Oral Finals Winners of the IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest (SPC) 2023 held at EUROCON 2023 in Turin, Italy

SPC hits again in EUROCON 2023 at Turin, Italy!

The 56th edition of the IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest (SPC), organized by IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee (SAC), concluded at the prestigious IEEE R8 flagship conference, EUROCON 2023, held in Turin, Italy on July 6-7.


Five previously selected finalists had the privilege of presenting their outstanding work during a special conference session – SPC Oral Finals. Kicking off the session, Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu, the IEEE Region 8 SAC Chair, delivered an inspiring opening speech.


The SPC finalists took the stage to present their papers, with most of them presenting on-site, while one participant joined virtually. An esteemed international jury, including Prof. Gianfranco Ciccò (the EUROCON 2023 General Chair), Prof. Paul Micaleff, Prof. Joao Carlos Ferreira, and Prof. Vera Markovic (SPC coordinator), had the responsibility of selecting the winners on the basis of both, initial written submissions as well as oral presentations.


During the conference Gala Dinner at the Automobile Museum Turin, Italy, the eagerly anticipated SPC award ceremony took place. To honor the winners, the IEEE R8 Director Vincenzo Piuri proudly presented the FIRST PRIZE to Jonathan Parion from UCLouvain University, Belgium, for his outstanding paper titled: “Low-temperature admittance spectroscopy for defect characterization in Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 thin-film solar cells.” 


As the first prize winner, Jonathan received a cash award of $800, and UCLouvain University SB was also rewarded with a special prize of $250.




R8 Director Vincenzo Piuri presented the certificate to the winner Jonathan Parion


The SECOND PRIZE, valued at $500, was claimed by Jakub Lála from Imperial College London, UK, for his exceptional paper titled: “Coarse-Graining of Molecular Dynamics Using Neural Ordinary Differential Equations.” 



The THIRD PRIZE, along with a cash award of $200, was bestowed upon Qihan Yang and his co-authors Wenqiang Lai, Ye Mao, Endong Sung, and Jiangnan Ye, all from Imperial College London, UK, for their remarkable paper titled “Knowledge Distilled Ensemble Model for sEMG-based Silent Speech Interface.” 



R8 Director Vincenzo Piuri and R8 SAC Chair Abdullateef Aliyu, presented the certificates to the winners



Saša Obradović from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, secured the 4th place with his paper titled: “Evaluation of inertial measurement units and non-invasive muscle contraction sensors for monitoring cycling biomechanics.”


Meanwhile, the 5th place was earned by Sarah Alyafeai, Rawan Duhaithem, and Sara Alamoudi from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, for their paper titled: “Smart Assistive Wearable Device for Alzheimer’s Patients.”


Congratulations to all the finalists and their respective student branches for their exceptional achievements!


We extend heartfelt gratitude to the mentors and supervisors whose invaluable guidance enhanced the quality of these remarkable papers.


Their names are rightfully included as co-authors in the finalists’ papers published in EUROCON 2023 Proceedings and the IEEExplore digital library. The award-winning papers can be found using the following:



Stay tuned for the upcoming SPC 2024, and secure your participation before December 1, 2023.


We eagerly anticipate your presence at this exciting event.


Looking forward to seeing you there!


Students’ Impressions

Participating to the IEEE student paper contest has been an incredibly enriching journey. It is not often that master thesis work gets the chance to be valorized, and the SPC was a great way to put it in the spotlight, both in writing and orally during a recognized international scientific conference. Also on personal ground, the contest was a great way of pushing my writing and presentation skills even further, helping me grow as a scientist.”

Jonathan Parion

“The Region 8 Student Paper Contest was a valuable opportunity to share my research and complete the work from my undergraduate studies in a more elaborate form. Meeting other finalists helped me appreciate the diversity of research topics and cultures across the region. I am glad I was invited to Torino to experience EUROCON 2023 with its academic and entrepreneurial conference programme.”

Jakub Lála

“Attending the IEEE Region 8 student paper contest has been an extraordinary and honourable experience for me and my co-authors. Winning third place in the competition has made it even more remarkable. I am grateful for the dedication and hard work put forth by the organizers, jurists, and helpers who made this event possible. Aside from academic achievements, this journey has also gifted us with delightful memories of exploring Italy. I anticipate attending more engineering conferences, where I hope to meet even more like-minded individuals and continue building meaningful relationships.”

Qihan Yang