SPC Hall of Fame


Student Paper Contest 2004

The 2004 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 17 papers from 17 Student Branches in 12 countries:

  •     Belgium, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
  •     Egypt, Ain Shams University, Cairo
  •     Egypt, Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria
  •     Egypt, University of Cairo
  •     Germany, University of Karlsruhe
  •     Malta, University of Malta
  •     Netherlands, Universiteit Twente, Enschede
  •     Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  •     Russia, Biysk Technological Institute
  •     Serbia and Montenegro, University of Novi Sad
  •     Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
  •     Slovenia, University of Maribor
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria
  •     Spain, Politechnic School of the University of Alcala
  •     Spain, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona
  •     United Kingdom, University of London (King’s College)
  •     United Kingdom, University of York

The oral finals took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 12 May 2004, as part of MELECON 2004, the 12th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (12-15 May 2004).

The three winners were:

  1. Antonin Descampe and François Devaux (Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) A flexible line-based JPEG2000 decoder for digital cinema: devaux
  2. Biswa Sengupta (University of York, UK) Optimisation of timing properties in a platform independent manner: sengupta
  3. Ahmed Abdelrahman Muhammad and George Isaac Aziz (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt) 2D single mode channel waveguide and MMI beam splitter fabrication and characterization: aziz

The other two papers selected for the oral finals were:

  • Eduard Calvo Page (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Binary decoding of concatenated turbo codes and space-time block codes for quaternary modulations: page
  • Ronan de Renesse (King’s College London, UK) Formal verification of ad-hoc routing protocols using SPIN model checker: renesse

The five jury members for the 2004 SPC were:

  •     Martin Bastiaans, Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPC coordinator
  •     Kamel Hassan, Cairo, Egypt
  •     Zeljko Jakopovic, Zagreb, Croatia
  •     Kurt Richter, Graz, Austria
  •     Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw, Poland

Student Paper Contest 2005

The 2005 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 25 papers from 24 Student Branches in 14 countries:

  •     Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2)
  •     Belgium, Université catholique de Louvain
  •     Egypt, Ain Shams University, Cairo
  •     Egypt, Alexandria University
  •     Egypt, Higher Technological Institute, 10th of Ramadan City
  •     Egypt, The American University in Cairo
  •     Egypt, University of Mansoura
  •     Germany, University of Karlsruhe
  •     Greece, University of Patras
  •     Iran, University of Tehran
  •     Israel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  •     Jordan, University of Science and Technology, Amman
  •     Netherlands, Twente University of Technology, Enschede
  •     Nigeria, Federal University of Technology Owerri
  •     Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  •     Nigeria, University of Ibadan
  •     Russia, Biysk Technological Institute
  •     Russia, Novosibirsk State Technical University
  •     Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
  •     Slovenia, University of Maribor
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria
  •     Spain, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
  •     Ukraine, Lviv Polytechnic National University
  •     Ukraine, Institute of Computer Information Technologies, Ternopil Academy of National Economy

The oral finals took place in Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, on 23 November 2005, as part of EUROCON 2005, the International Conference on “Computer as a tool” (21-24 November 2005).

The three winners were:

  1. Hansjörg Oliver Prinz (University of Karlsruhe, Germany) Design and development of a broadband real-time 100-175 GHz frequency measurement system for gyrotron diagnostics: prinz
  2. Elke De Mulder and Pieter Buysschaert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Electromagnetic analysis attack on a FPGA implementation of an elliptic curve cryptosystem: demulder
  3. Ioannis Yiakoumis, Markos Papadonikolakis, and Haralambos Michail (University of Patras, Greece) Efficient small-sized implementation of the keyed-hash message authentication code: yiakoumis

The other two papers selected for the oral finals were:

  • Eric Hoekstra (Twente University of Technology, Enschede, Netherlands) Large signal excitation measurement techniques for random telegraph signal noise in MOSFETs: hoekstra
  • Simon Oblak (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Interval fuzzy modeling in fault detection for a class of processes with interval-type parameters: oblak

The five jury members for the 2005 SPC were:

  •     Martin Bastiaans, Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPC coordinator
  •     Kamel Hassan, Cairo, Egypt
  •     Zeljko Jakopovic, Zagreb, Croatia
  •     Kurt Richter, Graz, Austria
  •     Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw, Poland

