Dr Michael Stevens
Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael Stevens

B.Eng (Medical - Honours First Class) - 2010

PhD. 2014.

Engineering
Grad Sch: Biomedical Eng

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.
  • BIOM9640 Biomedical Instrumentation
  • 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.org/0000-0003-3583-688X

Phone
9385 2891
Location
Biological Sciences South E26 RM 1005 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Fetanat M; Stevens M; Hayward C; Lovell NH, 2020, 'A Physiological Control System for an Implantable Heart Pump That Accommodates for Interpatient and Intrapatient Variations', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 67, pp. 1167 - 1175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2019.2932233
    Journal articles | 2020
    Koh VCA; Pauls JP; Wu EL; Stevens MC; Ho YK; Lovell NH; Lim E, 2020, 'A centralized multi-objective model predictive control for a biventricular assist device: An in vitro evaluation', Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, vol. 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2020.101914
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lu W; Stevens MC; Wang C; Redmond SJ; Lovell NH, 2020, 'Smart Triggering of the Barometer in a Fall Detector Using a Semi-Permeable Membrane', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 67, pp. 146 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2019.2909907
    Journal articles | 2020
    Nestler F; Timms DL; Stevens M; Bradley AP; Wilson SJ; Kleinheyer M; Lovell N; Frazier OH; Cohn WE, 2020, 'Investigation of the inherent left-right flow balancing of rotary total artificial hearts by means of a resistance box', Artificial Organs, vol. 44, pp. 584 - 593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.13631
    Journal articles | 2019
    Koh VCA; Ho YK; Stevens MC; Ng BC; Salamonsen RF; Lovell NH; Lim E, 2019, 'A centralized multi-objective model predictive control for a biventricular assist device: An in silico evaluation', Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, vol. 49, pp. 137 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2018.10.021
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bakir AA; Al Abed A; Stevens MC; Lovell NH; Dokos S, 2018, 'A multiphysics biventricular cardiac model: Simulations with a left-ventricular assist device', Frontiers in Physiology, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01259
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ng BC; Salamonsen RF; Gregory SD; Stevens MC; Wu Y; Mansouri M; Lovell NH; Lim E, 2018, 'Application of multiobjective neural predictive control to biventricular assistance using dual rotary blood pumps', Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, vol. 39, pp. 81 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2017.07.028
    Journal articles | 2017
    Mansouri M; Gregory SD; Salamonsen RF; Lovell NH; Stevens MC; Pauls JP; Akmeliawati R; Lim E, 2017, 'Preload-based Starling-like control of rotary blood pumps: An in-vitro evaluation', PLoS ONE, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172393
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wang C; Lu W; Redmond SJ; Stevens MC; Lord SR; Lovell NH, 2017, 'A Low-Power Fall Detector Balancing Sensitivity and False Alarm Rate', IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol. 22, pp. 1929 - 1937, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JBHI.2017.2778271
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wang C; Redmond SJ; Lu W; Stevens MC; Lord SR; Lovell NH, 2017, 'Selecting Power-Efficient Signal Features for a Low-Power Fall Detector', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 64, pp. 2729 - 2736, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2017.2669338
    Journal articles | 2016
    Gregory SD; Stevens MC; Pauls JP; Schummy E; Diab S; Thomson B; Anderson B; Tansley G; Salamonsen R; Fraser JF; Timms D, 2016, 'In Vivo Evaluation of Active and Passive Physiological Control Systems for Rotary Left and Right Ventricular Assist Devices', Artificial Organs, vol. 40, pp. 894 - 903, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.12654
    Journal articles | 2016
    Nadeem K; Ng BC; Lim E; Gregory SD; Salamonsen RF; Stevens MC; Mubin M; Lovell NH, 2016, 'Numerical Simulation of a Biventricular Assist Device with Fixed Right Outflow Cannula Banding During Pulmonary Hypertension', Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol. 44, pp. 1008 - 1018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10439-015-1388-2
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lim E; Salamonsen RF; Mansouri M; Gaddum N; Mason DG; Timms DL; Stevens MC; Fraser J; Akmeliawati R; Lovell NH, 2015, 'Hemodynamic Response to Exercise and Head-Up Tilt of Patients Implanted With a Rotary Blood Pump: A Computational Modeling Study', Artificial Organs, vol. 39, pp. E24 - E35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.12370
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lo C; Gregory S; Stevens M; Murphy D; Marasco S, 2015, 'Banding the Right Ventricular Assist Device Outflow Conduit: Is It Really Necessary With Current Devices?', Artificial Organs, vol. 39, pp. 1055 - 1061, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.12497
    Journal articles | 2014
    Gaddum NR; Stevens M; Lim E; Fraser J; Lovell N; Mason D; Timms D; Salamonsen R, 2014, 'Starling-like flow control of a left ventricular assist device: In vitro validation', Artificial Organs, vol. 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.12221
    Journal articles | 2014
    Stevens MC; Wilson S; Bradley A; Fraser J; Timms D, 2014, 'Physiological control of dual rotary pumps as a biventricular assist device using a master/slave approach', Artificial Organs, vol. 38, pp. 766 - 774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aor.12303
    Journal articles | 2013
    Alomari A-HH; Savkin AV; Stevens M; Mason DG; Timms DL; Salamonsen RF; Lovell NH, 2013, 'Developments in control systems for rotary left ventricular assist devices for heart failure patients: A review', Physiological Measurement, vol. 34, pp. R1 - R27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0967-3334/34/1/R1
    Journal articles | 2013
    Stevens MC; Bradley AP; Wilson SJ; Mason DG, 2013, 'Evaluation of a morphological filter in mean cardiac output determination: Application to left ventricular assist devices', Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, vol. 51, pp. 891 - 899, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11517-013-1061-6
    Journal articles | 2012
    Gaddum NR; Timms DL; Stevens M; Mason DG; Lovell NH; Fraser JF, 2012, 'Comparison of Preload-Sensitive Pressure and Flow Controller Strategies for a Dual Device Biventricular Support System', Artificial organs, vol. 36, pp. 256 - 265, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1594.2011.01344.x
    Journal articles | 2012
    Salamonsen RF; Lim E; Gaddum N; Alomari AHH; Gregory SD; Stevens M; Mason DG; Fraser JF; Timms D; Karunanithi MK; Lovell NH, 2012, 'Theoretical Foundations of a Starling-Like Controller for Rotary Blood Pumps', Artificial Organs, vol. 36, pp. 787 - 796, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1594.2012.01457.x
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    Koh VCA; Ho YK; Stevens MC; Salamonsen RF; Lovell NH; Lim E, 2017, 'Synergy of first principles modelling with predictive control for a biventricular assist device: In silico evaluation study', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, Seogwipo, South Korea, pp. 1291 - 1294, presented at 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2017, Seogwipo, South Korea, 11 July 2017 - 15 July 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2017.8037068
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Lu W; Wang C; Stevens MC; Redmond SJ; Lovell NH, 2016, 'Low-power operation of a barometric pressure sensor for use in an automatic fall detector', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 2010 - 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591120
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Gregory S; Stevens M; Timms D; Pearcy M, 2011, 'Replication of the Frank-Starling response in a mock circulation loop.', in Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston, pp. 6825 - 6828, presented at Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston, 30 August 2011 - 03 September 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6091683
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Stevens M; Gaddum N; Pearcy M; Salamonsen RF; Timms DL; Mason DG; Fraser JF, 2011, 'Frank-starling control of a left ventricular assist device.', in Bonato P (ed.), Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference, Boston, MA, pp. 1335 - 1338, presented at Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society., Boston, MA, 30 August 2011 - 03 September 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090314

