IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2016

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

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Final Results

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2016 Global Competition held its final competition on 20 March 2016 in Shanghai, China, during the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). The Winners of SP Cup 2016 are:

Grand Prize: Team “Resonance_1011”

Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Supervisor: Mohammad Ariful Haque

Undergraduate students:

  • Sayeed Shafayet Chowdhury
  • Md Billal Hossain
  • Jayanta Dey
  • Ashraful Islam
  • Rakib Hyder
  • Md. Samzid bin Hafiz
  • Ratul Khan
  • Munif Ishad Mujib
  • Tauhiduzzaman Khan Himel
  • Uday Saha

Second Prize: Team “Hammer Down”

Purdue University

Supervisor: Stanley Chan

Graduate Mentor: Benjamin Vondersaar

Undergraduate students:

  • Alexandria Moore
  • Xiangyu Qu
  • Samuel Sowell
  • Fangjia Zhu
  • Siqing Wei
  • Gregory Dykes
  • Christopher Chow

Third Prize: Team “Vidyut”

Multi-University Team (IISc, IIT-Madras, NITK)

Supervisor: Prasanta Kumar Ghosh (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Graduate Mentor: Nisha Meenakshi (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Undergraduate students:

  • Priyadarshini Savan Roshan
  • Pradyumna Byappanahalli Suresha
  • Aditya Gaonkar P
  • Supriya Nagesh

In addition to the three overall winning teams, the SP Cup 2016 judging committee is pleased to announce the following special recognitions and honorable mentions.

Special Prize for Sensing Circuit System

Team “UpatrasECE”, University of Patras, Greece

Team “The ENForcers”, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Special Recognition of Originality

Team “Hammer Down”, Purdue University, USA

Special Recognition of Young Team (student participants in 2nd college year or younger):

Team “IIT Hyderabad”, Indian Institute of Tech Hyderabad, India
All undergraduate participants are sophomores (2nd year); the team made for Top Ten.

Honorable Mention for Overall Excellence

Team “UNStoppable”, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Team “UpatrasECE”, University of Patras, Greece

Honorable Mention for High Classification Accuracy

Team “USTC2016”, University of Science and Technology of China, China

SP Cup 2016 has engaged participants from nearly 30 countries. 334 students from 23 countries formed 52 teams registered for the competition; among them, more than 200 students in 33 teams turned in the required submissions by the open competition deadline in January 2016. In addition to the three finalist teams and the three honorable mention teams, the following teams made for the Final Ten based on classification accuracy in the open competition round; they achieved a classification accuracy above 80% for the 100 test samples given:

  • Team “UWaterlooEngineer”, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Team “IIT Hyderabad”, Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad, India
  • Team “Weird Grownups”, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Team “FINDENFR”, The Cooper Union, USA

In addition to the three finalist teams and the three honorable mention teams, the following teams made for the Final Fifteen based on classification accuracy in the open competition round; they achieved a classification accuracy above 70% for the 100 test samples given:

  • Team “Fourier's Underlings”, Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh
  • Team “AC/DC”, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Team “The Flying Processors”, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Team “TEAM PIEAS”, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Pakistan
  • Team “50Hz of India”, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mention teams on their excellent performances! Thanks all participants for making SP Cup 2016 successful! Special Acknowledgement of Mathworks, Inc. for their strong support of SP Cup 2016 and every SP Cup to date since its inception.

Stay tuned for an article highlighting SP Cup 2016 in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. And the SP Cup 2017 will be announced in the 2nd half of this year.

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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 realworld 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 general information, visit:

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 10 December 2015. And by 7 February 2016, three finalist teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2016.

Important Dates:

10 December 2015: SP Cup online registration closes
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 runnerup:$2,500
The second runnerup:$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.


MathWorks is pleased to sponsor the 2016 SP Cup. MathWorks will provide complimentary software, including MATLAB and selected toolboxes, to teams registered for the SP Cup for use in the competition.


  • 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 (IFSTC), and overseen by the IEEE SPS Student Services Committee.

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