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Artificial Intelligence May Speed up Epilepsy Diagnoses, Study...


A newly developed artificial intelligence (AI) system could help expedite the diagnosis of epileptic conditions such as Dravet syndrome. The AI system was described in a study, titled "A propositional AI system for supporting epilepsy diagnosis based on the 2017 epilepsy classification: Illustrated by Dravet syndrome," in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Epilepsy is a broad disease category for many different conditions that involve seizures. Properly diagnosing epileptic conditions can be a challenge, especially given their different causes and symptoms. For example, mutations in the SCN1A gene are the most common cause of Dravet syndrome, but not all people with Dravet syndrome have such mutations, and SCN1A mutations can also be associated with other conditions, such as febrile seizures plus.

Author Post: How AI Can Transform the Autism Services Industry


We know OpenTable as the restaurant reservation system, but OpenTable has revolutionized the entire restaurant industry. By compiling a comprehensive database of dates, names, places, check size and so on, OpenTable creates operational advantages for its food and beverage customers. It provides the infrastructure to manage those reservations, assign tables, recognize repeat diners and remember diner preferences. It also allows restaurants to better manage costs by staffing correctly and minimizing food waste.

This bracelet detects epileptic seizures through artificial intelligence - KAWA


To brave the unpredictability of epileptic seizures, three young tunisian entrepreneurs engineered a bracelet for users to monitor their own condition and most crucially, automatically contact their caregivers within seconds of a fit. Since their launch in 2017, Epilert continues to prevent epileptic fatalities and hopes to advance medical treatments by working closely with Tunisian doctors.

Personalized robot Kiwi aims to improve learning & social skills of children with autism - Newz Hook - Changing Attitudes towards Disability


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Children with autism saw their learning and social skills boosted after playing with this AI robot


Scientists who designed an artificially intelligent robot that helped children with autism boost their learning and social skills hope such technology could one day aid others with the developmental disorder. The study saw seven children with mild to moderate autism take home what is known as a socially assistive robot, named Kiwi, for a month. According to a statement by the University of Southern California where the team is based, the participants from the Los Angeles area were aged between three and seven years old, and played space-themed games with the robot almost daily. As Kiwi was fitted with machine-learning technology, it was able to provide unique feedback and instructions to the children based on their abilities. For instance, if the child got a question wrong Kiwi would give prompts to help them solve it, and tweak the difficulty levels to challenge the child appropriately.

Deep Learning in Mining Biological Data Machine Learning

Recent technological advancements in data acquisition tools allowed life scientists to acquire multimodal data from different biological application domains. Broadly categorized in three types (i.e., sequences, images, and signals), these data are huge in amount and complex in nature. Mining such an enormous amount of data for pattern recognition is a big challenge and requires sophisticated data-intensive machine learning techniques. Artificial neural network-based learning systems are well known for their pattern recognition capabilities and lately their deep architectures - known as deep learning (DL) - have been successfully applied to solve many complex pattern recognition problems. Highlighting the role of DL in recognizing patterns in biological data, this article provides - applications of DL to biological sequences, images, and signals data; overview of open access sources of these data; description of open source DL tools applicable on these data; and comparison of these tools from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. At the end, it outlines some open research challenges in mining biological data and puts forward a number of possible future perspectives.

IBM uses AI to predict progress of Huntington's disease symptoms


IBM is using its AI-based health prediction skills to help tackle the challenge of Huntington's disease. The tech firm has teamed up with CHDI Foundation on an artificial intelligence model that can predict when patients will experience Huntington's symptoms and, crucially, determine how rapidly those symptoms will progress. The team used MRI brain scans to train the AI, using signals from white matter (relatively untapped in brain studies) to help the system gauge how cognitive and motor performance will change over time. The existing understanding of the disease only indicates that symptoms tend to materialize between the ages of 30 and 50, not which symptoms and how they'll evolve. The researchers are "optimistic" that a single MRI scan could produce more accurate estimates of functional decline across multiple categories.

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Find here a listing of the latest industry news in genomics, genetics, precision medicine, and beyond. Updates are provided on a monthly basis. Sign-Up for our newsletter and never miss out on the latest news and updates. As 2019 came to an end, Veritas Genetics struggled to get funding due to concerns it had previously taken money from China. It was forced to cease US operations and is in talks with potential buyers. The GenomeAsia 100K Project announced its pilot phase with hopes to tackle the underrepresentation of non-Europeans in human genetic studies and enable genetic discoveries across Asia. Veritas Genetics, the start-up that can sequence a human genome for less than $600, ceases US operations and is in talks with potential buyers Veritas Genetics ceases US operations but will continue Veritas Europe and Latin America. It had trouble raising funding due to previous China investments and is looking to be acquired. Illumina loses DNA sequencing patents The European Patent ...

Epileptic Seizure Classification with Symmetric and Hybrid Bilinear Models Machine Learning

Epilepsy affects nearly 1% of the global population, of which two thirds can be treated by anti-epileptic drugs and a much lower percentage by surgery. Diagnostic procedures for epilepsy and monitoring are highly specialized and labour-intensive. The accuracy of the diagnosis is also complicated by overlapping medical symptoms, varying levels of experience and inter-observer variability among clinical professions. This paper proposes a novel hybrid bilinear deep learning network with an application in the clinical procedures of epilepsy classification diagnosis, where the use of surface electroencephalogram (sEEG) and audiovisual monitoring is standard practice. Hybrid bilinear models based on two types of feature extractors, namely Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), are trained using Short-Time Fourier Transform (STFT) of one-second sEEG. In the proposed hybrid models, CNNs extract spatio-temporal patterns, while RNNs focus on the characteristics of temporal dynamics in relatively longer intervals given the same input data. Second-order features, based on interactions between these spatio-temporal features are further explored by bilinear pooling and used for epilepsy classification. Our proposed methods obtain an F1-score of 97.4% on the Temple University Hospital Seizure Corpus and 97.2% on the EPILEPSIAE dataset, comparing favourably to existing benchmarks for sEEG-based seizure type classification. The open-source implementation of this study is available at

A novel spike-and-wave automatic detection in EEG signals Machine Learning

Spike-and-wave discharge (SWD) pattern classification in electroencephalography (EEG) signals is a key problem in signal processing. It is particularly important to develop a SWD automatic detection method in long-term EEG recordings since the task of marking the patters manually is time consuming, difficult and error-prone. This paper presents a new detection method with a low computational complexity that can be easily trained if standard medical protocols are respected. The detection procedure is as follows: First, each EEG signal is divided into several time segments and for each time segment, the Morlet 1-D decomposition is applied. Then three parameters are extracted from the wavelet coefficients of each segment: scale (using a generalized Gaussian statistical model), variance and median. This is followed by a k-nearest neighbors (k-NN) classifier to detect the spike-and-wave pattern in each EEG channel from these three parameters. A total of 106 spike-and-wave and 106 non-spike-and-wave were used for training, while 69 new annotated EEG segments from six subjects were used for classification. In these circumstances, the proposed methodology achieved 100% accuracy. These results generate new research opportunities for the underlying causes of the so-called absence epilepsy in long-term EEG recordings.