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Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems
Implantable cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators are life-saving medical devices. To verify their functionality, there is a need for heart models that can simulate interesting phenomena and are relatively computationally tractable. In this benchmark we implement a model of the electrical activity in excitable cardiac tissue as a network of nonlinear hybrid automata. The model has previously been shown to simulate fast arrhythmias. The hybrid automata are arranged in a square n-by-n grid and communicate via their voltages. Our Matlab implementation allows the user to specify any size of model $n$, thus rendering it ideal for benchmarking purposes since we can study tool efficiency as a function of size. We expect the model to be used to analyze parameter ranges and network connectivity that lead to dangerous heart conditions. It can also be connected to device models for device verification.
Houssam Abbas, Kuk Jin Jang, and Rahul Mangharam, "Benchmark: Nonlinear Hybrid Automata Model of Excitable Cardiac Tissue", Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems . March 2016.
Date Posted: 23 March 2016