EPItect – Sensory Seizure Detection

Better quality of life for epilepsy patients and caregivers

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide. Characteristic symptoms are recurrent seizures that are very distressing for patients and caregivers: Both the unpredictability of seizures and the disturbances of consciousness and loss of control of various body functions contribute to the fact that the person concerned can inflict severe injuries that complicate care. Timely detection of seizures can support carers and help to take appropriate security measures for the patient. In addition to such an early detection, an accurate recording of seizures also helps in the individual tuning of the therapy. Fraunhofer ISST rises to this challenge and developes in the project EPItect together with partners an everyday use method to detect epileptic seizures multimodally.

Through a specially developed IN-ear sensor and a networking infrastructure that works over both an app and via an internet portal, is to be formed the basis for various technical innovations: Mobile companion solutions, alarm services and applications for parents or teachers - always with the aim to allow epilepsy patients and their caregivers both stationary and in the private sphere the best possible quality of life.

The evaluation phase of the project EPItect takes place with children, adolescents and adults and is performed stationary as well as in the normal living environment. It shall be investigated what influence the technological innovation has on the quality of medical treatment, the communication behavior, established care processes and the quality of life of patients and carers.


Project Partners

  • Klinik für Epileptologie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn
  • Cosinuss GmbH
  • Klinik für Neuropädiatrie der Universität, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
  • DRK-Schul- und Therapiezentrum Raisdorf
  • Hochschule für Gesundheit, Bochum
  • Epilepsie Bundes-Elternverband e.V.

Project Start

March 2016

Project Term

3  years


Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the program »Care Innovations to support informal and professional carer« (grant number: 16SV7482).

Project information (only in german)

Better quality of life for epilepsy patients and caregivers