SPC 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.



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 2019 Rules

The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main activities in Region 8. The SPC 2019 will be the 52nd .
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 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 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 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 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 sent to the conference organisation. 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 2019 is December 1, 2018. Send papers by email to [email protected]. 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 EUROCON 2019 Conference, July 2019, Novi Sad Serbia. The Jury members will grade the oral presentations and award the prizes. The papers will be published within EUROCON 2019 Conference Proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Three best finalists will get prizes.


July 2018