The conference and the training course will take place at separate locations.

fNIRS 2016 Training Course
Oct 13th, 2016
Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères
45 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006, Paris

The fNIRS 2016 conference is proud to host a one-day training course on functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), an emerging imaging modality with a wide array of potential applications for researchers and other users: undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses for participants from around the world. fNIRS is noninvasive, employs no ionizing radiation and is portable, thus offering practitioners a means to monitor cortical oxygenation changes and map brain activity at bedside. Two classes/modules are scheduled to meet the needs of users with different levels of experience and skills. This one-day training course is designed to teach the basic concepts and introduce the participant to advanced topics of research and analysis in fNIRS.

Module/Class/Level 1: Basic concepts of fNIRS and demos

The purpose of the present course is to provide an in-depth introduction to the field. It is primarily intended for people new to functional NIRS. The course will cover the fundamentals of fNIRS and offers hands-on experience in data acquisition and first pre-processing. Topics include: an overview of the physics, optics and physiology of fNIRS and imaging of the brain, fNIRS instrumentation, safety issues and training on data acquisition and analysis (brain computer interface demo).

The course is geared toward beginners in fNIRS application areas.


– Dr Kevin Mandrick (PhD, ISAE-SUPAERO France): All the fundamentals in fNIRS

– Dr Hasan Ayaz (Associate Research Professor Drexel University & Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania): Brain Computer Interface Digital Signal Processing with fNIRS and demo.

Module/Class/Level 2: Advanced analysis and imaging in fNIRS

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of advanced fNIRS data analysis methods including, temporal and spatial decomposition methods, Noise reduction methods, General Linear Model (GLM), functional and effective connectivity analysis and computational modeling. The course is targeted at participants possessing a basic knowledge of imaging technologies and signal processing.


– Dr Fabrice Wallois (MD-Prof., GRAMFC, INSERM U1105, Amiens)

– Dr Ardalan Aarabi (PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University Research Center, Amiens)


8:45 – 9:00 Introduction and Overview of the training day: F. Dehais, S. Perrey
9:00 – 10:30 Basic concepts of NIRS: Dr. K. Mandrick
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Pre-processing and Demos with Brain Computer Interface: Prof. H. Ayaz
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Advanced analysis in fNIRS: Dr. A. Aarabi
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Advanced noninvasive optical brain imaging: Prof. F. Wallois

Course Fee: 80 euros. Space is limited to 80 participants. Early registration is therefore recommended. Participants who were on the waitlist for the 2014 course will be given priority for registration.