2017 EU Regional

On May 13th & 14th, 2017, the 13th luckiest edition of the international “Digilent Design Contest” took place at National Instruments and Digilent Office in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This year we had 52 teams enrolled and 25 teams (made of one, two or three students) presenting in the finals. The 25 teams came from universities in Cluj-Napoca, Baia-Mare, Constanta, Brasov, Targu Mures, Timisoara, Bucuresti(Romania), Poland, Turkey, Serbia and HungaryOn Saturday, all teams presented their hard work in front of six judges. After that, the best eight projects were chosen. 

On Sunday, May 14th, the finalists went head-to-head in front of all the participants and judges in order to determine who would be the winner. The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca President of Honor, Professor Radu Munteanu, was present at the awarding ceremony and handed out the certificates to the winning teams.




Marcin Kowalczyk

Adviser: Tomasz Kryjak

 AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland

First Prize

An Object Tracking Pan-tilt Smart Camera Based on a Zynq Heterogeneous Device
The aim of project is to create a vision system capable of tracking moving objects with the positioning of a pan-tilt camera. The project involves building a moving camera stand with use of off the shelf servomechanisms. The task was to keep tracked object in the center of frame by positioning servos. It’s built around the ZYBO board, and uses PmodGYROPmodBT2 and PmodACL. ​

Stefan Sredojevic
Tijana Petrovic
Srdjan Skala

Adviser: Ivan Mezei

University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Second Prize

Retro Gaming Console –   The project uses the Zybo board, PmodBT2 and PmodJSTK2 and  PmodPS2 and it implements a classic game console for retro  game lovers.

Andrei Bărăian
Andrei Sabău
Victor Oltean​

Adviser: Mihai Negru

Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania

Third Prize

Bin Knows Best – The idea came from remarking that there is no actual straightforward method to distinguish between different types of objects. So, with this in mind we started to build a small “smart” trash bin, able to differentiate between metal, glass, plastic and organic waste.

Selma Evelyn Catalina Goga
​Bianca Cerasela Zelia Blaga

​Adviser: Mihai Negru

Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania

Third Prize

Cycling Assistance System Using FPGA – The project is a cycling assistance system using a Digilent Basys3 board and several other components. The interaction with the system will be made via an user-friendly Android application.


Paul Vacariu
Giani Statie

Adviser: Clement Festila

Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania

Honorable Mention

Persistence of Vision Game Display – It mainly consists of a strip of LEDs stuck onto a fan blade. The LEDs are programmed to blink or change colors on specific moments, in order to obtain parts of the picture we want to display. Due to the speed of the switching when the propeller is in motion the LEDs will display the entire picture. Basys3PmodENC and PmodBT2 are used for implementation.

Beliz ONCU

Adviser: Orhan Gazi

Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey

Honorable Mention

The Optimum Implementation of Improved Successive Cancellation Polar Decoder on an FPGA Platform – The project implements polar encoders and decoders by using FPGA digital devices programmed in VHDL programming languages. The codes are first simulated in MATLAB. After that, hardware is built in FPGA environment. Results achieved both from simulation and hardware will be compared. A Zybo board will be used and a PmodRF2.

Muge Genc
Burak Gokbulut
Anil Ayancik

Adviser: Orhan Gazi

Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey​

Honorable Mention

Faster 2B Successive Cancellation Decoding of Polar Codes  In this project, we have three working area. In the first step, the analysis of the polar codes by using 2B Successive Cancellation algorithm was assimilated by using MATLAB simulation. In the second step the settlement processing of polar codes by using 2B Successive Cancellation. In the third step to increase the performance  the 2B Successive Cancellation algorithm was used, our suggested methods experienced. Zybo and PmodRF2 are used for implementation.

​​Robert-Ștefan Oniga
Cătălin Moldovan

Adviser: Ștefan Oniga

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Honorable Mention

Rain Room  The purpose of this project is to make an entertainment room where it rains all the time and everywhere except where you are. It has an artistic purpose and the amazing thing is that you can’t get wet because of the sensors from the ceiling that stops the water sprinklers. Our project presents a small room in which it rains all the time. There is water pouring from the ceiling and it doesn’t stop until the Kinect (used as a sensor) detects an object somewhere in this room

View all the contest entries here

View more pictures of the event here