To date I have received over $6 million in funding, with detailed grants listed below. 

2021    UNSW Tyree Institute of Health Engineering Catalyst Awards (Stevens M C, Argha R, Chan D, Xu Y)
Project Title: Guardian Angels – Unobtrusive fall detection for persons living with dementia.
Amount awarded: $30 000


2021    Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (Rezai A, Stevens MC)
Project Title: mmWave Technology
Amount awarded: $5 000


2021    UNSW Engineering International Partnership Seed Grant (Stevens MC, Timms D, Hayward C).
Project Title: New Total Artificial Heart: Preparing for first-in-human studies
Amount Awarded: $5 000


2021    Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) (Kaye D, McGiffin D, Gregory S, Timms D, Tansley G, Fraser JF, Lovell N, Stevens MC, Chan C, Dargusch M, Hayward C, Wrigley C, Steinseifer U, Dasse K)
Project Title: The Artificial heart Frontiers Program
Amount Awarded: $999 570


2021    IH210100040 Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (multiple CIs)
Project Title: ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health
Amount Awarded: $5 million


2021    UNSW GROW Early Career Academic Grants Program (Beier S, De Silva C, Stevens MC)
Project Title:  In vitro coronary flow during left ventricular assist device support– a platform for numerical and experimental work
Amount Awarded: $60 000


2019    UNSW Ageing Futures Institute Seed Funding (Stevens MC, 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 MC) 
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.


2013    N. Stenning & Co. Pty. Ltd. PhD Top-up award (CI). 
Purpose: Award for excellence in PhD Progress 
Amount Awarded: $2 000.


2013    The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Experienced Researcher Grant (Co-Investigator)
Project Title:  Improving the preload and afterload sensitivity of rotary ventricular assist devices through the combination of passive and active control systems
Amount Awarded: $71 082.


2013    The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Small Equipment Grant (CI)
Project Title: Construction of a new systemic venous compliance chamber for a mock circulation loop. 
Amount Awarded: $3 148


2012    University of Queensland Richard Jago Memorial Prize (CI)
Purpose: Travel to USA for Internship at THI
Amount Awarded: $2 900


2011    University of Queensland Graduate Student International Travel Award (CI)
Purpose: Travel to USA for Internship at THI
Amount Awarded: $4 959


2011    The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Novice Researcher Grant (CI)
Project Title: In Vitro assessment of physiological control strategies for biventricular assist devices.
Amount Awarded: $8 300
 


2021 UNSW Scientia Education Academy Exemplary Teaching Practice Award: “Linking learning to professional, disciplinary, industry and/or personal contexts”. (27 Nov 2021)

2021 Heart Foundation NSW CVRN HEART PITCH Runner-up mid career researcher category: “Smart artificial hearts – what can we learn from self-driving cars?”. (17 sep 2021)

2021 ISHLT Oral and Mini-Oral Presenter Scholarship Award (won by my PhD student Masoud Fetanat)

2017 UNSW ARC PGC Supervisor Award

2010, 2013 The Prince Charles Hospital Research Forum Presentation Award

2010 Queensland University of Technology Medical Engineering Undergraduate Project Presentation Award

2006-2010 Queensland University of Technology Dean’s List

I have authored 49 publications (37 manuscripts, 3 book chapters, 1 edited book, 8 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.

 

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 Research Supervision

Gabriel Matus Vazquez

Ariyamehr Rezai

Laurence Boss

Anne Marie Vuong

 

My Teaching

ENGG1000 Engineering Design

BIOM9701 Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System

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

In 2021 I received the inaugrual UNSW Scientia Education Academy Exemplary Teaching Practice Award “Linking learning to professional, disciplinary, industry and/or personal contexts”.