Student Paper Contest 2006

The 2006 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 16 papers from 16 Student Branches in 12 countries:

  •     Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  •     Croatia, University of Zagreb
  •     Egypt, Cairo University
  •     Germany, Universität Karlsruhe
  •     Greece, University of Patras
  •     Netherlands, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  •     Netherlands, Universiteit Twente, Enschede
  •     Nigeria, Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  •     Nigeria, Federal University of Technology Owerri
  •     Serbia & Montenegro, University of Belgrade
  •     Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
  •     Slovenia, University of Maribor
  •     South Africa, University of Cape Town
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria
  •     Sweden, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  •     UK, University of Strathclyde
The oral finals took place in Benalmádena (Málaga), Spain, on 16 May 2006, as part of MELECON 2006, the 13th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (16-19 May 2006).The three winners were:
  1. Daniel Vikenmark (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden) Reactive obstacle avoidance for mobile robots that operate in confined 3D workspaces: vikenmark
  2. Ex aequo:
  • Jurij Rakun (University of Maribor, Slovenia) The computer-aided detection of inferior printing quality and errors: rakun
  • Dimitrios Schinianakis (University of Patras, Greece) A new approach to elliptic curve cryptography: an RNS architecture: schinianakis

The other three papers selected for the oral finals were:

  1. Mladen Bozanic and Neil Naudé (University of Pretoria, South Africa) Analogue CMOS direct sequence spread spectrum transceiver with carrier recovery employing complex spreading sequences: naude
  2. Matthias Paulik, Sebastian Stüker, and Christian Fügen (Universität Karlsruhe, Germany) Speech recognition in human mediated translation scenarios: paulik
  3. Cedric Walravens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Receive descriptor recycling for small packet high speed ethernet traffic: walvarens

The five jury members for the 2006 SPC were:

  •     Martin Bastiaans, Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPC coordinator
  •     Kamel Hassan, Cairo, Egypt
  •     Zeljko Jakopovic, Zagreb, Croatia
  •     Kurt Richter, Graz, Austria
  •     Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw, Poland

Student Paper Contest 2007

The 2007 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 16 papers from 14 Student Branches in 11 countries:

  •     Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2x)
  •     Denmark, Aalborg University
  •     Denmark, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
  •     Egypt, Ain Shams University, Cairo
  •     Germany, Technische Universität München
  •     Greece, University of Patras (2x)
  •     Israel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  •     Netherlands, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  •     Serbia, University of Belgrade
  •     Slovenia, University of Maribor
  •     South Africa, University of Cape Town
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria
  •     South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  •     Turkey, Koç University, Istanbul

The oral finals took place in Warsaw, Poland, on 11 September 2007, as part of IEEE Region 8 EUROCON 2007, the International Conference on “Computer as a Tool” (9-12 September 2007).

The three winners were:

  1. Wilm Decré (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Application of a generic constraint-based programming approach to an industrially relevant robot task with geometric uncertainties: decre
  2. Ales Zamuda (University of Maribor, Slovenia) Modelling, simulation, and visualization of forest ecosystems: zamuda
  3. Jan Verveckken (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Design of inverse controller with cross-coupling suppression for UPFC series converter: verveckken

The other two papers selected for the oral finals were:

  1. Emre Ayranci (Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark) Enhancement of VCO linearity and phase noise by implementing frequency locked loop: ayranci
  2. Michael Rapson (University of Cape Town, South Africa) Pareto analysis of controller design methodologies for integrator plus dead time processes: rapson

The five jury members for the 2007 SPC were:

  •     Martin Bastiaans, Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPC coordinator
  •     Kamel Hassan, Cairo, Egypt
  •     Carlos López-Barrio, Madrid, Spain
  •     Kurt Richter, Graz, Austria
  •     Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw, Poland

Student Paper Contest 2008

The 2008 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 12 papers from 10 Student Branches in 8 countries:

  •     Austria, Graz University of Technology
  •     Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2x)
  •     Egypt, Ain Shams University, Cairo
  •     Egypt, Cairo University
  •     Germany, University Karlsruhe
  •     Malta, University of Malta
  •     Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar
  •     Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria (2x)
  •     South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The oral finals took place in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, on 6 May 2008, as part of MELECON 2008, the 14th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (5-7 May 2008).

