IEEE SPS Signal Processing Cup win by EE&T undergraduate students
A dedicated team of four EE&T students – Jeremy Bell, Angus Keatinge, Max Fisher, James Wagner – competed in this year's IEEE Signal Processing Society Cup, led by Dr Vidhya Sethu and Dr Chamith Wijenayake. This competition was organised as part of the premier international signal processing conference IEEE ICASSP, and included 280 students from 20 countries, in 40 teams. This year the challenge was real-time beat tracking, and it required teams to accurately detect the beat and output it innovatively. The EE&T team not only made it to the top three for their accuracy but decided that its output should be a robotic drum kit, built it and made it a new member of their band.
As announced at the School Meeting, they were selected among the top three, and were funded by IEEE SPS to attend ICASSP in New Orleans for the final. At the conference last week, they edged out University of Maryland, and Johannes Kepler University/Télécom ParisTech/Joanneum Research to take out first prize. This is a great achievement, to be recognised internationally in this high-profile way, for the education and support EE&T offers its students. The team has since been invited to be profiled on video by MathWorks, and to be featured at the 2017 IEEE Sections Congress (held in August) in Sydney.
Congratulations to Dr Vidhya Sethu, Dr Chamith Wijenayakee and the students.