IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019: Search & Rescue with Drone-Embedded Sound Source Localization

UIC WaveOPT Lab is looking for three (3) undergraduate students for the 2019 IEEE Signal Processing Cup Student Design Contest. Interested students please contact

The Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) competition is held annually and encourages teams of students to work together to solve real-world problems using signal processing methods and techniques. Each year, three final teams are chosen to present their work during ICASSP to compete for the US$5,000 grand prize! 

Technical Committees interested in submitting a call for proposal for the upcoming SP Cup competitions, please visit the Technical Committees page for more information.

We gratefully acknowledge MathWorks, Inc.for their continued support of IEEE SP Cup. Participating students are encouraged to download the complimentary Mathworks Student Competitions Software for use in the competition.

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019:
Search & Rescue with Drone-Embedded Sound Source Localization

The IEEE Signal Processing Society is proud to announce the sixth edition of the Signal Processing Cup: an exciting audio-based drone-embedded search and rescue challenge.

Goal: Building a system capable of localizing a sound source based on audio recordings made with an 8- channel microphone array embedded in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Eligibility: Any team composed of one faculty member, at most one graduate student and 3-10 undergraduate students is welcomed to join the open competition.

Dataset: A novel dataset of UAV-embedded microphone-array recordings is provided for the challenge.

Prize: The three teams with highest performance in the open competition will be selected as finalists and will be invited to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2019. The champion team will receive a grand prize of $5,000. The first and the second runner-up will receive a prize of $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, in addition to travel grants and complimentary conference registrations.

Important Dates

  • Data release: November 14, 2018
  • Submission deadline: March 11, 2019
  • Finalists announcement: March 20, 2019
  • Final @ICASSP: May 12-17, 2019


IEEE Technical Committee for Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing (AASP)
IEEE Autonomous System Initiative


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