Alison Noble OBE FRS FREng FIET FWES CEng DPhil (Oxon) MA

Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Fellow of St Hilda's College

  • Biography
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Alison Noble was an undergraduate and a postgraduate research student at St Hugh’s College, Oxford studying Engineering Science and Computer Vision respectively. She became a research scientist at the GE Corporate R&D Center, Schenectady NY USA following DPhil (PhD) graduation before appointment to the Oxford Engineering Science faculty in 1995. Alison Noble was elected a Professor of Engineering Science in 2002, and the Technikos Professor in Biomedical Engineering in 2011. Professor Alison Noble was the Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering from 2012-16 and an Associate Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, 2016-19.

Alison’s research interests are in ultrasound imaging, computational (machine-learning based) analysis of images, and the development of decision-support tools for medical professionals. Her research is motivated by clinical unmet needs in western and developing world healthcare settings. She co-founded Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd to commercial research from her laboratory which was acquired by MedaPhor Group Plc (now called Intelligent Ultrasound Group) in 2017.

Alison is a former president of the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society. She has served as a member and then Chair of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team (2014-19) and a Trustee of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) 2016-19. She is a member of REF 2021 Subpanel 12 (Engineering). Professor Alison Noble is a Fellow of the Royal Academy and of the Royal Society, and a Trustee of the Oxford Trust. She received an OBE for services to science and engineering in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2013.


View a list of Professor Noble's publications on Google Scholar, or by using her ORCID ID.

Research Interests

  • Biomedical imaging and image analysis
  • Machine learning applied to healthcare
  • Ultrasound image analysis
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Global health technologies

Professor Noble's collaborators and research partners include:

Current Projects

Professor Noble's current research projects include:

  • Ultrasound video description (Seebibyte EPSRC Programme Grant)
  • Perception Ultrasound – Capturing real-world eye-movements, probe-motion and ultrasound-video of experienced professionals during scanning to build deep learning models of clinical sonography to assist minimally training clinical professionals in scanning as well as an experienced professional (PULSE, ERC Advanced Grant)
  • Global Health Ultrasound - Point-of-care low-cost assistive ultrasound devices for low-and-middle-income settings.
  • Biomedical imaging translation applications - gestational age estimation, pregnancy risk stratification, characterization of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the womb.

Enquiries from potential postgraduate research students who have interests in any of my research areas are welcome.