KU Leuven students clinch TI's 2012 Engibous Prize for analog design in the EMEA region

November 21, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) team, consisting of Hans De Clercq, Piet Callemeyn, and Jereon Lecoutere, won TI’s 2012 Engibous Prize for analog design in the EMEA region as well as picking up $10,000 for their project.

The award winning project focused on developing a baby’s pajama suit made of fabric with integrated sensors for comfortable data acquisition of key vital signs to monitor the baby’s health remotely, such as monitoring for risks like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The project also included a wireless charging system under the bed’s mattress to keep the pajama sensor system powered continuously.

“We were very impressed with the project target goal, solid analysis of the problem and safety of the application from the KU Leuven team. They were the complete package,” said Prof. Yves Leduc of Polytech University Nice-Sophia and one of the three independent TI Analog Design Contest judges. “A strong favorite for me as well was the team from Politecnico di Milano because their project was totally analog. All in all, it was a very tough decision to make because the level of professionalism in these projects is outstanding. It seems they become more innovative each year.”

“TI’s University Program seeks to encourage student engineers to develop analog and systems design skills,” said Brian Crutcher, senior vice president and general manager of TI Analog. “In our increasingly digital world, analog is a fundamental technology that our customers will continue to need well into the future.”

More than 500 students took part in TI’s Analog Design Contest 2012, from 115 European university teams registered. Of the projects entered, the most popular topics were pure analog, applications for energy harvesting, biomedical, sensors, audio and robotics. Top awards were presented to the following teams:

  • First prize of $10,000: KU Leuven with their project, “A Wireless Data Acquisition System, Integrated into the Bed.”
  • Second prize of $5,000: Warsaw University of Technology with their project, “Portable Sleep Apnea Detector.”
  • Third prize of $2,500: Politecnico di Milano with their project, “Wide Bandwidth 90 Degrees Phase Shifter for Lock-in Amplifiers.”
  • Fourth prize of $2,500: Medical University of Vienna with their project, “EMG2GO – Portable, Wireless