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(390b) A Robust Hybrid Model Predictive Control Framework for Hill Curve Model-Based Systems


Nascu, I. - Presenter, Texas A&M University
Oberdieck, R., Texas A&M University
Pistikopoulos, E., Texas A&M Energy Institute, Texas A&M University
The Hill curve, introduced by A.V. Hill to describe the equilibrium relationship between oxygen tension and the saturation of haemoglobin [1], is an empirical relation exhibiting an S shape characteristic used widely as part of diverse mathematical models in different fields. Examples include: (i) biosciences as a descriptive-deterministic model [2], (ii) in physiology, to describe nonlinear and saturable mechanisms as the renal uptake of aminoglycosides by proximal tubular cells [3], the tubuloglomerular feedback of the glomerular filtration in the kidney [3, 4], and the effect of ligand binding on the conductance of voltage-dependent ion channels [5], (iii) in pharmacology, on the rational basis of the receptor occupancy theory [6] as a model for describing the drug concentrationâ??effect relationship [7], for the treatment of many diseases.

In this work we present a general framework for modelling and advanced control of systems involving the Hill curve as part of their mathematical model. The developed framework features (i) a piece wise affine modelling representation of the Hill curve [8], (ii) a hybrid mixed integer optimisation formulation leading to a hybrid model predictive control (hMPC) formulation [9], (iii) a state-of-the art multiparametric mixed integer quadratic programming (mp-MIQP) solution step for the derivation of explicit controllers [10] and (iv) advanced robust control and estimation strategies addressing issues related to variability and uncertainties. The framework will be demonstrated with its application to two representative biomedical systems (i) the intravenous anaesthesia process [11] where robust advanced control strategies are presented for the administration of Propofol to control the level of the depth of anaestheisa for a set of 12 real patients data in the induction and maintenance phases; and (ii) the acute myeloid leukemia process [12] where robust personalised treatment schedules for the delivery of chemotherapy are derived and performed for 6 real patient data.


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8. Nascu, I., R. Oberdieck, and E. Pistikopoulos, An explicit Hybrid Model Predictive Control Strategy for Intravenous Anaesthesia. 9th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems, 2015. in press.

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10. Oberdieck, R. and E. Pistikopoulos, Explicit hybrid model-predictive control: The exact solution. Automatica, 2014. submitted.

11. NaÅ?cu, I., et al., Advanced model-based control studies for the induction and maintenance of intravenous anaesthesia. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2015. 62(3): p. 832-841.

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