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IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2017: Real-Time Beat Tracking Challenge

The IEEE Signal Processing Society announces the fourth edition of the Signal Processing Cup: a real-time beat tracking challenge.

The beat is a salient periodicity in a music signal. It provides a fundamental unit of time and foundation for the temporal structure of the music. As Meinard Müller says (Fundamentals of Music Processing, Springer, 2015), “It is the beat that drives music forward and provides the temporal framework of a piece of music. Intuitively, the beat corresponds to the pulse a human taps along when listening to music.” Beat tracking underlies music information retrieval research and provides for beat synchronous analysis of music. It has applications in segmentation of audio, interactive musical accompaniment, cover-song detection, music similarity, chord estimation, and music transcription. It is a fundamental signal processing task of interest to any company providing information services related to music (adapted from Degara et al., Reliability-informed beat tracking of musical signals, IEEE Trans. on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 20:1, 290-301, 2011).

The goal of this challenge is to implement a real-time beat tracker on an embedded platform and to demonstrate the performance with a creative output such as, but not limited to, drumming, dancing, or flickering lights. It is challenging to perform beat tracking in real time because the complete signal is not available. It is also challenging because there can be a wide variety of musical input and the system needs to perform well on all of them.

The competition consists of two stages, open competition that any eligible team can participate, and the final competition that is only open to finalists. The first stage of the open competition starts on June 30, 2016 ending November 7, 2016 and tasks of the second stage must be completed by December 21, 2016. The three best teams are selected and announced by January 10, 2017. The final competition will be completed by the three finalist teams and will be judged at ICASSP 2017 which will be held March 5-9, 2017.

For detailed information, please refer to the SP Cup 2017 document.

Past IEEE Signal Processing Cup Competitions

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2016

Competition Topic: Exploring Power Signatures for Location Forensics of Media Recordings

The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) invites you to participate in the Third Annual International Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) Competition. The SP Cup aims to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to form teams and work together to solve a challenging and interesting real-world problem using signal processing techniques. The 2016 SP Cup will be held in March 2016 at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP, www.icassp2016.org/) in Shanghai, China. Three top teams from the preliminary round held before the conference will be selected and invited to present their work at ICASSP 2016, where prizes will be awarded.

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.

For technical details of the competition project, please visit: https://piazza.com/ieee_sps/other/sp1601/home.

(General information and resources are available on the Piazza education community platform without requiring a login; to access datasets and references as well as to participate in the community discussions and Q&A, please visit https://piazza.com/ieee_sps/other/sp1601 to set up a free account and use the access code "sp1603" to join as a student to "SP 1601: SP Cup 2016”.)

Participation in the Competition:

Each team participating in the competition is to be composed of one faculty member (to advise the team members), one graduate student (to assist the supervisor in mentoring undergraduate participants), 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 17 January 2016. 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 (such as an executable program or an MATLAB App). More detailed submission guidelines will be posted on the SP Cup web page.

Participating teams must register to join the competition by 5 January 2016 (Extended). And by 7 February 2016, three finalist teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2016.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FINALISTS OF THE IEEE SP CUP 2016

The first round of the SP Cup 2016 competition has seen numerous high quality submissions from around the world. We had participations from every continent (with permanent residents)!

The judging committee is very pleased to congratulate the following three teams who have been selected as finalists of SP Cup 2016 (in the order of the ID#):

- Team ID#24546 "Resonance", Bangladesh;
- Team ID#24551 "Vidyut", India;
- Team ID#24569 "Hammer Down", USA.

Finalist teams will be notified of details on the final competition and travel support. Additional recognitions on sensing hardware and systems as well as honorable mentions will be announced shortly.

Thanks every team for your participation! We appreciate your effort, and also gratefully acknowledge Mathworks Inc. for the continued support of IEEE SP Cup. Stay tuned for more updates.

Key Points: Solve a challenging real-world problem and showcase your work at ICASSP - Shanghai, China!

The 2016 Signal Processing Cup is an international undergraduate competition that explores using a time-varying signature embedded in media recordings to determine the location-of-recording.

Who can participate? Teams of 3 to 10 undergraduate students, at most one graduate student, and one faculty member.

What are the prizes? Monetary prizes (up to $5000), plus travel grants for the top three teams invited to showcase their work at ICASSP 2016 (http://www.icassp2016.org/SPCup.asp) in Shanghai, China.

For details and Q&A: Go to Piazza page (https://piazza.com/ieee_sps/other/sp1601) -- use access code sp1603.

Registration Link: CLOSED

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Resources for SP Cup Teams: Visit the resources page for free software, tutorials, webinar and more.

