Chris Pretty

Senior LecturerChris Pretty

Co-Director of Mechatronics/ Director of Studies - Mechatronics 1st & 3rd Pro Year
Civil Mechanical E513
Internal Phone: 92393

Qualifications

Research Interests

My research interests are predominantly focused towards bioengineering and mobile robotics.

Within bioengineering, my primary interest is in model-based therapeutics, which is at the intersection of engineering, clinical medicine, and physiology. I am involved with the modelling, sensing, and control of dynamic physiological systems for clinical medicine, especially in the critical care environment. My research has particular emphasis on solutions that provide significant, improved clinical outcomes for patients and reduced cost/effort for clinicians. Examples of my current research activities in this area include:

• Cardiac output modelling
• Blood glucose control
• Optimal mechanical ventilation
• Blood oxygenation monitoring

At the intersection of bioengineering and mobile robotics, my research involves assistive robotics, particularly for stroke rehabilitation. A specific focus in this area is the integration and interaction of the users muscles with external actuators in a hybrid system to reduce weight and cost, and enable new rehabilitation strategies.

My mobile robotics research also includes accurate localisation methods, inspection, and collaborative robotics involving unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles.

Recent Publications

  • de Bournonville S., Pironet A., Pretty C., Chase JG. and Desaive T. (2019) Parameter estimation in a minimal model of cardio-pulmonary interactions. Mathematical Biosciences 313: 81-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2019.05.003.
  • Ismail HM., Pretty CG., Signal MK., Amies AC., Haggers M. and Geoffrey Chase J. (2019) Laser doppler vibrometer validation of an optical flow motion tracking algorithm. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control 49: 322-327. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2018.12.017.
  • Ismail HM., Pretty CG., Signal MK., Haggers M. and Chase JG. (2019) Attributes, performance, and gaps in current & emerging breast cancer screening technologies. Current Medical Imaging Reviews 15(2): 122-131. http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1573405613666170825115032.
  • Stewart AM., Pretty CG. and Chen X. (2019) An investigation into the effect of electrode type and stimulation parameters on FES-induced dynamic movement in the presence of muscle fatigue for a voltage-controlled stimulator. IFAC Journal of Systems and Control 8 100043: 100043-100043. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacsc.2019.100043.
  • Young M., Pretty C., Agostinho S., Green R. and Chen X. (2019) Loss of Significance and Its Effect on Point Normal Orientation and Cloud Registration. Remote Sensing 11(11): 1329-1329. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs11111329.