An insulin infusion advisory system based on autotuning nonlinear model-predictive control

IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2011 Sep;58(9):2467-77. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2011.2157823. Epub 2011 May 27.


This paper aims at the development and evaluation of a personalized insulin infusion advisory system (IIAS), able to provide real-time estimations of the appropriate insulin infusion rate for type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) patients using continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps. The system is based on a nonlinear model-predictive controller (NMPC) that uses a personalized glucose-insulin metabolism model, consisting of two compartmental models and a recurrent neural network. The model takes as input patient's information regarding meal intake, glucose measurements, and insulin infusion rates, and provides glucose predictions. The predictions are fed to the NMPC, in order for the latter to estimate the optimum insulin infusion rates. An algorithm based on fuzzy logic has been developed for the on-line adaptation of the NMPC control parameters. The IIAS has been in silico evaluated using an appropriate simulation environment (UVa T1DM simulator). The IIAS was able to handle various meal profiles, fasting conditions, interpatient variability, intraday variation in physiological parameters, and errors in meal amount estimations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Computer Simulation
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / drug therapy*
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Humans
  • Insulin Infusion Systems*
  • Models, Biological
  • Nonlinear Dynamics*
  • Pancreas, Artificial
  • Precision Medicine
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*


  • Blood Glucose