EEGLAB 2013 Aspet

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Sixteenth EEGLAB Workshop

Aspet, France - June 17-21, 2013

The 16th EEGLAB Workshop will take place from Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st in the village of Aspet in the Pyrenees mountains in southwest France. Participants will be expected to bring laptops with Matlab installed so as to be able to participate in the practical sessions. The following tutorial workshop, from Tuesday, June 18 through noon on Friday, June 21, will introduce and demonstrate the use of EEGLAB-linked tools for performing advanced analysis of EEG and related data, with detailed method expositions and practical exercises. The workshop will be held at a French family vacation camp, with hiking and other recreational opportunities available. Meals will be served family style.

Registration and cost

To reimburse travel expenses of Workshop faculty and facilities rental, costs for the workshop will be as follows:

the registration cost is 290 euros for students and post-docs and 430 euros for faculty and others (there is a discounted price if you come from a French laboratory since this workshop is sponsored by the CNRS). This includes a shuttle bus from the Toulouse airport to Aspet (about 1 hour) and back, conference space rental, all coffee breaks, and a short excursion by bus to the Pyrenees mountains. Note that this is a non-profit event and that none of the faculty are compensated. In addition, the total cost of room and board for 5 days, 4 nights with a private room and all meals is 380 euros (to be paid with registration costs).

The facility where the workshop will take place is the Bois Perche which is a family oriented facility in nature. We have held EEGLAB workshop at this location since 2007.

We will select participants based on how much we think they would benefit from the workshop (total space is limited to 45 participants).

Registration pages:

  • If you work in a French laboratory (whether you are a French citizen or not), download this form and send it to the address on the form. In addition, please register on this website. The deadline for French participants is April 30th. Selection is performed after April 30th if there are more participants than spots available (19 spots are reserved for participants working in French laboratories).
  • Otherwise, please register here. The registration for international participants is now closed.


To access the talk slides and videos, use the links in the Program listing below! Slides will be made available during the workshop.

Download EEGLAB. Download the latest version of EEGLAB

Optional download below. Data will be made available using USB keys during the workshop.

Download a smaller version of the same EEGLAB dataset. This is the same dataset as above but is cut down in size for people who encounter out-of-memory issues in working with the full dataset.

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

Download an EEGLAB STUDY with 5 subjects (1.8 GB). Optional download for more exploration of EEG studies.

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

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

Relevant reading material

EEGLAB graphic interface is built on top of the powerful Matlab scripting language. Enjoying the full capabilities of EEGLAB for building macro commands and performing custom and automated processing requires the ability to manipulate EEGLAB data structures in Matlab. Because of time constraints, we will NOT provide an introduction to the Matlab language. Instead users need to familiarize themselves with Matlab prior to the workshop.

Users of Matlab 7: We recommend running the following demos and reading the following help sections.

After opening the Matlab desktop, select menu item "Help Demos" and run the following demos. Note that while the demo is running, you can retype the text (or copy it) to the main Matlab window:

Mathematics - Basic Matrix Operations
Mathematics - Matrix manipulations
Graphics - 2-D Plots
Programming - Manipulating Multidimentional arrays
Programming - Structures

In the Help Content, read and practice at least the following sections:

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, read these sections, and practice using the skills they introduce 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 -- not being able to understand Matlab syntax will mean you will miss out on a large portion of the workshop.

EEGLAB WIKI: Refer to the EEGLAB tutorial 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.

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

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., Palmer, J. Oostenveld, R., Onton, J., Makeig, S. Independent components of EEG data are dipolar. PLoS ONE. 2012. i7(2):e30135.

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.

Workshop Program (with corresponding PDFs)

Purple lettering = lecture
Orange lettering = tutorial

Monday, June 17

16:30 -- Train station shuttle bus pick up
17:00 -- Airport shuttle bus pick up

19:00 -- Dinner (included in registration)

Tuesday, June 18th

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
8:30 – 9:30 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig) PDF
9:30 – 10:00 -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
10:15 – 11:15 -- ICA theory (Arnaud Delorme) PDF‎
11:15 – 12:00 -- Data import, Artifact rejection and running ICA (Claire Braboszcz) PDF
12:00-13:00 Lunch --
ICA and time-frequency
13:00 – 14:00 -- Importing data, rejecting data, and performing ICA decomposition practicum (Claire Braboszcz) PDF
14:00 – 15:00 -- Evaluating ICA components practicum (Claire Braboszcz) PDF
-- Break--
15:30 – 17:00 -- Time-frequency decompositions: Theory and practice (Tim Mullen) PDF
17:00 – 19:00 -- Data and processing assistance available
19:00 -- Dinner

Wednesday, June 19st

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
8:30 – 9:00 -- Why cluster ICA components? (Scott Makeig) PDF
9:00 – 10:00 -- Creating a STUDY and STUDY design (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
10:30 – 11:00 -- Group analysis using EEGLAB studies: Methods to cluster ICA components (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
11:00 – 12:00 -- Scripting to manipulate EEGLAB studies for group analysis (Arnaud Delorme) PDF Pipeline example script
12:00-13:00 Lunch --
ICA, time-frequency and information flow
13:00 – 14:00 -- Robust statistics: central tendency, dispersion and inference (Guillaume Rousselet) PDF
14:00 – 14:30 -- Statistical estimation in EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
14:45-18:00-- Excursion to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges
19:00 -- Dinner

Thursday, June 20th

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Source Localization
8:30 – 9:30 -- Forward and inverse models - the Dipfit plugin (Robert Oostenveld) PDF
9:30 – 10:00 -- The Neuroelectromagnetic Forward Head Modeling (NFT) EEGLAB plugin (Scott Makeig) PDF
-- Break--
General Linear Modeling
10:15 – 12:00 -- Theory and practice of applying general linear models to EEG data using the LIMO EEGLAB plug-in (Cyril Pernet) PDF
12:00-13:00 Lunch --
Source information flow
13:00 – 14:00 -- Source information flow and Granger-Causal modeling tools (Tim Mullen) PDF
14:00 – 15:00 -- SIFT toolbox: Theory and live demo (Tim Mullen) PDF
-- Break--
15:30 – 17:00 -- SIFT toolbox: practicum (Tim Mullen)
17:00 – 19:00 -- Data and processing assistance available
19:00 -- Dinner
22:00 - 24:00 -- SIFT hackathon, meet with Tim Mullen and his computer at the bar - ask anything you like
22:00 - 24:00 -- LIMO hackathon, meet with Cyril Pernet and his computer at the bar - ask anything you like

Friday, June 21st

7:30-8:30 -- Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig) PDF
9:30 – 10:00 -- Using and building EEGLAB plug-ins (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
10:15 – 11:30 -- Practicum, small group projects
11:30 – 12:00 -- Participant project presentations and general discussion
12:00 -- Lunch
13:00 -- Airport/train station shuttle leaves