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The 22nd EEGLAB Workshop

La Jolla, California, USA - November 17-21, 2016 following the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego

The 22nd EEGLAB Workshop will take place from Thursday evening, November 17th through Monday, November 21st at San Diego Supercomputer Center of the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA. Participants will be expected to bring laptops with Matlab installed so as to be able to participate in the practical sessions. The workshop will introduce and demonstrate the use of EEGLAB and EEGLAB plug-in tools for performing analysis of EEG and related data, with overview talks on principles of EEG data analysis, detailed method expositions, and practical exercises. The program begins with an open house reception and poster sharing session the evening of the 17th (5:00-8:00 pm) , the day following the Society for Neuroscience meeting in downtown San Diego, 25 minutes away. The workshop will end at 12:00 pm noon on Monday, Nov. 21st.

For any questions, please contact

NEW: Collaboration Survey

We at SCCN are planning to apply for a P-41 grant from NIH to create an NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Center for advanced EEG data analysis and are seeking research partners with clinical interests. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in participating.

Potential benefits to research partners include: intensive technical support, custom-made MoBI systems, algorithm development, and collaboration; with the possibility of applying for grant supplements for your work).

Note: Many birds-of-a-feather group dinners will be devoted to discussing this opportunity further--please sign up if interested after you've filled out the survey. Thank you.

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San Diego and UCSD

Although less than 60 years old, the University of California, San Diego, sister to UCLA, UC Berkeley, and seven other UC campuses, is now an American research powerhouse. Located by the beaches and spectacular cliffs of La Jolla, UCSD enjoys near year-round temperate weather.

Registration and cost

To reimburse travel expenses of Workshop faculty and costs for the workshop, costs to participants are as follows: Registration is $350 for students and post-docs and $500 for faculty and others. This includes

  • Conference space rental for 4 days
  • Registration packet and perks
  • Continental breakfast and coffee breaks
  • Covering travel/accommodation expenses for some of the speakers
  • Note that this is a non-profit event; none of the faculty are compensated
  • A part-day excursion by bus to the nearby Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Accommodations are not included. See the hotel list below.

The workshop is completely full


We made arrangements with La Jolla hotels for rooms during the workshop. We will open a mailing list closer to the workshop for people who might be interested in sharing a room to reduce cost.

  • Preferred: There is a room block we have blocked at a negotiated EEGLAB WORKSHOP discounted rate for the first 30 registrants at a rate of $159 (yes it is a discounted rate from the regular $202 rate). You may receive the discounted rate 2 days before and after the event. Click on this link to access the reservation page. Free breakfast, and free shuttle to the workshop. If you are interested in sharing a room, we will set up a mailing list to pair participants.
  • Estancia La Jolla offers UCSD rate of $189, discounted daily Hospitality Services Fee of $10 (regularly $22) and discounted parking for UCSD events (simply mention UCSD). (Rate based on availability). Reservations: 858-764-6045. Hyatt Regency La Jolla offers UCSD rate of $169. Reservations: 858-552-1234. Simply mention that you are attending a UCSD event and that you were told you can claim the UCSD rate.

To share a room, join the EEGLAB 2016 workshop google mailing list group (this is only for finding roommates).


Except for day 2 where we have an excursion, participants are asked to cover their own food expenses. We have compiled a list of restaurants in the area.

Location of the workshop

The address of the vennue is "10100 Hopkins Drive, San Diego, California 92121." Click here to download the map for the workshop. Here is a list of taxis.


Poster session

The poster space is available on a first come first serve basis. Presenters may have their posters displayed between 4:30pm-5:45pm on Nov. 17. Be warned that all posters left after the reception may not be returned to the presenter, and we will not be able to mail the poster after the workshop. We will have 20 posters in synthesis and 10 posters in the INC open area (directions will be provided on site).

Laptop for the workshop

Please bring a laptop with Matlab installed (no extra toolboxes required although the signal processing, statistics and optimization toolboxes are recommanded). Laptop must have at the very least 4Gb of RAM. The version of Matlab should be later than 7.x. We will share USB flash drive at the workshop to distribute material for practicum. There is no need to install EEGLAB prior to the workshop.

Matlab Tutorial (for novice users only)

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 constrains, 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" and run the "Getting Started with MATLAB" tutorial. Each of the 10 sections hould take you about 2 to 5 minutes, for a total here of about 1 hour. 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 portion of the workshop.

More reading (recommended)

To familiarize yourself with EEGLAB, first read The EEGLAB Tutorial (see link below) and the main EEGLAB Methods paper (also available from the EEGLAB site). You might also want to peruse recent EEG papers using EEGLAB to understand more about the motivation for some of the core capabilities (ICA, time/frequency analysis, trial-by-trial visualization) that are already built into EEGLAB. The EEGLAB wiki is available at

In our experience, the more you already know before attending the workshop, the more you benefit from it.

