Spike Sorting and Reproducibility for Next Generation Electrophysiology

24. and 25. June 2019 Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

The analysis of extracellular recordings is a computationally and conceptually complex task with multiple sources of error and bias that can affect subsequent data interpretation. The advent of high-density extracellular micro-electrode arrays (MEAs) now allows recording from hundreds to thousands of channels that poses significant challenges. Additionally, current analysis workflows lack standardisation, and few attempts have been made to make perform systematic comparisons between different solutions and approaches.

This workshop will bring together electrophysiologists and developers of tools for the analysis of extracellular recordings, with the following goals:

  • to showcase new approaches to analyse large scale recordings
  • to discuss approaches for validation and quality control
  • to discuss how elements of reproducibility and provenance can be added to typical analysis workflows
If there is interest, the workshop will also include hands-on spike sorting tutorials for Mountainsort, Ironclust (formerly JRClust), HS2 and SpykingCircus. Bring your own data or use the example data provided.

The meeting will consist of a series of invited talks and discussion sessions on the topics of spike sorting and reproducible data analysis. We hope to not only summarise the state of the art, but to also develop recommendations for new solutions. We invite poster presentations to be held on 24. June.

Invited Speakers

Alessio Buccino, Oslo
David Jaeckel, MaxWell
Espen Hagen, Oslo
Felix Franke, ETHZ
Samuel Garcia, CNRS
James Jun, Flatiron Institute
Jeremy Magland, Flatiron Institute
André Marques Smith, UCL
Olivier Marre, Institut de la vision
Hernan G Rey, Leicester
Evelyne Sernagor, Newcastle
Olivier Winter, Champalimaud
Pierre Yger, Institut de la vision

Registration and Submission

Please register here. Registration is free, but there is a charge of £30 for the workshop dinner at the Surgeons Quarter. We are inviting submission of post abstracts. Registration closes on 30. April, or when the event is fully booked.


24 June
9:30 coffee
10:30 talk 1
11:00 talk 2
11:30 coffee
12:00 talk 3
12:30 talk 4
13:00 lunch
14:30 talk 5
15:00 coffee
15:30 talk 6
16:00 talk 7
16:30 posters, tutorials and discussion
19:00 dinner

25 June
9:30 talk 8
10:00 talk 9
10:30 coffee
11:00 talk 10
11:30 talk 11
12:00 lunch
14:00 talk 12
14:30 talk 13
15:00 coffee
15:30 tutorials and discussion
17:00 closing session


By train the nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley, which is less than a 15 minute walk from the Informatics Forum. See National Rail Enquiries for train information.
For those coming from further afield, information about travel to and from Edinburgh Airport is available. A taxi to the city centre from the airport costs about 22GBP to 24GBP one way. There is an express bus from the airport called Airlink that terminates in the city centre (7.50GBP return), and a tram travelling the same route (8.50GBP return, get off at Princess street). Journey time is about 30 minutes.


Matthias Hennig, Edinburgh
Cole Hurwitz, Edinburgh
Jeremy Magland, Flatiron
Alessio Buccino, Oslo


This workshop is made possible by funding by The Wellcome Trust , the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance , 3Brain AG and Plexon Inc