Researcher

Dr Michael Stevens

My Expertise

Ventricular assist devices

Heart pumps

Artificial Hearts

Control of heart pumps

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Biomedical engineering, Biomedical engineering not elsewhere classified, Medical devices, Cardiovascular medicine and haematology not elsewhere classified, Process control and simulation, Modelling and simulation

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Biography

I'm an early-to-mid career researcher who is interested in using technology to improve the outcomes of those who are sick. My interests lie in artificial hearts and aged care.

I have consulted with multiple industry partners to help improve their devices, using both simulations and bench top testing. I'm interested in sharing my expertise with industry to ensure that patients have the best possible outcomes when using technology.

 

About me

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I'm an early-to-mid career researcher who is interested in using technology to improve the outcomes of those who are sick. My interests lie in artificial hearts and aged care.

I have consulted with multiple industry partners to help improve their devices, using both simulations and bench top testing. I'm interested in sharing my expertise with industry to ensure that patients have the best possible outcomes when using technology.

 

About me

Dr Stevens received his undergraduate degree in Medical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology in 2010, graduating with first class honours. He then completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Queensland, in which he developed a physiological control system for dual rotary left ventricular assist devices operating as a biventricular assist device. He commenced a postdoctoral position as a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in August 2015. He then became a lecturer in January 2018. 

Research Interests

  • Physiological control systems
  • Heart assist devices 
  • Computational modelling (particularly CFD)
  • Signal processing
  • Wearable activity monitoring, particularly for older Australians
  • Machine learning for biomedical applications

Teaching

  • ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation.
  • BIOM1010 Engineering in Medicine and Biology.
  • BIOM9701 Cardiovascular Dynamics.
  • Biomedical Engineering Thesis Coordinator

 

 

I am currently looking for PhD students! If you're a curious engineer, and interested in any of the following

  • Artificial heart, heart/lung machines and ventricular assist devices
  • Designing automatic control systems for medical devices
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • ...and more
 
 Then please fill in this form.

 

My Website

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-3583-688X


My Grants

2019

UNSW Ageing Futures Institute Seed Funding (Stevens M.C, Celler B., Delbaere K., Lovell N.

Project Title:  Detecting Falls and Activity Monitoring of Persons Living with Dementia.

Amount Awarded: $29 963

2019

Tech Voucher with VitalCare (Stevens M.C)

Project Title:  Next generation of nurse call systems, using unobtrusive technology.

Amount Awarded: $30 000

2017

Tech Voucher with MP High Tech Solutions (Lovell, N.H, Stevens. M.)

Project Title: Unobtrusive Internet-of-Things monitoring technology for managing falls and frailty in the elderly

Amount Awarded: $30 000

2016

UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Minor Equipment Grant 2016 (Co-Investigator)

Project Title:  Purchase of Fall Detector Devices

Amount Awarded: $9 195.

2015

UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Minor Equipment Grant 2015 (Co-Investigator)

Project Title: High Performance Computer and Wave Optics Module

Amount Awarded: $6 156.


My Qualifications

B.Eng (Medical - Honours First Class), PhD.


My Research Activities

I have authored 45 publications (35 manuscripts, 3 book chapters, 1 edited book, 6 conference proceedings).

 

 

 

Research Interests

  • Physiological control systems - since 2012 I've been developing physiological control systems (smart cruise control) for artificial hearts and LVADs.
  • Heart assist devices  - since 2012 I've been simulating and testing artificial hearts and LVADs using computer modelling and bench top testing.
  • Computational modelling (particularly CFD) - since 2016 I've been simulating the effect of ECMO on cerebral hypoxia.
  • Signal processing - since 2012 I've been applying advanced signal processing techniques for control and diagnostic purposes.
  • Aged care technology - since 2015 I've been involved in developing technology for improving the outcomes of older persons, particularly those living with dementia.
  • Machine learning for biomedical applications - since 2018 my team have been applying machine learning techniques to result in better diagnostic tools.

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Cardiovascular Engineering

Artificial hearts, ventricular assist devices, physiological control.

 

Aged Care Technology

Machine learning, fall detection, wearables, unobtrusive monitoring.

 


Currently supervising

Masoud Fetanat

Gabriel Matus Vazquez

Ariyamehr Rezai

 


My Engagement

I frequently engage with the community. I have been involved in the UNSW Women in Engineering camp, developing workshops to help students learn about the cardiovascular system. I have also been involved in the UNSW Early Career Academic Network, supporting early career researchers through events like promotion.


My Teaching

ENGG1000 Engineering Design

BIOM9701 Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System

BIOM4951/4952/4953/9020/9021/9914: Undergraduate and Postgraduate research thesis

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Location

Biological Sciences South E26

RM 1005

UNSW

Sydney NSW 2052

AUSTRALIA