Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

EEEI teams win first place in Mini-Hackaton Competition

Two teams headed by Dr. Rhandley Cajote from the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Laboratory of the UP-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI) won first place in the Mini-Hackaton Competition at the 2nd International Conference on Electrical, Electronics, Computer Engineering and their Applications (EECEA) 2015, held in World Trade Center Manila, February 11, 2015.

UP-EEEI junior faculty member Engr. Crisron Lucas, undergraduate student Mr. Francis Santelices, and University of Santo Tomas (UST) faculty member Mr. Mike Abrera won the Industry Track division where they used MATLAB to solve two challenges on big data analytics and data visualization. On one hand, UP-EEEI undergraduate students Mr. Edgardo Gallardo, Jr., Mr. John Emerson Estrada, and Mr. Emmanuel Boncato bested the Student Track division where they created a signaling device (text to Morse Code) using MATLAB and Simulink interfaced in an Arduino Nano kit. Both teams received cash prizes; Php.30,000 for the Industry Track winners, and Php.15,000 for the Student Track winners.

After this year’s big win, the DSP Laboratory looks forward to participate again for the Institute in the upcoming years.

This is the first year of the Mini-Hackaton Competition in the Philippines. The event is sponsored by TechSource Computing Solutions, Inc., in partnership with the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC), Dassault Systẻmes, and Microchip Technology, Inc.

MATLAB is a programming language which serves as aid in visualizing data and collaborative tool in terms of signal and image processing, communications, control systems, computational finance, and the like. Simulink, on one hand, is also a graphical programming language tool used for modeling and/or simulating dynamic systems.