Student Activities

Announcement of the Chapter Awards Winners


We are proud to announce the Chapter Awards Winners:




* Large Chapter: IEEE Tunisia Section Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter
* Small Chapter: IEEE Algeria Section Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter



* Large SBC: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology (INSAT) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter, Tunisia
* Medium SBC: University of Manchester IEEE Power & Energy Society Chapter, UK & IR
* Small SBC: Al-Balqa Applied University IEEE Communications Society Chapter, Jordan





We are bringing you incredible news!


We, as R8SAC and R8YP have joined forces with IEEE Africa Ad-hoc and are opening together a call for proposals for Africa SYP Congresses 2019!

The process is one stage, where more than one congress may be granted hosting, in various parts of Africa.

Check the requirements, put together a proposal and send us an e-mail by October 30, 2019, entitled “IEEE ASYP Proposal-<Name of IEEE OU (SB/YP or other)>” to, and


The proposal must incorporate the following information:


1. Hosting entity (IEEE or affiliate non-profit organization)
2. Proposed Dates for the Congress (within 2019)
3. Proposed Host Location (Cities, States)
4. Chapter or Section information
5. Congress volunteers to serve in the committee(s)
6. Proposed Venue Description
7. Letter of endorsement from Section
8. Budget estimates (overall and per participant)
9. Tentative program
10. Various Statements Regarding IEEE policies


with more details given in the official document “IEEE ASYP Request For Proposals” that can be found here:


The hosts will be announced on November 1, 2019.

Second Call for IEEE R8 SPC2020



Dear Student Branch Counsellors


This is a short reminder that the participation to SPC2020 should be well in hand to choose the students that participate from your Student Branch. The students having the best five papers will give a presentation at MELECON 2020 in Palermo, Italy in June 2020 with expenses covered by IEEER8. There are awards of $800, $500 and $200 for the first, second and third classified respectively.

All information on SPC Rules is contained on the website.


If you need any further information please contact us on The closing date for submission is December 1, 2019.



Student Paper Contest 2019 – Final Results


The oral presentations of the finalists took place during EUROCON2019 at NoviSad, Serbia between July 1 and July 3.
The jury members were Prof Anastas Mishev, Prof Vera Markovic and Prof Paul Micallef.
Here are the results.

  • FIRST PRIZE and award of $800
    Ariane de Vroede, KULeuven SB
    “A 94 GHz Voltage-Boosted Energy Harvester in 45 nm CMOS Achieving a Peak Efficiency of 21.2% at – 8.5dBm Input Power”.
  • SECOND PRIZE and award of $500
    S. Akhavan, M. Kamarei, H. Soltanian-Zadeh, University of Tehran SB
    “Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Absence Epileptic Seizures Using Depth Recordings”.
  • THIRD PRIZE and award of $200
    Gabriele Mosaico, Matteo Saviozzi, University of Genova SB
    “A hybrid methodology for the day-ahead PV forecasting exploiting a Clear Sky Model or Artificial Neural Networks”.

The student branch of the winner – KULeuven SB – also gets the ‘Dick Poortvliet Award’ of $250.


IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Website Contest 2019


Dear IEEE Student Members,

We hope you’ve had a productive and enjoyable university semester as members of your IEEE Student Branches.

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Website Contest. While social media is usually the primary platform to advertise student branch events, to reach out to all potential members a functional and up-to-date website is essential. Maintaining a website is also a fantastic way to practice your web design skills and looks great on any student portfolio!

Each year we celebrate the top three student branch websites in Region 8, the winner of this award can then proceed to compete globally for some fantastic prizes!

Websites are evaluated on five separate criteria, including Content, Navigation, Originality, Presentation, Portability and Load time.If are a member of an IEEE Student Branch which has a fantastic website worthy of an award, please submit your entries via this online form.

Full details on this award can be found on the IEEE MGA Awards Website.

  • Please note: The nomination deadline is 15th July 2019.

