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Patient-Specific Controller for an Implantable Artificial Pancreas


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Yvonne Ho
    Pages 1-9
  3. Yvonne Ho
    Pages 11-17
  4. Yvonne Ho
    Pages 19-34
  5. Yvonne Ho
    Pages 81-84

About this book


The thesis focuses on the control of blood glucose devices and design of implantable devices, and offers valuable insights on diabetes mellitus and related physiology and treatments. Diabetes mellitus is a widespread chronic disease in the modern world that affects millions of people around the globe. In Singapore, one in ten of the population has diabetes, and the severity of the problem has prompted the country’s prime minister to talk about the disease at the National Day Rally in 2017. 

Designing an artificial pancreas that can provide effective blood glucose control for individuals with diabetes is one of the most challenging engineering problems. The author reports on research into the development of an implantable artificial pancreas that can regulate blood glucose levels by delivering appropriate dosages of insulin when necessary. 

By sensing blood glucose and injecting insulin directly into the vein, the implantable device aims to remove delays that occur with subcutaneous blood glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Preliminary in-vitro and in-vivo experimental results suggest that the implantable device for blood glucose control could be a clinically viable alternative to pancreas transplant.


Diabetes Mellitus Blood Glucose Monitoring Glucose Metabolism Insulin Delivery Glucose-Insulin System Model Predictive Controller Interior Point Ant Algorithm Glucose-Insulin Dynamics UVa/Padova Simulator Virtual Patient Primal-Dual Interior Point Method

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

About the authors

Yvonne Ho received her B.Eng. (Hons) in mechanical engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2002. She spent 8 years as an R&D Engineer in Hewlett-Packard working on print-head reliability and writing systems for business ink printers, during which she worked part-time on an M.Sc. (2010)(NUS). She obtained her Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2016, under supervision of Assoc. Prof Chui Chee-Kong. During this time, she was also involved in several research projects. She is currently a Research Staff in Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, working on a funded project. Her interests include control, automation and robotics.

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