Researcher, Computational Intelligence and Brain Computer Interface, FEIT, UTS
I received the B.S. degree in mathematics education from National Taichung University of Education, Taichung, Taiwan, in 2006, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu Taiwan, in 2009. I received Ph.D. degree in Department of Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2015. After one-year military service, I am a postdoctoral research in BRC NCTU.
In the past years, I am working on dynamic cognitive science and neuro-engineering with Prof. Chin-Teng Lin in Brain Research Center (BRC), National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) and Prof. Tzyy-Ping Jung in Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN), University of California, San Diego (UCSD). To achieve better performance of EEG-based application, I visit Human Research and Engineering Directorate in US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and SCCN in UCSD in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The current interests of my research is to integrate the computational intelligence (CI) with neuroscience knowledge for addressing cognitive functions, discovering the relationships between brain dynamics and cognitive variables, and diagnosing neurological diseases.
My current research interests include the following domains:
- Neural Engineering in real-world experience
- Big data for biomedical and health informatics
- EEG signal processing, mining and modeling
- Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) to monitor human states and improve overall human performance
- Fuzzy Neural Networks (FNN) and its applications
Machine Learning, Fuzzy Systems, Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linear System
Wang, Y.-.K., Jung, T.-.P. & Lin, C.-.T. 2018, 'Theta and Alpha Oscillations in Attentional Interaction during Distracted Driving.', Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, vol. 12, p. 3.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Performing multiple tasks simultaneously usually affects the behavioral performance as compared with executing the single task. Moreover, processing multiple tasks simultaneously often involve more cognitive demands. Two visual tasks, lane-keeping task and mental calculation, were utilized to assess the brain dynamics through 32-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded from 14 participants. A 400-ms stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) factor was used to induce distinct levels of attentional requirements. In the dual-task conditions, the deteriorated behavior reflected the divided attention and the overlapping brain resources used. The frontal, parietal and occipital components were decomposed by independent component analysis (ICA) algorithm. The event- and response-related theta and alpha oscillations in selected brain regions were investigated first. The increased theta oscillation in frontal component and decreased alpha oscillations in parietal and occipital components reflect the cognitive demands and attentional requirements as executing the designed tasks. Furthermore, time-varying interactive over-additive (O-Add), additive (Add) and under-additive (U-Add) activations were explored and summarized through the comparison between the summation of the elicited spectral perturbations in two single-task conditions and the spectral perturbations in the dual task. Add and U-Add activations were observed while executing the dual tasks. U-Add theta and alpha activations dominated the posterior region in dual-task situations. Our results show that both deteriorated behaviors and interactive brain activations should be comprehensively considered for evaluating workload or attentional interaction precisely.
Lin, C.-.T., Chiu, T.-.C., Wang, Y.-.K., Chuang, C.-.H. & Gramann, K. 2018, 'Granger causal connectivity dissociates navigation networks that subserve allocentric and egocentric path integration.', Brain Research, vol. 1679, pp. 91-100.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Studies on spatial navigation demonstrate a significant role of the retrosplenial complex (RSC) in the transformation of egocentric and allocentric information into complementary spatial reference frames (SRFs). The tight anatomical connections of the RSC with a wide range of other cortical regions processing spatial information support its vital role within the human navigation network. To better understand how different areas of the navigational network interact, we investigated the dynamic causal interactions of brain regions involved in solving a virtual navigation task. EEG signals were decomposed by independent component analysis (ICA) and subsequently examined for information flow between clusters of independent components (ICs) using direct short-time directed transfer function (sdDTF). The results revealed information flow between the anterior cingulate cortex and the left prefrontal cortex in the theta (4-7Hz) frequency band and between the prefrontal, motor, parietal, and occipital cortices as well as the RSC in the alpha (8-13Hz) frequency band. When participants prefered to use distinct reference frames (egocentric vs. allocentric) during navigation was considered, a dominant occipito-parieto-RSC network was identified in allocentric navigators. These results are in line with the assumption that the RSC, parietal, and occipital cortices are involved in transforming egocentric visual-spatial information into an allocentric reference frame. Moreover, the RSC demonstrated the strongest causal flow during changes in orientation, suggesting that this structure directly provides information on heading changes in humans.
