EADS Innovation Works expands its “Join the Spirit” challenges for students

3 May 2013

EADS Innovation Works is continuing its worldwide commitment to stimulate innovation and build relationships with universities and their students through its series of “Join the Spirit” competitions.

“Join the Spirit” gives students real-world challenges developed by experts at EADS Innovation Works – the corporate research and technology arm at EADS, and the corporation’s four business units: Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter. With two worldwide competitions to date, as well as a challenge specifically for Chinese research teams, these contests have targeted engineering graduate students in their fields of expertise.

The latest competition was launched March 1, and tasks competitors with finding innovative uses of visual-matching skills. It consists of two phases, with students first shooting pictures, annotating them and developing a human-detection algorithm. Registration for this phase concludes on June 30. From the entries, 20 teams will be selected create a human-matching algorithm as the second phase, with the contest concluding September 30.

The winning team will receive a VIP invitation to the Spaceport in French Guiana for an Ariane 5 launch, while the top three teams will win Parrot Zik wireless headphones. All 20 teams that make it to the second phase will earn a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadcopter with HD camera, controllable by smartphone or tablet.

This competition follows two previous “Join the Spirit” contests. The first was a high-performance computing challenge for problem solving in electromagnetic compatibility issues. Chau Khoa Pham and Thuy Diem Nguyen, of Team Kota from Singapore, won the top prize of $10,000 with a score close to 263 GigaFlops, who will be honored by EADS at a special ceremony during the 2013 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget in June.

A second contest – sponsored by EADS Innovation Works, Airbus and China-based clean energy company, ENN – challenged Chinese teams to develop innovative concepts for sustainable energies in the aviation sector. The entry phase closed in April, with finalists to be announced at the beginning of June. The winning team will be awarded a RMB 20,000 prize and the opportunity for a collaborative project with funding up to RMB 400,000.

For additional information, and to follow the competition activity, see the Join the Spirit website