EEGLAB 2012 Beijing

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Fifteenth EEGLAB Workshop

Beijing, China - June 16-18, 2012

The 15th EEGLAB Workshops will take place from Saturday June 16th through Monday June 18th at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Participants will be expected to bring laptops with Matlab installed so as to be able to participate in the practical sessions. We will introduce and demonstrate the use of EEGLAB-linked tools for performing advanced analyses of EEG and related data, with detailed method expositions and practical exercises.

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Slides will be made available during the workshop.

You may also download and uncompress the anonymized data used in the workshop below.

EEGLAB The latest version of EEGLAB.

Tutorial scripts Download scripts and data for tutorial sessions with scripting components.

EEGLAB dataset: single subject This dataset will be used for the first few Tutorial sessions.

EEGLAB STUDY with 13 subjects (2.3 GB) This is a VERY large file and may fail the first few times you try. Make sure you have a fast and reliable Internet connection before attempting this download.

EEGLAB STUDY with 5 subjects (1.8 GB) Optional download for more STUDY exploration.

The following files are needed for the Source Information Flow Toolbox practicum:

Please visit the SIFT website and download all files (SIFT Toolbox, ARFIT toolbox, and Sample Data (143 Mb). It is also highly recommended that you download the SIFT Handbook/Manual as we will use this for exercises.


Registration costs are the following (this is a non-profit event): $150 for students/post-doc (RMB 900 for Chinese participants) and $300 for faculty /professional (RMB 1800 for Chinese participants). This includes conference room rental, all lunches, all coffee breaks, and a short excursion. We will provide a list of hotels on the worksop web page. Registration will be performed on a first come first serve basis. Registration closes when the workshop is at capacity or on April 15th. Please register using the link below.

The workwhsop is now FULL.


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EEGLAB participants are requested to check with the Chinese Consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. Please note that the Chinese visa application process can take weeks, so make sure to plan ahead. For more information on the process for your home country, please go to

If you participate to HBM, please use the HBM web site. You can print your letter directly from the site. Note that you can also print the letter if you are not sure to go yet.

If you do not participate to HBM, please let us know at and we will send you a letter. Please contact Wang Yijun.


A map of the university is shown below

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With the legend below. Note the red pin which is the actual location of the conference room.

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  • Boya Hotel

Webpage: Online Price: (standard single/double room) RMB 1018 (~ $162) per night

  • Wenjin Hotel

Webpage: Online Price: (standard single/double room) RMB 928 ($147) per night

  • Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian (about $93 per night)


  • Jinchun Garden

Guest House Hotel on Campus (only 10 rooms available). Please contact only if limited mobility or if you are a student from a third world country. For this booking, contact Wang Yijun.

Chinese participants: there is a wider choice of hotel which do not accept credit card and do not speak english. Contact Wang Yijun to obtain the list.

Relevant reading material:

EEGLAB graphic interface is built on top of the powerful Matlab scripting language. Enjoying the full capabilities of EEGLAB for b

Getting Started - Matrices and Arrays - Matrices and Magic squares
Getting Started - Matrices and Arrays - Expressions
Getting Started - Matrices and Arrays - Working with Matrices
Getting Started - Graphics - Basic plotting functions
Getting Started - Programming - Flow Control
Getting Started - Programming - Other data structures
Getting Started - Programming - Scripts and Functions

Each section or demo (if read thoroughly) should take you about 10 minutes, for a total here of about 2 hours. We encourage you to watch these demos and read these sections over several days.

If you do not have access to the Matlab demos, here is a short online introduction to Matlab (recommended pages, 1 to 12)

IMPORTANT NOTE: A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to writing EEGLAB scripts, so not being able to understand Matlab syntax will result in you missing out on a large portion of the workshop.

EEGLAB WIKI: refer to the EEGLAB wiki for additional help.

Important papers describing EEGLAB processing:

Delorme, A., Makeig, S. EEGLAB: an open source toolbox for analysis of single-trial EEG dynamics including independent component analysis. J Neurosci Methods. 2004; Mar 15; 134(1):9-21.