Lin, C.T., Hsieh, T.Y., Liu, Y.T., Lin, Y.Y., Fang, C.N., Wang, Y.K., Yen, G., Pal, N.R. & Chuang, C.H. 2018, 'Minority Oversampling in Kernel Adaptive Subspaces for Class Imbalanced Datasets', IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 950-962.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 1989-2012 I EEE. The class imbalance problem in machine learning occurs when certain classes are underrepresented relative to the others, leading to a learning bias toward the majority classes. To cope with the skewed class distribution, many learning methods featuring minority oversampling have been proposed, which are proved to be effective. To reduce information loss during feature space projection, this study proposes a novel oversampling algorithm, named minority oversampling in kernel adaptive subspaces (MOKAS), which exploits the invariant feature extraction capability of a kernel version of the adaptive subspace self-organizing maps. The synthetic instances are generated from well-trained subspaces and then their pre-images are reconstructed in the input space. Additionally, these instances characterize nonlinear structures present in the minority class data distribution and help the learning algorithms to counterbalance the skewed class distribution in a desirable manner. Experimental results on both real and synthetic data show that the proposed MOKAS is capable of modeling complex data distribution and outperforms a set of state-of-the-art oversampling algorithms.
Lin, C.T., Prasad, M., Chung, C.H., Puthal, D., El-Sayed, H., Sankar, S., Wang, Y.K., Singh, J. & Sangaiah, A.K. 2018, 'IoT-Based Wireless Polysomnography Intelligent System for Sleep Monitoring', IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 405-414.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2013 IEEE. Polysomnography (PSG) is considered the gold standard in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The diagnosis of OSA requires an overnight sleep experiment in a laboratory. However, due to limitations in relation to the number of labs and beds available, patients often need to wait a long time before being diagnosed and eventually treated. In addition, the unfamiliar environment and restricted mobility when a patient is being tested with a polysomnogram may disturb their sleep, resulting in an incomplete or corrupted test. Therefore, it is posed that a PSG conducted in the patient's home would be more reliable and convenient. The Internet of Things (IoT) plays a vital role in the e-Health system. In this paper, we implement an IoT-based wireless polysomnography system for sleep monitoring, which utilizes a battery-powered, miniature, wireless, portable, and multipurpose recorder. A Java-based PSG recording program in the personal computer is designed to save several bio-signals and transfer them into the European data format. These PSG records can be used to determine a patient's sleep stages and diagnose OSA. This system is portable, lightweight, and has low power-consumption. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed PSG system, a comparison was made between the standard PSG-Alice 5 Diagnostic Sleep System and the proposed system. Several healthy volunteer patients participated in the PSG experiment and were monitored by both the standard PSG-Alice 5 Diagnostic Sleep System and the proposed system simultaneously, under the supervision of specialists at the Sleep Laboratory in Taipei Veteran General Hospital. A comparison of the results of the time-domain waveform and sleep stage of the two systems shows that the proposed system is reliable and can be applied in practice. The proposed system can facilitate the long-Term tracing and research of personal sleep monitoring at home.
Lin, C., Liu, Y.-.T., Wu, S.-.L., Cao, Z., Wang, Y., Huang, C.-.S., King, J.-.T., Chen, S.-.A., Lu, S.-.W. & Chuang, C. 2017, 'EEG-Based Brain-Computer Interfaces: A Novel Neurotechnology and Computational Intelligence Method', IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Magazine, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 16-26.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This article presents the latest BCI-related research done in our group. Our previous work applied computational intelligence technology in BCIs to inspire detailed investigations of practical issues in real-life applications. Novel EEG devices featuring dry electrodes facilitate and speed up electrode positioning before recording and allow subjects to move freely in operational environments. We also demonstrate the feasibility of applying CCA, RBFNs, effective connectivity measurements, and D-S theory to help BCIs extract informative knowledge from brain signals. Two recent trends in research in the computational and artificial intelligence community, big data and deep learning, are expected to impact the direction and development of BCIs.
