Ulas Baran Baloglu, Özal Yildirim

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Background and objective: Deep learning structures have recently achieved remarkable success in the field of machine learning. Convolutional neural networks (CNN) in image processing and long-short term memory (LSTM) in the time-series analysis are commonly used deep learning algorithms. Healthcare applications of deep learning algorithms provide important contributions for computer-aided diagnosis research. In this study, convolutional long-short term memory (CLSTM) network was used for automatic classification of EEG signals and automatic seizure detection. Methods: A new nine-layer deep network model consisting of convolutional and LSTM layers was designed. The signals processed in the convolutional layers were given as an input to the LSTM network whose outputs were processed in densely connected neural network layers. The EEG data is appropriate for a model having 1-D convolution layers. A bidirectional model was employed in the LSTM layer. Results: Bonn University EEG database with five different datasets was used for experimental studies. In this database, each dataset contains 23.6s duration 100 single channel EEG segments which consist of 4097 dimensional samples (173.61Hz). Eight two-class and three three-class clinical scenarios were examined. When the experimental results were evaluated, it was seen that the proposed model had high accuracy on both binary and ternary classification tasks. Conclusions: The proposed end-to-end learning structure showed a good performance without using any hand-crafted feature extraction or shallow classifiers to detect the seizures. The model does not require filtering, and also automatically learns to filter the input as well. As a result, the proposed model can process long duration EEG signals without applying segmentation, and can detect epileptic seizures automatically by using the correlation of ictal and interictal signals of raw data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1940005
JournalJournal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2019


  • Convolutional neural networks
  • deep learning
  • EEG classification
  • long-short term memory
  • seizure detection


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