2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Liljana Babinkostova and Dr. Marion Scheepers


Type I Diabetes Mellitus is the most common form of diabetes in people under the age of 30. Current treatment for Type I Diabetes Mellitus includes lifelong monitoring of blood glucose levels and administration of insulin injections, but medical advances in the hybrid closed-loop artificial pancreas are a possible improvement in the maintenance of this disease. Our goal is to build a simulation of the artificial pancreas using three Raspberry Pi computers and an implementation of the OpenAPS algorithm. We will also build an artificial pancreas system using two Raspberry Pi computers, a Medtronic insulin pump, and an implementation of the OpenAPS algorithm. We are investigating the vulnerabilities of the two artificial pancreas systems by using common hacking resources such as Kali Linux equipped with Wireshark and other tools. One challenge with securing the artificial pancreas system and other implantable medical devices is the limitations of the computational power and energy storage. Through an analysis of the vulnerabilities of the system, we will design and perform experiments to propose a lightweight cryptographic algorithm that ensures the security of the data transmissions while operating with constrained resources.