EADS names Join the Spirit award winners
EADS Innovation Works announced the winners of its 'Join the Spirit' high performance computing competition at a prize giving ceremony held during the 50th Paris Air Show. The first prize went to the Kota team comprising students Thuy Diem Nguyen and Chau Khoa Pham from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The runners-up were Thai Son Nguyen and Thi Phuong Nhung Ngo, a team of two Vietnamese students studying at the University of Bolzano in Italy.
The contest challenged graduate students from around the world to submit the fastest code to solve a problem related to aeronautics using multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) on a single computing node. The competitors, working alone or in teams of up to three persons, could submit their codes and compare their performance against others via an on-line leaderboard.
What can I win?
The winners received an EADS prize of $10,000 and a quadrocopter from Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones.
New Join the Spirit competition: 'Find me if you can!' - A visual matching contest
What is it?
Over a 7 month period, students from all around the world are called upon to participate in this contest focused on human re identification in images. The final goal will be to propose the fastest and most effective algorithm through two distinct activities: photos making & human detection algorithm elaboration.
What can I win?
The 20 teams who will pass the first phase will receive a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 - a quadrocopter with a built-in HD camera.
The champion team of the final phase will win a VIP invitation to Astrium space facilities in French Guiana at the occasion of an Ariane 5 launch! In addition, the first three teams will receive a 'Parrot Zik', the most advanced wireless headphones, designed by Philippe Starck.
How can apply?
The contest opens March 1, 2013 and finishes September 30, 2013 at midnight (GMT). The mid-course decision is to occur on June 30, 2013 and the contest remains for entries until this date.
For contest rules and more info, please visit the EADS Join the Spirit website.
Students from the University of São Paulo win Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013
A team of students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil were the winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won with their proposal for a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables.
Supported by UNESCO, Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition which challenges students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. This third edition of the competition saw over 600 teams from around the world submit a proposal responding to one of six challenges set out by Airbus for aviation in the 21st century.
The winning team - comprised of Marcos Philipson, Leonardo Akamatsu, Adriano Furtado and Caio Reis - all studying design at the University of São Paulo, and Henrique Corazza studying at Loughborough University in the UK, claimed the top prize of €30,000. The runner-up prize of €15,000 went to Team CLiMA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, for their proposal to develop aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG).
For more info, please visit Airbus' Fly Your Ideas website: www.airbus-fyi.com/