Nonparametric Identification of Glucose-Insulin Process in IDDM Patient with Multi-meal Disturbance

Original Contribution


Modern close loop control for blood glucose level in a diabetic patient necessarily uses an explicit model of the process. A fixed parameter full order or reduced order model does not characterize the inter-patient and intra-patient parameter variability. This paper deals with a frequency domain nonparametric identification of the nonlinear glucose-insulin process in an insulin dependent diabetes mellitus patient that captures the process dynamics in presence of uncertainties and parameter variations. An online frequency domain kernel estimation method has been proposed that uses the input–output data from the 19th order first principle model of the patient in intravenous route. Volterra equations up to second order kernels with extended input vector for a Hammerstein model are solved online by adaptive recursive least square (ARLS) algorithm. The frequency domain kernels are estimated using the harmonic excitation input data sequence from the virtual patient model. A short filter memory length of M = 2 was found sufficient to yield acceptable accuracy with lesser computation time. The nonparametric models are useful for closed loop control, where the frequency domain kernels can be directly used as the transfer function. The validation results show good fit both in frequency and time domain responses with nominal patient as well as with parameter variations.


System identification Nonparametric model Glucose-insulin interaction Hammerstein model Frequency domain kernels 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringBengal Engineering & Science UniversityShibpur, HowrahIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Healthcare Science and TechnologyBengal Engineering & Science UniversityShibpur, HowrahIndia

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