Liu, Y.T., Pal, N.R., Marathe, A.R., Wang, Y.K. & Lin, C.T. 2017, 'Fuzzy decision-making fuser (FDMF) for integrating human-machine autonomous (HMA) systems with adaptive evidence sources', Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 11, pp. 1-10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2017 Liu, Pal, Marathe, Wang and Lin. A brain-computer interface (BCI) creates a direct communication pathway between the human brain and an external device or system. In contrast to patient-oriented BCIs, which are intended to restore inoperative or malfunctioning aspects of the nervous system, a growing number of BCI studies focus on designing auxiliary systems that are intended for everyday use. The goal of building these BCIs is to provide capabilities that augment existing intact physical and mental capabilities. However, a key challenge to BCI research is human variability; factors such as fatigue, inattention, and stress vary both across different individuals and for the same individual over time. If these issues are addressed, autonomous systems may provide additional benefits that enhance system performance and prevent problems introduced by individual human variability. This study proposes a human-machine autonomous (HMA) system that simultaneously aggregates human and machine knowledge to recognize targets in a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task. The HMA focuses on integrating an RSVP BCI with computer vision techniques in an image-labeling domain. A fuzzy decision-making fuser (FDMF) is then applied in the HMA system to provide a natural adaptive framework for evidence-based inference by incorporating an integrated summary of the available evidence (i.e., human and machine decisions) and associated uncertainty. Consequently, the HMA system dynamically aggregates decisions involving uncertainties from both human and autonomous agents. The collaborative decisions made by an HMA system can achieve and maintain superior performance more efficiently than either the human or autonomous agents can achieve independently. The experimental results shown in this study suggest that the proposed HMA system with the FDMF can effectively fuse decisions from human brain activities and the computer vision techniques to improve overall performance on the RS...
Huang, K.-.C., Huang, T.-.Y., Chuang, C.-.H., King, J.-.T., Wang, Y.-.K., Lin, C.-.T. & Jung, T.-.P. 2016, 'An EEG-Based Fatigue Detection and Mitigation System.', International journal of neural systems, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 1650018-1650018.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Research has indicated that fatigue is a critical factor in cognitive lapses because it negatively affects an individual's internal state, which is then manifested physiologically. This study explores neurophysiological changes, measured by electroencephalogram (EEG), due to fatigue. This study further demonstrates the feasibility of an online closed-loop EEG-based fatigue detection and mitigation system that detects physiological change and can thereby prevent fatigue-related cognitive lapses. More importantly, this work compares the efficacy of fatigue detection and mitigation between the EEG-based and a nonEEG-based random method. Twelve healthy subjects participated in a sustained-attention driving experiment. Each participant's EEG signal was monitored continuously and a warning was delivered in real-time to participants once the EEG signature of fatigue was detected. Study results indicate suppression of the alpha- and theta-power of an occipital component and improved behavioral performance following a warning signal; these findings are in line with those in previous studies. However, study results also showed reduced warning efficacy (i.e. increased response times (RTs) to lane deviations) accompanied by increased alpha-power due to the fluctuation of warnings over time. Furthermore, a comparison of EEG-based and nonEEG-based random approaches clearly demonstrated the necessity of adaptive fatigue-mitigation systems, based on a subject's cognitive level, to deliver warnings. Analytical results clearly demonstrate and validate the efficacy of this online closed-loop EEG-based fatigue detection and mitigation mechanism to identify cognitive lapses that may lead to catastrophic incidents in countless operational environments.
Liu, Y.T., Lin, C., Chuang, C.H., Wang, Y.K., Huang, S.H., King, J.T., Chen, S.A. & Lu, S.W. 2016, 'Novel Neurotechnology and Computational Intelligence Method Applied to EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces', IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine.
