IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015

Challenge: Heart Rate Monitoring During Physical Exercise Using Wrist-Type Photoplethysmographic (PPG) Signals.

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The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) invites your participation in the Second Annual SP Cup, a competition for undergraduate students to be held at the 2015 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Brisbane, Australia. This competition aims to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging, interesting real-world problem using signal processing techniques. Three top teams will be selected to present their work at ICASSP 2015, where prizes will also be awarded.

Participation in the Competition:
Each team participating in the competition is to be composed of one faculty member (to supervise the team members), one graduate student (to assist the supervisor), and at least three but no more than 10 undergraduate students. At least three of the undergraduate team members must be IEEE SPS members or student members.

Participating teams must submit their projects by Friday, 6 February 2015. Each submission should include a report, in the form of an IEEE conference paper, on the technical details of the methods used and the results, as well as the programs developed (MATLAB is preferred). Participating teams must register to join the competition no later than Friday, 16 January 2015. On 27 February 2015, the top three teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2015.

Official Page:
Online registration:

Important Dates:
January 16, 2015 (Friday): SP Cup online registration closes
February 6, 2015 (Friday): Submission deadline for participating teams
February 27, 2015 (Friday): Announcement of the final three teams
April 20, 2015: Final competition at ICASSP 2015

Team Prizes:
The champion: $5,000
The first runner-up: $2,500
The second runner-up: $1,500

Each team invited to ICASSP 2015 will have their travel expenses supported by the SPS. Each team member is offered up to $1,200 for continental travel, or $1,700 for intercontinental travel. A maximum of three members per team will be eligible for travel support.

To join the competition, your team has to register by January 16, 2015. All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. Please feel free to distribute this email to students, friends, and colleagues who may be interested in this competition.

Technical problems:
General enquiry:

Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee (BISP TC)
IEEE SPS Student Services Committee