Background of Barco HealthcareBarco develops high-precision medical display systems to bring enhanced visualization and diagnosis across the healthcare enterprise, including radiology, mammography, surgery, pathology, clinical review imaging and dentistry. Barco's full line of color and grayscale diagnostic displays, display controllers and softcopy Quality Assurance (QA) tools facilitate confident diagnoses while guaranteeing perfect image quality over time and across displays. Next to this Barco is also an important player in the Digital Operating Room market with the Barco NEXXIS platform, a unique image management solution that builds on the IP network to ensure complete integration of all devices in and beyond the operating room.
FunctionThe goal of the project is to integrate the results of two research projects into an existing Barco real-time streaming environment called Nexxis.
Operation rooms in hospitals are very complex environments with a lot of different video sources and displays. In the past all these sources and displays were hard wired to each other, making it very though to change during an operation the image on a certain display. Matrix AV switchers were used to solve the problem, but differences in video standards and the mix of analog and digital feeds made this impractical.
Barco developed an IP based system, called Nexxis, to stream the different video sources real time, with a very low latency, to the different screens. An API is provided to allow integrators to build user interfaces that support easy selection of sources (e.g. cameras, endoscopes...) and destinations (displays, recorders...) of the streams, applied as presets or dynamically during surgical interventions.
Next to that, two research projects were conducted. One in which the concept of a network / cloud display was explored (a physical display becomes a virtual display, like a physical computer becoming a virtual machine). The other one in which Nexxis video streams are fed into the GPU (via a DPDK network stack), processed in a Vulkan context and sent back onto the network (again via DPDK). The goal of the internship is to bring together the results of the two research projects and integrate them into a fully functional concept demonstrator.
- You will be fully part of the research team and participate to the project meetings
- You will contribute to the further development of the framework and turn it into a valuable demonstrator, working on task including that
- You will integrate video streaming support in the prototype
- You will further develop the server-side application that will apply the video processing using Vulkan
- You support validation and testing of the designed system
You must have knowledge of image processing
You must have knowledge of C/C++
You must have experience with Vulkan (or another graphical API)
It's nice if you have experience with Docker
You have an open and enthusiastic attitude
You are creative
You have an analytical and methodical thinking and way of working
You can write and speak English
About internships at Barco
- The Technology and Innovation group of Barco Healthcare specialises in designing, testing and validating new display technologies and imaging system components specifically for life-critical healthcare applications.
- Internships within the Technology and Innovation group consist of 3 to 6 months working fulltime in the lab environment, interacting with the multi-national, multi-disciplinary R&D teams.
- During your internship you will be guided by our engineers who are world-experts in the field of medical display image quality. You will have the possibility to work together with them to bring the future to today’s medical imaging technology.
- You will also have the opportunity to contribute to cutting edge research by applying your technical knowledge, and you will have ample opportunity and support for developing your industrial writing and presentation skills.
- We are a lively and international group, including nationalities from Europe and around the world. Our past interns have come from a variety of countries, including students from Belgium, France, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania and even Indonesia.