Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences




Eye pupil detection systems have become increasingly popular in image processing and computer vision applications in medical systems. In this study, a video-based eye pupil detection system is developed for diagnosing bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people experience changes in cognitive processes and abilities, including reduced attentional and executive capabilities and impaired memory. In order to detect these abnormal behaviors, a number of neuropsychological tests are also designed to measure attentional and executive abilities. The system acquires the position and radius information of eye pupils in video sequences using an active contour snake model with an ellipse-fitting algorithm. The system also determines the time duration of the eye pupils looking at certain regions and the duration of making decisions during the neuropsychological tests. The tests are applied to 2 different groups consisting of people with bipolar disorder (bipolar group) and people without bipolar disorder (control group) in order to mathematically model the people with bipolar disorder. The mathematical modeling is performed by using the support vector machines method. It is a supervised learning method that analyzes data and recognizes patterns for classification. The developed system acquires data from the being tested and it classifies the person as bipolar or nonbipolar based on the learned mathematical model.


Bipolar disorder, Eye pupil detection and tracking, support vector machines

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