Workshop: Mobile EEG and EEG-based brain–computer interfaces

Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Time: 9:00–17:30 (followed by drinks and canapés from 18:00)
Venue: Lyle Theatre, Redmond Barry Building, The University of Melbourne


This one day, hands-on workshop will explore the use of electroencephalography (EEG) in mobile applications, EEG-based brain computer interface (BCI), and LSL, a toolbox for real-time interface with EEG technology.

The program will feature:

  • Mobile Brain Imaging (MoBI) and how mobile EEG can be used to investigate brain dynamics during more natural processes, followed by an overview of mobile EEG and fNIRS technology.
  • BCI and the application of EEG in BCI.
  • David E. Medine, introducing LabStreamingLayer (LSL), supported by a tutorial/hands on session on how to work with LSL.

Intended Audience:

  • Students and researchers that are interested in the use of mobile EEG and EEG-based brain-computer interfaces.
  • Researchers interested in learning about the LabStreamingLayer (accessing data streams in real-time, for time-synchronisation between different devices, networking and centralised collection).
  • A basic background in a programming language would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite.

The workshop will conclude with a live experiment using LSL with mobile EEG.


Time Speaker Title
9:00–10:00 Prof. David B. Grayden Basic concepts of BCI, BCI systems and BCI’s in advanced biomedical applications
10:00–10:15 Morning tea
10:15–11:15 Dr David Medine Nonclinical BCI applications and BCI+
11:15–12:30 Dr David Medine Introduction to LabStreamingLayer (LSL)
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Dr David Medine Tutorial and hands-on session: How to work with LSL
14:30–15:00 Ms Agnes Iwasiw Hardware for mobile EEG and BCI
15:00–15:15 Afternoon tea
15:15–17:30 Dr David Medine & Ms Agnes Iwasiw Live experiment: Mobile EEG & LSL
18:00–21:00 Drinks and canapés, sponsored by Symbiotic Devices.
Loop Roof, 23 Meyers Place

Preparation for the course

Please find the following list of papers and resources that will offer a good overview for the workshop. In addition, we invite you to follow along on your laptop during the workshop; please find some links to the software that David Medine will be introducing and mentioning.

Open Source BCI software packages

About the presenters

Prof. David Grayden is Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering and Leader of the Bionics Laboratory in the Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne. Prof. Grayden’s main research interests are in understanding how the brain processes information, how best to present information to the brain using medical bionics, such as the bionic ear and bionic eye, and how to record information from the brain, such as for brain-machine interfaces. He is also conducting research in epileptic seizure prediction and electrical stimulation to prevent or stop epileptic seizures, and in electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to control inflammatory bowel disease. He has research linkages with the Bionics Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of South Australia, Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, and University of Maryland, USA. Prof. Grayden teaches in the Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering programs. He teaches in the subjects BioDesign Innovation, Biosystems Design, and Biomedical Engineering Design Project. He also contributes to the Neuroscience Research Training course modules.

Dr David E. Medine received his PhD in Computer Music from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. While completing his dissertation on the use of dynamical systems as a solution for emulating zero-delay feedback loops in real-time digital audio systems, he began working as a lab engineer at the Swarz Center for Computational Neuroscience at UCSD. There, he helped to develop interactive mobile brain/body imaging (MoBI) experiments such as the audio maze as well as the open source data transmitting software LabStreamingLayer (LSL). Currently, Dr Medine is a software developer at Brain Products and is still an active developer in the LSL community.

Ms Agnes Iwasiw is the CEO of Symbiotic Devices Pty Ltd.  Agnes is passionate about innovative technologies for EEG and intraoperative monitoring, and combining modalities. Through collaboration she hopes to promote scientific and technological developments in Australia and New Zealand. Agnes graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Neuropharmacology from Monash University, and completed post graduate studies in clinical neurophysiology at Charles Sturt University. She has worked with neurotechnology for over 10 years in both Australia and Canada, providing technical and scientific consulting for devices and related techniques in the fields of neurophysiology, neuroimaging, neurostimulation, neuromonitoring and diagnostics.


  • LabStreamingLayer (LSL) is a system for the unified collection of measurement time series in research experiments that handles both the networking, time-synchronization, (near-) real-time access as well as optionally the centralized collection, viewing and disk recording of the data.
  • BCI+ is a new Brain Products website to showcase solutions for the BCI+ field.
  • The Brain Products MoBI Award is an annual award recognizing excellence in the field of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging research