Since the COVID-19 virus was first recorded late last year, the pandemic has spread around the world. Affected countries are desperately trying to build up supplies for healthcare workers and public as well as utilize technologies to fight the virus. This special student design competition organized by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) and sponsored by Synopsys aims to create technology solutions aligned with Circuits and Systems to help break the chain of infection of the COVID-19 virus. The technologies can be geared for diagnostics, treatment, surveillance, and prevention, targeted for specific communities (such as nursing homes, refugee camps, etc.) or the public at large.

The competition will take place as a virtual event. The teams submit their demonstration videos (at most 10 minutes) together with reports (using the provided template) stating the main achievement, the relevance to the Circuits and Systems technology no more than 5 pages excluding appendices. The judging panel consisting of the CASS experts from all over the world selects the winners.

Winning Prize:

The top 3 winning teams are invited to present and demonstrate their work in a virtual event during ISCAS2020, from 18:00 to 18:30 CEST (12:00 to 12:30 EDT) on Saturday 10 October. The CASS will provide ISCAS registration fees for a maximum of three team members per winning team, who must be IEEE CASS Student Members.

Team requirements:

  • The teams should have from 3 to 10 members, that must be full-time high school or university students (including graduate students) (at least until 31 December 2020)
  • Each team should have at least one mentor, that must be faculty members. The mentors are not considered as team members.
  • At least 3 team members must be IEEE CASS Student Members for 2020

Judging Criteria:

  • Technical quality
  • Creativity
  • Completion
  • Relevance to the Circuits and Systems technology

Judging Panel:

  • Dr. Patrick Haspel, Synopsys (Event Sponsor)
  • Prof. Jennifer Blain Christen, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Imran Bashir, Equal1.labs
  • Dr. George Chen, CASS Santa Clara Valley
  • Prof. Hadi Heydari, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Wameedh Nazar Flayyih, University of Baghdad
  • Prof. Gholamreza Anbarjafari, University of Tartu
  • Prof. Pablo Perez, Universidad de la República
  • Prof. Vijaya Sankara Rao Pasupureddi, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. Jithin Krishnan, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
  • Prof. Khanh Dang, Vietnam National University
  • Prof. Gwee Bah Hwee, Nanyang Technological University
  • Prof. Chua-Chin Wang, National Sun Yat-sen University
  • Prof. Kuan-Wei Cheng, National Cheng Kung University
  • Prof. Hsie-Chia Chang, National Chiao Tung University
  • Prof. Qiang Li, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Prof. Edward Cheung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Prof. Atsushi Takahashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology


  • 1-31 May 2020: Registration for the competition from here, please submit the registration form here
  • 31 July 2020: Deadline for uploading the video and report from here
  • 7 September 2020: Winner is announced
  • 10 October 2020: Virtual presentation/demonstration of the CASS COVID-19 SDC during ISCAS 2020