Noise-Robust Sleep Staging via Adversarial Training With an Auxiliary Model

Chaehwa Yoo, Xiaofeng Liu, Fangxu Xing, Georges El Fakhri, Jonghye Woo, Je Won Kang

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Deep learning (DL)-based automatic sleep staging approaches have attracted much attention recently due in part to their outstanding accuracy. At the testing stage, however, the performance of these approaches is likely to be degraded, when applied in different testing environments, because of the problem of domain shift. This is because while a pre-trained model is typically trained on noise-free electroencephalogram (EEG) signals acquired from accurate medical equipment, deployment is carried out on consumer-level devices with undesirable noise. To alleviate this challenge, in this work, we propose an efficient training approach that is robust against unseen arbitrary noise. In particular, we propose to generate the worst-case input perturbations by means of adversarial transformation in an auxiliary model, to learn a wide range of input perturbations and thereby to improve reliability. Our approach is based on two separate training models: (i) an auxiliary model to generate adversarial noise and (ii) a target network to incorporate the noise signal to enhance robustness. Furthermore, we exploit novel class-wise robustness during the training of the target network to represent different robustness patterns of each sleep stage. Our experimental results demonstrated that our approach improved sleep staging performance on healthy controls, in the presence of moderate to severe noise levels, compared with competing methods. Our approach was able to effectively train and deploy a DL model to handle different types of noise, including adversarial, Gaussian, and shot noise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252-1263
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2023

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  • Adversarial transformation
  • deep learning
  • noise-robust neural network
  • sleep staging


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