The three winners were:

  • Geert Hellings (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) AlGaN Schottky diodes for detector applications in the UV wavelength range: hellings
  • William Vandenberghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Analytical model for a tunnel field-effect transistor: vandenberghe
  • Herman Myburgh (University of Pretoria, South Africa) Near-optimal low complexity MLSE equalization: myburgh

The other two papers selected for the oral finals were:

  • Mohamed Bahgat (Cairo University, Egypt) A simple implementation for unmarked road tracking: baghat
  • Vukosi Marivate (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) An intelligent multi-agent recommender system for human capacity building: marivate

The four jury members for the 2008 SPC were:

  •     Martin Bastiaans, Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPC coordinator
  •     Kamel Hassan, Cairo, Egypt
  •     Carlos López-Barrio, Madrid, Spain
  •     Kurt Richter, Graz, Austria

 


Student Paper Contest 2009

The 2009 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest received 13 papers from 11 Student Branches in 10 countries:

  •     Austria, Technical University of Graz
  •     Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  •     Egypt, Cairo University
  •     Germany, University of Technology Ilmenau
  •     Iran, University of Tehran (3x)
  •     Israel, Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology, Haifa
  •     Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology
  •     Russia, Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University
  •     Slovenia, University of Ljubljana
  •     Slovenia, University of Maribor
  •     South Africa, University of Pretoria

The oral finals took place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, on 19 May 2009, as part of EUROCON 2009 (18-23 May 2009).
R8 IEEE SPC 2009 finalists, Jury and Region 8 Director

The three winners were:

  1. Ralph Hermans (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) Low-complexity model predictive control of electromagnetic actuators
  2. Bernhard Geiger (Technical University of Graz, Austria) Ranging in the IEEE 802.15.4a standard using energy detectors
  3. Jef Beerten (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Comparison of three-level torque hysteresis controllers for Direct Torque Control

The other two papers selected for the oral finals were:

  1.     Hossein Hajimirsadeghi (University of Tehran, Iran) A hybrid IWO/PSO algorithm for fast and global optimization
  2.     Khaled S. Refaat (Cairo University, Egypt) The support vector machined kernel

The five jury members for the 2009 SPEC were:

  1.     Martin Bastiaans , Eindhoven, Netherlands, IEEE R8 SPEC coordinator
  2.     Carlos López-Barrio, Madrid, Spain
  3.     Andrzej Pacut, Warsaw, Poland (not present at the oral finals)
  4.     Djordje Paunovic, Belgrade, Serbia
  5.     Irina Borisovna Vendik, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

 


Student Paper Contest 2010

Invitation:
Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Members, dear Student Branch Chairs,
Please be invited to participate in 2010 Region 8 Student Paper Contest !

Main Goals of SPC activities:
IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest (SPC) is a traditional, long lasting student activity in Region 8.
SPC was and is  an important IEEE topic in many aspects, just to mention some of them:

(a) SPC is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and strong involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity;

(b) SPC is a very good reason and chance for activating and keeping active Student Branches;

(c) it makes possible further promotion of IEEE among students;

(d) it is a nice possibility for  IEEE members with non-student grades – the SPC Committee (Jury) members, their colleagues (associate reviewers), Student Branch Advisers,  professors – student mentors and many other to be involved and to participate in such an interesting IEEE student activity.
Who could participate ?
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 oral presentation. The work presented has to be completed before the student receives the engineering degree that entitles him/her 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.
Deadline and additional information:
The deadline for the 2010 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is 15 December 2009. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. For more information, please consult the SPC rules.

General:
Once each year, each Student Branch may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of local SPC generally means that contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all Region 8/Sections/Chapters supported and/or co-organized IEEE Conferences,  having student papers sessions included in their programs, could also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as a SB is formally supporting and accepting such a student papers conference session as part of a SB SPC, it is in line with existing SPC rules. Student Branch Advisers should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, members of Executive Committees, …).

