Bachelor End Project: Eye-tracking in epilepsy

In 1908, Edmund Huey built the first ‘eye-tracker’, a device to track and register eye-movements. In the twentieth century, innovations in eye-tracking occurred gradually, till three Swedish entrepreneurs developed a new system that measures eye-movements with high accuracy. In no-time their company Tobii transformed from a ‘garage-start-up’ into a big company that nowadays has the leading position in the market. The Tobii equipment is used in many fields, from commercial market research to scientific research in cognitive neurosciences, and may also be used as an innovative diagnostic method in health care.

In Kempenhaeghe, center of expertise in epileptology, sleep medicine and neurocognition, we started a pilot to investigate the potential of eye-tracking in the detection of cognitive side-effects of antiepileptic drugs. Currently, data of fifty epilepsy patients are gathered. The Tobii software offers some options to analyse the data, but does not deliver all the variables that we are interested in. We are looking for a student that would like to develop a ‘clinical assessment tool’ in MATLAB, that can convert the comprehensive data output to clinically interesting variables. A great chance to get experience with the use of technical applications in health care!

For more info, contact Edo Grevers, greverse@kempenhaeghe.nl or dr ir René Besseling, r.m.h.besseling@tue.nl.