Material for download

Material for download will be provided on USB flash drives during the workshop. All presentations will be uploaded on this page (see links below in the program).

Papers describing data processing using EEGLAB

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.

Onton J. S Makeig. Information-based modeling of event-related brain dynamics, Progress in Brain Research Vol. 159, Ed.Neuper & Klimesch, 2006

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

Jung, TP, Makeig, S, Westerfield, M, Townsend, J, Courchesne, E, Sejnowski, TJ. Analysis and visualization 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

Multi-track program

This workshop featured a three-track design. Each afternoon, lectures to the whole group will be alternated with smaller sessions in three tracks. Attendees new to EEGLAB may choose the basic EEGLAB instruction track to gain practical experience in using it. Attendees familiar with EEGLAB may join sessions on newer, more advanced EEGLAB toolboxes and related software (see below).

Workshop Program

Day 0 - Thursday 17th November, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 PM -- SCCN Open House Reception and SfN Poster Session (directions). Light snacks will be served.
6:00 - 7:00 PM -- Registration open

Day 1 - Friday 18th November, 2016

8:00 AM - Registration open -- coffee available
8:30 - 9:30 AM -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig) [Download PDF]
9:30 - 10:15 AM -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) [Download PDF]
10:15 - 10:30 AM -- Coffee break
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- ICA decomposition theory & evaluation (Scott Makeig) [Download PDF]
11:30 - 12:00 PM -- Time-frequency measures (John Iversen) [Download PDF]
12:00 - 1:25 PM -- Get-together Group Lunch @ SDSC
1:25 - 1:40 PM -- BCILAB intro: Building and testing a simple BCI model (Christian Kothe)
1:40 - 1:55 PM -- SIFT intro: Modeling and Visualizing Source Connectivity (Tim Mullen) [Download PDF]
1:55 - 2:00 PM -- Schedule overview: Workshop track system (Arnaud Delorme)

2:00 - 5:00 PM -- Concurrent Basic & Advanced Track Sessions (D1) with 3:30 coffee break
Track A (Main Auditorium) - Basic track Processing data using EEGLAB
2:00 - 3:00 -- D1.A1: Data import/preprocessing and basic plotting (Julie Onton) [Download PDF]
3:00 - 3:15 PM -- Coffee break
3:15 - 4:15 -- D1.A2: Performing ICA and IC visualization (Julie Onton) [Download PDF]
4:15 - 5:00 -- D1.A3: Evaluating independent components (Luca Pion-Tonachini) [Download PDF]
Track B (Vizlab) - Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and Informative Feature Analysis Methods (Christian Kothe)
2:00 - 3:00 -- D1.B1: Introduction to signals and signal processing in BCIs
3:00 - 3:15 PM -- Coffee break
3:15 - 4:00 -- D1.B2: Introduction to use of machine learning in BCIs
4:00 - 4:30 -- D1.B3: Analysis of event-related potentials in BCIs
4:30 - 5:00 -- D1.B4: Practicum: Performing ERP-based informative feature analysis in BCILAB
Track C (INC open space) - Modeling source-resolved information flow I (Tim Mullen)
2:00 - 3:00 -- D1.A1: Functional and effective connectivity, linear dynamical systems [Download PDF]
3:00 - 3:15 PM -- Coffee break
3:15 - 4:00 -- D1.A2: Granger causality, scalp channel vs. source analysis, adapting to non-stationarity (see previous lecture PDF)
4:00 - 5:00 -- D1.A3: Practicum: hands-on walkthrough of SIFT [Download PDF]

6:30 PM -- Optional birds-of-a-feather group dinners (sign-up sheets at the registration table)

Day 2 - Saturday, 19th November, 2016

8:00 AM - Registration open -- coffee available
8:30 - 9:15 AM -- Source localization: The EEG forward and inverse problem (Zeynep Akalin Acar) [Download PDF]
9:15 - 10:15 AM -- Introduction hierarchical GLM statistics and bootstrap (Cyril Pernet) [Download PDF]
10:15 - 10:30 AM -- Coffee break
10:30 - 11:15 PM -- Introduction to the EEGLAB STUDY and STUDY design and practicum (Arnaud Delorme) [Download PDF]
11:15 - 12:00 PM -- STUDY extensions and scripting [Download PDF]
12:00 - 1:25 PM -- Lunch on your own on the UCSD campus (some reservations available)
1:25 - 1:40 PM -- EEGLAB and Linear Modeling (LIMO) introduction: modeling EEG measures across subjects, sessions (Cyril Pernet) [Download PDF]
1:40 - 1:55 PM -- High-resolution EEG imaging introduction (Zeynep Akalin Acar) [Download PDF]

2:00 - 5:00 PM -- Concurrent basic & advanced sessions (D2) with 3:30 coffee break
Track A (Main Auditorium) - Basic track Hierarchical Linear Modeling (LIMO) of EEG data across subjects, sessions, groups, and conditions (Cyril Pernet)
2:00 - 2:30 -- D2.A1: New EEGLAB STUDY design interface (Arnaud Delorme) [Download PDF]
2:30 - 3:30 -- D2.A2: EEGLAB and LIMO theory and practicum (Cyril Pernet) [Download PDF]
3:30 - 3:45 PM -- Coffee break
3:45 - 5:00 -- D2.A3: LIMO advanved tool theory and practicum (Cyril Pernet) [Download PDF]
Track B (Vizlab) - High-resolution forward head modeling and source localization (Zeynep Akalin Acar) [Download PDF]
2:00 - 2:35 -- D2.B1: Building head models using the Neuroelectromagnetic Forward Problem Toolbox (NFT)
2:45 - 3:30 -- D2.B2: Forward and inverse problem solutions and their visualization using the Neuroelectromagnetic Inverse Solution Toolbox (NIST)
3:30 - 3:45 PM -- Coffee break
3:45 - 5:00 -- D2.B3: Practicum: hands-on NFT/NIST
Track C (INC open space) - Modeling information flow II (Tim Mullen)
2:00 - 2:45 -- D2.C1: Information flow model validation, multivariate vs. bivariate, imposing constraints [Download PDF]
2:45 - 3:30 -- D2.C2: Single-trial estimation, state-space models, statistical testing (see previous lecture PDF)
3:30 - 3:45 PM -- Coffee break
3:45 - 5:00 -- D2.C3: Practicum: hands-on simulation-based training (see previous lecture PDF)

6:30 PM -- Optional birds-of-a-feather group dinners (sign-up sheets at the registration table)

Day 3 - Sunday, 20th November, 2016

8:00 AM - Registration open -- coffee available
8:30 - 9:15 AM -- Clustering independent components of EEG data across subjects: Why? and How? (Scott Makeig)
9:15 - 10:15 AM -- Performing independent component cluster analysis in EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) [Download PDF]
10:15 - 10:30 AM -- Coffee break
10:30 - 2:00 PM -- Excursion to the Torrey Pines State Reserve with picnic lunch
2:00 - 2:15 PM -- New EEG tools and measures introduction (John Iversen) [Download PDF]
2:15 - 2:30 PM -- Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI) introduction (Scott Makeig)
2:30 - 5:30 PM -- Concurrent basic & advanced sessions (D3) with
Track A (Main Auditorium) - Basic track: EEGLAB STUDY, clustering practicum and scripting (Arnaud Delorme)
2:30 - 4:00 -- D3.A1: EEGLAB structures and basic scripting [Download PDF]
4:00 - 4:15 PM -- Coffee break
4:15 - 5:00 -- D3.A2: Advanced scripting using EEGLAB STUDY structures [Download PDF]
Track B (Vizlab) - New EEG tools and measures (John Iversen)
2:30 - 3:00 -- D3.B1: Group-level Connectivity (Makoto Miyakoshi) [Download PDF] [Download the related SfN2016 poster PDF]
3:00 - 3:30 -- D3.B2: Automated source classification and real time ICA (Luca Pion-Tonachini & Sean Hsu) [Download PDF]
3:30 - 4:00 -- D3.B3: Phase/amplitude coupling (PAC) with PACT (Ramon Martinez-Cancino & Joseph Heng) [Download PDF]
4:00 - 4:15 PM -- Coffee break
4:15 - 5:00 -- D3.B4: New technologies and methods to enable large-scale EEG data analysis (HED, ESS) (Nima Bigdely-Shamlo)
5:00 - 5:30 -- D3.B5: MEG and simultaneous EEG/MEG analysis (John Iversen) [Download PDF]
Track C (INC open space) Viewing the brain at work: Using Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI) (Scott Makeig, T-P Jung et al.)
2:30 - 3:30 -- D3.C1: Mobile Brain/Body Imaging motivation, theory, and practice (Scott Makeig et al.)
3:30 - 4:00 -- D3.C2: Tools for multimodal data collection and analysis: Lab Streaming Layer (David Medine) [Download PDF]
4:00 - 4:15 PM -- Coffee break
4:15 - 4:30 -- D3.C3: Tools for multimodal data collection and analysis: MoBILAB (Hiroyuki Kambara) [Download PDF]
4:30 - 5:30 -- D3.C4: Real-World Neuroimaging and Brain-computer Interfaces (Tzyy-Ping Jung et al.) [Download PDF]

6:30 PM -- Optional birds-of-a-feather group dinners II (sign-up sheets at the registration table)

Day 4 - Monday, 21st November, 2016

8:00 AM - Registration open -- coffee available
8:30 - 9:30 AM -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig)
9:30 - 11:30 AM -- Practicum: small group collaborations on small demonstration projects [possible projects]
11:30 - 11:45 AM -- Participant presentations
11:45 - 12:00 PM -- General discussion and close