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Monday Program

Conference Program

Student Paper Contest – sponsored by JMA

The award committee, composed by the General Chair, Technical Program Co-chairs and Special Session Co-chairs, selected 3 regular papers and 3 special-session papers for the Student Paper Contest. One student per selected paper was invited on Wed. September 22, 2021 to present the paper live on Zoom and to answer questions from the award committee.


The final selection of winners was made by the award committee after the completion of the live presentations. Papers were judged 25% on the technical content of the paper, 25% on the importance of the work, 25% on the student’s live presentation, and 25% on the student’s ability to answer questions from the judges.


Winners of the Student Paper Contest


First prize to Baturalp Buyukates for the following paper:


Age of Gossip in Networks with Community Structure

Baturalp Buyukates, Melih Bastopcu, Sennur Ulukus


Second prize (ex-aequo) to Fabrizio Carpi and Shadi Mohammadi for the following papers:


Single-Shot Compression for Hypothesis Testing

Fabrizio Carpi, Siddharth Garg, Elza Erkip


Fast Algorithm for Joint Unicast and Multicast Beamforming in Large-Scale Systems

Shadi Mohammadi, Min Dong, Shahram ShahbazPanahi


A plaque and prize will be awarded to the winners, with the contribution of JMA. The awards will be announced at the SPAWC Opening Session, and at 4:25 pm on Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2021), right before the keynote by Moe Win.


Data Competition

A competition will be held during the conference to develop algorithms for a problem related to signal processing and communication theory. A plaque and prize will be awarded to the winning team during the banquet.


To compete, teams will have to download the dataset (which will be released a month before the deadline for paper submissions) and develop solutions to be submitted to Timothy O’Shea, the Data Competition Chair, before 6:00 pm of Monday, September 27, 2021. A committee will run the received algorithms on a new test data set. The winning team will be determined by evaluating and comparing results.