Wang, Y.-.K., Jung, T.-.P. & Lin, C.-.T. 2015, 'EEG-Based Attention Tracking During Distracted Driving.', IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering : a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 1085-1094.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Distracted driving might lead to many catastrophic consequences. Developing a countermeasure to track drivers' focus of attention (FOA) and engagement of operators in dual (multi)-tasking conditions is thus imperative. Ten healthy volunteers participated in a dual-task experiment that comprised two tasks: a lane-keeping driving task and a mathematical problem-solving task (e.g., 24+15=37?) during which their electroencephalogram (EEG) and behaviors were concurrently recorded. Independent component analysis (ICA) was employed as a spatial filter to separate the contributions of independent sources from the recorded EEG data. The power spectra of six components (i.e., frontal, central, parietal, occipital, left motor, and right motor) extracted from single-task conditions were fed into support vector machine (SVM) based on the radial basis function (RBF) kernel to build an FOA assessment system. The system achieved 84.6±5.8% and 86.2±5.4% classification accuracies in detecting the participants' FOAs on the math versus driving tasks, respectively. This FOA assessment system was then applied to evaluate participants' FOAs during dual-task conditions. The detected FOAs revealed that participants' cognitive attention and strategies dynamically changed between tasks to optimize the overall performance, as attention was limited and competed. The empirical results of this study demonstrate the feasibility of a practical system to continuously estimating cognitive attention through EEG spectra.
The development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) for multiple applications has undergone extensive growth in recent years. Since distracted driving is a significant cause of traffic accidents, this study proposes one BCI system based on EEG for distracted driving. The removal of artifacts and the selection of useful brain sources are the essential and critical steps in the application of electroencephalography (EEG)-based BCI. In the first model, artifacts are removed, and useful brain sources are selected based on the independent component analysis (ICA). In the second model, all distracted and concentrated EEG epochs are recognized with a self-organizing map (SOM). This BCI system automatically identified independent components with artifacts for removal and detected distracted driving through the specific brain sources which are also selected automatically. The accuracy of the proposed system approached approximately 90% for the recognition of EEG epochs of distracted and concentrated driving according to the selected frontal and left motor components. © 2013.
Lin, C.-.T., Chuang, C.-.H., Wang, Y.-.K., Tsai, S.-.F., Chiu, T.-.C. & Ko, L.-.W. 2012, 'Neurocognitive Characteristics of the Driver: A Review on Drowsiness, Distraction, Navigation, and Motion Sickness', Journal of neuroscience and neuroengineering, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 61-81.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Within the past few decades, neuroscientists have designed various experimental paradigms and driving environments. Using well-established neurotechnologies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and electroencephalography (EEG), they have gained insight into the brain activity involved in the processing of driving cognition and behaviors. Moreover, neuroengineers have developed computational intelligent technologies to model these brain-behavioral relationships for real-life applications. With the advance of neurotechnology and the understanding of driving cognition, it is thought that an in-vehicle brain-computer interface will be implemented in the near future. In this review, we discuss four major issues prominent in driving cognitive research, including drowsiness, distraction, navigation, and motion sickness. We provide four summary tables that list nearly 60 references from the fields of neuroscience and neuroengineering to briefly present experimental materials, brain imaging modalities, and major findings of the brain in response to specific driving cognitive states. In addition, driving experiments conducted in a virtual-realistic driving environment and studies examining the power spectral characteristics of brain dynamics using independent component analysis, which eliminates artifacts and extracts the independent component processes, are also described.
Lance, B., Touryan, J., Wang, Y.K., Lu, S.W., Chuang, C.H., Khooshabeh, P., Sajda, P., Marathe, A., Jung, T.P., Lin, C.T. & McDowell, K. 2015, 'Towards Serious Games for Improved BCI' in Nakatsu, R., Rauterberg, M. & Ciancarini, P. (eds), Handbook of Digital Games and Entertainment Technologies, Springer, Germany, pp. 1-28.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies, or technologies that use online brain signal processing, have a great promise to improve human interactions with computers, their environment, and even other humans. Despite this promise, there are no current serious BCI technologies in widespread use, due to the lack of robustness in BCI technologies. The key neural aspect of this lack of robustness is human variability, which has two main components: (1) individual differences in neural signals and (2) intraindividual variability over time. In order to develop widespread BCI technologies, it will be necessary to address this lack of robustness. However, it is currently unknown how neural variability affects BCI performance. To accomplish these goals, it is essential to obtain data from large numbers of individuals using BCI technologies over considerable lengths of time. One promising method for this is through the use of BCI technologies embedded into games with a purpose (GWAP). GWAP are a game-based form of crowdsourcing which players choose to play for enjoyment and during which the player performs key tasks which cannot be automated but that are required to solve research questions. By embedding BCI paradigms in GWAP and recording neural and behavioral data, it should be possible to much more clearly understand the differences in neural signals between individuals and across different time scales, enabling the development of novel and increasingly robust adaptive BCI algorithms.
