SPC 2010

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

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

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.

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.

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.