Student Paper Contest


Student Paper Contest 2022: Call for Papers

GENERAL 

The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main technical activities in Region 8. It was  established in 1967 and since then it 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 possible further promotion of IEEE among students. The success of the SPC 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. 

 

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 a  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 local Student Branch Contest may compete for the Region 8 Contest. 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 difficult, the IEEE section officers can encourage students to submit their work as a paper to the SPC.  This is a good exercise for students, especially those who intend to continue to a doctorate. 

 

WHO COULD PARTICIPATE 

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is for IEEE R8 student members or graduate student  members who have not yet started their PhD. 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. 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 SPC must be completed within 12 months after  graduation. A doctoral thesis is not considered. Published work is excluded from the Contest. 

 

CHARACTER OF THE PAPER 

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. 

 

PAPER REVIEW, JURY, FINALISTS, ORAL FINALS AND PRIZES 

A first evaluation phase (paper review) will be carried out by four jury members including the  SPC Coordinator. The jury members may also use the experts in the pertinent subject area as  reviewers. 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 the IEEE R8 flagship conference MELECON 2022, June 14-16, Palermo, Italy. Papers presented at the Oral Finals will be published in the Conference Proceedings and included  in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The Jury members will grade the oral presentations and three best  finalists will get prizes ($800, $500, and $200 respectively). The student branch of the student  who wins first prize also gets as an award of $250. 

 

DEADLINE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2022 is December 1,  2021. Please send papers by email to r8sac@ieee.org.

 

ATTACHMENTS


Student Paper Contest 2021: Results and Updates

1st PHASE SELECTION REPORT

For the 2021 edition of the Region 8 Student Paper Contest (SPC) we received 9 papers coming from 7 countries (Belgium, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, and UAE), from the following Student Branches:

  1. Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia  
  2. Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  3. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  4. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  5. Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  6. University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  7. Al-Balqa Applied University, Amman, Jordan
  8. Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco
  9. Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE

 

This year, the members of the SPC international jury are:

  • Professor Paul Micallef from Malta,
  • Professor Giambattista Gruosso from Italy,
  • Professor Mike Hinchey from the UK, 
  • Professor Vera Markovic from Serbia, who is also the SPC Coordinator

 

The jury has anonymously selected the following five papers (listed in alphabetical order) for the Regional Oral Finals, which will be held within the frame of an IEEE conference: 

  • Eva Boneš, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, “Automatic segmentation of the Golgi apparatus in volumetric data with approximate labels
  • Olivier Leblanc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, “An affordable pedagogical setup for wave-particule duality and applications to chaotic stadium cavity
  • Predrag Aleksov, Damjan Denić, Igor Vučković, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia, “Object recognition with machine learning for people with visual impairment
  • Salma Moufid, Chaimae El Ainzroudi, Fatima Zahra Lachgar, Anass Ait Ben El Arbi,  Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco, “Improving Steganography using Image Compression JPEG
  • Yazan Alnajjar, Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE, “Next-Generation Network Intrusion Detection System (NG_NIDS)

 

The Student Activities Committee congratulates the authors of the five chosen papers and thanks all participants in the SPC contest.

 

2nd PHASE – ORAL FINALS

This year, due to travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SPC 2021 Oral Finals will be postponed! Hoping that the situation will be significantly better in the fall, the Finals will be organized in
October 2021. The final decision on the location and format will be announced in August 2021.

 

Vera Markovic

SPC Coordinator

 

 


INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN IEEE REGION 8 STUDENT PAPER CONTEST 2021

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 2021.

Now is the time to look for good research work done by the students at the graduate or postgraduate level to encourage the students to prepare a suitable paper.

IEEER8 will fund all expenses for the best five paper authors from among those submitted to give an oral presentation of the work at EUROCON 2021 between July 6 – 8 in Lviv, Ukraine.

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, see the SPC Rules (Link).

The deadline to send full student papers for the contest is  usually around December 1

 

(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

 

 


IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest 2020 FINALISTS

The five finalists for this years SPC2020 gave a presentation on-line on June 16 within the MELECON 2020  Palermo virtual conference.