Chiu, C.Y., Singh, A.K., Wang, Y.K., King, J.T. & Lin, C.T. 2017, 'A wireless steady state visually evoked potential-based BCI eating assistive system', Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, pp. 3003-3007.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 IEEE. Brain-Computer interface (BCI) which aims at enabling users to perform tasks through their brain waves has been a feasible and worth developing solution for growing demand of healthcare. Current proposed BCI systems are often with lower applicability and do not provide much help for reducing burdens of users because of the time-consuming preparation required by adopted wet sensors and the shortage of provided interactive functions. Here, by integrating a state visually evoked potential (SSVEP)-based BCI system and a robotic eating assistive system, we propose a non-invasive wireless steady state visually evoked potential (SSVEP)-based BCI eating assistive system that enables users with physical disabilities to have meals independently. The analysis compared different methods of classification and indicated the best method. The applicability of the integrated eating assistive system was tested by an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient, and a questionnaire reply and some suggestion are provided. Fifteen healthy subjects engaged the experiment, and an average accuracy of 91.35%, and information transfer rate (ITR) of 20.69 bit per min are achieved. For online performance evaluation, the ALS patient gave basic affirmation and provided suggestions for further improvement. In summary, we proposed a usable SSVEP-based BCI system enabling users to have meals independently. With additional adjustment of movement design of the robotic arm and classification algorithm, the system may offer users with physical disabilities a new way to take care of themselves.
Huang, C.S., Lin, C.L., Ko, L.W., Wang, Y.K., Liang, J.W. & Lin, C.T. 2013, 'Automatic Sleep Stage Classification GUI with a Portable EEG Device', International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Springer, Las Vegas, NV, USA, pp. 613-617.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In this study, a developed automatic sleep stage classification system with a portable EEG recording device, (Mindo-4s) is implemented by JAVA-based sleep graphical user interface (GUI) in android platform. First, the parameters of the developed sleep stage classification system, including extracting effective sleep features and a hierarchical classification structure consisting of preliminary wake detection rule, adaptive adjustment scheme, and support vector machine, were trained by our existing sleep database, which collected using polysomnogram (PSG), in MATLAB program. Finally, this classification system would be reedited by JAVA language, and the corresponding JAVA-based sleep GUI software was working in android platform and Mindo-4s. The connection between JAVA-based sleep GUI software and the portable Mindo-4s was through Bluetooth communication. The performance of this JAVA-based sleep GUI can reach 72.43% average accuracy comparing to the result from manual scoring. This JAVA-based sleep GUI can on-line display, record and analyze the forehead EEG signals simultaneously. After sleep, the user can received a complete sleep report, including sleep efficiency, sleep stage distribution, from JAVA-based sleep GUI. Thus, this system can provide a preliminary result in sleep quality estimation, and help the sleep doctor to decide someone needs to have a complete PSG testing in hospital. Using this system is more convenient for long–term and home-based daily caring than traditional PSG measurement.
Nascimben, M., Wang, Y.K., Singh, A.K., King, J.T. & Lin, C.T. 2017, 'Influence of EEG tonic changes on Motor Imagery performance', International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER, pp. 46-49.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 IEEE. In Motor Imagery literature, performance predictors are commonly divided in four categories: personal, psychological, anatomical and neurophysiological. However these predictors are limited to inter-subjects changes. To overcome this limitation and evaluate intra-subjects performance, we tried to combine two groups of these measures: psychological and neurophysiological. As neurophysiological variables tonic changes in resting EEG theta and alpha sub-bands were considered. As psychological parameter we analyzed internalized attention and its correlates in lower alpha. We found that when internalized attention doesn't decrease, Motor Imagery performance outcome can be correctly predicted by resting EEG tonic variations.
