Real-time epileptic seizure detection during sleep using passive infrared sensors

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2019
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IEEE Sensors Journal
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1530-437X
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1558-1748
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
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19
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15
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6467 - 6476
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English
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This paper addresses the problem of detecting epileptic seizures experienced by a human subject during sleep. Commonly used solutions to this problem mostly rely on detecting motion due to seizures using contact-based sensors or video-based sensors. We seek a low-cost, low-power alternative that can sense motion without making direct contact with the subject and provides high detection accuracy. We investigate the use of Passive InfraRed (PIR) sensors to sense human body motion caused by epileptic seizures during sleep which makes the body shake and causes the PIR sensor to generate an oscillatory output signal. This signal can be distinguished from that of ordinary motions during sleep using analysis with machine learning algorithms. The supervised hidden Markov model algorithm (HMM) and a 1-D and 2-D convolutional neural network (ConvNet) are used to classify the data set of the PIR sensor output into the occurrence of epileptic seizures, ordinary motions, or absence of motion. The method was tested on the PIR signals captured at 1 m from 33 recruited healthy subjects who, after watching seizure videos, either moved their body on a bed to simulate a seizure, ordinary motion, or lay still. The HMM algorithm attained 97.03% accuracy, while 1D-ConvNet and 2D-ConvNet attained an accuracy of 96.97% and 98.98%, respectively. All simulated seizures were successfully detected, with errors occurring only in distinguishing between ordinary motion and no motion, thereby demonstrating the potential for using PIR sensors in the epileptic seizure detection.

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