PhD Student takes Best Student Paper award at International Conference

A University of Sheffield PhD student has won the Best Student Paper Award at an international conference.

Siti Hazurah Indera Putera, a final year PhD student from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, received the award at the 14th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO) in Madrid, Spain during July 2017.

The paper, titled ‘Evolutionary Type-2 Fuzzy Blood Gas Models for Artificially Ventilated Patients in ICU’, used patient data collected from the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital to produce a model that predicts the clinical state of patients who were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Siti-Hazurah receiving her award from ICINCO 2017

The model uses an algorithm based on artificial intelligence which enables the system to make informed decisions similar to the ones made by clinical experts, except they are automated. The automated system predicts the oxygen and carbon dioxide pressures, as well as the pH, in the arterial blood of ventilated patients in the ICU for effective and frequent patient monitoring.

Siti said: “It was amazing to win this award for my work at such an International Conference. Knowing that experts in the field of control, automation and robotics thought my work was deserving has boosted my self-confidence even further.”

Originally from Malaysia, Siti studied a bachelor’s degree in Electrical (Electronic) Engineering and a Masters in Mechatronic and Automatic Control at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. After working for a few years at a local university, she decided to go onto further study.

She said: “After working in a university, I felt inspired to develop my skills and knowledge further. I’ve always been interested in the way healthcare decision systems work and how they can be improved so that more people can benefit.

“I have been working with Professor Mahdi Mahfouf, my supervisor, on fuzzy control algorithms that could be used to enhance medical systems and save lives. After winning this award, I strongly believe that my research will have a real impact on people in the future, and this means a lot to me.”

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