Should you have any questions regarding the application process, or concerning general Student Branch matters, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,


Lee Crudgington

Awards and Contests

IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee.



IEEER8 Student Paper Contest 2020


The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main activities in Region 8.

For its success, it relies heavily on the input from the Student Branch Officers, especially the Student Branch Counselor and the Student Branch Chair, but also on academic members especially those who form part of the local IEEE section

SPC is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity and to increase the visibility of the student branch.

It also makes the possible further promotion of IEEE among students.


Once every year, each IEEE R8 Student Branch (SB) may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of a local SPC generally means that contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are to be locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all R8/Sections/Chapters IEEE Conferences, having student papers sessions included in their programs, could and should also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as a SB is formally supporting and accepting any type of student papers contest activity, it is in line with the existing SPC rules. Student Branch Counselors should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, student activities officers, members of executive committees, …).

The winner(s) of each Student Branch Contest may compete for the Region 8 Contest, held within the Region 8 limits. A Student Branch may submit one paper per every 100 Student Branch members or part thereof, with a maximum of three papers per SB.

At the same time, especially in small branches where the managing of a local contest is very difficult, the IEEE section officers can encourage students to submit their work as a paper to the SPC. This is a good exercise for the student, especially those who intend to continue to a doctorate.


IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is for IEEE R8 student members or graduate student members who have not yet started their Ph.D. Only IEEE R8 student members could be authors of the IEEE R8 SPC papers. Since the five finalist papers are being included in the conference proceedings as well as in IEEE Xplore Library, the rules will now allow that the name of the supervisor/mentor may be added, as an author, to the final version of the paper sent to the conference organization. This does not change in any way the basic rule that the submitted paper is the work of the student.

Each student author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch at the time of the original submission of the paper to the Branch Contest, and a member (student or not) of the IEEE at the time of the R8 Oral Finals presentation. The work presented has to be completed before

the student receives the engineering degree that entitles her/him to start preparing a doctoral thesis. The submission of the paper to the Region 8 SPC must be completed within 12 months after graduation. A doctoral thesis is not considered. Published work is excluded from the Contest.


Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject reasonably within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned with. The work need not be original in engineering or scientific content but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.


The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is usually December 1. Send papers by email to Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


A first evaluation phase (paper review) will be carried out by four jury members and the SPC Coordinator. The jury members may also use as reviewers experts in the pertinent subject area. They will grade the written papers sent by Student Branches to the Regional contest without knowledge of the identity of the authors and of their school. Based on this evaluation, the SPC Coordinator will decide which five papers will be accepted for presentation at the Regional Oral Finals. All five finalists will be invited and financially supported to present their papers at IEEE R8 MELECON 2020 Conference, June 2020, Palermo Italy. The Jury members will grade the oral presentations and award the prizes. The papers will be published within MELECON 2020 Conference Proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. For the best three papers, there are awards of $800, $500 and $200 respectively.



Further details on the SPC rules are available from the SAC website.

June 2019


This year there were 16 valid papers submitted by the closing date of December 15, 2018. The papers were seen by four jury members

Professor Anastas  Mishev from Republic of North Macedonia

Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco

Professor Vera Markovic  from Serbia

Professor Paul Micallef from Malta who is also the SPC Co-ordinator


The jury members are rotated over a period of time depending on where Melecon and Eurocon are held. The participants were from the following countries:

Belgium, Iran, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, and Spain.

The five papers, chosen by the jury members, that will be presented at Eurocon 2019 in Novi Sad, Serbia are


  • Antoine Paris, Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, ” Identifiability Conditions for Multi-Channel Blind Deconvolution with Short Filters.”


  • Ariane De Vroede, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” A 94 GHz Voltage-Boosted Energy Harvester in 45 nm CMOS Achieving a Peak Efficiency of 21.2% at – 8.5dBm Input Power.”


  • Boitomelo N. Mantji, Fiona R.A. Oloo, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, ” Electronic Stethoscope Design, Prototyping and Testing.”


