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ARMOR

Project reference: 287720
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Advanced multi-paRametric Monitoring and analysis for diagnosis and Optimal management of epilepsy and Related brain disorders [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2011-11-01 to 2014-10-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 300 020

EU contribution:

EUR 3 186 935

Coordinated in:

Spain

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

ARMOR is a flexible, holistic and economical monitoring tool of the brain. It diagnozes and manages epileptic seizures efficiently including possibilities for detecting premonitory signs and feedback to the patient. The tool is optimized for each patient and is tested in several case studies which evaluated it as a wide use ambulatory monitoring tool. 

To develop the ARMOR tool, the projects experts managed and analysed a large number of already acquired and new multimodal and advanced technology data from brain and body activities of epileptic patients and controls (MEG, multichannel EEG, video, ECG, GSR, EMG, etc).

Novel approaches for large scale analysis (both real-time and offline) of multi-parametric streaming and archived data were being introduced to discover patterns and associations between external indicators and mental states, detect correlations among parallel observations, and identify vital signs changing significantly. Moreover methods for automatically summarizing results and efficiently managing medical data were developed in the framework of the project.

The EU funded ARMOR project will be completed in October 2014. Eight organizations of five European countries (Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Germany and UK) are involved.

Objective

Epilepsy, the propensity for recurrent, unprovoked epileptic seizures, is the most common serious neurological disorder, affecting over 50 million people worldwide. Epileptic seizures manifest with a wide variety of motor, cognitive, affective, and autonomic symptoms and signs and associated changes in the electrical activities of the brain (EEG), heart (ECG), muscles (EMG), skin (GSR), as well as changes in other important measurable biological parameters, such as respiration and blood pressure. Their recognition and full understanding is the basis for their optimal management and treatment, but presently is unsatisfactory in many respects. Epileptic seizures occur unpredictably and typically outside hospital and are often misdiagnosed as other episodic disturbances such as syncope, psychogenic and sleep disorders, with which they may co-exist, blurring the clinical presentation; on the other hand, costs of hospital evaluation are substantial, frequently without the desirable results, due to suboptimal monitoring capabilities. \nReliable diagnosis requires state of the art monitoring and communication technologies providing real-time, accurate and continuous brain and body multi-parametric data measurements, suited to the patient's medical condition and normal environment and facing issues of patient and data security, integrity and privacy. \nIn this project we will manage and analyse a large number of already acquired and new multimodal and advanced technology data from brain and body activities of epileptic patients and controls (MEG, multichannel EEG, video, ECG, GSR, EMG, etc) aiming to design ARMOR, a more holistic, personalized, medically efficient and economical monitoring system.\nNew methods and tools will be developed for multimodal data pre-processing and fusion of information from various sources. Novel approaches for large scale analysis (both real-time and offline) of multi-parametric streaming and archived data will be introduced to discover patterns and associations between external indicators and mental states, detect correlations among parallel observations, and identify vital signs changing significantly. Moreover methods for automatically summarizing results and efficiently managing medical data will be developed. ARMOR will incorporate models derived from data analysis based on already existing communication platform solutions emphasising on security and ethical issues and performing required adaptations to meet specifications. Special effort will be devoted in areas such as data anonymization and provision of required service.\nARMOR will provide flexible monitoring optimized for each patient and will be tested in several case studies and evaluated as a wide use ambulatory monitoring tool for seizures efficient diagnosis and management including possibilities for detecting premonitory signs and feedback to the patient.

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Coordinator

SENSING & CONTROL SYSTEMS SL
Spain
Avda Paissos Catalans 71
Igualada, Spain
Administrative contact: Narcis Avellana
Tel.: +34938041535
Fax: +34938067876
E-mail

Participants

AAI SCIENTIFIC CULTURAL SERVICES LIMITED
Cyprus
AVENUE ARCH MAKARIOU III 33 GALAXIAS CENTRE 5TH FLOOR OFFICE
LEFKOSIA, Cyprus
Administrative contact: ANDREAS IOANNIDES
Tel.: +35722460228
Fax: +35722028060
E-mail
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie
Germany
Kaiserstrasse
Karlsruhe, Germany
Administrative contact: Jens Becker
Tel.: +4972160846498
Fax: +4972160842925
E-mail
TECHNOLOGIKO EKPAIDEFTIKO IDRYMA MESOLOGGIOU (TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF MESSOLONGI)
Greece
Nea Ktiria
Mesolongi, Greece
Administrative contact: Voros Nikolaos
Tel.: +302631058485
Fax: +302634029667
E-mail
INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece
New Road Peania Markopoulo Ave.
PEANIA, Greece
Administrative contact: Artur Krukowski
Tel.: +30 210 667 4436
Fax: +30 210 667 7101
E-mail
SYSTEMA TEKNOLOTZIS ANONYMI ETAIREIA EFARMOGON ILEKTRONIKIS KAI PLIROFORIKIS
Greece
THOMAIDOU STR.
ATHINA, Greece
Administrative contact: George Koutalieris
Tel.: +302106743243
Fax: +302106755649
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
University Campus- Rio
PATRAS, Greece
Administrative contact: GEORGE KOSTOPOULOS
Tel.: +30 2610969157
Fax: +30 2610997215
E-mail
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Strand
LONDON, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Paul Labbett
Tel.: +442078488184
Fax: +442078488187
E-mail

Subjects

Life Sciences
Record Number: 101414 / Last updated on: 2014-09-03