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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!
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.
Technical Committees interested in submitting a call for proposal for the upcoming SP Cup competitions, please visit the Technical Committees page for more information.
IMPORTANT: All team members must fully read and agree to the terms in this SPS Student Competition Terms and Conditions document in order to be eligible in any SPS Student Competition. By checking the agreement checkbox during team registration, all team members agree to all of the Terms & Conditions mentioned in this document:
IMPORTANT: [Judges and Team Supervisors] The IEEE Conflict of Interest form must be completed before participating in the competition. Complete the Conflict of Interest form.
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 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 of contributing are welcome to participate in a team. A participant cannot be on more than one team.
Specific team ineligibility, in addition to the above. Any of these criteria will result in the team being disqualified/ineligible to continue in the competition:
Important notice: Upon registering a team for the competition, the team must commit to at least one undergraduate team member representing the team by attending the physical competition and participating in the final round of the competition at the physical conference. Should a team not be able to participate physically (in-person) in the final round of the competition held at the respective conference (ICASSP or ICIP) for any reason, at any point in the competition, then the team must notify SPS Staff and organizers immediately. This will likely result in the team being ineligible to continue in the competition, therefore forfeiting their position in the competition. Teams must make every effort to attend the final round at the conference; visa issues may be an exception. If all team members are unable to obtain visas, please be prepared to present proof of visa process, communication to obtain visa, as well as a visa denial. All eligibility decisions are at the discretion of the SPS Student Services Committee and competition organizers.
Should a team be disqualified or forfeit their finalist position for any reason, the next team selected by the organizers may be contacted to compete in the final round, following the same rules listed above.
The judging for the final phase of the competition held live at the conference will be based on five equally weighted criteria, unless otherwise specified by the competition organizers in the Official SP Cup Document/Call for Participation. Each of the three finalist teams will be scored on the five criteria and the team with the highest score will place 1st, the team with the second highest score will place 2nd, and the team with the third highest score will place 3rd in the competition.
The five equally weighted criteria are:
Each criterion is scored with a 1, 2, or 3; the best team in each criterion will receive 3 points, the second best team will receive 2 points, and the third best team will receive 1 point. The final winning rankings will be based on the highest points awarded from the five criteria during judge deliberations at the end of the competition. Final rankings are ultimately decided by the judges, at their discretion.
Any judge or team supervisor participating in the competition must sign a Conflict-of-Interest Form agreeing to the following key points. Full information is on the Conflict-of-Interest Form.
Conflict of Interest concerns shall be disclosed and addressed in accordance with IEEE Policies 9.9 A, B. and C and IEEE Policy 4.4.H. - Eligibility and Process Limitations. Judges involved at any stage of the team rankings/scoring process for an SP competition shall be ineligible to judge/vote on the outcome of team rankings for the competition in which the conflict exists. Any real and perceived conflict of interest shall be avoided. Conflict of interest shall be defined as any relationships, professional or otherwise, that can affect impartiality and objectivity. Such relationships include, but are not limited to the below list. This list also applies.
The Society leadership will create an ad hoc committee to handle each matter requiring conflict resolution.
Decisions need not be unanimous; final outcomes may be determined by majority vote of the membership of the ad hoc committee. Dissenting members may include their dissenting opinion as part of the report; the length of such dissent will be determined as part of the committee’s operational rules.
After the ad hoc committee has determined its final ruling, the ad hoc committee chair shall be responsible for preparing a short report documenting the committee’s findings. The report shall be provided to the individual who brought the conflict matter forward.
The three teams with highest performance in the open competition based on the judging criteria will be selected as finalists and invited to participate in the final competition at ICASSP. 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. See the Official SP Cup Document for full details on the prize offerings.
We gratefully acknowledge MathWorks, Inc. for their continued support of IEEE Signal Processing Cup. Participating students are encouraged to download the complimentary Mathworks Student Competitions Software for use in the competition.
MathWorks’ tutorial for IEEE SP Cup 2024 on “Introduction to MATLAB for Speech Processing and Semantic Analysis” is live now. Access the MathWorks tutorial here.
[Sponsored by the MathWorks and IEEE Signal Processing Society]
A speaker recognition system authenticates the identity of claimed users from a speech utterance. For a given speech segment called enrollment and a speech segment from a claimed user, the speaker recognition system will determine automatically whether both segments belong to the same speaker or not. The state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems mainly use Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to extract fixed-length speaker discriminant representations called speaker embeddings. The decision to accept or reject a speaker will be made by comparing speaker embeddings. The DNN-based speaker verification systems perform well in general, but there are some challenges that reduce their performance dramatically. Far-field speaker recognition is among the well-known challenges facing speaker recognition systems. The far-field challenge is intertwined with other variabilities such as noise and reverberation. Two main categories of speaker recognition systems are text-dependent speaker recognition and text-independent speaker recognition. In a text-dependent speaker recognition system, the speaker’s voice is recorded from predefined phrases, while, in text-independent speaker recognition, there is no constraint on the content of the spoken dialogue. The task of the IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2024 is text-independent far-filed speaker recognition under noise and reverberation for a mobile robot.
The Robovox challenge is concerned with doing far-field speaker verification from speech signals recorded by a mobile robot at variable distances in the presence of noise and reverberation. Although there are some benchmarks in this domain such as VoiCes and FFSVC, they don’t cover variabilities in the domain of robotics such as the robot’s internal noise and the angle between the speaker and the robot. The VoiCes dataset is replayed speech recorded under different acoustical noises. A main drawback of the VoiCes is that it was recorded from played signals whereas our dataset is recorded with people speaking in noisy environments. The FFSVC is another far-field speaker recognition benchmark. However, these benchmarks helped the community significantly, we are introducing a new benchmark for far-field speaker recognition systems in order to address some new aspects. Firstly, our goal is to perform speaker recognition in a real application for the domain of mobile robots. In this domain, there are other variabilities that have not been addressed in previous benchmarks: the robot’s internal noise and the angle between the speaker and the robot. Furthermore, the speech signal has been recorded for different distances between the speaker and the robot. In the proposed challenge the following variabilities are present:
Full technical details, dataset(s), evaluation metrics, and all other pertinent information about the competition is located in the 2024 SP Cup Official Document (above).
Competition Organizers (technical, competition-specific inquiries): Mohammad MOHAMMADAMINI
SPS Staff (Terms & Conditions, Travel Grants, Prizes): Jaqueline Rash, SPS Membership Program and Events Administrator
SPS Student Services Committee: Angshul Majumdar, Chair
This competition is sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and MathWorks: