The Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge (TIIC) – Europe Design Contest is a student competition open for European universities (undergraduates and postgraduates).
Your task: Solve today’s challenges on Automotive/Industrial/Innovation with an electronic solution using your analog and embedded processing skills! Expand your knowledge whilst working on a systems-level project!
TIIC 2016 has raised the bar for student innovation for a consecutive year, as once again our judges were blown away by the technical quality of the reports as well as the pioneering designs in this year’s 3 new categories – Automotive, Industrial and Innovative. Competition was very fierce; as more teams competed for the ultimate cash prize of $5,000 USD in addition to a personally inscribed workshop at the UnternehmerTUM Center for Innovation and Business Creation of the TUM Munich University.
In November, TI was pleased to announce the 3 winning teams, and subsequently invited them to demonstrate their projects during the Electronica Fair in Munich on Thursday 10th of November 2016, along with a presentation exhibiting their experience from the tailored workshop at UnternehmerTUM. As the whole, the event was a tour de force of intellectual, innovative, and inspirational talent.
First prize in the automotive category went to the University of Bologna (Italy), where students used a range of TI technologies including two MSP432P401R microcontrollers to create a connected motorcycle helmet which alerts motorcyclists to potentially dangerous situations on the road.
Students from the University of Trento (Italy) won the industrial category with their design for a long range monitoring system powered by plant microbial fuel cell, and using TI’s HDC1080 digital humidity sensor.
Finally, in the innovation category the winning design came from future engineers at Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), whose concept for a wireless system using TI technology including the CC1101 low-cost sub-1 GHz transceiver to deliver very accurate (<1ms) low latency time measurements in sports impressed the judges.
TI would like to thank all participants for their hard work, determination, and innovative ideas. All teams displayed excellent reasoning and problem solving skills, and demonstrated their dedication to improving the world with innovation. With the knowledge and training that the teams have received at the Unternehmer TUM Center for Innovation and Business Creation, they now have a full range of tools and knowledge to launch a start-up operation with their creative ideas, as well as the support to keep innovating and developing.
The final results from the second (and final) round of judging are complete and the winners of each of the categories of the TIIC 2016 are now revealed.
The winners of each of the categories are:
|Category||Project title||University||University country|
|Automotive||SHelmet||Università Degli Studi di Bologna||Italy|
|Industrial||Mud computing a long range monitoring system powered by Terrestrial Microbial Fuel Cell||University of Trento||Italy|
|Innovation||Wireless system for time measurement in sports||Brno University of Technology||Czech Republic|
These 3 teams will be awarded with a cash prize of US$ 5,000 and an inscription to a personalized workshop at the Unternehmer TUM Center for Innovation and Business Creation of the TUM Munich University. The winners will be meeting entrepreneurs, analysts, start-up and prototyping makers-space representatives... a full range of tools for them to be able to launch their own start-up with their project idea!
In addition, the 3 winning teams will have the chance to present their projects during the prestigious Electronica Trade Fair in Munich, on Thursday 10th November 2016. You are all invited to the ceremony!
Once again, we would like to thank all participants of the TIIC 2016 for your hard work and creativity!
Please note that the winning projects in the table are placed in alphabetical order and not in ranking order.
|Project title||University||University country|
|Analog quadcopter control||Technical University of Denmark||Denmark|
|Automatic timelapse slider||University Of Florence||Italy|
|Autonomous TI-brid Gokart||University of Pannonia||Hungary|
|Enabling smart factories by MSP432 Virtual simultaneous sampling for industrial process monitoring||University of Erlangen-Nuremberg||Germany|
|High-speed power LED based Stroboscope (nanosecond response)||Universidad de Sevilla||Spain|
|Induction heating for automotive tire||Technical Univesity of Sofia||Bulgaria|
|Low Voltage-Battery Management System (LV-BMS)||Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Germany|
|Low-cost LIDAR||University of Strathclyde||Great Britain|
|Mud computing a long range monitoring system powered by Terrestrial Microbial Fuel Cell||University of Trento||Italy|
|Multichannel ECG-T-Shirt||RWTH Aachen University||Germany|
|Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Energy Processing for Energy-Harvesting Applications||Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya||Spain|
|SHelmet||Università Degli Studi di Bologna||Italy|
|Tac-ti-le. A long term bio-metric monitoring device with flexible sensors and kinetic energy harvester.||ETH Zürich||Switzerland|
|The robot-explorer||National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"||Ukraine|
|uCG - A Diagnostic Belt Buckle for Precision Biosignal Recording||Technische Universitaet Berlin||Germany|
|u-PVInverter||Universidade do Minho||Portugal|
|Wireless Power Transfer For Charging Future Electric Vehicles||University Politehnica of Bucharest - ETTI||Romania|
|Wireless system for time measurement in sports||Brno University of Technology||Czech Republic|
|YAWN - Your Autonomous Wireless Node||University of Zagreb||Croatia|
|6thSense||University of Novi Sad / Technical faculty "Mihajlo Pupin"||Serbia|
These twenty-one winning teams will be awarded with a cash prize of US$ 1,000.
Stay connected! The First Place Automotive, First Place Industrial and First Place Innovation teams will be published before the 31st October 2016 and will be invited to the TIIC 2016 Award Ceremony taking place at Electronica Trade Fair in Munich (Germany), on Thursday 10th November 2016.
Once again we would like to thank all the participants of the TIIC 2016 for your hard work and creativity!
Here are the team leaders of the 15 lucky teams:
Congratulations to all our winners!
Are you participating in a Formula Racing Team? Interested in improving the driving security? E-mobility is your passion?
Examples on Automotive applications (and many more!)
Passionate on robotics? Visualizing the cities of tomorrow, smarter, safer and greener? Home automation and smart buildings are topics of your interest?
At Texas Instruments, we care about innovative industrial solutions to drive a connected and more ecological world through Smart Grid, motor control, LED lighting, sensors, smart home, industrial automation and a broad range of applications!
What does innovation mean to you? For Texas Instruments, innovation is the motor to reinvent the world. All starts with imagination! Be one step ahead and participate in the TIIC by bringing your most innovative ideas into the game!
In the first round, TI will conduct a Contest based upon design reports submitted by all teams. There will be seven winning teams in the first round for each one of the categories (twenty-one winners in total). Each of these seven winning teams per category will be awarded US$ 1,000.
In the second round, an EMEA contest for the “Chairman’s Award” will be held between the seven winning teams of each category that were awarded prizes in the first round. The seven winning teams of each category will be automatically entered to compete for the Chairman’s Award
|First place Automotive:||US$ 5,000 and workshop registration|
|First place Industrial:||US$ 5,000 and workshop registration|
|First place Innovation:||US$ 5,000 and workshop registration|
|Opening:||3rd of November 2016|
|End of registration phase:||15th of April, 23:59 GMT|
|End of tool request:||30th of April 2016, 23:59 GMT|
|End of project submission:||31st of July 2016, 23:59 GMT|
|First round winners known by:||Before e/o September 2016|
|Second round winners known by:||Before e/o October 2016|
|Prize giving ceremony:||November 2016|
The Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge: Europe Analog Design Contest 2016 is open to teams of between 2-5 members aged 18 years of age or older who are registered engineering students (Undergraduate, Master and PhD) at a university in one of the participating countries listed below: