The Houston meeting of the IEEE IMS, like the IEEE Sensors Conference in Glasgow (Nov 2017) and the IEEE Sensor Application Symposium in Seoul (Mar 2018), provided an outstanding forum and audience for student teams to demonstrate their incredible creativity, inventiveness, and the cleverness of their designs. An ad hoc panel of judges at each demonstration session presented 1st and 2nd Place awards, worth US$2500 and US$1500, respectively, for the best “Sensors and Measurement Systems” application.
Interestingly, while the contest offered demonstration venues in Europe, Asia, and the US, teams weren’t afraid to travel: In Houston, some teams traveled great distances to represented the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy); the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India); Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia); Università di Napoli Federico II (Naples, Italy); and Università di Salerno (Salerno, Italy). Closer to home, teams came from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, Missouri); University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tennessee); Western New England University (Springfield, Massachusetts); and the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, Canada).
The judges, however, showed there was no home-field advantage in Houston. The results from the event recognized the student team from Università di Salerno with the 1st Place award for their “PAshark free-flying balloon used as a testbed for sensor data fusion in indoor navigation and target following.” For the 2nd Place award, the judges named two teams: from Politecnico di Torino, which designed “GOOFY, a smart-sensor for golfers,” and the University of British Columbia, with its “Cloud-enabled mobile sensing agent for smart agriculture. The judges also awarded a “Special Mention” to the third Italian team, from Università di Napoli Federico II, for its “POLYTILE: Self-compensating Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) exploiting redundant configuration on regular POLYhedron of SensorTile.”