Trouble making topographical EEG interpolation

Hi everyone. I’m trying to make an EEG topographical plot, something like this:


The steps, in general are (without the aesthetics and circular appearance):

  1. Turn polar coordinates to Cartesian coordinates
  2. Interpolate data onto coordinates
  3. …?

So far I’ve tried to keep it pretty simple, but still can’t manage. I was trying to adapt some MATLAB code but just couldn’t manage to implement the steps. Can you see something that I’m missing?

using MAT, Plots, Random, Measures
using FFTW, DSP
using ScatteredInterpolation
using Statistics
using StatsBase


# I/O for the EEG mat file, using MAT package
EEG = matread("sampleEEGdata.mat")

function pol2cart(th,r,z=1)
    x = r.*cos.(th)
    y = r.*sin.(th)
    return (x, y, z)

# Introduction to Topographical Plots

timepoint2plot = 100 # in ms
trial2plot     = Int(sample(1:EEG["trials"]))
color_limit = 20

# Convert time point from ms to index and get relevant EEG data
_, timepointidx = findmin(dropdims(abs.(EEG["times"].-timepoint2plot), dims=1))
timepoint_trial_data = EEG["data"][:,timepointidx, trial2plot][:,1]

# First step is to get X and Y coordinates of electrodes
# These must be converted to polar coordinates
th = (π/180) .*EEG["chanlocs"]["theta"][1,:]
radi = EEG["chanlocs"]["radius"][1,:]
electrode_locs_X, electrode_locs_Y = pol2cart(th, radi)

# Interpolate to get nice surface
interpolation_level = 100 # you can try changing this number, but 100 is probably good
interpX = range(
interpY = range(

# testing ScatteredInterpolation.jl
points = [electrode_locs_X' ; electrode_locs_Y']
samples = timepoint_trial_data
n = 100
x = interpX
y = interpY
X = repeat(x, n)[:]
Y = repeat(y', n)[:]
gridPoints = [X Y]'

itp = interpolate(Multiquadratic(), points, samples)
interpolated = evaluate(itp, gridPoints)
gridded = reshape(interpolated, n, n)
p2 = contour(x, y, gridded)

The matlab code was:

% First step is to get X and Y coordinates of electrodes
% These must be converted to polar coordinates
[electrode_locs_X,electrode_locs_Y] = pol2cart(th,[EEG.chanlocs.radius]);

% interpolate to get nice surface
interpolation_level = 100; % you can try changing this number, but 100 is probably good
interpX = linspace(min(electrode_locs_X),max(electrode_locs_X),interpolation_level);
interpY = linspace(min(electrode_locs_Y),max(electrode_locs_Y),interpolation_level);

% meshgrid is a function that creates 2D grid locations based on 1D inputs
[gridX,gridY] = meshgrid(interpX,interpY);

% now interpolate the data on a 2D grid
interpolated_EEG_data = griddata(electrode_locs_Y,electrode_locs_X,double(squeeze(,timepointidx,trial2plot))),gridX,gridY);

I get the following: (Julia plot on the left, MATLAB on the right)

Does anyone have any better approaches on getting the final product?

You might have some luck with GR.jl’s tricont or trisurf functions.

Out of interest I bought one of these ECG sensors

It should work with a Raspberry Pi.
May I ask what the polar plot represents?

Thanks for the suggestion! Getting this with tricont


Any ideas how I can fill this?

The plot represents electrical brain activity (Electroencephalography, EEG) on the surface of a human subject during a experimental task. ECG (the sensor you have) in a similar vein, is for detecting electrical signals read out from the heart and is used clinically by medical doctors.

@ElectronicTeaCup My bad. Entirely. I used to work in a medical physics department and I hang my head in shame.
Please tell us more about your interesting work. What is the task the subjects are asked to do?

Hehe, no issues. This particular data is public, which I’m using for text-book based course on time-frequency analyses so I’m not super sure what the experiment was. I’m hoping to apply the same time-frequency methods to MEG recordings that I will be taking during a simple task which involves passively listening to tones. The idea is to get a general idea of how sounds can form a temporally intact memory trace in the auditory cortex using modelling approaches and empirical data.