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IEEE Signal Processing Cup

The Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) competition is held annually and encourages teams of students to work together to solve real-world problems using signal processing methods and techniques. Each year, three final teams are chosen to present their work during ICASSP to compete for the US$5,000 grand prize! 

Call for Proposals

The current Call for Proposals for the SP Cup can be found on the SPS Call for Proposals page. Please note that your proposal must be endorsed by one of the TCs. For endorsement, you must submit your proposal for endorsement to the SPS Technical Committee (TC) that best fits your proposal by 6 January 2023 for the SP Cup. You can find the Society’s TCs located on the Technical Committees page on the SPS website.

The submission deadline for TCs to submit endorsed proposals is 13 January 2023 for the SP Cup.

Team Formation and Eligibility

Each team participating should be composed of one faculty member or someone with a PhD degree employed by the university (the Supervisor), at most one graduate student (the Tutor), and at least three, but no more than ten undergraduate students. At least three of the undergraduate team members must hold either regular or student memberships of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Undergraduate students who are in the first two years of their college studies, as well as high school students who are capable to contribute are welcome to participate in a team. A participant cannot be on more than one team.

Prize for Finalists

The three teams with highest performance in the open competition will be selected as finalists and invited to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2022. The champion team will receive a grand prize of $5,000. The first and the second runner-up will receive a prize of $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, in addition to travel grants and complimentary conference registrations.

  • Up to three student members from each finalist team will be provided travel support to attend the conference in-person. In-person attendance of the physical conference is required for reimbursement.
  • Complimentary conference registration for the three finalist team members from each team who present at ICASSP. These complimentary conference registrations cannot be used to cover any papers accepted by the conference. If you are one of the three finalist team members from each team and wish to receive complimentary registration and/or conference banquet access, you must email Jaqueline Rash,, with this information once your team has been selected as a finalist.
  • The three finalist team members from each team will also be invited to join the Conference Banquet and the SPS Student Job Fair, so that they can meet and talk to SPS leaders and global experts. Please note registration to the Conference Banquet and Student Job Fair is limited and based on availability.

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Technical Committees interested in submitting a call for proposal for the upcoming SP Cup competitions, please visit the Technical Committees page for more information.

We gratefully acknowledge MathWorks, Inc. for their continued support of IEEE SP Cup. Participating students are encouraged to download the complimentary Mathworks Student Competitions Software for use in the competition.

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2023: Psychosis Classification Challenge

Details of a challenging problem

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are among the top 20 leading causes of disability, demanding timely, accurate diagnosis to select the optimal treatment and reduce the overall burden of the disease. However, the misdiagnosis rate of current diagnostic procedures is high. The misdiagnosis rate for bipolar and schizophrenia was reported to be over 50%, and the misdiagnosis between these two disorders is between 15~30%. This high misdiagnosis rate is rooted in the descriptive, symptom-based nature of current diagnostics, which do not use objective biomarkers. For example, the current state of the disease and the patient's subjective insight into their symptoms are major determinants of the diagnosis, which can be misleading. Individuals' subjective opinions of their symptoms can be convoluted and influenced by the subject current and past disorder status. Symptoms are also not always uniform for the same disorder, and there is heuristic biases toward specific symptoms, which can result in misdiagnosis. In addition, substantial heterogeneity and symptom overlap across diagnostic categories have encumbered the accurate, timely classification and led to a considerable debate about the degree to which current clinical assessments can differentiate between diagnostic groups.

It is increasingly recognized that biomarkers that reflect underlying neurobiological mechanisms can improve early, accurate diagnosis. Psychosis-related aberrations mainly appear during the neurodevelopmental phase or at the early psychosis stage, with little or subtle brain changes during the rest of the lifespan. This can facilitate the optimal treatment to reduce suicide risk, significant side effects of medication, and the overall burden of the disease. Such biomarkers can be achieved by leveraging resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI), which provides noninvasive and indirect measurements of neuronal activities. This competition aims to evaluate the ability rsfMRI to develop valid neuroimaging diagnostic tools to differentiate schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar psychosis (BPP) using a large dataset of individuals with fully developed symptoms that allowed near to perfect classification using DSM criteria.

Competition details and data sets will be announced soon.


Any team composed of one faculty member, at most one graduate student and 3 to 10 undergraduate students is welcomed to join the open competition. At least 3 students must be IEEE Student Members. Please see the official document for full eligibility details.


A dataset will be available soon.


The three teams with highest performance in the open competition will be selected as finalists and will be invited to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2023. The champion team will receive a grand prize of $5,000. The first and the second runner-up will receive a prize of $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, in addition to travel grants and complimentary conference registrations.

Important Dates

  • Dataset available
  • Final submission due: 17 March 2023
  • Finalists announced: 31 March 2023
  • June 4-10, 2023: Final competition at ICASSP 2023


>>> Register for the IEEE SP Cup 2023 at ICASSP 2023

Finalist Teams

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Supervisor: Branislav Gerazov
Tutor: Daniela Janeva
Students: Ana Krstevska, Angela Meshkova, Dushan Merdjanovski, Mario Velichkovski, Marko Paloski, Matea Tashkovska, Stefan Krstevski

FIRST RUNNER-UP - Team: "Brainiac"
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Supervisor: Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah
Students: Mahdee Mushfique Kamal, Md. Asib Rahman, Sheikh Iftekhar Ahmed, U Mong Sain Chak

Israel Institute of Technology
Supervisor: Yair Moshe
Students: Adam Katav, Gil Kapel, Nir Luria, Nofar Tuval, Roy Shpilberg


The challenge is organized by the Brain Space Initiative (BSI). More information also on Kaggle.

Brain Space Initiative     TReNDS Center


This competition is sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and MathWorks:





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