SPC 2014 final results


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IEEE R8 STUDENT PAPER CONTEST 2014

www.ieeer8.org/category/student-activities/awards-and-contest/student-paper-contest

 

What is IEEE Region 8 (R8) Student Paper Contest (SPC)?

 SPC is a traditional, long existing IEEE activity for undergraduate and MSc IEEE students (but not for PhD Students). SPC is probably the OLDEST PERMANENT STUDENT ACTIVITY in IEEE Regon 8  – existing over 45 years ! In fact SPC is a mixture of student, technical,educational, scientific and academic activities. Professors and IEEE volunteers with non-student grades  should be inevitably involed  in SPC. 

 

How does SPC work?

    SPC is a multi-level process. Local contest is at the Student Branch (SB) level, under SB sole responsibility. The winner(s) of each SB Contest may compete for the regional SPC. Paper submission deadline to submitt papers to R8 is December 15, each year. An international Jury is reviewing papers anonymously. Oral Finals and Winners Announcenents are being organized along with the EUROCON / MELECON Region 8 flagship conferences.                              

 

IEEE Region 8 SPC 2014 – I phase results 

SELECTION OF IEEE R8 STUDENT PAPER CONTEST 2014 ORAL FINALISTS

 

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2014 was announced beginning June 2013. The deadline to submit Student Branches best papers to R8 contest was December 15, 2013. 

Within the SPC 2014 campaign, the following activities were realized, mainly by emails:

  • Beginning June 2013 a SPC 2014 email call with essential SPC data and rules was sent to all R8 SB chairs.
  • The same email was also sent to all SB counselors.
  • Different versions of the SPC calls were sent to SB chairs and counselors three more times.
  • All Region 8 IEEE student members got once email with brief information about various Students’ activities, including SPC.
  • Notes about SPC were included in Region 8 News/Student news, December 2013 issue.
  • Section chairs, Section students’ representatives and student activities officers also obtained basic information about SPC, asking them to support and co-organize SPC activities. It was especially emphasized to connect when possible local SPC contests with other IEEE R8 Sections and Chapters activities.
  • Several other single activities were also realized in order to make SPC 2014 more successful.

Before the deadline 24 IEEE student papers were submitted. Additionally,  two papers were late  and were not registered. 23 papers were accepted and graded.  .

SPC 2014 contestants were from 15 Sections and 21different Student Branches/Institutions:

* EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland;

* University of Ljubljana, Slovenia;

* Univ Maribor, Slovenia

* Technical University, Munich, Germany;

* Alexandria University, Egypt (2);

* Univeresity Carlos III, Madrid, Spain;

* University of Malaga, Spain

* TechUniversity of Eindhoven, Benelux;

* Telecom Bretagne, France;

* Tomsk Poly University, Russia

* Klagenfurt University, Austria;

* Saint-Petersburg University, Russia;

* University of Nis, Serbia & Montenegro;

* University of Belgrade, Serbia & Mne

* Ecole Nationale d’Ing Sfax (ENIS), Tunis;

* Cathol. University of Louvain, Benelux;   

* United Arab Emirates, Fujairaht

   * United Arab Emiraes, KUSTAR 

* University Sofia, Bulgaria

* University KIM Skopje, Makedonia

* Univeresity of Stochholm, Sweden

 

The first phase of the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest – selection of the best five papers for Oral Finals – finished beginning of March 2014. During the I phase the International Jury:

– Prof. George Paunovic, Serbia – Chair, g.paunovic@ieee.org

– Prof. Samir Shaheen, Egypt,

– Prof. Andrzej Pacut, Poland,

– Prof. Carlos Lopez-Barrio, Spain,

– Prof. Mohamad Awad, Lebanon,

anonymous graded all papers. The contributions were graded as follows:

– Written paper evaluation:

* 45 points maximum for the technical and engineering content,
* 25 points maximum for the paper content presentation.

