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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, 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:

(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 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.


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 ( in Shanghai, China.

For details and Q&A: Go to Piazza page ( -- use access code sp1603.

Registration: CLOSED .

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.


  • General inquiry:
  • 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)., using access code "sp1603" to enroll.


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.

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