EEG-Based Mental Tasks Recognition via a Deep Learning-Driven Anomaly Detector

Abdelkader Dairi, Nabil Zerrouki, Fouzi Harrou, Ying Sun

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This paper introduces an unsupervised deep learning-driven scheme for mental tasks’ recognition using EEG signals. To this end, the Multichannel Wiener filter was first applied to EEG signals as an artifact removal algorithm to achieve robust recognition. Then, a quadratic time-frequency distribution (QTFD) was applied to extract effective time-frequency signal representation of the EEG signals and catch the EEG signals’ spectral variations over time to improve the recognition of mental tasks. The QTFD time-frequency features are employed as input for the proposed deep belief network (DBN)-driven Isolation Forest (iF) scheme to classify the EEG signals. Indeed, a single DBN-based iF detector is constructed based on each class’s training data, with the class’s samples as inliers and all other samples as anomalies (i.e., one-vs.-rest). The DBN is considered to learn pertinent information without assumptions on the data distribution, and the iF scheme is used for data discrimination. This approach is assessed using experimental data comprising five mental tasks from a publicly available database from the Graz University of Technology. Compared to the DBN-based Elliptical Envelope, Local Outlier Factor, and state-of-the-art EEG-based classification methods, the proposed DBN-based iF detector offers superior discrimination performance of mental tasks.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2984
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 29 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-12-02
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2019-CRG7-3800
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by funding from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), under Award No: OSR-2019-CRG7-3800.


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