Jury selected the following five papers (in alphabetical order of the first author’s first name) for the SPC 2014 Oral Finals:

Nasser Al Rayhi (90756837), Rashid Al Tuniji (92885686), Shaimaa Al Hefaity (90823344)
“Enhanced Indoor Navigation and Tracking Using Support Vector Machine and Internal Mobile Phone Sensors”,
Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research (KUSTAR), Sharjah- United Arab Emirates;
Nick Janssen (92546522): “Analysis and Design of Complex Structures with an Eigencurrent Expansion Method”, Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands;

Nicolas Van der Noot (92784951), Allan Barrea (92891793): “Zero-Moment Point on a Bipedal Robot under Bio-Inspired  Walking Control”, Catholique University of Louvain (Jt.CAS-004/ED-015), Benelux

Sava Grkovic (92891029): “Small Balanced Antennas for Bluetooth Applications”, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro;

Slobodan Mitrovic  (92860979): “Homometric Sets in Diameter-two and Outerplanar Graphs”,
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
The first phase of the IEEE R8 SPC – selection of the best five papers for Oral Finals – finished March 8, 2014.
IEEE Region 8 SPC 2014 – II phase results     

ORAL FINALS, SELECTION OF WINNERS AND WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Second phase of the Region 8 SPC 2014 – Oral Finals – was organized in Beirut, Lebanon,  on Monday  April 14, 2014, during the MELECON 2014 IEEE Conference (www.melecon2014.org).

SPC finalists obtained up to 30 points maximum, depending on the quality of the paper presentations and given answers.  Oral Finals session was well attended. The papers Power Point introductions were well prepared and presented (all within permitted 15 minutes). There were quite a number of questions, both from Jury members and from audience. The finalists’ answers were very good.

 

Nasser Al Rayhi (90756837), Oral Finalist from Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research Student Branch, Sharjah – United Arab Emirate, did not participate in the competition.

When session finished, Jury had a private discussion and awarded three prizes, from the IEEE Life Member Fund, to:

 I prize:  Diploma and 800 USD (cash award amount):

Slobodan Mitrovic  (92860979): “Homometric Sets in Diameter-two and Outerplanar Graphs”,
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
EPFL Student Branch, from which the I prize winner of the SPC 2014 came from, will receive the Region 8 “Dick Poortvliet Award”, an amount of USD 250;

 

II prize: Diploma and 500 USD (cash award amount):

Nick Janssen (92546522): “Analysis and Design of Complex Structures with an Eigencurrent Expansion Method”, Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands;
III prize: Diploma and 200 USD (cash award amount):

Nicolas Van der Noot (92784951), Allan Barrea (92891793): “Zero-Moment Point on a Bipedal Robot under Bio-Inspired  Walking Control”, Catholique University of Louvain (Jt.CAS-004/ED-015), Benelux
The official recognition of the winners, finalists and SPC Jury was organized during the MELECON 2014 Gala Dinner, April 14, 2014. IEEE Region 8 Director Martin Bastiaans and SPC 2014 Coordinator George Paunovic introduced all the SPC finalists, members of the Jury and pronounced three winners. All finalists also obtained certificates that their papers were selected within the five best SPC 2014 papers.

 

The conference was very successfully and efficiently organized in downtown Beirut in a comfortable hotel with the modern conference center. Let me especially emphasize that the SPC participants and members of the Jury received complete free registration, as well as warm and friendly hospitality.

 

All finalists papers were included in MELECON 2014 Proceedings and in IEEE Explore digital library.

 

After sending the SPC final results to IEEE services, the official prizes (diploma and money) are to be sent by IEEE Services to winners within the next period.

 

As soon as possible, complete report-information about the results of IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2014 will be posted at SAC page, including several pictures. An article about SPC 2014 is planned for Region 8 News.

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 ,(Professor George Paunovic  (g.paunovic@ieee.org

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest coordinator