An 'Early Warning' Device to Allow Epilepsy Patients to Live a More Normal Life
The goal of the proposed research is to develop a wearable "early warning" device
attached to an implantable microelectrode array that will give otherwise untreatable
epilepsy patients enough time to take a medicine or prepare for the seizure (e.g. get out of
the pool, pull the car over to side of the road or get off a ladder or stairs). The device
would use detector software based on advanced machine learning technology to detect an
impending seizure. The learning system would be trained with data from the implanted
electrode array, collected while the patient experiences seizures in the Schevon-Emerson
laboratory. The trained system would then monitor the patient continuously, using a small
computer carried by the patient, and reliably warn the patient in advance of seizures.
Such a system would allow patients who cannot be treated successfully today (with drugs
or surgery) to live a much more normal life.