Suceava 2017

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The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava is organizing

The 24th International Computers
Contest for Students
HARD & SOFT Suceava 2017

scheduled from the 14 to the 21 of May 2017.

Hard&Soft is a contest for teams of senior students of Computer Hardware and Software Engineering (Computer Science) who will work on an unseen task over a period of five days. Each team will have four members.

The contest task will focus on topical areas in Computer Engineering and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that require a close link between hardware and software, it will require teams to demonstrate a broad spectrum of skills in these areas and a capability to design and implement a working system.

A full specification of the task will be given on the first day of the contest.

The task will require the use of specific components and techniques that must be included in each team's solution. Essential components, tools, PCs, programming environments and network/web access will be provided by the organizers. Teams can use their own laptops and other equipment during solution development.

Teams can bring with them or scavenge for additional hardware components to incorporate in their design but these must not substitute for the specified components.

Teams are allowed to use any public domain software during development of, or as part of, their solution.

The contest will primarily be judged at a demonstration to the Jury on the last day of the contest, assessment will also include design documentation, observation of work in progress and the presentation of work at a public demonstration or exhibition.

Teams are normally accompanied by Faculty member(s) as mentor and coach.

Free accommodation for students.

Contestant Knowledge Requirements

The Hard&Soft contest has a focus on topics that require a close link between hardware and software in real world applications of computers and ICT. To be successful teams need to demonstrate a broad spectrum of skills in these areas by creating a well-engineered and imaginative solution to the contest task.

Typical topics included in the task are:

Microprocessor, embedded system and mobile systems design

Software and hardware development environments

Application of structured programming techniques, data structures and algorithms

Adaption and use of public domain software

Web programming, HTML, App design

Graphics, DSP, RFID, secure wireless data transfer

Interfacing for data gathering and control

Design with sensors, analogue and digital circuits.

Prototype electronic, electrical and mechanical construction

Good system design techniques that address all the task requirements

Presentation and documentation skills for expert and non-expert audience



    Timothy HALL, University of Limerick, Ireland


    Ciaran MacNAMEE - University of Limerick, Ireland
    Dorel PICOVICI - Institute of Technology  Carlow, Ireland
    Stephan PFENNINGER - ServiceXpert GmbH Munchen, Germany
    Sorin BULCEAG - ServiceXpert GmbH Munchen, Germany
    Jean Michel DUTHILLEUL - Universite Lille 1, France

Request for Confirmation

After your nomination as participant, please confirm your availability to join the contest until the 20th of April 2017.

Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, ROMANIA
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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With support from:


Primăria Suceava - Suceava Town Hall

Consiliul Județean Suceava - Suceava County Council