A client-server software application for statistical analysis of fMRI data
Author(s)Choudhary, Vijay Singh, 1979-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Randy Gollub and Steven R. Lerman.
MetadataShow full item record
Statistical analysis methods used for interrogating functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data are complex and continually evolving. There exist a scarcity of educational material for fMRI. Thus, an instructional based software application was developed for teaching the fundamentals of statistical analysis in fMRI. For wider accessibility, the application was designed with a client/server architecture. The Java client has a layered design for flexibility and a nice Graphical User Interface (GUI) for user interaction. The application client can be deployed to multiple platforms in heterogeneous and distributed network. The future possibility of adding real-time data processing capabilities in the server led us to choose CGI/Perl/C as server side technologies. The client and server communicates via a simple protocol through the Apache Web Server. The application provides students with opportunities for hands-on exploration of the key concepts using phantom data as well as sample human fMRI data. The simulation allows students to control relevant parameters and observe intermediate results for each step in the analysis stream (spatial smoothing, motion correction, statistical model parameter selection etc.). Eventually this software tool and the accompanying tutorial will be disseminated to researchers across the globe via Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) portal.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 63-66).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering.