Alison Noble

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Alison Noble
OBE FRS FREng FIET
Alison Noble Royal Society.jpg
Alison Noble at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
Born Julia Alison Noble
January 1965 (age 53)[1]
Education Maidstone Grammar School for Girls[2]
Alma mater University of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
Thesis Descriptions of image surfaces (1989)
Doctoral advisor Mike Brady[6][7]
Website ibme.ox.ac.uk/research/biomedia/people/professor-alison-noble

(Julia) Alison Noble OBE FRS FREng FIET[8] (born January 1965 in Nottingham)[1] is Technikos professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford[3][9][10] and Associate Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the university. As of 2017 she is chief technology officer(CTO) of Intelligent Ultrasound Limited[4] an Oxford University spin-off in medical imaging[5] which she cofounded. She was director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) from 2012 to 2016.[4][11]

Education[edit]

Noble was educated at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls[2] in Kent and was an undergraduate student at St Hugh's College, Oxford where she was awarded a first class[1] Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science in 1986 followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989 for research on computer vision and image segmentation supervised by Mike Brady.[6][7][12]

Career and research[edit]

Noble started her career as a research scientist at the General Electric Corporate R&D Center in Schenectady, New York where she worked from 1989 to 1994 on developing inspection systems for aircraft engines.[1][13][14] She returned to the University of Oxford as a lecturer in 1995 to work on medical applications of computer vision[14] and was promoted to Professor in 2001,[1] as the first female Statutory Professor in Engineering at Oxford.[15]

Noble has made contributions to medical image computing, where her research interests combine knowledge of medical imaging and computational science to support decision-making in clinical medicine.[3][8] Her research has advanced understanding of automatic extraction of clinically useful information from medical ultrasound scans and developed machine learning solutions to key problems in biomedical image analysis.[16][17][18][19][20]

Noble has supervised or co-supervised over 50 successful PhD students to completion[13][6] including Miklós Gyöngy,[21] Nathan Cahill,[22] Ramón Cañas,[23] and Grace Vesom.[24] Her research has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC),[4] the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).[12][25]

Awards and honours[edit]

Noble was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[8] She was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours, elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2008[26] and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) in 2001[1].

She is a trustee of the Oxford Trust,[27] a charity established by the founders of Oxford Instruments to encourage the study, application and communication of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She is also a trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and served as President of the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society from 2013 to 2016.[28] As of 2017, Noble is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and is a MICCAI Society Fellow. She was the first recipient of the Laura Bassi Award of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2015.[29] Previously she was a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford from 2005 to 2011.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Noble was a coxswain for the Oxford University Women's Lightweight Rowing Club in the Henley Boat Races in 1985.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Anon (2009). NOBLE, Prof. (Julia) Alison. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.246718. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b St Hugh's College (1983–1984). "St Hugh's College Chronicle 1983-4". issuu.com.
  3. ^ a b c Alison Noble publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b c d Noble, Julia Alison (2017). "Professor Alison Noble: Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Head of MPLS Division". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 2017-02-03.
  5. ^ a b Anon (2017). "Julia Alison NOBLE". London: companieshouse.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17.
  6. ^ a b c Alison Noble at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ a b Noble, Julia Alison (1989). Descriptions of image surfaces (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 863522054. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.238117.
  8. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Professor Alison Noble OBE FREng FRS". London: royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 2017-05-05.
  9. ^ Alison Noble publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Alison Noble publications from Europe PubMed Central
  11. ^ Alison Noble – Popular Classics in Machine Learning for Medical Imaging on YouTube, Medical Imaging Summer School (MISS 2016)
  12. ^ a b Alison Noble Entry at ORCID
  13. ^ a b Anon (2017). "Professor Alison Noble OBE". raeng.org.uk. Royal Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17.
  14. ^ a b Anon (2013). "Alison Noble: Women's Engineering Society". wes.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11.
  15. ^ "Professor Alison Noble: OBE FREng FWES". wes.org.uk. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  16. ^ Noble, J. Alison (1988). "Finding corners". Image and Vision Computing. 6 (2): 121–128. doi:10.1016/0262-8856(88)90007-8. ISSN 0262-8856. (subscription required)
  17. ^ Alsousou, J.; Thompson, M.; Hulley, P.; Noble, A.; Willett, K. (2009). "The biology of platelet-rich plasma and its application in trauma and orthopaedic surgery: a review of the literature". The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 91-B (8): 987–996. doi:10.1302/0301-620X.91B8.22546. ISSN 0301-620X. PMID 19651823. (subscription required)
  18. ^ Wilson, D.L.; Noble, J.A. (1999). "An adaptive segmentation algorithm for time-of-flight MRA data". IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 18 (10): 938–945. doi:10.1109/42.811277. ISSN 0278-0062. PMID 10628953. (subscription required)
  19. ^ Noble, J.A.; Boukerroui, D. (2006). "Ultrasound image segmentation: a survey". IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 25 (8): 987–1010. doi:10.1109/TMI.2006.877092. ISSN 0278-0062. (subscription required)
  20. ^ Xiao, Guofang; Brady, M.; Noble, J. A.; Zhang, Yongyue (2002). "Segmentation of ultrasound B-mode images with intensity inhomogeneity correction". IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 21 (1): 48–57. doi:10.1109/42.981233. ISSN 0278-0062. (subscription required)
  21. ^ Gyöngy, Miklós (2010). Passive cavitation mapping for monitoring ultrasound therapy (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 757123071. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.526539.
  22. ^ Cahill, Nathan D. (2009). Constructing and solving variational image registration problems (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 757120664. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.525268. open access publication – free to read
  23. ^ Casero Cañas, Ramón (2008). Left ventricle functional analysis in 2D+t contrast echocardiography within an atlas-based deformable template model (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 558154432. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.504312. open access publication – free to read
  24. ^ Vesom, Grace (2010). Poisson-based implicit shape space analysis with application to CT liver segmentation (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 757122067. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.526124.
  25. ^ Anon (2017). "UK Government research grants awarded to Alison Noble". rcuk.ac.uk. Swindon: Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17.
  26. ^ Anon (2008). "New Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008". raeng.org.uk. Archived from the original on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  27. ^ Anon (2017). "Meet our trustees". theoxfordtrust.co.uk. Oxford: The Oxford Trust. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  28. ^ Anon (2017). "Past and current president elected to Royal Science Academies". miccai.org. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  29. ^ Anon (2015). "Professor Alison Noble OBE FREng receives the IFMBE Laura Bassi Award for an Outstanding Female Researcher in Medical and Biological Engineering". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.