Eye Blink Artefact Removal of Single Frontal EEG Channel Algorithm using Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition and Outlier Detection


  • Mohd Nurul Al Hafiz Sha'abani Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Norfaiza Fuad Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Norezmi Jamal Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia




electroencephalogram, eye blink removal, single-channel, EEMD


Recently, the emergence of various applications to use EEG has evolved the EEG device to become wearable with fewer electrodes. Unfortunately, the process of removing artefact becomes challenging since the conventional method requires an additional artefact reference channel or multichannel recording to be working. By focusing on frontal EEG channel recording, this paper proposed an alternative single-channel eye blink artefact removal method based on the ensemble empirical mode decomposition and outlier detection technique. The method removes the segment of the potential eyeblinks artefact on the residual of a pre-determined level of decomposition. An outlier detection technique is introduced to identify the peak of the eyeblink based on the extreme value of the residual signal. The results showed that the corrected EEG signal achieved high correlation, low RMSE and have small differences in PSD when compared to the reference clean EEG. Comparing with an adaptive Wiener filter technique, the corrected EEG signal by the proposed method had better signal-to-artefact ratio.


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