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Toronto - 2019 BESA Research Workshop

BESA GmbH // Brain Vision, LLC

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Toronto - 2019 BESA Research Workshop

Ticket Information

Type Remaining End
BESA Research Workshop - Beginner (Full) Sold Out Ended Free  
BESA Research Workshop - Advanced (Days 2 and 3) 4 Tickets Ended Free  

Event Details

BESA® Research Workshop Toronto, 8th September – 10th September, 2019


About BESA:

BESA GmbH was founded in 1995 by Professor Michael Scherg. BESA Research is a leading commercial software package for EEG and MEG data analysis. Analysis options range from pre-processing to advanced source analysis, coherence, and statistical analysis. BESA Research is used in more than 1500 universities and hospitals world-wide.


Things you need to bring:

  • Your own laptop running Windows (please see below for system requirements)
  • Downloads of the software and tutorials (we will provide links before the workshop)

System Requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (64 bit versions, touch not supported)
  • Processor: minimum: 2 GHz
  • RAM: minimum: 4 GB; recommended: 8 GB or higher
  • Screen resolution: Minimum 1280x1024 pixels
  • Graphics card supporting OpenGL 2.0 with 16 MB RAM or more

Things you can optionally bring:

  • Your own BESA license dongle 

Does your lab only have a single license to share among multiple researchers?  Or maybe you are curious about BESA and want a guided tour through BESA Research before choosing to get your own licenses?

We will be able to provide loan license dongles to attendees which can run the complete suite of BESA software tools, so even if you don’t own your own BESA license you can come and learn about the software.

Which ticket type is right for me?

If you are new to BESA Research or would like a deeper refresher, we would encourage you to get the Beginner ticket so that you can attend all three days of the workshop including the full first day which will focus on the core operations of the software.

If you have been using BESA Research for some time, the Advanced ticket is probably right for you as this gives you access to the afternoon of the first, plus the second and third days where we will be focusing on source localization techniques, BESA MRI and Statistics, and the newer features in the latest releases of the software suite.

What can you expect?

  • A workshop program catered to the needs of beginners through to advanced source analysis - choose the program customized to your needs.
  • Hands-on analysis of a real dataset from raw data to source images and brain connectivity - step by step.
  • Introductory presentations to help understanding the methodological background of BESA Research features.
  • Please note: The program is subject to changes.

Day 1:Getting Started, ERP, Discrete Source Analysis, Source Montages

Introductory level











Introduction and initial setup


Data Review (FFT, DSA, re-montaging),

Preprocessing (interpolation, artifact handling, filtering)


- Coffee break -


Trigger Handling (using attributes, defining conditions), Artifact Rejection, Averaging, Classic ERP Analysis (peak analysis, mean amplitudes)


Batch Processing (creating grand averages, combining conditions)


- Lunch break -

Advanced level


Discrete Source Analysis (single dipoles vs. regional sources)


- Coffee break-


Source Montages (creating source montages)


Q & A


Day 2: MRI co-registration, Source Imaging, and Time-Domain Beamformers

Advanced level


Co-registration of EEG and MRI data (using BESA MRI)


- Coffee break -


Distributed Source Analysis I (Comparison of different volume techniques, e.g. LAURA, sLORETA), Brain Atlases


- Lunch break -


Distributed Source Analysis II (Bayesian imaging, cortical imaging, template head models)


- Coffee break -


Time-Domain Beamformers and Virtual Sensor Montages


Q & A


Day 3:   Artifact Correction, EEG-fMRI, Brain Connectivity, and Statistics

Advanced level


Artifact Correction (understanding the background and different techniques including PCA and ICA)


Simultaneous EEG-fMRI Data Processing (fMRI gradient artifact, ballistocardiographic artifact, fMRI-informed source analysis)


- Coffee break -


Time-Frequency Analysis (wavelets, complex demodulation; using BESA Connectivity), Connectivity Estimators (coherence, Granger causality, other methods, in sensor space and source space)


- Lunch break -


Time-Frequency Beamforming, Dynamic Imaging of Coherent Sources (DICS)


Cross-subject Statistics (using batch scripting and BESA Statistics)


- Coffee break -


ANOVA, ANCOVA, and Correlation


Q & A

Food, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Please indicate special diatary needs upon registration.

Have questions about Toronto - 2019 BESA Research Workshop? Contact BESA GmbH // Brain Vision, LLC

When & Where

Baycrest Health Sciences, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation
Kimel Family Building, Ground Floor
3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M6A 2E1

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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