SPC 2021

Student Paper Contest 2021: Final Results

The final part of the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest (Oral Finals) was held within the frame of the TELSIKS 2021 conference, at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis, Serbia on 21 October 2021. The format of the Oral Finals was hybrid, and we managed in this difficult time of the pandemic to gather most of the finalists and jury members to participate in person. On the other hand, the hybrid form allowed those who could not travel to participate in the event online. The marks of the oral presentation in the final part (max 30) were added to the marks from the assessment of the written paper in the first part of the contest (max 70) to give the final result.


Members of the international jury who assessed the oral presentations were Prof. Paul Micallef from Malta, Prof. Mike Hinchey from Ireland, and Prof. Vera Markovic (also the SPC coordinator) from Serbia. In addition to them, Prof. Giambattista Gruosso from Italy also contributed to the work of the jury in the first part of the contest. Theodoros Chatzinikolaou, R8 Regional Student Representative attended the Oral Finals in person as well. The R8 SAC Chair, Simay Akar, participated in the event online.



Final Results

1ST PRIZE and award of $800

Olivier Leblanc1, Loïc Tadrist2, Nicolas Moreau1, Boris Brun1, Tristan Gilet2, Benoît Hackens1

1 UC Louvain SB, 2 University of Liege, Belgium


“An affordable pedagogical setup for wave-particule duality and applications to chaotic stadium cavity” 

In addition, the student branch of the winner, UC Louvain SB, gets an award of $250.


2ND PRIZE and award of $500

Eva Boneš, Matija Marolt

University of Ljubljana SB, Slovenia


“Automatic segmentation of the Golgi apparatus in volumetric data with approximate labels”


3RD PRIZE and award of $200

Yazan Alnajjar, Jinane Mounsef

University of Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai SB, UAE


“Next-Generation Network Intrusion Detection System (NG-NIDS)”


4th and 5th Place

Damjan Denić, Predrag Aleksov, Igor Vučković

University of Niš SB, Serbia


“Object recognition with machine learning for people with visual impairment”

Salma Moufid, Fatima Zahra Lachgar, Chaimae El Ainzroudi, Anass Ait Ben El Arbi

Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingenieurs SB, Morocco


“Improving Steganography using Image Compression JPEG”


CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and two other finalists!



Oral Finals at TELSIKS 2021

This hybrid event provided an opportunity for students to get together and to feel the atmosphere of an international conference. In addition to the conference organizers, the local student branch (SB Nis, chaired by Milos Marjanovic) was co-hosting finalists and the R8 student representative during their stay. They got acquainted with the activities of the SB Nis and spent pleasant moments together with SB Nis representatives during their free time.  


The social program included also a sightseeing tour and a nice conference dinner with live music. During the dinner, an award ceremony for SPC finalists was held.


From left to right: Damjan Denic, Igor Vuckovic, Vera Markovic, Predrag  Aleksov, Eva Bones, Paul Micaleff, Olivier Leblanc, Milos Marjanovic, and Theodoros Chatzinikolaou 



Students’ Impressions

❝ The SPC Oral Finals are a wonderful opportunity to discover a new city, especially a new university with different habits and ways to work and teach scientific matter. We can enjoy sharing our work with foreign colleagues, as well as being evaluated by internationally known professors all around the R8.❞

~ Olivier Leblanc

❝ The SPC Oral Finals were my first encounter with the world of conferences. It was a great experience, from learning to prepare a paper for publishing all the way to the actual presentation, and it gave me the confidence for all future challenges. The whole trip, especially the social part of it, was a very sweet cherry on top.❞

~ Eva Bones

Student Paper Contest 2021: Results and Updates


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.



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






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 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 is usually December 1. 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 2021 Conference, July 2021, Lviv Ukraine. 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.



SPC Rules


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


June 2020



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 [email protected])


Kind Regards,

IEEE Region 8 SAC Team

Email: [email protected]