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Design of a low-cost retinal imaging system for low-resource settings

Primary Investigators:
Audrey Bowden
 
Brief Description of Project:
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a gold-standard technology for diagnosing diseases of the eye. Unfortunately, commercial and clinical OCT systems are very costly, which prohibits their use in low-resource settings. We aim to develop a low-cost version of OCT that uses a Raspberry Pi or Arduino platform. The goal of this project is to demonstrate an initial prototype of such a system.

Desired Qualifications: 
Required: Proficiency in MATLAB, signals and systems
Desired: Proficiency with microcontrollers 

Nature of Supervision:
Student will be directly supervised by Primary Investigator and her graduate students / postdocs.
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Week 0-2: Hands-on training in SolidWorks, ZEMAX (optical simulation), and OCT imaging systems.
Week 2-3: Optical and mechanical design and simulation.
Week 4: Training in microcontroller development
Week 5-8: Prototyping (h/w and firmware) and system characterization.
Week 8-9: Validation imaging experiments.
Week 9-10: Compile data, summarize results, submit abstract for relevant conference. 

Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Audrey Bowden
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Email: a.bowden@vanderbilt.edu