  • Gabriele Mosaico, Matteo Saviozzi, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, ” A hybrid methodology for the day-ahead PV forecasting exploiting a Clear Sky Model or Artificial Neural Networks.”


  • Saeed Akhavan, Mahmoud Kamerei, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, ” Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Absence Epileptic Seizures Using Depth Recordings.”


According to the SPC rules, where papers have multiple authors, IEEER8  supports only one author of each paper accepted by the Jury for oral presentation.


The  student branches that submitted a paper to  SPC2019 are:

University of Genoa, Italy
Buein Zahra Technical University – Qazvin, Iran
University Carlos III – Madrid, Spain
KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
University of Alicante, Spain
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece
Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran
Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
KU Leuven (Belgium)(2)
Univ Of Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Porto, Portugal
University of Niš, Serbia


Paul Micallef

SPC Coordinator


Final Call for Papers. Deadline extended to December 15 2018.

All information on SPC Rules  is contained on the website at

As a help for SB counsellors included below is a  template regarding the coversheet to be attached with the paper.

Authors of best five papers attend IEEE R8 Eurocon 2019 at Novi Sad, Serbia  in July 2019. The best three papers from the five finalists, judged at Novi Sad, get $800, $500 and $200 respectively. The student branch of the winner also gets $250 from R8.


Student Paper Cover Sheet

Section A

  1. Name of school


  1. Name of Student Branch


  1. Authors with their IEEE Membership Numbers


  1. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  author to whom         correspondence should be addressed


  1. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  Student Branch Counsellor


  1. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  Student Branch Chair





Section B

NB: In answering the questions please ensure that information about the authors, school etc. is not included.


  1. Paper Title


  1. What is the problem and why is it important?


  1. What is the original contribution of this work? Be explicit.


  1. Does this work check and / or extend previously reported work? What work? Give references. Be explicit.


  1. How does this contribution compare to previously published work?


  1. If the paper is to be submitted to one of the IEEE Transactions, which Transactions would be the most appropriate?







Now is the time to start preparing a paper to submit to SPC2018 on your Masters hard work, or on any research work NOT at Doctoral level that you are working on and want to tell everybody about.

IEEE R8 sponsors the authors of the best five papers to have an oral presentation of the paper at EUROCON 2019 in July 2019 at Novi Sad, Serbia. The five finalist papers are included in the  conference proceedings and IEEEXplore. AND  for the best three papers there are awards of $800, $500 and $200 respectively.

For more information,




SPC Contest 2018 Results

The Oral Presentations  for the five finalists of the SPC 2018 were held on May 2 at Melecon 2018 at Marrakesh, Morocco.

The marks of the oral presentation, (max 30) were added to the marks from the assessment of the written paper (max 70) to give the final result. The first three prizes have also a financial reward of US$800, US$500 and US$200 respectively awarded from the IEEE Life Member Fund

First Prize

Ahmed Abdelraouf Mohamed, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport Cairo SB, Egypt, with the paper , “A Multi-Objective Distributed Generation Allocation and Sizing using Swarm Intelligence Based Algorithms”


Second Prize

Benjamin Chiêm, Université Catholique de Louvain SB, Belgium, with the paper, “Supervised classification of structural brain networks reveals gender differences”


Third Prize

Marko Mihajlovic and  Nikola Popovic, University of Niš SB, Serbia, with the paper, “Fooling a neural network with common adversarial noise”


Congratulations to the three winners, but also to the other two finalists

Nima Taghipour Bazargani, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran SB, Iran, with the paper, ” A Novel Approach for Probabilistic Hurricane Resiliency Assessment of an Active Distribution System Using Point Estimate Method”

Yazan Qiblawey with co-authors Ruslan Abu Sneineh, Majd Ahmed Abduljabbar and Yousef Jamal Orabi, Qatar University, Doha  SB, Qatar, with the paper, “Design and Implementation of Autonomous Surface Vehicle”


The SPC 2019 will be announced soon, and Student Branch Counsellors should start looking for the best student to send in a paper to the contest.