Digilent Contest Entries at a Glance – 13th Edition


Do you remember what you were doing this time last year? Let me tell you… I am sure you were reading about Digilent Design Contest entries!

Digilent Contest Entries at a Glance

Digilent Contest Entries at a Glance – Part 2

Digilent Contest Entries at a Glance – Part 3

If you are interested in seeing the ones from this year, take a look below, and stay tuned, there’s more to come!

  1. FPGA-Based Remote Control of Solar Photovoltaic cells – by David Pali Kis – The project addresses the topic of solar photovoltaic (PV) cell remote control in order to achieve maximal energetic efficiency of PV plants. For this reason a two axis PV cells support electro-mechanical system it is considered for development. This system is capable to perform a full sun position tracking by capturing the maximal solar radiation energy during the sun’s movement across the sky during the day. It uses the ZYBO board, PmodTMP3, PmodALS, PmodHB5.

FPGA-based remote control of solar photovoltaic cells

David comes from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and he’s a Master student at the Electrical Engineering Faculty.

2. Augmented Windshield – by Vlad Mihnea Pop – This project hints towards a smart windshield for use in the automotive industry, which could augment the driver’s perception of the world in front of him by displaying relevant data on a transparent LCD screen attached to the car’s windscreen. The inter-laid screen could allow more information to be given to the user regarding the objects in front of the car, and even alarms in certain situations, such as a detected risk of an accident. To capture the world in front, and also the user’s position relative to the screen, two sets of stereoscopic (or 3d imaging) devices are used. He used the Nexys Video board and PmodOledRGB.

Vlad comes from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca; he’s an Electronics Engineering Master student and he’s also a former participant and winner of the First Prize in 2016 Edition with the project MATIMI and First Honorable Mention in the 2015 edition of this contest, with his project: Autonomous Search and Rescue Squad.

Autonomous Search and Rescue Squad

Autonomous Search and Rescue Squad

Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Mobility Impairments

3. Implementation of the Twofish Encryption Algorithm on FPGA – by Bogdan Claudiu Dimciu. The algorithm used is Twofish, a clock cipher with keys and plain-text ranging from 128 bits to 256 bits. This project’s aim is to implement only the 128 bit version of the encryption algorithm. The language used to describe the IP is Verilog 2001, with little use of SystemVerilog in certain sections. Digilent components used include: the ZYBO board, PmodBT2.

Bogdan is a senior student at Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Faculty.

Twofish encryption algorithm

4. The Optimum Implementation of Improved Successive Cancellation Polar Decoder on an FPGA Platform – by Ayse COLAK, Aysenur KAPISIZ and Beliz ONCU, from Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkey. The project implements polar encoders and decoders by using FPGA digital devices programmed in VHDL programming languages. The codes are first simulated in MATLAB. After that, hardware is built in FPGA environment. Results achieved both from simulation and hardware will be compared. A Zybo board will be used and a PmodRF2.

Polar encoding and decoding

5. To Select the Best Ways for Polar Code Encoding by List Algorithm Using Entropy – by Muge Genc, Burak Gokbulut and Anil Ayancik. There the multiple steps of the project: the first one consists of the analysis of the polar codes by using List Decoding Algorithm – Matlab simulation. In the second step we have the FPGA implementation of the settlement processing of polar codes by using List Decoding Algorithm. The third step is increasing the performance of the implemented polar codes by using List Decoding Algorithm. Zybo and PmodRF2 are used for implementation.

Best Ways via Entropy Technique in List Decoding of Polar Codes


6. BB8 Droid – by Cristian Pascalau – life-sized BB8 droid based on the Arty Artix-7 FPGA Development Board. It’s based on the 3D models made by James Burton from xrobots.co.uk.  The project uses the Arty board, PmodBT2 and PmodNAV and several others miscellaneous Digilent parts. Cristian is a senior student at the Electronics and Telecommunication Faculty from Polytechnics of Timisoara, Romania.

7. An Object Tracking Pan-tilt Smart Camera Based on a Zynq Heterogeneous Device – by Marcin Kowalczyk. The aim of project is to create a vision system capable of tracking moving objects with the positioning of a pan-tilt camera. The project involves building a moving camera stand with use of off the shelf servomechanisms. The task was to keep tracked object in the center of frame by positioning servos. It’s built around the ZYBO board, and uses PmodGYRO, PmodBT2 and PmodACL. The creator is a senior student at Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, from AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland.

Object tracking pan-tilt smart camera based on a Zynq heterogeneous device

8. FPGA Based Heart Diseases Detector – by Tiberia Todeila and Vlad Niculescu. This project combines electronics and medicine in order to obtain a product that detects hearth diseases. The aim of the project is to compare signals from MIT-BIT database with the signals acquired from the patients and returns a response to the tested person. It is based on a Nexys Video board.

FPGA Based Heart Diseases Detector

Vlad and Tiberia study at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, senior year. Vlad is passionate about robotics and won multiple competitions like RoboChallenge in 2014, 2015, as well as having participated in conferences and other students competitions. The team he was part of ranked in Top Ten in MakeMIT 2016. He is also a former contestant and winner of the Honorable Mention in the 2016 Edition of the contest with the project: Custom high speed DAQ system with FPGA. Tiberia was also part of  the team that ranked Top Ten in MakeMIT 2017

9. Cycling Assistance System Using FPGA – by Selma Evelyn Catalina Goga and Bianca Cerasela Zelia Blaga.  The project is a cycling assistance system using a Digilent Basys3 board and several other components. The interaction with the system will be made via an user-friendly Android application.

Selma and Zelia are both senior students at Computer Science in Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Selma is also a former contestant of 2016 edition. The project also uses PmodNAV, PmodBT2 and PmodMAXSONAR.

10. Telemetry System for Smart Clothes – by David Gal, Henrietta Ban and Victoria Popovich from Uzhhorod National University and Mukachevo State University in Ukraine. David is a senior student, while Henrietta is a junior and Victoria is a sophomore. The project offers modern electronic controls of vital functions of the human body integrated in clothing (in under and above local area of uniform). The essence of this proposal is that sensors of various types are mounted into the clothing which fix important indicators of internal and external surroundings, such as temperature, humidity, duration of stay, sensors of chemically hazardous substances, and so on. It uses the Arty board and a slew of other Pmods: PmodGYRO, PmodWIFI, PmodGPS, PmodACL, PmodSD, PmodAD2.


11. Smart Trash Can – Andrei Bărăian, Andrei Sabău and Victor Oltean from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The idea came from remarking that there is no actual straightforward method to distinguish between different types of objects. So, with this in mind we started to build a small “smart” trash bin, able to differentiate between metal, glass, plastic and organic waste.

Smart Trash Can

The project is based on a Zybo board, PmodWIFI and PmodGPS.

Interesting enough? We will be back with some more entries, all cool and enjoyable!

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