The challenge of the competition, in which more than 50 student research teams from all around the world participated, was to monitor the heart rate during physical exercise using wrist-type photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals. The light sensors, that are currently used in almost all electronic wrist bands and smartwatches, are very sensitive and prone to motion artifacts. Thus, the main challenge was to reduce the impact of these motion artifacts and to precisely and reliably estimate the heart rate.
The team from Darmstadt met this challenge and succeeded against the teams from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Soongsil University (South Korea) in the final top three competition of the IEEE Processing Cup 2015 in Australia. Besides the award, the young student researchers received a prize money of 5.000 U.S. dollar. We congratulate the students Christian Sledz, Hauke Radtki, Maximilian Hüttenrauch, Patrick Wenzel, Bastian Alt, Alaa Alameer and their supervisors Tim Schäck and Michael Muma on this great achievement.