IEEE Region 8 awards prize money of $800, $500 and $200 for the best three papers respectively. There is also a prize of $250 as the “Dick Poortvliet Award” for the Student Branch of the first prize student.

Following the five presentations, that were very well prepared and presented and in general well answered, the jury members came to a conclusion with the following results.

FIRST PRIZE         Kristjan Stopar, University of Maribor, Slovenia, “Device for visual kinesthetic navigation of the blind and visually impaired.

 

SECOND PRIZE   Matthias Swiggers, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” A Four-Quadrant Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Convertor Enabling Power-Efficient Lab-Grade Potentiostats.”

 

THIRD PRIZE       Mark Cauchi, University of Malta, Malta, “ An Improved Variable Neighbourhood Search Algorithm for Selective Dial-a-Ride Problem.

 

The other two finalists were

Maxim Van den Abeele, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” Object-Centric Street Scene Synthesis with Generative Adversarial Networks.”

 

Najla Al-Thani, Alreem Albuainain, Fatima Alnaimi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar,  Drones for Sheep Livestock Monitoring.

 

The papers and the oral presentations were judged by four jury members

Prof Mustapha Benjillali from INPT, Morocco

Professor Vera Markovic  from University of Nis, Serbia

Professor Giambattista Gruosso from Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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

 


Student Paper Contest 2020 Final Result

 

This year there were 13 valid papers submitted by the closing date of December 15, 2019. The papers were seen by four jury members:

 

  • Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco
  • Professor Vera Markovic  from Serbia
  • Professor Giambattista Gruosso from Italy
  • 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, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Qatar, Serbia, Slovenia, and Spain.

The five papers, chosen by the jury members, that will be presented at Melecon 2020 in Palermo, Italy are:

 

  • Matthias Swiggers, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” A Four-Quadrant Switched Capacitor DC-DC Convertor Enabling Power-Efficient Lab-Grade Potentiostats.”
  • Maxim Van den Abeele, KU Leuven, Belgium, ” Object-Centric Street Scene Synthesis with Generative Aversarial Networks.”
  • Mark Cauchi, University of Malta, Malta, “ An Improved Variable Neighbourhood Search Algorithm for Selective Dial-a-Ride Problem.
  • Najla Al-Thani, Alreem Albuainain, Fatima Alnaimi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar,  Drones for Sheep Livestock Monitoring.
  • Kristjan Stopar, University of Maribor, Slovenia, “Device for visual kinesthetic navigation of the blind and visually impaired.

 

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  SPC2020 are

 

  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • University of  Niš, Serbia
  • Qatar University, Qatar
  • University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • K.N.Toosli University of Technology, Iran
  • Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • ENSIAS Rabat, Morocco
  • National University of Galway, Ireland
  • KU Leuven (2), Belgium

 

 

Paul Micallef

SPC Coordinator


SPC2020 – IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest

 

Final Call for Papers. The deadline extended to December 15, 2019.

All information on SPC 2020 and SPC Rules  is contained on the website at

http://www.ieeer8.org/category/student-activities/

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

Region 8 pays travel and accommodation for the authors of the best five papers to attend IEEE R8 Melecon 2020 at Palermo, Italy in June 2020. The best three papers from the five finalists, judged at Palermo, get $800, $500 and $200 respectively. The student branch of the winner also gets $250 from R8.

Submission of papers to r8sac@ieee.org

 

 

Student Paper Cover Sheet

Section A

  1. Name of school
  2. Name of Student Branch
  3. Authors with their IEEE Membership Numbers
  4. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  author to whom correspondence should be addressed
  5. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  Student Branch Counsellor
  6. 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
  2. What is the problem and why is it important?
  3. 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?

 


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 r8sac@ieee.org. The closing date for submission is December 1, 2019.

 

IEEE R8 SAC


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.

 


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.

  • GENERAL

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.

  • WHO COULD PARTICIPATE

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.

  • CHARACTER OF THE PAPER

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.

  • DEADLINE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is usually December 1. Send papers by email to r8sac@ieee.org. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

  • PAPER REVIEW, JURY, FINALISTS, ORAL FINALS AND PRIZES

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


REPORT ON THE STUDENT PAPER CONTEST 2019 (SPC 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