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SPC2017 Results and Winners

This year there were ten valid submissions for SPC2017. The submissions were from KU Leuven (2) (Belgium) Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), East African School of Aviation (Nairobi, Kenya), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), INPT Rabat (Morocco), King Abdul Aziz University, (Jeddah), Saudi Arabia University of Nis (Serbia), University of Maribor (Slovenia) and University of Valencia, Spain.

The jury members who examined the papers were

  • Prof Paul Micallef, Malta – Chair
  • Prof Samir Shaheen, Egypt
  • Prof  Mohamad Awad, Lebanon.
  • Prof  Christos Schizas, Cyprus
  • Prof Anastas Mishev, Macedonia

The five students chosen by the jury members after the first stage in this year’s SPC competition attended MELECON 2017 at Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, where they presented their papers in front of the  jury members and other interested listeners who were attending the conference.

The five finalists were

  • Ely De Pelecijn from KU Leuven
  • Gautier Tihon from the Universite Catholique de Louvain
  • Istvan Taczi from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Lucija Brezočnik from the University of Maribor
  • Tim Thielemans from KU Leuven.

The organizers of Melecon 2017 hosted the five students at the conference, in a beautiful location on Lake Ohrid, giving them free registration and participation at the conference functions.  IEEE R8 paid for the travel and accommodation.

From these five, the jury chose the best three. These were

FIRST               Lucija Brezočnik from the University of Maribor

Paper Title: Feature selection for classification using particle swarm optimization

SECOND          Tim Thielemans from KU Leuven

Paper Title: A Capacitive Gearbox DC/DC Converter enabling Skyscraper CMOS with Dynamic Voltage Scaling

THIRD  Ely De Pelecijn from KU Leuven

Paper Title:  High Speed Time-multiplexed Continuous Time Sigma-Delta Converters

Since there are some missing entries in the history of SPC in R8, it is difficult to establish definitely when there were other female winners. There is only one other recorded instance of a female winner and she was a co-author in SPC 1988.  So this year’s winner is the first female author to win the SPC over a period of nearly thirty years, and the first leading female author.

The certificates to the finalists were presented by Region 8 Director Margaretha Eriksson during the gala dinner on July 7.

The winning papers also have an award of $800, $500 and $200 dollars respectively given by the IEEE Life Member Fund. Further, the Student Branch of the first classified receives $250 as the Dick Poortvliet Award from Region 8.

Director R8 with FIRST PRIZE Winner Lucija  Brezočnik

 

Director R8 with SECOND PRIZE WinnerTim Thielemans

 

Director R8 with THIRD PRIZE Winner Ely De Pelecijn

 

Three Jury Members R8 Director and five finalists at the award ceremony


STUDENT PAPER CONTEST 2018

Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Chairs,

Dear Student Branch Counselors,

All IEEE Region 8 Student Branches (SBs) are invited to participate in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2018. This is the first call for this year’s Student Paper Contest.

Five papers will be chosen for presentation at MELECON 2018 in May 2018 at Marrakech, Morocco.

For more information,

PLEASE READ THE SHORT DIGEST ABOUT SPC IN THE ATTACHED FILE. (Link)

THE COMPLETE SPC RULES ARE ALSO ATTACHED (Link),

AS WELL AS IEEE COPYRIGHT FORM (Link).

The deadline to send full student papers for the contest is December 1, 2017.

(If you are not SB Chair or SB Chapter Counselor any more, please transfer this call to responsible IEEE person(s) or reply to r8sac@ieee.org)

Kind Regards,

IEEE Region 8 SAC Team

Email: r8sac@ieee.org


Mind The Gap is here again!

Dear IEEE Region 8 Students,

This is your opportunity to CROSS the line!

Mind the Gap is a contest challenging IEEE students in Region8 to come up with a project proposal describing an idea that helps reduce the gap between generations and bring them together. It should be feasible, useful, and beneficial to all generations.

The first, second, and third prizes amount to 750, 500, and 250 USD, respectively.

Proposals should be submitted to mtg@ieeer8.org not later than May 22nd, 2017. Any team of 1 to 5 students is eligible to participate, and three winning teams will be announced by June 22nd. Show us what you can do!

Connect with us!

 

What is the generation gap?

The term “generation gap” describes the sociological and psychological differences between people belonging to different generations: differences in values, lifestyle, attitude, even opportunities. Sociologists differentiate between three generations: Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (1965-1984), and Millennials (also known as Generation Y, 1985-2010).

The biggest gap exists between Millennials and their predecessors. Millennials grew up in a time where everything they needed to know or wanted to know was at their fingertips thanks to the advancement of technology. This innovative need to know, want, and do more led Millennials to obtain a skill set that is infinitely scalable compared to previous generations, mostly in terms of the ability to use technology efficiently and absorb information rapidly. However, what they lack most is what their predecessors abundantly have: experience.

 

Guidelines

The project idea shall

  • Bring older and younger generations together, upon its implementation
  • Be beneficial to both older and younger generations, and reflect positively on society
  • Be realizable, i.e. implemented and transformed into reality, within a 6-month period
  • Be realizable, within a budget of no more than 10,000 USD

The proposal shall include

  • A project idea that helps reduce the generation gap (as described above)
  • A development of the idea, discussing the positive impact on the different age groups, and on society
  • The potential challenges that could be faced during and after the project implementation
  • A detailed budget estimation
  • A Gantt Chart showing the project’s milestones and their estimated time of completion
  • No more than 10 pages

 

Proposals should be submitted to mtg@ieeer8.org not later than May 22nd, 2017. Any team of 1 to 5 students is eligible to participate, and three winning teams will be announced by June 22nd. Show us what you can do!

