More than 30 engineering teams registered to compete for cash prizes in IoT applications, and to boost research and development in electronic design

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—A device that makes 3D printing safer, an audio-enabled IoT security system, and an edge node that collects power from multiple sources won top prizes in the first International Hardware Design Contest at the 54th Design Automation Conference (DAC). The contest, sponsored by Lattice Semiconductor, honored five design teams as finalists from more than 30 engineering teams that registered to compete in the contest. The five finalist teams highlighted their submissions at the World of IoT booth at DAC, an event dedicated to the design and automation of electronic systems that was held in Austin, Texas, in June.

First Place went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Inspirit IoT, Inc., for their entry, iSmart Team: Low Power, Low Cost Audio Based Security IoT System. Team members included Di He, Dushyant Bhan, Zizhen Liu, Xinheng Liu, Deming Chen, Zuofu Cheng, Swathi Gurumani, and Kyle Rupnow.

Second Place went to The University at Buffalo for its entry, IoMT Pilot: Towards FPGA-based Collision Detection Accelerator for 3D Printing Safety. Members of the team included Sree Harini Dunnala, Jerry Ajay, Aravind Polkam, Yuyang Chen, Aosen Wang, Chi Zhou, and Wenyao Xu.

Third Place was awarded to the team comprising Shandong University, Shandong Yolox Intelligent Electronic Co. Ltd., Oklahoma State University, and City University of Hong Kong, for their entry, SOC: Multiple Energy Source Powered IoT Node Design. Members of the team included Ke Liu, Jing Li, Weining Song, Defu Cao, Jingtao Zhang, Changqi Feng, Chun Wang, Wen Bi, Yu Liang, Lei Ju, Jingtong Hu, Mengying Zhao, and Chun Jason Xue.

The winners were announced during the conference keynote session at the 54th gathering of DAC.


The International Hardware Design Contest was developed and sponsored by ACM Special Interest Group in Design Automation (SIGDA), DAC, and corporate sponsor Lattice Semiconductor. The competition is planned to be an annual hardware design contest with themes to boost research and development in areas related to the design and automation of electronic systems. For the first year, the theme was FPGAs for Internet-of-Things (IoT), and the contest explored the use of low-power FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) to implement new concepts and designs in IoT edge computing.

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