Automated Design of fMRI Paradigms


  • Katherine Bianchini Esper Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Felipe Meneguzzi Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul



Description And Modeling Of Novel Application Domains, Integration Of Multiple Planning And Scheduling Techniques, Or Of Planning And Scheduling Techniques With Techniques From Other Areas Or Disciplines


Neuroimaging techniques have been widely used in recent decades to assess brain activation patterns for neuroscience. Task design is the most important challenge for neuroimaging studies, to achieve the best modeling for assessing brain patterns within and across subjects. Specifically, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments rely on the precise and effective design of sequences of stimuli intended to activate specific brain regions (i.e. paradigm design). In this paper, we use PDDL+ to model fMRI paradigms so that neuroscientists can use automated planning to design neuroimaging paradigms in a declarative way. Planning neuroimaging paradigms is especially important for functional studies and presurgical planning. The former should help to ensure an experimental design that allows the analysis of the brain regions that are interesting in the study. The latter should help surgeons select the correct stimuli for a presurgical, non-invasive, exploration of the cognitive functions that might be affected by debridement of brain lesions.




How to Cite

Bianchini Esper, K., & Meneguzzi, F. (2021). Automated Design of fMRI Paradigms. Proceedings of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 31(1), 445-449.