Lin, C.-.T., Wang, Y.-.K., Fang, C.-.N., Yu, Y.-.H. & King, J.-.T. 2015, 'Extracting patterns of single-trial EEG using an adaptive learning algorithm.', Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference, International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE, Milan, ITALY, pp. 6642-6645.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The improvement of brain imaging technique brings about an opportunity for developing and investigating brain-computer interface (BCI) which is a way to interact with computer and environment. The measured brain activities usually constitute the signals of interest and noises. Applying the portable device and removing noise are the benefits to real-world BCI. In this study, one portable electroencephalogram (EEG) system non-invasively acquired brain dynamics through wireless transmission while six subjects participated in the rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) paradigm. The event-related potential (ERP) was traditionally estimated by ensemble averaging (EA) to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. One adaptive filter of data-reusing radial basis function network (DR-RBFN) was also utilized as the estimator. The results showed that this portable EEG system stably acquired brain activities. Furthermore, the task-related potentials could be clearly explored from the limited samples of EEG data through DR-RBFN. According to the artifact-free data from the portable device, this study demonstrated the potential to move the BCI from laboratory research to real-life application in the near future.
Singh, A.K., Wang, Y.-.K., King, J.-.T., Lin, C.-.T. & Ko, L.-.W. 2015, 'A simple communication system based on Brain Computer Interface', Proceedings of the Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI), Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence, IEEE, Tainan, Taiwan, pp. 363-366.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The current study presents one Brain Computer
Interface (BCI) based communication system in which the
intentional eye blink were extracted from the single channel EEG
data. This system could be useful for the sufferers of motor
disease, locked in syndrome, and paralysis. In particular, one new
Human Computer Interface (HCI) can also benefit healthy users.
To detect the intentional eye blinking in real-time, the score was
calculated from delta, theta and gamma power band from the
brain dynamics acquired from single channel through NeuroSky
Headset wirelessly. The soft and hard blink represent ' 0 ' and '1'
in this system respectively and formed four continuous bit string
which map to the pre-defined text in this system. The mapped
text was convert into speech and send to the speaker. The
experimental results shows that this system can provide an
accurate and convenient way to communicate through the brain
Lin, C.T., Chen, S.A., Wang, Y.K. & Lu, S.W. 2014, 'Develop a multiple physiological system of ICU patients with symptom analysis and decision making', Digest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics, IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics, pp. 163-164.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2014 IEEE. This study presents a real-time, and auto-alarm intelligent system of healthcare for ICU patients. The current version of the expert system can detect EEG and ECG to identify different types of abnormal cardiac rhythms in real-time and identify patients' acute stress. The proposed system also activates an emergency medical alarm system when problems occur.
Huang, C.S., Lin, C.L., Ko, L.W., Wang, Y.K., Liang, J.W. & Lin, C.T. 2013, 'Automatic sleep stage classification GUI with a portable EEG device', Communications in Computer and Information Science, pp. 613-617.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In this study, a developed automatic sleep stage classification system with a portable EEG recording device, (Mindo-4s) is implemented by JAVA-based sleep graphical user interface (GUI) in android platform. First, the parameters of the developed sleep stage classification system, including extracting effective sleep features and a hierarchical classification structure consisting of preliminary wake detection rule, adaptive adjustment scheme, and support vector machine, were trained by our existing sleep database, which collected using polysomnogram (PSG), in MATLAB program. Finally, this classification system would be reedited by JAVA language, and the corresponding JAVA-based sleep GUI software was working in android platform and Mindo-4s. The connection between JAVA-based sleep GUI software and the portable Mindo-4s was through Bluetooth communication. The performance of this JAVA-based sleep GUI can reach 72.43% average accuracy comparing to the result from manual scoring. This JAVA-based sleep GUI can on-line display, record and analyze the forehead EEG signals simultaneously. After sleep, the user can received a complete sleep report, including sleep efficiency, sleep stage distribution, from JAVA-based sleep GUI. Thus, this system can provide a preliminary result in sleep quality estimation, and help the sleep doctor to decide someone needs to have a complete PSG testing in hospital. Using this system is more convenient for long-term and home-based daily caring than traditional PSG measurement. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.