For more information, please visit facebook.com/MtGR8SAC, mtg.ieeer8.org, or send an email to mtg@ieeer8.org. Looking forward to receiving your ideas!

 

All the best,

Your IEEE R8 SAC Team

 


Thanks to EPICS in IEEE, MtG projects will become a reality!

Thanks to EPICS in IEEE, the winners of MtG Second Prize were awarded 10,000 USD in order to transform their project into reality!

Congratulations to the winners Joao Santos, Carina Fonseca, Miguel Dias, and Diogo Mesquita, from the IEEE Portugal Section. MtG team thanks Maciej Borowka and the whole EPICS in IEEE team for their continuous support!

Looking forward to more MtG projects becoming EPICS in IEEE projects!

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IEEE R8 50th Student Paper Contest

It is time to start thinking about the R8 Student Paper Contest for 2017. This will be the 50th Contest. Last year there were 30 students from more than twenty different Student Sections. The papers are judged by an international R8 jury, and as usual the students submitting the five chosen papers will have an oral presentation at one of the prime IEEE R8 conferences. This year it will be IEEE R8 Eurocon 2017 in July at Ohrid, Macedonia.

The travel and accomodation will be funded by IEEE R8. There will also be three prizes for the first three papers, chosen after the oral presentation. The prizes are US$800, US$500 and US$200 respectively.

The student branch of the student who wins first prize also gets as an award the Region 8 “Dick Poortvielt Award” of US$250.

So I encourage Student Branch Counsellors to encourage students to prepare themselves and participate. Ideally there would be a student paper contest organised within the student section to choose the best paper. Further information regarding deadlines will be posted soon.

More information regarding the eligibility, the rules and the requirements are available from IEEE R8 SAC.


Celebrate IEEE Day 2016

This year’s IEEE Day is held on 4th October 2016.
Worldwide celebration of IEEE day, every year is hosted by members.
Each year, members are encouraged to host events, parties, competitions and festivities to join together and collaborate on new ideas!
This year is the 7th annual celebration year and it’s popularity is growing exponentially (2010 – 80 events, 2015 – 600 events) To get involved, take a look at the IEEE Day website  for inspiration and promotional materials.
Don’t forget to submit events via the events portal, and share via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram using hashtag #ieeeday
Share your vision and joy with members worldwide.
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IEEE PES Renewable Engineering in Schools (RES)

Call for IEEE PES Student Chapters around the world to join the “IEEE PES Renewable Engineering in Schools” (RES). This project has approved finance support of the PES Member Drive Initiatives (2016). The RES project will support with educational kits to PES Student Chapters visit and teach about renewable energy in primary and high schools until the end 2016.
Deadline to join: September 21, 2016.
Link to join in the project:
RES project description:
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IEEE R8 SAC Student Paper Contest 2016

This year’s IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest awards were held at Limassol Cyprus during Melecon 2016. From the original 29 submissions, the five finalists were Marko Bizjak from Slovenia , Serban Mihalache from Romania, Laszlo Pinter from Hungary , A.J. van den Biggelaar from the Netherlands and Stefan Wunsch from Germany.
After the oral presentation of the finalists, together with the marks given originally for the paper, the jury members chose the paper “Reducing the Processing Loss of Windowed Transforms Using Linear Discriminant Analysis” by Stefan Wunsch from the University of Karlsruhe as the winner.
Congratulations to Stefan, to the other finalists, and also to all the participants in the contest.

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Finalists and jury members

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Region 8 Director, Jury Members and Finalists at the award ceremony.


IEEE R8 Student & Young Professional Congress 2016 Regensburg

The IEEE R8 Student and Young Professional Congress (SYP Congress) is an event that takes place every two years in the IEEE Region 8. It gathers both student and young professional members from all Sections in the Region and it provides an opportunity to network and get to know over four hundred people from all over the world.

The 2016 version of the Congress will be hosted by the IEEE Student Branches Regensburg and Passau in Regensburg, Germany from the 17th till the 21st of August. The participants will have the opportunity to develop their technical and soft skills in a wide variety of workshops and lectures from local companies and global players and they deal with interesting topics in diverse technical fields, meet other IEEE members, exchange ideas and experiences. At the same time, we will introduce the participants to OTH Regensburg, the city of Regensburg, companies and laboratories in and around our city and the bavarian way of life.

Over four hundred students and young professionals from Africa, Europe and Middle East will create an incredible atmosphere – guaranteed! So take part, make new friends or meet old ones, learn about everything IEEE, network with high-tech companies and exchange ideas with like-minded people from all over Region 8.

To register please check out the SYP’s website:

https://www.syp-regensburg.de/about.html 

and check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/syp2016/?fref=ts

The full registration fee includes accommodation and meals during the official dates of the congress (17 – 21 August 2016).12244771_1152239268150169_8453132503522449451_o
Registration fee with accommodation: 375 Euro
Registration fee without accommodation: 300 Euro