Important Dates:
5 January 2016: SP Cup online registration closes (EXTENDED)
17 January 2016: Submission deadline for participating teams
7 February 2016: Announcement of the final three teams
20 March 2016: Final competition at ICASSP 2016

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

Each finalist team invited to ICASSP 2016 will receive travel supported by the SPS on a reimbursement basis. A 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.

Inquiries:

  • General inquiry: sp-enq-spcup@ieee.org
  • Technical questions: please create an account and post your questions through the Q&A tool on the Piazza website (either as a public inquiry to the SP Cup 2016 community or a private message to the organizers). https://piazza.com/ieee_sps/other/sp1601/home, using access code "sp1603" to enroll.

Organizers:

The organization of 2016 SP Cup Competition is led by members of the IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (IFS-TC), and overseen by the IEEE SPS Student Services Committee.

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015

The IEEE SP Cup is a competition that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging and interesting real-world problem using signal-processing techniques and methods. Three teams will be selected to present their work, and prizes will be awarded at ICASSP 2015. The competition title is:

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

This competition is proposed by the Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee . For details of the competition project, please click here.

Participation in the Competition:

Each team participating in the competition is to be composed of one faculty member (whose role is the supervisor of the team members), at most one graduate student (who will assist the supervisor in supervising the undergraduate team members), and at least 3 but no more than 10 undergraduates. At least three of the undergraduate team members must be either IEEE SP members or student members.

Participating teams must submit their project by February 9, 2015 (extended.) 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 by January 16, 2015. The online registration system will be open in September 2014. By March 6, 2015, the best 3 teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP2015.

Important Dates:

Team registration to join the SP Cup competition: January 16, 2015 (Friday)
Submission deadline for participating teams: February 9, 2015 (Monday)-extended
Announcement of the best 3 teams: March 6, 2015 (Friday)
Final competition at ICASSP 2015: April 20, 2015 (Monday)

 

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

Each team invited to ICASSP2015 will have their travel expenses supported by the SP Society. Each team member is offered up to $1200 for continental travel, or $1,700 for intercontinental travel, and at most 3 people from each team will be supported.

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

Enquiries:
Technical problems: Contact Zhillin Zhang
General enquiry: Contact us

Additional Information

Student Career Luncheon - Students Meet Potential Employers at ICASSP 2015

The Signal Processing Cup at ICASSP 2015

The IEEE Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) is a competition that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging and interesting real-world problem using signal-processing techniques and methods. Three teams are selected to present their work, and prizes will be awarded at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP).

The 2015 SP Cup competition took place at ICASSP 2015 in Brisbane, Australia on 20 April. The title was Heart Rate Monitoring During Physical Exercise Using Wrist-Type Photoplethysmographic (PPG) Signals. This competition was proposed by the Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee. For details of the competition project, please click here.

SP Cup 2015 Team

We are pleased to announce the final ranking of the 2015 SP Cup:

1st prize
Signal Processing Crew Darmstadt
Tim Schaeck, Christian Sledz, Hauke Radtki, Maximilian Huettenrauch, Patrick Wenzel, Bastian Alt, Alaa Alameer, Michael Muma, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt

2nd prize
Supersignal
Anik Khan, Sayeed Shafayet Chowdhury, Rakib Hyder, Zahid Hasan, Md. Samzid Bin Hafiz, Mohammad Ariful Haque, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

3rd prize
SSU
Sunho Kim, Minkyu Jung, Hyunil Kang, Jungsub Lee, Gyehyun Baek, Baeksan On, Sungbin Im, Soongsil University

4th place
MIDITHA
Vijitha Periyasamy, Abhishek Narwekar, Pradyumna Suresha, Navaneet Lakshminarasimha Murthy, Pavan C Madhusudana, Prasanta Ghosh, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

5th place
Fractal
Sk. Tanvir Ahamed, Mohammad Tariqul Islam, Ishmam Zabir, Md. Tahmid Yasar, Shahriar Sabrir khan, Celia Shahnaz (supervisor), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

6th place
UNSW
Kai Lin, James Smith, Ross Leon, Robert Makepeace, Nicholas Cummins, Vidhyasaharan Sethu, The University of New South Wales

7th place
BigLeg@SMIE
Zihao Zhang, Jian Liu, Xiaoyue Wu, Chaoying Wang, Qiaosheng Liang, Yuxuan Wang, Keke Li, Ran Yang, Sun Yat-sen University

8th place
ACRI_MEMS
Mahdi Boloursaz Mashhadi, Mohsen Eskandari, Ehsan Asadi, Shahrzad Kianidehkordi, Farokh Marvasti, Advanced Communications Research Institute (ACRI)