Lin, C.T., Wang, Y.K., Fan, J.W. & Chen, S.A. 2013, 'The influence of acute stress on brain dynamics', Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain, CCMB 2013 - 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2013, IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain (CCMB), IEEE, Singapore, pp. 6-10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Living under high stress may be unhealthy. This study explores electroencephalography (EEG) correlated with stressful circumstances by using the task-switching paradigm with feedback information. According to the behavioral and physiological evidence, acute stress created by this paradigm affected the performance of participants. Under stress, the participants responded quickly and inaccurately. The EEG results correlated with acute stress were found in the frontal midline cortex, especially on the theta and alpha bands. These specific factors are considered importance features for detecting the influence of stress by applying various machine-learning methods and neuro-fuzzy systems. This comprehensive study can provide knowledge for studying stress and designing Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) systems in the future. © 2013 IEEE.
Wang, Y.K., Jung, T.P., Chen, S.A., Huang, C.S. & Lin, C.T. 2013, 'Tracking attention based on EEG spectrum', Communications in Computer and Information Science, pp. 450-454.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Distraction while driving is a serious problem that can have many catastrophic consequences. Developing a countermeasure to detect the drivers' distraction is imperative. This study measured Electroencephalography (EEG) signals from six healthy participants while they were asked to pay their full attention to a lane-keeping driving task or a math problem-solving task. The time courses of six distinct brain networks (Frontal, Central, Parietal, Occipital, Left Motor, and Right Motor) separated by Independent Component Analysis were used to build the distraction-detection model. EEG data were segmented into 400-ms epochs. Across subjects, 80% of the EEG epochs were used to train various classifiers that were tested against the remaining 20% of the data. The classification performance based on support vector machines (SVM) with a radial basis function (RBF) kernel achieved accuracy of 84.7±2.7% or 85.8±1.3% for detecting subjects' focuses of attention to the math-solving or lane-deviation task, respectively. The high attention-detection accuracy demonstrated the feasibility of accurately detecting drivers' attention based on the brain activities. This demonstration may lead to a practical real-time distraction-detection system for improving road safety. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.
Wang, Y.K., Jung, T.P., Chen, S.A., Huang, C.S. & Lin, C.T. 2013, 'Tracking Attention Based on EEG Spectrum', Search Home Contact Us Log in HCI: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction HCI International 2013 - Posters' Extended Abstracts, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Springer, Las Vegas, NV, USA, pp. 450-454.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Distraction while driving is a serious problem that can have many catastrophic consequences. Developing a countermeasure to detect the drivers' distraction is imperative. This study measured Electroencephalography (EEG) signals from six healthy participants while they were asked to pay their full attention to a lane-keeping driving task or a math problem-solving task. The time courses of six distinct brain networks (Frontal, Central, Parietal, Occipital, Left Motor, and Right Motor) separated by Independent Component Analysis were used to build the distraction-detection model. EEG data were segmented into 400-ms epochs. Across subjects, 80% of the EEG epochs were used to train various classifiers that were tested against the remaining 20% of the data. The classification performance based on support vector machines (SVM) with a radial basis function (RBF) kernel achieved accuracy of 84.7±2.7% or 85.8±1.3% for detecting subjects' focuses of attention to the math-solving or lane-deviation task, respectively. The high attention-detection accuracy demonstrated the feasibility of accurately detecting drivers' attention based on the brain activities. This demonstration may lead to a practical real-time distraction-detection system for improving road safety.