Delorme, A., Palmer, J. Oostenveld, R., Onton, J., Makeig, S. Independent EEG sources are dipolar. PLoS One, in press.

Makeig, S., Debener, S., Onton, J., Delorme, A. Mining event-related brain dynamics. Trends Cogn Sci. 2004; May; 8(5):204-10.

Makeig, S., Onton, J. ERP features and EEG dynamics: An ICA Perspective, Oxford Handbook of ERP Components, Ed. Luck & Kappenman, 2011

Jung, TP, Makeig, S, Westerfield, M, Townsend, J, Courchesne, E, Sejnowski, TJ. Analysis and visualizaion of single-trial event-related potentials. Human Brain Mapping. 2001; 14(3), 166-185.

Delorme, A., Sejnowski, T., Makeig, S. Improved rejection of artifacts from EEG data using high-order statistics and independent component analysis. Neuroimage. 2007; 34, 1443-1449.

Onton J, Delorme, A., Makeig, S. Frontal midline EEG dynamics during working memory. NeuroImage. 2005;27, 341-356

Material for download

Please download the following programs

To be posted here at a later date.

Preliminary Workshop Program

Purple lettering = lecture
Orange lettering = tutorial

Saturday, June 16

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
8:30 – 9:30 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig)
9:30 – 10:00 -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) (PDF)
-- Break--
10:30 – 11:15 -- ICA theory (Tzyy-Ping Jung)
11:15 – 12:00 -- Data import, artifact rejection and ICA decomposition (Julie Onton) (PDF) (Task)
12:00-13:00 Lunch --
ICA, time-frequency and information flow
13:00 – 14:00 -- Evaluating ICA components (Julie Onton) (PDF)
14:00 – 15:00 -- Time-Frequency decompositions and practicum (Tim Mullen) (PDF)
--Break --
15:30 – 16:30 -- SIFT toolbox: Source information flow and granger causality tools (Tim Mullen) (PDF) SIFT manual
16:30 – 17:30 -- Using the SIFT toolbox (Tim Mullen) (PDF)
17:30 – 19:00 -- Data and helpers available
19:00 -- Dinner

Sunday, June 17th

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Source Localization
8:30 – 9:15 -- Forward and inverse EEG source modeling - (Scott Makeig)
(see also this note on the importance of knowing skull conductivity)
9:15 – 10:00 -- Using the NFT and Dipfit plug-ins (Julie Onton)(Dipfit)(NFT)
-- Break--
Component Clustering
10:30 – 11:00 -- Creating EEGLAB studies and study designs (Arnaud Delorme)(PDF)
11:00 – 12:00 -- Independent Component Clustering (Arnaud Delorme) (PDF)
12:00-13:00 Lunch --
Processing multiple subjects using STUDY tools
13:00 – 14:00 -- Plotting measures and computing statistics for EEGLAB studies (Arnaud Delorme) (PDF)
14:00 – 15:00 -- STUDY structure and scripting for EEGLAB studies (Arnaud Delorme) (PDF)
-- Break--
15:15 – 16:00 -- Trial-by-trial data visualization and accessing raw data (Julie Onton)(PDF)
16:00 – 19:00-- Practicum on datasets and results presentation
19:00 -- Dinner

Monday, June 18th

7:30-8:30 -- Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig)
9:00 – 9:30 -- The near future of wireless EEG and mobile brain/body imaging (Tzyy Ping Jung)
9:30 – 10:00 -- Building and publishing EEGLAB plug-ins (Arnaud Delorme) (PDF)
-- Break--
10:30 – 11:30 -- Brain-computer interface (BCI) design: Theory and practice (Christian Kothe)
11:30 – 12:30 -- Using BCILAB (Christian Kothe)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 17:30 -- Excursion
17:30 – 18:30 -- Final discussion (Makeig, Jung, Delorme and all)
18:30 workshop ends