Weekly Check-In Community Bonding Period (17.05.-06.06)

Published: 06/07/2021


Dear Python/MNE-Community, I am Martin Schulz (marsipu) from Heidelberg (Germany) and I am a 6th year student of medicine. When starting my thesis about pinprick-evoked pain (MEG/EEG) three years ago, I got first in touch with MNE-Python & Programming and benefited a lot from it since. Starting to contribute was an exciting “looking behind the curtain”-experience and therefore I am enthusiastic about the perspective of using this summer for full-time contribution.

My project is about providing an additional backend for the visualization of Raw-data. It is supposed to offer higher performance (e.g. regarding scrolling & scaling) and thus shall facilitate the analysis-step of signal inspection.

1. What did you do this week?

During the Community-Bonding-Period I met with my mentors and started to learn more about the current RawBrowser-Implementation by working on related issues (#9412, #9414, #9419, #9444). I also started reading into the documentation of some of the possible backend-alternatives (PyQt, pyqtgraph) and created my gsoc-repository where prototypes and progress will be hosted.

2. What is coming up next?

This first week of coding will be all about expanding the existing (only)pyqt-based prototype to be comparable to the other possible backends (pyqtgraph, vtk). In the course of that I will also probably start to refactor the prototypes to make their comparision in a future benchmark-utility easier.

3. Did you get stuck anywhere?

Learning about how Qt handles custom plots took (and still takes) me longer than expected and some problems of #9419 posed a challenge, but with the help of the other contributors/mentors those could be overcome.