Project Explanation

Predicting Epileptic Seizures



Innovating, our project is going to improve the life of people with epilepsy

Epilepsy is the most common of serious brain diseases reaching over 60 million people around the world, from which 80% are in developing countries. Although there are medications and surgeries available, they do not have any effect in one third of the patients. These patientas would benefit from an early alarm of an incoming seizure.

To date, there is no device that is able to predict an incoming seizure.

Espistemic has a tested and proved software and is finalizing its implementation in a portable device.

This device will improve quality of life of people with epilepsy, opening doors for a more independent life without serious consequences and so they are able to count on the security of a faster medical response BEFORE a seizure happens. In addition to alerting the user, the device sends an alert to an application that can be installed in the user's caregiver's smartphone.

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If patients could learn that a seizure was coming beforehand, they could prepare themselves to diminish its effects. Our device, offers just that, thus helping people with epilepsy around the world to be able to perform activities that they currently cannot without risking theirs or other people’s lives.

Our schedule

Project's Timeline

Data Analysis

A seizure is easily identifiable in an electroencephalogram at the moment it happens:

Patient’s electroencephalogram signal while having an epileptic seizure
Patient's electroencephalogram signal while having an epileptic seizure

Our method consists in data processing based on non-linear dynamic systems that allows the seizure to be detected 25 minutes in advance on average.

The data analyzed in this project came from two different sources:

Data handling

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  • The chart shows the result of our studies: the distribution of “alerts” in real signals of epileptic patients.
  • The chart shows only the FIRST alert generated for each patient.
  • We observed that the majority of these alerts occurred in a range of 15 to 35 minutes before the outbreak.


Epistemic News

Paula Gomez, founder of Epistemic wins the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2018

The newspaper Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios reported Paula's reception of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2018.

Newspaper article on the award received by Paula Gomez featured in Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios

Epistemic on the Futura Channel

Check out Epistemic's Marketing Director's Interview at the Futura Channel on the show Conexão (Connection).

Video of the interview

Learn more about those behind the project

This is the result of a scientific research conducted for 7 years. The method has been perfected to the point where the seizures can be detected up to an average of 25 minutes in advance and was tested with signals from several different patients with epilepsy

For the development of this project, Epistemic brought together a highly qualified team. Learn more about them by clicking on the pictures below.

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