Background

Background information on the international student challenge problem can be found in the article by B. G. Ferguson and R. L. Culver, “International Student Challenge Problem in Acoustic Signal Processing,” Acoustics Today, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 26‐29, Spring 2014 (available online at acousticstoday.org). The article highlights the pull quote: Students are given the opportunity to distinguish themselves by solving a challenging problem in acoustic signal processing.

Evaluation Process

The entries were assessed by the evaluators to be of a very high standard reflecting considerable time and effort having been expended by the students and, justifiably, a sense of pride and achievement permeated their submissions. Students who have clearly distinguished themselves by detailing their approach and reasoning in solving the problem and providing good estimates of the parameter set were selected as Finalists. From the entries of the Finalists, five entries were judged to be Meritorious. The final step required ranking the meritorious entries in order: first, second and third.

Finalists

Andrew Acquaviva (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Michael Biffignani (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Yuta Enomoto (Waseda University, Japan)
James Esplin and Matthew Shaw (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Philip Feurtado (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Kay (Kai) Gemba (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA)
Sahar Hashemgeloogerdi (University of Rochester, USA)
Yasuhito Ishihara (Waseda University, Japan)
Aaron Lesky (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Michael Muhlestein (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Bernado Murta, Bruno Knebel, Gil Greco and Sergio Aguirre (Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil)
Ananth Raghavendra (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Rishabh Ranjan and Kaushik Sunder (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Leandro Sebastian Rodiño (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina)
Yu Shiduo, Xu Lingji and Yang Long (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China)
Sarah Smith and Michael Heilemann (University of Rochester, USA)
R. Troy Taylor (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Kohei Yatabe (Waseda University, Japan)
David Zartman (Washington State University, USA)

Winners

First Place:

Kay Gemba (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA)

Equal Second Place:

Yu Shiduo, Xu Lingji and Yang Long (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China);
Yuta Enomoto (Waseda University, Japan)

Equal Third Place:

James Esplin and Matthew Shaw (Pennsylvania State University, USA);
Sahar Hashemgeloogerdi (University of Rochester, USA)

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