ENGS 89/90 Reports

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Kofi Odame


Laura Ray

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Treatment plans for epilepsy depend on seizure frequency, duration, and type. Seizure monitoring in non-clinical settings relies on unreliable self-reports. Our sponsors have developed a suite of non-cerebral sensors which detects seizures with high specificity, though personalization of the suite may optimize results. Eye and head motion, not currently measured in the sensor suite, are indicative of certain seizure types, though state-of-the-art eye tracking devices have high power consumption and may not be suitable for extended monitoring. To inform future development of a low-power prototype for potential addition to the sensor suite, we gathered data from 8 subjects using a commercial eye-tracker (Pupil Core) and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), for non-seizure behaviors (technology use, eating, and conversation) and simulated seizure activity. Data processing using linear discriminant analysis (LDA) showed high separability between seizure and non-seizure data with features derived from head accelerometry and low-resolution eye position classification (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was .98 and F1 score was .86 for eye position mapped to a 3x3 grid). The experimental protocol and data processing scripts we have provided allow for easy replication of our methodology to evaluate future hardware against these benchmark results. Additionally, adding artificial noise to Pupil Core data revealed that tracking the pupil within 2.75 mm was tolerable before separability scores significantly decreased. These results are promising for the use of eye and head motion data to identify certain seizure presentations, without requiring the high precision of current technology.

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