Lin, C.T., Wang, Y.K. & Chen, S.A. 2012, 'A hierarchal classifier for identifying independent components', Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Brain-computer interface (BCI) has shown explosive growth for multiple applications in the recently years. Removing artifacts and selecting useful brain sources are essential in BCI research. Independent Component Analysis (ICA) has been proven as an effective technique to remove artifacts and many brain related researches are based on ICA. However, the useful independent components with brain sources are usually selected manually according to the scalp-plots. This is great inconvenience and a barrier for real-time BCI applications of EEG. In this investigation, a two-layer automatic identification model is proposed to select useful brain sources. It is based on neural network including support vector machine with radial basis function (SVMRBF) and self-organizing map (SOM). In the first layer, SVM discriminates useful independent components from the artifact effectively. In the second layer, these selected useful components are automatically classified to different spatial brain sources according to SOM. This study suggests this model to one general application for EEG study. It can reduce the effect of subjective judgment and improve the performance of EEG analysis. © 2012 IEEE.
Lin, C.T., Chen, S.A., Ko, L.W. & Wang, Y.K. 2011, 'EEG-based brain dynamics of driving distraction', Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, The 2011 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IEEE, San Jose, CA, USA, pp. 1497-1500.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Distraction during driving has been recognized as a significant cause of traffic accidents. The aim of this study is to investigate Electroencephalography (EEG) -based brain dynamics in response to driving distraction. To study human cognition under specific driving tasks in a simulated driving experiment, this study utilized two simulated events including unexpected car deviations and mathematics questions. The raw data were first separated into independent brain sources by Independent Component Analysis. Then, the EEG power spectra were used to evaluate the time-frequency brain dynamics. Results showed that increases of theta band and beta band power were observed in the frontal cortex. Further analysis demonstrated that reaction time and multiple cortical EEG power had high correlation. Thus, this study suggested that the features extracted by EEG signal processing, which were the theta power increases in frontal area, could be used as the distracted indexes for early detection of driver inattention in real driving. © 2011 IEEE.
Lin, C.T., Wang, Y.K. & Chen, S.A. 2011, 'An EEG-based brain-computer interface for dual task driving detection', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 701-708.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A novel detective model for driver distraction was proposed in this study. Driver distraction is a significant cause of traffic accidents during these years. To study human cognition under a specific driving task, one virtual reality (VR)-based simulation was built. Unexpected car deviations and mathematics questions with stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) were designed. Electroencephalography (EEG) is a good index for the distraction level to monitor the effects of the dual tasks. Power changing in Frontal and Motor cortex were extracted for the detective model by independent component analysis (ICA). All distracting and non-distracting EEG epochs could be revealed the existence by self-organizing map (SOM). The results presented that this system approached about 90% accuracy to recognize the EEG epochs of non-distracting driving, and might be practicable for daily life. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Wang, Y.K., Pal, N.R., Lin, C.T. & Chen, S.A. 2010, 'Analyzing effect of distraction caused by dual-tasks on sharing of brain resources using SOM', Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Drivers' distraction is widely recognized as a leading cause of car accidents. To investigate the distracting effect of dual-tasks involving driving and answering mathematical equations in the stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) conditions, we design five different cases: two cases involving single-tasks and three cases involving dual-tasks. We have found that there is no statistically significant change in the behavioral data among the three dual-tasks. This raises an important question - is there any detectable effect of the dual tasks on the brain waves? To answer this, we use the Self-Organizing Map (SOM) to recognize the changes, if any, in the Electroencephalography (EEG) dynamics associated with such dual-tasks. Our SOM analysis based on independent components corresponding to EEG signals extracted from Frontal and Motor areas revealed that single- and dual-tasks have distinguishable signatures in the EEG signals. Specifically, each of the two single-task conditions is clustered in a distinct spatial area of the map. Two of the dual-tasks also exhibit distinct spatial clusters, while the third case although shows differences from the other two, the neurons corresponding to this case are sub-clustered reflecting the fact that different subjects may give different priorities to the tasks when confronted with two tasks simultaneously. SOM-based exploratory analysis reveals the existence of distinct EEG signatures among the distracting and non-distracting tasks, although there is no any noticeable difference in the behavioral data among these cases. © 2010 IEEE.