Control-Oriented Model With Intra-Patient Variations for an Artificial Pancreas

IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2020 Sep;24(9):2681-2689. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2020.2969389. Epub 2020 Jan 27.


In this work, a low-order model designed for glucose regulation in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) is obtained from the UVA/Padova metabolic simulator. It captures not only the nonlinear behavior of the glucose-insulin system, but also intra-patient variations related to daily insulin sensitivity ( SI) changes. To overcome the large inter-subject variability, the model can also be personalized based on a priori patient information. The structure is amenable for linear parameter varying (LPV) controller design, and represents the dynamics from the subcutaneous insulin input to the subcutaneous glucose output. The efficacy of this model is evaluated in comparison with a previous control-oriented model which in turn is an improvement of previous models. Both models are compared in terms of their open- and closed-loop differences with respect to the UVA/Padova model. The proposed model outperforms previous T1DM control-oriented models, which could potentially lead to more robust and reliable controllers for glycemia regulation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Insulin / therapeutic use
  • Insulin Infusion Systems
  • Pancreas, Artificial*


  • Insulin