Deep convolutional neural network for the automated detection and diagnosis of seizure using EEG signals

Comput Biol Med. 2018 Sep 1;100:270-278. doi: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2017.09.017. Epub 2017 Sep 27.


An encephalogram (EEG) is a commonly used ancillary test to aide in the diagnosis of epilepsy. The EEG signal contains information about the electrical activity of the brain. Traditionally, neurologists employ direct visual inspection to identify epileptiform abnormalities. This technique can be time-consuming, limited by technical artifact, provides variable results secondary to reader expertise level, and is limited in identifying abnormalities. Therefore, it is essential to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system to automatically distinguish the class of these EEG signals using machine learning techniques. This is the first study to employ the convolutional neural network (CNN) for analysis of EEG signals. In this work, a 13-layer deep convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm is implemented to detect normal, preictal, and seizure classes. The proposed technique achieved an accuracy, specificity, and sensitivity of 88.67%, 90.00% and 95.00%, respectively.

Keywords: Convolutional neural network; Deep learning; Encephalogram signals; Epilepsy; Seizure.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Machine Learning*
  • Male
  • Neural Networks, Computer*
  • Seizures / physiopathology*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*