9th place
UTDistinct
Chengzhi Zong, Vasu Jindal, Michael Wertz, Jaejin Cho, Roozbeh Jafari, University of Texas at Dallas

10th place
Taipei Amoeba
Kuan-Lin Chen, Tzu-Ming Hsu, Wei-Yu Chen, Mong-Chi Ko, Yu-Cheng Liu, An-Yeu Wu, National Taiwan University

11th place
NSS TRACK
Jasir Vanduthodi, Johns Pius Thuluvah, Jisha Jayadevan Edathoot, Jenet Devassy Parokkaran, Angel Mariya Panjikkaran, Nandakumar Paramparambath, NSS College of Engineering

12ve place
MARG_SnLJ
Jaehun Kim, Dongsuk Sung, Sangil Lee, Howoong Jun, Kyogu Lee, Seoul National University

13th place
Camellia
Matthew O'Donovan, Laura Fennelly, Caitlin Keane, Andrey Temko, University College Cork

Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all who participated for a job well done!

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2014

Please be informed that the Signal-Processing (SP) Cup online registration system (www2.securecms.com/SPCup/Registration.asp) is now open. Your team has to register for the competition by 17 January 2014 if you want to join the event. In addition, this event is now sponsored by MathWorks. If your team has registered for the SP Cup competition and don't have MATLAB, MathWorks will, upon request, provide you with a copy of MATLAB for use in the competition.

Please find below the updated Call-for-Participation, for your information.

Call for Participation
IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2014
Challenge: Image restoration/Super-resolution for Single Particle Analysis
www.icassp2014.org/SP_cup.html

The IEEE Signal Processing Society organizes a project competition for undergraduates at ICASSP2014. This competition, namely the Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup), aims to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging and interesting real-world problem using signal-processing techniques. Three teams will be selected to present their work, and prizes will be awarded at ICASSP 2014.

Participation in the Competition:
Each team participating in the competition is to be composed of one faculty member (whose role is the supervisor of the team members), at most one graduate student (who will assist the supervisor in supervising the undergraduate team members), and at least 3 but no more than 10 undergraduates. At least three of the undergraduate team members must be either IEEE SP members or student members. Participating teams must register to join the competition by January 17, 2014.

Participating teams must submit their project by February 28, 2014. 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). By March 21, 2014, the best 3 teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP2014.

Important Dates:

Team registration to join the SP Cup competition: January 17, 2014 (Friday)
Submission deadline for participating teams: February 28, 2014 (Friday)
Announcement of the best 3 teams: March 21, 2014 (Friday)
Final competition at ICASSP 2014: May 4-9, 2014

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

Each team invited to ICASSP2014 will have their travel expenses supported by the SP Society. Each team member is offered up to $1200 for continental travel, or $1,700 for intercontinental travel, and at most 3 people from each team will be supported.

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

Sponsor:
MathWorks is pleased to sponsor the 2014 SP Cup. MathWorks will provide complimentary software, including MATLAB and selected toolboxes, to teams registered for the SP Cup for use in the competition.

Enquiries:
Technical problems: 3dembenchmark@cnb.csic.es
General enquiry: sp-enq-spcup@ieee.org

The Inaugural Signal Processing Cup at ICASSP 2014

The aim of the Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) competition is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging and interesting real-world problem using signal-processing techniques and methods. The inaugural event was held on 8 May 2014, at ICASSP2014, Florence, Italy. Three teams were selected to present their work for the final competition, and the prizes were awarded at the conference. The title of this inaugural competition was "Image restoration/Super-resolution for Single Particle Analysis", which was proposed by the Bio Imaging and Signal Processing (BISP) Technical Committee. The final competition results are as follows:

First Place
Team name: EPOCH
Team members: Anik Khan, Forsad Al Hossain, Tawab Ullas, Md. Abu Rayhan, Mohammad Ariful Haque
Institution: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Second Place
Team name: NtUeLsA
Team members: Kai-Wen Liang, Yen-Chen Wu, Guan-Lin Chao, Kuan-Hao Huang, Shao-Hua Sun, Ming-Jen Yang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Ti-Fen Pan, Yi-Ching Chiu, Wei-Chih Tu, Shao-Yi Chien
Institution: National Taiwan University

Third Place
Team name: Uchihas
Team members: Emroz Khan, Shiekh Zia Uddin, Mukhlasur Rahman Tanvir, Md. Kamrul Hasan
Institution: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Congratulations to these three teams! All three teams performed extremely well in terms of both their proposed work for the competition title and their presentations at the final competition. The SP Cup competition will be an ongoing feature at future ICASSP conferences.

 

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