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Direct Assessment of Alcohol Consumption in Mental State Using Brain Computer Interfaces and Grammatical Evolution

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Department of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, GR45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Department of Computer Engineering, School of Applied Technology, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, GR47100 Arta, Greece
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Inventions 2018, 3(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions3030051
Received: 17 July 2018 / Accepted: 25 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in Wearable Devices)
Alcohol consumption affects the function of the brain and long-term excessive alcohol intake can lead to severe brain disorders. Wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) recording devices combined with Brain Computer Interface (BCI) software may serve as a tool for alcohol-related brain wave assessment. In this paper, a method for mental state assessment from alcohol-related EEG recordings is proposed. EEG recordings are acquired with the Emotiv EPOC+, after consumption of three separate doses of alcohol. Data from the four stages (alcohol-free and three levels of doses) are processed using the OpenViBE platform. Spectral and statistical features are calculated, and Grammatical Evolution is employed for discrimination across four classes. Obtained results in terms of accuracy reached high levels (89.95%), which renders the proposed approach suitable for direct assessment of the driver’s mental state for road safety and accident avoidance in a potential in-vehicle smart system. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol; consumption; EEG; BCI; Emotiv; OpenViBE; Grammatical Evolution alcohol; consumption; EEG; BCI; Emotiv; OpenViBE; Grammatical Evolution
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Tzimourta, K.D.; Tsoulos, I.; Bilero, T.; Tzallas, A.T.; Tsipouras, M.G.; Giannakeas, N. Direct Assessment of Alcohol Consumption in Mental State Using Brain Computer Interfaces and Grammatical Evolution. Inventions 2018, 3, 51.

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