2019 EU Regional

On May 11th & 12th, 2019, the 15th edition of the international “Digilent Design Contest” took place at National Instruments and Digilent Office in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This year we had 40 teams enrolled and 20 teams (made of one, two or three students) presenting in the finals. The 20 teams came from universities in Cluj-Napoca, Targu Mures, Iasi, Timisoara, Bucuresti(Romania), Poland, Turkey, Austria, Ukraine and FranceOn Saturday, all teams presented their hard work in front of 3 judges. After that, the best eight projects were chosen. 

On Sunday, May 12th, the finalists went head-to-head in front of all the participants and judges in order to determine who would be the winner. 




Felix Georg Braun
Philipp-Sebastian Vogt

Adviser: Nima Taherinejad

TU Vienna, Austria

First Prize

Remote VHDL Prototyping and Testing Platform
The outcome of this project is an easy to use platform for students to prototype and test their HDL design
on an actual hardware over the internet. A web interface and a webcam provide (digital and visual) feedback
to the user regarding the inputs and outputs of their design running on real hardware.

Beniamin Bia

​Adviser: Alin Grama

Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania

Second Prize

Beyond Vision

The aim of the project was to develop a system which allows the user to communicate secure and run applications that are usually run on powerful machines, on much slower and cheaper ones using hardware acceleration.

Cătalin-Constantin Bitire,
Andrei Ionașcu and
Marin-Mircea Cojocaru 

​Adviser: Decebal Popescu

Univeristy “POLITEHNICA” of Bucharest, Romania

Third Prize

Zybo Autonomous Car
We implemented an autonomous vehicle on a Zybo Z7-20 platform, using a Digilent PCAM as its main
camera to capture the road and road signs ahead, with an additional array of sensors including an
accelerometer, a sonar and an RFID scanner to gather additional data on its course.

Szilárd Hegedüs 

​Adviser: Dan Nicula

Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Honorable Mention

The project extends the Pcam 5C demo project, by inserting an image processing module with five filters:
• Dead/stuck pixel correction
• Median filter
• Image sharpening
• Image smoothing
• Edge detection
Each of these can be software configured in witch order or how many of these will be applied to the input stream.
The camera is an OV5647 night vision camera intended for the Raspberry Pi, but has the same CSI-2 connector as the Zybo Z7.

Marius-Cristian Andrei

Adviser:Laurențiu Mărgărit

Military Technical Academy “Ferdinand I”, Bucharest, Romania

Honorable Mention

Ethernet Packet Inspection

IDS (intrusion detection system) is an equipment or a software application which monitors a network or a system, and its purpose is to detect a malicious activity or violation of certain policies.
This project aims to identify, using the FPGA capabilities, an unauthorized data and to notify the user to take action.

Zakaria El Rhonson and
Paul Leloup

Adviser: Thierry Gil

Polytech Montpellier, France

Honorable Mention

The IoT LoRa Project

The project consist in prototyping the Smart Sensor and the Smart Gateway. The purpose of the project is to measure the consumption and the performance of a connected device. Once having the details, the performance can be improved. It comes 

Maksim Holub,
Oleh Kuzhylnyi and
Oleksandr Ostrianko 

Adviser:Tymofii Khodniev

National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsy Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”

Honorable Mention

High-Speed Real-Time Video Streaming Transmission

We designed a working prototype of a GigE Vision compatible camera. It should be noted, that presently there are no open source GigE Vision compatible camera implementations except ours. The prototype consists of Digilent Pcam 5C camera which is connected to Digilent Zybo Z7 board having Zynq 7000 series Xilinx APSoC.

Joanna Stanisz and
Konrad Lis

Adviser: Tomasz Kryjak

AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Honorable Mention

Car Detection System Based in LiDAR and camera data fusion

The purpose of this project is implementation of hardware-software object detection system based on
LiDAR and camera data.

View all the contest entries here

View more pictures of the event here