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

Jury:
An international jury will grade the written papers without knowledge of the identity of the author and of his school, and will decide which papers will be accepted for presentation at the Oral finals.
Character of the papers:
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 content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.
Support:


SPC 2010 Jury

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2010 Committee (Jury)
1) Prof. George Paunovic, Serbia – Chair, g.paunovic@ieee.org
2) Prof. Carlos Lopez-Barrio, Spain,
3) Prof. Andrzej Pacut, Poland,
4) Prof. Ali El-Mousa, Jordan,
5) Prof. Simon Fabri, Malta.


Student Paper Contest 2010 – Results

Even more paper submissions than last year

For the 2010 edition of the Region 8 Student Paper Contest we received 28 papers coming from 26 Student Branches in 19 Sections:

  •     Austria, Univ of Graz
  •     Benelux, Technical Univ, Eindhoven
  •     Benelux, Univ of Gent
  •     Benelux, KU Leuven
  •     Benelux, Catholique Univ of Louvain
  •     Germany, Karlsruhe Univ
  •     Greece, Univ of Central Greece
  •     Iran, Bu Ali Sina Univ, Hamedan
  •     Iran, Univ ofo Kurdistan, Sanandaj
  •     Kuwait, Kuwait Univ
  •     Lebanon, American Univ of Beirut
  •     Lithuania, Vilnius Gediminas Tech Univ
  •     Malta, Univ of Malta
  •     Qatar, Qatar Univ, Doha
  •     Rep. Of Macedonia, Univ of Skopje (UKIM)
  •     Slovenia, Univ of Ljubljana
  •     South Africa, Univ of Cape Town
  •     South Africa, Univ. of Pretoria
  •     South Africa, Univ of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  •     Spain, Univ Nacional De Educacion A Distancia
  •     Tunisia, Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Sfax (ENIS)
  •     Turkey, Suleyman Demirel Univ, Isparta
  •     United Arab Emirats, Bits, Pilani-Dubai
  •     UKRI, City Univ London
  •     UKRI, Queen Mary, Univ of London
  •     Western Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz Univ

Thanks to all the authors and Student Branches for their submissions!

Oral finals

After review of the papers the SPC international jury selected 6 papers for the oral finals that were held in Valletta, Malta, April 26, 2010, during the 15th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference MELECON 2010.
Jury members reported that they were impressed by the quality of the slides presentations of the finalists, their respect of the timing (all within permitted 20 minutes), and their very good sometimes even very impressive answers to the jury’s questions.

The jury awarded one first prize and two second prizes to:

I prize:
Maxime Taquet: “Feature-based error processing for robust surface registration in computer assisted orthopedic surgery”, Catholique Univ Of Louvain (Jt. CAS-004/ED-015) Sb, Benelux Section

II prize ex-aequo:
-Daniel Johannes Louw, P.R.Botha, B.T.Maharaj: “A low complexity Soft-Input Soft-Output MIMO detector which combines a Sphere Decoder with a Hopfield Network”, University of Pretoria SB, South Africa Section
-Micha Linde: “A Simple Stochastic Channel Simulator for Car-to-Car Communication at 24 GHz”, Karlsruhe Univ SB, Germany Section

The other finalists were:

  • Eman AlQuraishi, Reem AlTeenan: “Average Power Reduction in Compression-Based Scan Designs”,  Kuwait Univ SB, Kuwait Section;
  • Hariharsudan Sivaramakrishnan Radhakrishnan: “Non-volatile and Volatile Bipolar Resistive Electrical Switching in Ag and Cu Chalcogenide Memories with a Dedicated Switching Layer”, KU Leuven SB, Benelux Section;
  • Riccardo Mazzon: “Real-Time Structure from Motion for Monocular and Stereo Cameras”, Queen Mary, Univ Of London SB, UKRI Section.

2010 SPC finalists and members of the jury. From left to right: Carlos Lopez-Barrio (J), Ali El-Mousa (J), Riccardo Mazzon – UKRI, Hariharsudan S. Radhakrishnan – Benelux, George Paunovic (J), Micha Linde – Germany, Maxime Taquet – Benelux, Daniel J. Louw – South Africa, Eman AlQuraishi – Kuwait