Analyze4D is the brainchild of Adnan Niazi, a researcher at the Donders Institute, working under the supervision of Dr. Marcel van Gerven and Prof. Dr.Peter Desain.

The tool emerged as a result of the frustration when one of our fMRI experiment showed some very unexpected results when we analyzed the results long after collecting all the data from all the subjects, by which time it was already too late to do anything about. Had the time course analysis been done earlier in the experimental design chain, the fatal design flaw could have easily been identified and rectified. Because there were no comprehensive time course analysis tools available at that time, we decided to make one, so that neither we nor any of our fellow colleagues would have to go through the same agony ever again. The tool was never intended for release into public domain but owing to the great amount of time and effort that went into its design, we decided to make it public in the hope that other researchers might find it useful. The software does not come with any warranty. Use it at your own risk.

About Adnan Niazi

Adnan was born and raised in Pakistan. After completing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in Pakistan, he decided to pursue his higher education in the Netherlands. The University of Twente offered him a UTS grant for following a master’s degree in Embedded Systems. After studying Embedded Systems for a while, Adnan got sick of it, so he switched his masters’ track to Human media interaction and started working on EEG based BCI’s . In 2011, he decided to join the Donders Institute as a trainee and started working there on real-time fMRI analysis and development. After graduating with a masters degree in Human Media Interaction (Cum Laude), Adnan started working as full-time research assistant at Donders Center for Cognition. His research interests include real-time fMRI neurofeedback, decoding visual perception and imagination, and real-time fMRI methods development.
Adnan is a full time workaholic but when he is not working, likes to cook, travel, and do fitness training.
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About Marcel van Gerven

Marcel van Gerven is an assistant professor/principal investigator at the Artificial Intelligence Department within the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. His research deals with the decoding of cognitive states by taking distributed patterns of brain activity into account. To this end, he has developed new multivariate and connectivity analysis methods and applied these methods to probe how distributed representations are formed, maintained, and retrieved. For more details visit his personal website.

About Peter Desain

After obtaining a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics (Theoretical Computer Science) of the University Twente, Enschede, and a Masters Degree (Cum Laude) in Psychology (Cognitive Sciences) of the University of Nijmegen, Peter Desain worked on Artificial Natural Language Generation at the University of Nijmegen. When the Utrecht school of Arts initiated a Music Technology Program, he was asked to organize and set up the courses on software engineering. After this program became a successful part of the Conservatory, he designed the curriculum for an M.Sc. in Knowledge Engineering at the Center for Knowledge Technology in Utrecht (with a UK degree validation) and was responsible for the AI-programming courses there. At the City University in London he conducted research on temporal perception. His work there lead to a Ph.D. in Music.
Besides a close and fruitful collaboration with Dr. H. Honing (University of Amsterdam), he made frequent research visits to US and Asia to exchange ideas with a diverse international group of researchers from various disciplines. Building bridges between various fields has always been one of his main sources of motivation. His research has been published extensively in journals on Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, AI, and Music. After publishing a book with Henkjan Honing, which bundled most of their work on music, he now works on a systematic text book on computational modeling and programming style.
As a Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (NICI) of Nijmegen University he investigates rhythm perception and supervises several students' thesis projects. In 1995/1996 he was invited by IBM to conduct his research for a year at the Computer Music Center of the T.J. Watson Center in New York.