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23rd EEGLAB Workshop

Mysuru - January 16-20, 2017

The 23rd EEGLAB Workshop will take place from Monday January 16th through Friday January 20th in Mysuru (formerly Mysore) in the state of Karnataka, India (about 4 hour train ride from Bangalore International Airport). The event is organized by the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing under the sponsorships of a public grant from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. 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.

All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru

The All India Institute of Speech and Hearing was established in the year 1966 as an autonomous institute fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The major objectives of the institute are to impart professional training, render clinical services, conduct research and educate the public on issues related to communication disorders such as hearing impairment, mental retardation, voice, fluency and phonological and language disorders. The institute offers many courses including Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. courses in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology. Situated in a lush green campus of 32 acres adjacent to the University of Mysuru in Manasagangothri, Mysuru, it is a unique institute in the Asian sub-continent with its eleven departments and a well equipped Library and Information Centre. These departments have state-of-the-art facilities to offer interdisciplinary training to the students. The institute has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in the area of Deafness by WHO, as a Centre for Advanced Research by UGC and as a Science and Technology Institute by DST.


Mysuru is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 miles) south-west of the state capital Bangalore. Known for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings, is also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysuru earned it the sobriquet cultural capital of Karnataka. It has been recently crowned as the cleanest city in India. Please find different options for reaching Mysuru here.

Registration and cost

Warning: This workshop is not for true beginners in EEG and Matlab - such persons would be wasting much of their time since 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.


Space at the workshop is limited to 50 delegates. Registration cost is INR 4000 for Ph.D. students and INR 6000 for postdoctoral fellows and others from India. For foreign Ph.D. students and others, registration cost is USD 200 and USD 300 respectively. Registration cost will include

  • Workshop space for 4.5 days
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks at workshop
  • Workshop banquet on one night
  • Workshop kit
  • A part day bus excursion to nearby tourist places
  • Transportation from official accommodation places to workshop venue

The registration process is detailed below.

  1. . Pre-register on this page.
  2. . You will be short listed based on your research area and statement of purpose. The decision of selection will be intimated via email within 6 days from the receipt of application.
  3. . Registration and payment of the registration fees are due within 3 days from the receipt of selection email. The participants forfeit their selection if they do not register within three days of receipt of the selection email and the next waitlisted participant will get the slot
  4. . Registration closes after 50 selected participants have registered.
  5. . If you have any question, contact the Indian organiser, Dr. Ajith Kumar, at


Registration cost DOES NOT include accommodation. Delegates have to make their own arrangements for stay. List of other hotels within 4-5 km from the venue is here. Free shuttle services will be available from accommodation place to the venue for delegates staying in Hotel Grand Maurya, Ruchi and Treebo spectrum Suites. Please book the accommodation well in advance as Mysuru is a popular tourist destination and busy in January.

Poster session

There will be a poster session that will provide delegates with the opportunity to present some of their recent EEG work and to receive feedback from their colleagues. Interested delegates please email 400-600 words abstract of your scientific posters to the organizers. Further details regarding the posters will be communicated to interested delegates.


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.

Preliminary Workshop Program (PDFs will be updated)

Purple lettering = lecture
Orange lettering = tutorial

Sunday, January 15th Participants arrive by train or by car.

Dinner on your own

Monday, January 16

7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Inauguration
-- Break--
Overview and ICA Theory/Practice
11:30 – 12:45 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics I (Scott Makeig) PDF
12:45 – 13:15 -- EEGLAB overview (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
13:15-14:30 Lunch --
14:30 – 15.15 -- ICA theory (Scott Makeig) PDF‎
15:15 – 16:15 -- EEG data import, Artifact rejection (Luca Pion-Tonachini) PDF
-- Break--
ICA and time-frequency
16:30 – 17:15 -- ICA decomposition of EEG data practicum (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF
17:15 – 18:00 -- Evaluating ICA components practicum (Luca Pion-Tonachini) PDF
18:00 – 19:00 -- Time-frequency decompositions of EEG data: Theory and practice (John Iversen) PDF
Dinner on your own

Tuesday, January 17

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 (John Iversen) 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
Dinner hosted by organizers

Wednesday, January 18

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 (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
12:00 – 13:00 -- Source information flow and Granger-Causal modeling tools (John Iversen ) PDF
13:00-14:30 Lunch --
Source information flow and scripting
14:30 – 15:00 -- STUDY plugin for group level connectivity analysis (Makoto Miyakoshi) PDF AVI file (zipped) How To reject ICs at group level
15:00 – 16:00 -- Basic scripting using EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
-- Break--
16:30 – 18:00 -- Scripting using STUDY within EEGLAB (Arnaud Delorme) PDF
Dinner on your own

Thursday, January 19

7:30-9:00 -- Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 -- Mining event-related brain dynamics II (Scott Makeig) PDF
10:15 – 10:45 -- Practicum, small group projects
-- Break--
11:15 – 12:30 -- Practicum, small group projects
12:30 – 13:00 -- Participant project presentations and general discussion
13:00 -- Lunch
13:00 onwards- Panel discussion and interaction on Indo-Us collaboration in neurophysiology