2016 EU Regional

On May 14th & 15th, 2016, the 12th edition of the international “Digilent Design Contest” took place at National Instruments and Digilent Office in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This year we had 30 applicants, and after a selection process, 16 teams (made of one, two or three students) were chosen to present at the contest. They came from universities in Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Targu Mures, Timisoara, Bucuresti(Romania), Poland, Turkey and HungaryOn Saturday, all 16 teams presented their hard work in front of six judges. After that, the six best projects were chosen. 

On Sunday, May 15ththose six teams went head-to-head in front of all the participants and judges in order to determine who would be the victor. The CTO of Digilent Inc., Clint Cole, and Joe Harris, the COO of Digilent Inc. were also present at the award ceremony and congratulated the winners for the achievements.




Vlad Mihnea Pop

Petru Maior University Tirgu-Mures, Romania

First Prize

Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals With Mobility Impairments –  This project allows persons with motor disabilities (partial or full loss of control of body parts as a result of disease, trauma or defect) to acquire control of external devices and systems, such as lights, mechanical apparatus (electrical-mechanically controlled bed, as those used in hospitals), smartphones, computers, and many others. The projects also cover the monitoring and alarm signaling of various parameters of user’s health (pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, body temperature), and environment (ambient temperature, spot IR temperature, various hazardous gaseous concentrations in air, dust pollution concentration and gamma radiation dose count). It uses the ZYBO boardPmod BT2PmodOLEDPmodDA4.

Aron Feher

Sapientia University,    Tirgu-Mures, Romania

Second Prize

Embedded ECG Data Acquisition System –  Embedded ECG data acquisition board, a portable, affordable and cheap ECG data acquisition device for the family medicine, which could be supervised by specialized personnel if the case arises. It uses the ZYBO board, and Pmod BT2.

József Zákány
András Erdős

Debrecen University, Hungary

Third Prize

The Pathfinder Zybot – The robot will be able to bring an object from any location to another. This task needs to solve problems such as odometry, localization, mapping, and continuous communication with the user(s) and detect and handle unplanned barriers.The project uses the ZYBO board, PmodCMPS and PmodBT2

​Antonel-Ovidiu Vantur
Cristian-Iulian Andries
Lucian Burlacu

Gheorghe Asachi University

Iasi, Romania

Honorable Mention

Wearable Wellness System – The purpose of the project is to monitor the effort, stress, panic or myocardial predecessor moments based on impedance of skin. Taking the impedance of skin we can interpret the variation of this in time. We know the impedance of skin is inversely with effort or sickness. Also the project can be used like lie detector as well. It’s built around the ZYBO board and uses PmodOLEDPmodRF2 and PmodIA modules. 

Vlad Niculescu
Ovidiu Hutanu

Politehnics of Bucharest,Romania

Gheorghe Asachi University, Iasi, Romania

Honorable Mention

Custom high speed DAQ system with FPGA  ​This project represents a very cheap solution of building a digital oscilloscope as well as a way of measuring some medical signals. The Nexys4 DDR board is used for this project, together with a custom board AD9215 part containing.

​Bogdan Coseriu

TUCN, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Honorable Mention

Zynq Image Enhancement System – The aim of this project is to make an Image Enhancement System using the ZYNQ ApSOC – ZYBO. It’s a system that can clear out the fog from images or video. This system will take in poor conditions visual data as the input, process it using image enhancement techniques and then output the result.

Emil Novak

Lajos Petrik Industrial Chemistry, Informatics and Enviromental Highschool, Budapest, Hungary

Youth Award

Fluid Spectrum Analyser equipment with ZYBO board  This home made instrument describes what fluid is inside the test tube. It provides a real time measurement capability for varied fluids qualitative analysis. It uses ZYBO board, and the old bundle Anvyl Pmod Pack.

​Rafał Kozik
Jakub Porębski​

University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Interesting Mix of Technology and Psychology Award

Brzydal – the social robot  The goal of the project is to investigate uncanny valley hypothesis (cognitive robotics) and other social interaction of robots.The project uses the ZYBO board, PmodWIFI and PmodAMP2.

View all the contest entries here

View more pictures of the event here