Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge (TIIC)

TI Innovation Challenge 2016



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!

Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge 2016 Highlights

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.

University of Bologna
The team: Team leader Tomasso Polonelli and team members Lorenzo Spadaro and Angelo D’Aloia.

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.

University of Trento
The team: Team leader Luca Gemma with team members Luca Torquati, Cristian Catania, Sergio Camalo and Pietro Tosato.

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.

Brno University of Technology
The team: Team Leader Tomas Pelka and Tomas Pospisil

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.

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To find out more about the awards visit: http://www.ti.com/ww/eu/TIIC2016/ or learn more about the TI University program: http://e2e.ti.com/group/universityprogram/

We are pleased to announce our TI Innovation Challenge 2016 winners!

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!

We are pleased to announce that the results from the first round of judging are complete and the twenty-one winners of the TIIC 2016 first round are now revealed.

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
RheoDetect RWTH-Aachen University Germany
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!

The results of our T-shirt draw are out!

Here are the team leaders of the 15 lucky teams:

  • Justinas Gasparovicius, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)
  • Nordin Aranzabal, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Sven Feldkord, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)
  • Tomas Pelka, Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic)
  • Piotr Pokryszka, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)
  • Loann Boudin, ESIEE Paris (France)
  • Sergio Branco, University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Michele Ricci, University of Tor Vergata (Italy)
  • Philipp Keck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Daniel Mouritzen, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Gergely Nagy, University of Debrecen (Hungary)
  • Tvrtko Mandic, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Jamie Hendry, University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • Simona Kapitanova, Technical Univesity of Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Pavels Suskis, Riga Technical University (Latvia)

Congratulations to all our winners!

Compete in one of our three categories:

Automotive

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!)

  • ADAS/Driver assistance systems (cameras, radar, ultrasound, park assist…)
  • Passive safety for automotive systems (airbag, brakes, security…)
  • Hybrid and e-car sub-systems (battery management, power efficiency…)
  • Body electronics and lighting (drivers recognition, intelligent lighting…)
  • Infotainment (drivers voice recognition, portable electronics for a car, augmented reality…)

Register today!

Industrial

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!

  • Factory automation (PLC, sensor transmitters, machine vision, Human Machine Interface HMI…)
  • Smart grid (renewable energies, smart meters, head meters…)
  • Motor control/drives for industrial applications, piezoelectric…
  • Building/home automation (connected systems, fire safety systems, air handling, security systems within a building, video surveillance…)
  • Smart cities (intelligent lighting, signage solutions, greener systems to make a city more ecological friendly, safety applications…)

Register today!

Innovation

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!   

  • Biomedical (wearables, people assistance…)
  • Sound systems (audio treatment, music applications…)
  • Healthcare and fitness (sports tracking, health monitoring…)
  • Personal electronics (smartphones wireless charging, 3D printers, power bank solutions…)
  • Imaging (video treatment, image processing…)

Register today!

Prize details

The Contest will involve two rounds:

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

The Chairman’s Award will be awarded as follows:

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

TIIC 2016 is co-sponsored by Mouser Electronics.

Dates and eligibility

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:


  • All EU countries
  • Algeria
  • Belarus
  • Ghana
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Macedonia
  • Morroco
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

For more details please have a look at How to enter, as well as the Contest Rules.