Abstract

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a development disability which generally begins during childhood and may last throughout the lifetime of an individual. It is generally associated with difficulty in communication and social interaction along with repetitive behavior. One out of every 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD [11] and almost 1% of the world population has ASD [12]. ASD can be difficult to diagnose as there is no definite medical test to diagnose this disorder. The aim of this thesis is to extract features from resting state functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rsfMRI) data as well as some personal information provided about each subject to train variations of a Graph Convolutional Neural Network to detect if a subject is Autistic or Neurotypical. The time series information as well as the connectivity information of specific parts of the brain are the features used for analysis. The thesis converts fMRI data into a graphical representation where the vertex represents a part of the brain and the edge represents the connectivity between two parts of the brain. New adjacency matrix filters were added to the Graph CNN model and the model was altered to add a time dimension.

Publication Date

11-19-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Computer Engineering (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Computer Engineering (KGCOE)

Advisor

Raymond Ptucha

Advisor/Committee Member

Shanchieh Jay Yang

Advisor/Committee Member

Clark Hochgraf

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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