EEGLAB 2016 Santa Margherita Ligure

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21st EEGLAB Workshop

Santa Margherita Ligure - April 4-8, 2016

The 21st EEGLAB Workshop will take place from Monday April 4th through Friday April 8th in the village of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Mediterranean coast of northern Italy (near Portofino). Participants will be expected to bring laptops with Matlab installed so as to be able to participate in the practical sessions. The tutorial workshop will introduce and demonstrate the use of the EEGLAB software environment and 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 the Best Western Hotel Regina Elena, with recreational opportunities available.

Registration and cost

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

Registration cost is 375 dollars (US) for students and post-docs, and 475 dollars for faculty and others professionals. The registration costs includes, conference space rental, all coffee breaks, and a guided short excursion by foot to the village. It use to include bus to and from the Genoa airport and train station to the conference venue but we are not able to arrange that at this time. Note that this is a non-profit event for which the faculty are not compensated.

Warning: This workshop is not for absolute beginners in EEG and Matlab - such persons would be wasting much of their time. Some parts of the workshop are fairly technical. The main topics will be advanced methods for analyzing EEG and allied behavioral data, methods including spectral decomposition, independent component analysis, inverse source analysis, information flow, etc.. Some other parts of the workshop will require basic Matlab scripting capabilities. Some basic web resources for learning Matlab are discussed below.

Registration pages:

Space at the workshop is limited to 50 participants and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Please use the Eventbrite website here to register here.

Attendees must also register at the hotel separately. The link to the hotel is here. The best contact method is email at Please put EEGLab Tigullio 2016 in the subject of your email to benefit from the special rate (expires 1st March, 2016). Please note that we have an agreement with the hotel and that you MUST stay at the hotel. You must also pay for all lunches in advance at the hotel. Dinner is left to the discretion of each participant. The hotel might refuse you access to the meeting space if you are not staying and eating there. There are two options, either a double room (€ 340 total) or single room (€260 total). Details: € 60/40 per night (double/single + breakfast, WiFi, gym) * 4 nights = € 240/160 per person plus € 25 (Lunch served at three courses) * 4 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) = € 100 per person. NOTE: The hotel has no more availability for single rooms at the rate mentioned above. Participants who still need to book a room can:

  • 1. reserve a single room in the Hotel dependance at the same price as before (limited number = 10), with "simpler and more essential rooms compared to that of the main building, but the same services".
  • 2. reserve a double room for single use in the main building at an higher price.
  • 3. reserve a double room to share with another participant in the main building.
  • 4. reserve to another hotel..


To access most recent previous versions 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 on 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 EEGLAB 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

The EEGLAB graphic interface is built using the powerful Matlab scripting language. Enjoying the full capabilities of EEGLAB for building, testing, and running scripts and functions and performing custom and automated processing requires basic knowledge of how to manipulate EEGLAB data structures in Matlab. Because of time constraints, we will NOT provide an introduction to Matlab scripting. Instead, attendees must familiarize themselves with Matlab before coming to the workshop.

New users of Matlab: We recommend running the following demos and reading these help sections:

After opening the Matlab desktop, select menu item "Help Demos" and run the following demos. Note that while a 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. If you do not use Matlab regularly, 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)

participant subgroup before taking the bus

Purple lettering = lecture
Orange lettering = tutorial

Monday, April 4th Participants arrive by train or by car.

19:00 - 19:30 -- Welcome comments and orientation
19:30 -- Dinner on your own

Tuesday, April 5th

7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
9:00 – 10:15 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig) PDF
10:15 – 10:45 -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
11:15 – 12:00 -- ICA theory (Arnaud Delorme) PDF‎
12:00 – 13:00 -- EEG data import, Artifact rejection (Tracy Brandmeyer) PDF
13:00-14:30 Lunch --
ICA and time-frequency
14:30 – 15:15 -- ICA decomposition of EEG data practicum (John Iversen) PDF
15:15 – 16:30 -- Evaluating ICA components practicum (John Iversen) PDF
-- Break--
17:00 – 18:00 -- Time-frequency decompositions of EEG data: Theory and practice (John Iversen) PDF
Dinner on your own

Wednesday, April 6th

7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
Group analysis and ICA clustering in EEGLAB
9:00 - 9:45 -- Why cluster ICA components of EEG data? (Scott Makeig) PDF
9:45 - 10:45 -- Robust statistics, experimental design and correction for multiple comparisons of EEG data (Cyril Pernet) PDF
-- Break--
11:15 - 12:15 -- Creating an EEGLAB STUDY, STUDY design, and plotting STUDY results (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
12:15 - 13:00 -- Clustering components within EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
13:00-14:30 Lunch --
14:30-18:00-- Excursion to Portofino with professional guide - special instructions will be given
Dinner on your own

Thursday, April 7th

7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
Source Localization
9:00 – 10:15 -- Forward and inverse models - the Dipfit/NFT tools (Scott Makeig) PDF
10:15 – 10:45 -- DIPFIT practicum (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
General Linear Modeling
11:15 – 12:00 -- Theory and practice of applying general linear models to EEG data using the LIMO EEGLAB plug-in (Cyril Pernet) PDF
13:00-14:30 Lunch --
Source information flow and scripting
14:30 – 16:00 -- Source information flow and Granger-Causal modeling tools (John Iversen ) PDF
16:00 – 16:30 -- RELICA plugin for EEGLAB and ICA decomposition optimization (Fiorenzo Artoni) PDF
-- Break--
17:00 – 18:00 -- Scripting using STUDY within EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
Dinner on your own

Friday, April 8th

7:30-9:00 -- Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig) PDF
10:15 – 10:45 -- Using and building EEGLAB extensions/plug-ins (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
11:15 – 12:30 -- Practicum, small group projects - possible projects
12:30 – 13:00 -- Participant project presentations and general discussion
13:00 -- Workshop closes
13:00 -- Lunch