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Introduction to Scientific Computing and Matlab

Below you will find the schedule of our “Introduction to Scientific Computing and Matlab” workshops, held in the CBSU West Wing Seminar Room on Wednesdays, 11.00, between October 2014 and January 2015.

Matlab is the Swiss Army Knife of data analysis: no matter whether you are analysing neuroimaging data, behavioural data or your latest bank statements, Matlab can make you do things you thought were never possible.

Any larger data analysis at the CBU, especially for neuroimaging data, is performed on our high-performance computer cluster, using the operating system Linux. Some of our workshops will cover the basics of our computing system, good research practice in scientific computing, basic linux commands and an introduction to parallel computing.

Lectures will be combined with hands-on sessions. Space is limited, so it would be good if we had an idea of how many people we may have to accommodate. If you are interested, please drop me (Olaf Hauk) a line. We will also create Doodle polls for each session.

Our workshops are aimed at researchers with no or little prior experience to programming (in Matlab or otherwise). We are not intending to provide a full Matlab or Linux course, but we hope we can significantly facilitate the first few steps. For other options, see e.g. opportunities at Cambridge University (, or on-line tutorials (

You may want to have a look at other skill-oriented training options.

Any suggestions of feedback on our previous lectures would be very welcome.

Except for the first lecture, all sessions will take place in the West Wing Seminar Room, on Wednesdays at 11am.




October 30 Lecture Theatre

Introduction to the CBSU computing system
Overview of CBSU computing resources; using/accessing the computing system; best practice in scientific computing, basic Linux commands
PDF of previous lecture

Tibor Auer

November 6

Hands-on introduction to Linux
How to find your way around our computing system. Basic and more advanced Linux commands, tips and tricks
PDF of previous lecture

Tibor Auer

November 13

Setting up experiments in E-Prime
Preparing and presenting stimuli, collecting behavioural responses

Maarten van Casteren

November 27

Getting started with Matlab
First steps in Matlab; the workspace and command window; variables – what they are and what they are for; basic commands; the editor; scripts and functions
PDF of previous lecture - slides
PDF of previous lecture - handouts
Previous Example scripts

Yaara Erez

December 4

Basic Matlab commands I
Basic commands and functions; loops and conditional statements; tips and tricks
Previous scripts and lecture

Yaara Erez

December 11

Basic Matlab commands II
basic matrix operations, functions, tips and tricks
Previous Presentation and Script

Olaf Hauk

December 18

Structuring and debugging Matlab code
Writing clear and fast Matlab code; editing scripts and functions; debugging Matlab code

Danny Mitchell

January 15

Visualisation in Matlab
Visualisation options in Matlab; creating and editing figures; plotting curves
Previous PDF of the lecture - slides
Previous PDF of the lecture - handouts
Previous Example scripts

Yaara Erez

January 22

Parallel Computing in Linux and Matlab Introduction to parallel computing; login and compute nodes; the qsub command

Russell Thompson, Tibor Auer