The finalists of the inaugural Embedded Systems Competition were awarded on 6th November 2019 at the annual TechWorks Awards & Gala Dinner, London. Both students at the University of Southampton, Yanislav Donchev was announced as the winner and received £1,000, with runner-up Torran Green receiving £500.

L–R: Stew Edmondson, Torran Green, Aileen Ryan (UltraSoC), Yanislav Donchev

UltraSoC supports the UKESF in running the competition, which aims to raise awareness about and interest in embedded systems among undergraduates studying Electronics. The competition highlights excellence in students completing their major individual project on embedded systems and enables understanding of how to architect and implement future complex embedded systems in the UK.

“I worked hard for my third-year project and being the national winner of the Embedded Systems Competition 2019 is extremely rewarding. I am thankful to the judges for recognising my work and to UltraSoC and the UKESF for organising and sponsoring the award. Today embedded systems are found in almost every electronic device and motivating students to leverage their experience in this field is of great importance.”
Yanislav Donchev

The national competition was open to engineering undergraduates studying at one of the UKESF’s 23 partner universities who were completing their major individual project with a principal focus on embedded systems. Entrants were required to submit to a summary of their project on an A1 printable poster, including the aim, results, impact and next steps.

The University of Southampton has produced an article about Yanislav’s project, including a video demonstrating his ‘drumless’ concept – find it here.

“Many congratulations to Yanislav for his excellent individual project on ‘air drums’. I am delighted that his hard work has been recognised through this award, and also that both of the finalists are from Southampton! This recognises the excellent quality of our students, and particularly in the domain of embedded systems.”
Prof Geoff Merrett, Head of Centre for IoT and Pervasive Systems, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

“As a leading provider of embedded analytics, we were incredibly impressed with the standard of entrants in the Embedded Systems Competition and we are delighted to have been involved. I’d personally like to congratulate Torran and Yanislav, the worthy winners of this award, and to thank Stewart and the team at the UKESF for organising. The standards of the student projects confirm our belief that companies like ourselves benefit significantly from building closer ties with academia and why our University Program is an important and on-going initiative for UltraSoC.”
Aileen Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer, UltraSoC