Statistical Parametric Mapping – Fundamentals and Applications (July 2019)

This course will focus on teaching the concepts underpinning SPM, how to apply them, and how to avoid common pitfalls of SPM and applied statistics in general.

Course Dates:
Monday July 29th and Tuesday July 30th 2019

Course Venue:
University of Calgary, Downtown Campus – Room 330
906 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada

  • How to correctly apply SPM analyses to biomechanics data
  • How to distinguish between different SPM application scenarios
  • Data analysis preparation
  • The advantages and disadvantages of registering data
  • Accurate results interpretation
  • Results reporting
Day 1
8:30 am to 9:00 am Welcome and Registration
9:00 am to 10:15 am Introduction and T tests
10:15 am to 10:30 am Break
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Probability and Random Field Theory
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm Interpreting Results
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ANOVA and Linear Regression


Day 2
9:00 am to 10:15 am Data Registration and Smoothing
10:15 am to 10:30 am Break
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Vector Analysis
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm Normality and Non-parametric Analysis
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Break
2:45 pm to 4:30 pm Ideal, Correct, and Incorrect Uses

Individuals working with biomechanical datasets (e.g. researchers, sport scientists, ergonomists). Note – a working proficiency in Matlab or access to data processing is assumed for course attendees as running SPM analyses requires use of Matlab or Python.

  • Lunch and coffee breaks both days
  • Course handouts

Course Instructors:

Todd C. Pataky

  • Associate Professor
  • Human Health Sciences at Kyoto University 

Dr. Pataky has published over 65 articles in peer-reviewed journals, approximately 45 of which pertain to theoretical and applied aspects of SPM.  His 2004-2006 postdoctoral training in functional brain analysis alerted him to the utility of the SPM methodology, and he has since been adopting SPM procedures for analyses of 1D, 2D, and 3D biomechanical continua.

Mark A. Robinson

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Biomechanics at Liverpool John Moores University

Dr. Robinson’s research interests are related to musculoskeletal loading, injury and impairment in the lower limbs especially during dynamic sports activities. He has published >40 journal articles in these areas since 2012 and has >40 verified reviews on Publons. He has used SPM in these contexts for over six years and continues to develop and promote SPM to provide biomechanists with the appropriate statistical tools for analyzing complex biomechanical data.

Course Information

Early Registration

access until 5/31/19

Standard Registration