Alison Noble

Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Fellow of St Hilda's College

Alison NobleProfessor Alison Noble is the Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the President of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society, the international society in her research field, biomedical image analysis.

Alison’s research interests are in computer analysis of clinical and biological images and the development and translation into clinical practice of novel methodologies that provide new diagnostic and therapeutic image based biomarkers and software tools for image-based quantification and decision-making. Her research group works in close collaboration with clinicians and industry players. She is also a Founder and the Chief Technology Officer of a university spin-out company that is commercialising research from her laboratory (Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd).

Alison studied mathematics, chemistry and physics at A-level at a state school (Maidstone Girls Grammar School), and was offered a scholarship to read Engineering Science at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She went on to obtain a first class honours degree in Engineering Science (specialising in information engineering) and stayed on at Oxford as an EPSRC-funded student and Dee scholar to study for a doctoral degree (DPhil) in Computer Vision supervised by Professor Sir Michael Brady. She then moved to the USA to take up a permanent position as an Engineering Scientist at the GE Global Research Centre, Niskayuna, USA and worked on image-based inspection and processing monitoring systems for GE Aircraft Engineering and GE Plastics. She returned to Oxford as a University Lecturer in 1995 to set up a biomedical image analysis group. Biomedical image analysis has since grown to be the largest biomedical engineering activity in Oxford.

Alison has played a leading role in setting up the biomedical engineering undergraduate and postgraduate biomedical engineering teaching and training (MSc and CDT) programmes at Oxford over the last decade. She is a member of both the Oxford University’s Research and Education Committees (from Oct 2013), and has served or currently serves on a number of  committees of the Royal Academy of Engineering and other national organisations as well as numerous research funding agency panels.

Alison lives in Oxford with her husband Mark, and two daughters, Amy and Grace.