Student Paper Contest 2024-1st Phase Selection Results

The first phase of the Student Paper Contest 2024, the fifty-seventh edition of this prestigious and long-standing R8 student contest, has concluded. There were a total of 34, of which 32 were considered valid. 

The SPC 2024 international jury, comprising Prof. Gianfranco Chicco from Italy, Prof. Joao Carlos Ferreira from Portugal, Prof. Paul Micallef from Malta, and Prof. Vera Markovic from Serbia, has anonymously selected the following five papers (listed alphabetically by authors’ first names) for the Regional Oral Finals: 


(alphabetically by authors’ first names)

Name of the first author

University Country Paper Title

Jan Popič

University of Maribor Slovenia Using Neural Networks in the Search of Low Auto-correlation Binary Sequences

Loay Alfeqy

Ain Shams University Egypt BEVSORT: Bird Eye View LiDAR Multi Object Tracking
Matea Marinova

Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

North Macedonia

Accelerating Convergence in Split Learning for Time-Varying and Resource-Limited Environments

Matic Pokorn

University of Ljubljana Slovenia

Smart Homes, Smarter Savings: Energy Trading with Deep Reinforcement Learning

Tim Bary

Université catholique de Louvain 

Belgium Designing Pre-training Datasets from Unlabeled Data for EEG Classification with Transformers


SPC 2024 Oral Finals will take place as part of R8 flagship conference MELECON 2024, in Porto, Portugal, from June 25 to 27, 2024. The awards for students are $800, $500, and $200 for first, second, and third place, respectively, and the award for the winner’s Student Branch is $250.

The IEEE R8 Student Activities Committee extends congratulations to the authors of the top five papers and the IEEE Student Branches represented by the finalists! 

We express gratitude to all participants in SPC 2024! The majority of the submitted papers exhibit high quality, and we wholeheartedly encourage the authors to persist in their research work, as well as in the preparation and publication of technical papers.

Vera Markovic


SPC Coordinator