Main scope:

Undergraduate students would suggest and execute projects on Electrical Engineering and related areas. The focus should be on finding a solution to a real-life problem based on circuits and systems.

Team requirements:

  • The teams should have from 3 to 10 members, that must be undergraduate students or high school students (until December 31, 2018)
  • Each team should have at least one mentor, that must be faculty members or graduate students. The mentors are not considered as team members
  • At least 3 team members must be IEEE CASS members (for 2018 and 2019)

Competition phases:

The competition will be carried out in three phases:

  1. The first phase at the Chapter level
  2. The second phase at the Regional level
  3. A third and final phase at world level during ISCAS 2019

First phase of the competition (Chapter level):

  • It should be organized by the local Chapters (or the local Sections)
  • There will be one local competition per Chapter
  • For registering in the competition, the teams must submit a registration form (using the provided template) containing "title", "team composition", "brief description", and "expected outcome"
  • The registration has to be made by sending, by email, the registration form to the Chair of the CASS Chapter from the geographical area the team belongs to, with a copy to the corresponding regional CASS BoG representative. Alternatively, if there is no CASS Chapter in the team’s area, the submission should be just sent to the corresponding regional CASS BoG representative
  • CASS will provide funding ($500 USD) for each local competition
  • Chapters (or Sections) are encouraged to seek sponsorship from local industry
  • The composition of the local judging panel for the first phase:
    • At least three members, appointed by the local organization
    • There must be at least one member from local industry in the judging panel
    • The non-industry members should be CASS members
    • Conflicts of interest should be avoided
  • The proposed projects should be screened by the local judging panel
  • The evaluation will be carried out with the teams making a live demonstration to the judging panel
  • Projects will be evaluated on the basis of "Technical quality", "Creativity", "Relevance to a real-life problem in circuits and systems", and "Accessibility to and engagement with undergraduate and high school students"

Second phase of the competition (Regional level):

  • Up to two projects from each chapter will compete
  • The composition of the judging panel for the second phase:
    • At least 5 members
    • Members should be preferentially from the corresponding region
    • CASS Technical Committees (TCs) should take part in the appointment of the judging panel
    • The corresponding BoG Regional Representative may also suggest members
    • The CASS VP Technical Activities and VP Regional Activities and Membership should endorse the suggestions and decide on the final composition of the judging panel
  • Each team must produce a report (using the provided template) together with a video with a detailed demonstration of the project
    • The video should last at most 10 minutes
    • The video and report should be uploaded to the CASS website
    • Each video has to be validated by the local judging panel (from the first phase of the competition) prior to submission
  • The evaluation will be made remotely, with the aid of the report and the demonstration video.

Final phase of the competition (World level during ISCAS):

  • One winner from each region will compete
  • The final phase will take place during ISCAS
  • CASS will provide a travel grant and ISCAS registration for a maximum of three team members to be present at the final phase of the competition
  • The travel grant value will be $1,200 USD within the regions R1-7, R8, R9, or R10, and $1,700 USD for the travels to other regions
  • The team winning the final competition will be awarded a prize of $3,000 USD
  • The composition of the judging panel for the final phase:
    • At least 5 members
    • CASS Technical Committees (TCs) should take part in the appointment of the judging panel
    • CASS TCs to be involved should be defined by the CASS VP Technical Activities
    • CASS TCs should ensure the appointment of regional industry representatives to the judging panel
    • The BoG Regional Representatives may also suggest members
    • The CASS VP Technical Activities and VP Regional Activities and Membership should endorse the suggestions and decide on the final composition of the judging panel
  • The teams are allowed to submit the final version of the report (using the provided template) by April 30
  • The evaluation will be carried out with the teams making a live demonstration to the judging panel

Important dates:

  • August 1 - September 30, 2018: Registration for the competition (registration form)
  • December 15, 2018: Deadline for the live demonstrations of the first phase of the competition to take place
  • December 31, 2018: Deadline for the results of the first phase to be announced
  • February 28, 2019: Deadline for uploading the video and report relative to the second phase of the competition
  • March 31, 2019: Deadline for the results of the second phase to be announced
  • April 30, 2019: Deadline for the teams to submit the final version of the report
  • May 27, 2019: Live demonstration of the final competition takes place during ISCAS 2019
  • May 28, 2019: Winner is announced during ISCAS 2019 Awards Ceremony