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5th International Summer School in Biomedical Engineering - Multimodal integration of functional brain measurements

We thank all speakers, participants, organizers and sponsors for their valuable contribution the success of the Summer School 2010!



The function and structure of the human brain is immensely complex. In most cases, this system cannot be investigated directly, but only non-invasively from outside the head. Several measurement modalities are available, such as EEG, MEG, fMRI, MRI, DWI and PET, each of which provides information on a different aspect of brain function/structure. Hence, each single measurement provides us with a rather incomplete picture. The combination of several such measurement modalities promises a (partial) remedy of this situation. Most ideally, of course, the different data types are measured simultaneously. This can pose substantial challenges, such as in the case of recording EEG in an MRI scanner. Often, one has to combine separate measurements from more or less comparable experimental settings. This requires substantial efforts concerning spatio-temporal registration, co-modelling and interpretation of these multimodal data-sets. Data fusion theory and advanced techniques from image processing and biophysical modelling play a central role here. A combined generative physical model is desirable, but often difficult to set up. Of special importance is the careful analysis of the respective performance and limitations of the modalities. Only, if we exactly know, what we measure with each of the particular techniques, we can correctly combine them to form a more general picture.


The objective of the International Summer School is to provide in depth education on techniques of recording and analysing multi-modal data from non-invasive brain measurements, covering both theoretical foundations and practical applications. It aims at a thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms and thus will develop a critical view on current applications and possible future developments. The International Summer School provides contact with leading experts in the fields and is expected to facilitate the exchange of ideas on latest developments. By completing a scientific project, the students will obtain more detailed knowledge on the topic, learn about unsolved and controversial issues and improve their abilities in the fields of scientific writing and oral presentation. 


  • Theory of data fusion
  • Measurement modalities in human brain research
  • Simultaneous measurements
  • Usage of a priori information in EEG/MEG source reconstruction
  • Multimodal generative models

Target group:  (up to 40 participants)

  • PhD students 
  • Advanced Master students 
  • Researchers entering the field computational neuroscience, neuroscience methodology and experimental neuroscience

Credits: 4 ECTS



  • Prof. Dr. J. Haueisen - Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Ilmenau University of Technology (& Bernstein group Jena)
  • Dr. T. R. Knösche - Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Scientific Programme Committee:

  • Prof. J.-D. Haynes (Berlin)
  • Prof. C. Herrmann (Oldenburg)
  • Prof. H. Möller (Leipzig)
  • Prof. J. Reichenbach (Jena)
  • Prof. O.W. Witte (Jena)

List of invited speakers:

  • Gareth Barnes, University College London, UK
  • Ingo Bojak, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Matthew Casey, University of Surrey, UK
  • Stefan Debener, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Jean Daunizeau, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, London, UK
  • Bernd Fischer, University of Lübeck, Germany
  • Christophe Grova, Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada
  • Jens Haueisen, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • Matti Hämäläinen, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, USA
  • Robin Heidemann, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
  • Geertjan J. M. Huiskamp, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Fernando H. Lopes da Silva, Center of NeuroSciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Hellmuth Obrig, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
  • Frédéric Schoenahl, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany
  • Pedro Antonio Valdés-Sosa, Cuban Neuroscience Center, Cuba
  • Juha Voipio, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Carsten Wolters, University of Muenster, Germany

List of Symposium Organizers:

  • Patrique Fiedler, TU Ilmenau
  • Theresa Götz, University Jena
  • Fahimeh Mamashli, MPI Leipzig
  • Jan Schreiber, MPI Leipzig
  • David Moreno Dominuez, MPI Leipzig
  • Daniel Strohmeier, TU Ilmenau
  • Manh Nguyen Trong, TU Ilmenau and MPI Leipzig

General Information


For registration please send an e-mail with the following contact data: first name, last name, position (e.g. PhD student), Institution with address, telephone, fax, and e-mail to Margund Greiner.


In response, you will receive a registration number and the payment details. This preliminary registration secures you a place on the list for three weeks, within which you should transfer the money. Registration becomes valid upon reception of the fee.
Refund of the registration fee will be given upon cancellation before June 30th 2010.

Please make sure to state your registration number as reason of payment!


540 Euro including tuition, 8 overnight stays, breakfast and social program.


Optionally, all participants will have the opportunity to present own  work with a poster during the Summer School.

The International Summer School 2010 will take place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

The address of the venue is:

Collegienstraße 62
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

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