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Twenty-fifth EEGLAB Workshop

Tokyo, Japan - September 26th - 29th, 2017

The 25th EEGLAB Workshop will take place from Tuesday, September 26th through Friday, September 29th at Tokyo Satellite of Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) located in Shinagawa area in downtown Tokyo. This is the first EEGLAB Workshop held in Japan. Participants will be expected to bring laptops with Matlab installed 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.

Registration and cost

The space at the workshop is limited to 60 attendees. If there are more than 60 applicants, the organizers will select participants based on their academic background and motivation to join the workshop. Registration is now closed.

Attending fee. Attending fee of non-students participants is 7,000 JPY. The fee will be collected by cash during on-site registration. A receipt will be issued for the fee.

Attending fee of students is free. We sincerely apologize for changing our decision about the fee several times and appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

Banquet and excursion fee: Fee for optional banquet and excursion is 4,000 JPY for all participants. The fee will be collected by cash during on-site registration.

Banquet (optional)

We will have a banquet on the evening of Sept. 26th to get to know each other. The banquet will start from 7 p.m. at PATIO Grand Cafe in Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa. A map of the banquet place will be hand out at on-site registration.

Excursion (optional)

We will have an excursion in the afternoon of Sept. 27th to get refreshed under the sun. We will go to Shinjuku-Gyoen National Garden by bus and have lunch and enjoy the garden. In addition, we will have an open-air demonstration of wearable EEG measurement by Noriaki Kanayama (Hiroshima University) and Shusuke Yoshimoto (Osaka University). A part of this excursion will be supported by COI Next Generation Researchers Collaborative Research Fund (H29W03) from Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST).


Attendees have to arrange their own accommodations. There are several hotels near JR Shinagawa station and near Ooimachi, Gotanda, and Kita-Shinagawa stations which are a few stations away from Shinagawa (see this link on Yelp for example).


The workshop will take place at Tokyo Satellite of JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) located on the 19th floor of Shinagawa Intercity Tower A. The walk from Shinagawa station to Intercity Tower A is about 3 minutes. Please find directions from Shinagawa station to the venue on the website below. - English : - Japanese :

On-site registration

On-site registration desk will be opened in the time listed below.

  • Sept. 25th from 5pm to 7pm
  • Sept. 26th from 9:20 am
  • Sept. 27th from 9:45 am (for participants who cannot attend the first day)

Poster sessions

We will have poster presentations by several participants during break times. Poster boards are set in coffee break room. Please come to the room and have discussion with the presenters.

To poster presenters: We greatly appreciate your contribution to the workshop by presenting your posters. Please place your poster to the boards in coffee break room. There are no specific format for the posters. Please design your poster as free as you like.


  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Program for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers, "Computational Mobile Brain/Body Imaging"
  • Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California San Diego

Relevant reading material

The EEGLAB graphic interface is built using the powerful Matlab scripting language. Enjoying the full capabilities of EEGLAB for building macro commands 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.

Material for the working (including EEGLAB) will be made available on USB keys during the workshop. Presentation slides will be made available during the workshop. You only need to bring to the workshop a laptop with Matlab installed.

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

Workshop Program (with corresponding PDFs)

Purple lettering = lecture
Orange lettering = tutorial

Monday, September 25th

17:00 – 19:00 -- On-site registration

Tuesday, September 26th

9:20 – 10:00 -- On-site registration
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
10:00 – 11:00 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig) PDF
11:00 – 11:30 -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
11:45 – 12:45 -- ICA theory (Jason Palmer) PDF‎
12:45-14:00 Lunch
ICA and time-frequency
14:00 – 15:00 -- EEG Preprocessing for ICA (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF
15:00 – 15:45 -- ICA decomposition practicum and practical Q&A (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF
-- Break--
16:00 – 17:00 -- Evaluating ICA components practicum (John Iversen) PDF
17:00 – 18:00 -- Time-frequency decompositions: Theory and practice (John Iversen) PDF

Wednesday, September 27th

Group analysis and ICA clustering in EEGLAB
10:00 - 11:00 -- Why cluster ICA components? (Scott Makeig) PDF
11:00 - 15:30 -- Excursion (Open-air Experiment and Hiking at Shinjuku-gyoen).
Wearable EEG measurement system demonstration and discussion (Noriaki Kanayama, Hiroshima University, Shusuke Yoshimoto, Osaka University ; supported by the COI Next Generation Researchers Collaborative Research Fund (H29W03) from Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST). Picnic lunch and hiking.

16:00 - 16:45 -- Creating a STUDY and STUDY design (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
17:00 - 18:30 -- Group analysis using EEGLAB studies: Methods to cluster ICA components (Arnaud Delorme) PDF

Thursday, September 28th

Source Localization
10:00 – 11:30 -- The Neuroelectromagnetic Forward Head Modeling (NFT) and NIST (Inverse Source Imaging) toolkits (Scott Makeig) PDF
11:30 – 12:00 -- Forward and inverse models - the Dipfit tools (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
General Linear Modeling and statistics
12:15 - 13:00 -- Robust statistics and correction for multiple comparisons (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
13:00-14:15 Lunch --
General Linear Modeling and statistics continued
14:15 – 14:45 -- Theory and practice of applying general linear models to EEG data using the LIMO EEGLAB plug-in (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
14:45 – 15:15 -- LIMO and EEGLAB practicum (Arnaud Delorme)
-- Break--
Source information flow
15:30 – 17:00 -- Source information flow and Granger-Causal modeling tools (Tim Mullen) PDF
17:00 – 18:00 -- SIFT toolbox: overview and practicum (Tim Mullen) PDF (SIFT Overview)/ PDF (Practicum)

Friday, September 29th

10:00 – 11:30 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig) PDF
-- Break--
11:45 – 12:15 -- Using and building EEGLAB extensions/plug-ins (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
12:15-13:30 Lunch --

Advanced scripting
13:30 – 14:45 -- Scripting using EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
15:00 – 15:30 -- Preprocessing pipelines and utility tools (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF
15:30 – 16:00 -- groupSIFT: Solution for post-SIFT group-level statistics (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF Supplementary movie1
-- Break--
16:15 – 17:15 -- Practicum, small group projects
17:15 – 17:45 -- Participant project presentations and general discussion possible problems
17:45 – 18:00 -- Workshop closes