Self-learning fuzzy logic control in medicine

  • D. G. Mason
  • D. A. Linkens
  • N. D. Edwards
Probabilistic Models and Fuzzy Logic
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1211)


Self-learning fuzzy logic control has the important property of accommodating uncertain, non-linear and time-varying process characteristics. This intelligent control scheme starts with no fuzzy control rules and learns how to control each process presented to it in real-time without the need for detailed process modelling. Medicine abounds with suitable applications for this technique. Following an outline of the methodology we demonstrate its clinical effectiveness for application in anaesthesia. We have investigated its application to atracurium-induced neuromuscular block during surgery and have observed improved control over complex numerical techniques. This self-learning fuzzy control technique shows much promise for other medical applications such as post-operative blood pressure management, intra-operative control of anaesthetic depth, and multivariable circulatory management of intensive care patients.


Fuzzy logic Intelligent control Medicine Anaesthesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Mason
    • 1
  • D. A. Linkens
    • 1
  • N. D. Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Depts Automatic Control & Systems EngineeringUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Surgical & Anaesthetic Sciences, Northern General HospitalUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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