Available masters and doctoral projects

An overview of opportunities for students to work with scientists at Reykjavik University on research projects. Please contact the person listed within each project for further information.

Finite Element simulations of a side-ways fall to the hip: Identification of critical material parameters

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Finite Element simulations of a side-ways fall to the hip: Identification of critical material parameters

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) based Finite element models have the potential to improve the prediction of hip fracture risk for osteoporotic patients compared to current standard of diagnosis. The aim of this project is to use such models for investigating the influence of material parameters of bone, cartilage, ligaments and soft tissue on the fracture risk prediction.

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Feature extraction for deep neural networks speech recognition

PhD level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Spectrograms of syllables dee dah doo

The aim of this project is to extract features from the speech signal to use for speech recognition. These features might be engineered by using for example designed deterministic transforms such as wavelets or an adaptive signal processing method such as matching pursuit or a combination of both. The method will be evaluated on a large continuous speech recognition system developed by the Language and Voice Lab.

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Finite Element simulations of a side-ways fall to the hip: Investigation of critical and non-critical alignment

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Finite Element simulations of a side-ways

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) based Finite element models have the potential to improve the prediction of hip fracture risk for osteoporotic patients compared to current standard of diagnosis. The aim of this project is to use such models for investigating the influence of leg and pelvic alignment on the fracture outcome.

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Finite Element simulations of a side-ways fall to the hip: Investigation of influence of the upper body

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Finite Element simulations of a side-ways

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) based Finite element models have the potential to improve the prediction of hip fracture risk for osteoporotic patients compared to current standard of diagnosis. The aim of this project is to use such models for investigating the influence of modelling the mass and stiffness of the upper body.

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“Rubber Leg Illusion” in amputated and non-amputated participants, with EEG

M.Eng level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Rubber leg illusion - illustration

Using the rubber hand illusion transferred to the leg, EEG is used to investigate conflicting sensory inputs.  Differences in the EEG frequency maps between amputees and non-amputees may suggest brain plasticity, a contributing factor to phantom limb pain. By comparing the results, improvements to treatment of lower-limb amputees may be made.

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Bone gain/loss analysis in 2D and 3D dimensions after Total Hip Replacement (THR)

MSc level project, School of Science and Engineering

  • Bone gain/loss analysis in 2D and 3D dimensions after total hip replacement

Total Hip Replacement (THR) is one of the most utilized orthopedical surgical procedures. An app  based tool to assess bone quality pre and post surgery may help clinicians in decision making and in monitoring bone quality and bone-prosthesis integration in THR patients. In order to be clinically and ethically compatible such tool should be based on 2D images (low radiation dose)  of standardized regions of interest. In this project, 3D data of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) pre vs. 1- year post operation are utilized to develop a 2D approach for the assessment of gain/loss, based on standard CT-Scans.

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Iceland's Renewable Transition – an GDP Alternative Approach

MSc level project, Iceland School of Energy, School of Science and Engineering

  • Icelandic geothermal

Iceland's transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy resources has been suggested to have resulted in a quality of life increase for residents. This project will seek using a GDP alternative metric such as the social-progress-index (SPI) to analyse and quantify the potential benefits Iceland has enjoyed using renewable energy. 

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Interconnector Regulatory Regime Review

MSc level project, Iceland School of Energy, School of Science and Engineering

  • Interconnector Regulatory Regime Review

The Iceland-UK HVDC interconnector (IceLink) has long been suggested as a device for export of Iceland´s plentiful energy resources. IceLink has the potential to ensure UK and EU energy policy goals of competitive electricity prices, secure supply and decarbonization of supply. Despite this, there is the risk for project developers due to the regulatory risk associated with complex legal regimes and the risk of policy shifts. This thesis project would examine and update the legal and regulatory environment surrounding interconnection between these two state actors. 

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