Engineering Competition 2020

Please note: Engineering Competition postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are more than sad to cancel the Engineering Competition 2020 and postpone it to 2021!
Taking our social responsibility and do our bit on social distancing brings us to this conclusion. Nevertheless we stick to our challenge “Bring signal analysis to the next level!”. Find more details below.
Stay tuned and get back to this site, where we will update all information on dates, registration etc. once clouds get clearer.
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Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition 2021

We love technology – what about you?

The Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition is an annual technical competition for students from all over the world. Starting in 2004 we issue a technical challenge referring to our current developments focusing on the world of test and measurement, secure communication, broadcast and media or monitoring and network testing.
Build up a team of 3 – 5 people studying electrical engineering, computer science or something similar, compete against other teams from Europe, Asia and USA and win a trip to Munich and up to 10,000 USD.
MAKE IDEAS REAL to ensure a safer and connected world!

Rohde & Schwarz engineering competition

Challenge 2021: Bring signal analysis to the next level!

We believe the heart of innovation lies in smart software solutions. That's why we constantly check and challenge the status quo of communications engineering.

Now it's your turn: bring conventional signal analysis to the next level and develop a smart algorithm to estimate the right signal parameters.

You will have the exclusive chance to work with the R&S®VSE vector signal explorer software, our state-of-the-art signal analysis software. It brings the experience and power of Rohde & Schwarz signal analysis to the desktop, offering a wide range of analysis tools. With this software, users analyze and troubleshoot analog and digitally modulated signals for a wide range of standards.

Get ready to qualify!
1. Use the R&S®VSE to estimate the signal parameters of several demo signals.
2. Develop a python program to automatically estimate signal parameters.
3. Submit your code, which will be tested against an unknown new signal.
4. Not ranked first? Improve and resubmit your code ;)

How is the ranking of your code determined? The ranking criteria are error vector magnitude (EVM) and runtime.

Only the best teams will make it to the finals in Munich!

Why to participate

What former participants say

Lukas Wörle (participated in 2007)

Lukas Wörle (participated in 2007)

Software Developer at Rohde & Schwarz

"We divided the tasks among us so that everyone could contribute their best to the success of the team. Nevertheless, we discussed our approach to solutions, and you get inspired by your teammates' ideas. This has helped me a lot."

Florian Schlembach (participated in 2013)

Florian Schlembach (participated in 2013)

"One challenge is certainly, to work on demanding tasks under time pressure and create an attractive presentation. But it was a lot of fun for me to do it together with other students in a team."

Sven Wittig (participated in 2015)

Sven Wittig (participated in 2015)

"It is crucial to be able to assess one's own strengths and those of one's team members properly and to focus under time pressure on the tasks one does best. And one must be able to quickly understand new subjects and apply them in practice. What did I like most? During the final round in Munich, there was still time to explore the city and get to know Rohde & Schwarz better."

FAQs

What fields of study are acceptable for participation in the competition?

The tasks are aimed at students majoring in electrical engineering or software engineering – ideally with specialization in communication engineering.

How many semesters must students have completed to participate?

We recommend that students have completed at least second year. But, students who have completed fewer semesters may participate. Get participants who have completed higher semesters to be part of your team!

Which academic degrees can participants hold?

It doesn't matter whether the participants are working towards a bachelor's, master's or diploma.

Which groups are excluded from participating?

Students that have finished or left their studies, graduates and PhD candidates are not allowed to participate. Please note: This is a competition for students of electrical and software engineering.

What knowledge do the participants need?

Technical knowledge of signal analysis and python as programming language may be helpful, but not obligatory. We recommend to build a interdisciplinary team. You can also check out the challenge before registration.

Can I take part without a team?

We ask you to register as a team. Teams may consist of three to five persons.

Timeline

A detailed timeline including all dates and deadlines will be announced in early 2021!

1. Registration

Build a team of 3 to 5 students. We recommend an interdisciplinary team of electrical engineers and computer scientists. Registration will be open in March 2021. Subscribe to our notification list via e-mail to stay tuned!

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2. Qualifier

You will get all required information (challenge description, access to the challenge platform etc.) by the start of your local qualifiers which will be announced in early 2021.
Our technical supervisors will be available for questions and tips.

3. Finals

The finalists for each region will be announced immediately after the online qualifiers.
All finalists will be invited to our headquarters in Munich.
All costs for traveling an accommodation will be covered by Rohde & Schwarz.

Contact

Magdalena Pöllmann

Magdalena Pöllmann

University Marketing & Recruiting

engineeringcompetition@rohde-schwarz.com

Location: Munich, Germany
Languages: German, English