Chris Pretty

Senior LecturerChris Pretty

Co-Director of Mechatronics/ Director of Studies - Mechatronics 1st 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

  • Balmer J., Pretty CG., Davidson S., Mehta-Wilson T., Desaive T., Smith R., Shaw GM. and Chase JG. (2020) Clinically applicable model-based method, for physiologically accurate flow waveform and stroke volume estimation. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 185 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmpb.2019.105125.
  • Howe SL., Chase JG., Redmond DP., Morton SE., Kim KT., Pretty C., Shaw GM., Tawhai MH. and Desaive T. (2020) Inspiratory respiratory mechanics estimation by using expiratory data for reverse-triggered breathing cycles. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 186 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmpb.2019.105184.
  • Abu-Samah A., Knopp JL., Razak NNA., Razak AA., Jamaludin UK., Suhaimi FM., Ralib AM., Nor MBM., Chase JG. and Pretty CG. (2019) Model-based glycemic control in a malaysian intensive care unit: Performance and safety study. Medical Devices: Evidence and Research 12: 215-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S187840.
  • Amies AC., Pretty CG., Rodgers GW. and Chase JG. (2019) Experimental Validation of a Radar-Based Structural Health Monitoring System. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 24(5): 2064-2072. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2019.2934091.
  • Davidson S., Pretty C., Uyttendaele V., Knopp J., Desaive T. and Chase JG. (2019) Multi-input stochastic prediction of insulin sensitivity for tight glycaemic control using insulin sensitivity and blood glucose data. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 182 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmpb.2019.105043.