomedical engineering. She stepped down from this position in 2012 when she became Institute Director. but remains an active proponent of early career development initiatives. Further details of research and teaching activities and a more extended biography are given below.
A chartered engineer, Alison has combined academic research with technology translation throughout her career. Her most recent venture is as a co-founder and CTO of Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd, spun-out from the her laboratory in 2012, which focuses on software solutions to make medical ultrasound a simpler and effective technology to use in existing and new areas of healthcare.