The Winner's Circle

The Winner's Circle

Cool projects. Raw talent. The right tools. With these ingredients student competition teams are winning competitions worldwide and shaping the future of automotive design, aerospace engineering, robotics, and many other technical fields


Tongji University

1st Place MathWorks Simulation Award - Formula Student China 2017

The Tongji DIAN Racing team won the 1st place MathWorks award for vehicle dynamic modeling in FSC 2017. Simulink was used for control algorithm design including traction control, torque vectoring, and energy reoccupation. The vehicle model, suspension system, and battery model were also built with Simulink and Simscape Driveline for system analysis and optimization. 

Technical University of Munich

1st Place - SpaceX Hyperloop Pod 2017

The WARR Hyperloop team from the Technical University of Munich has won the first two SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions, repeatedly building the fastest prototype in the race. The team used MATLAB and Simulink to optimize the design of the propulsion unit and to determine the optimal operation parameters.

Cardiff University

1st Place - Formula Student UK 2017

The Cardiff Racing team has been crowned the 1st place winner of Formula Student UK from the UK. They used MATLAB throughout their design for tire data analysis and general data analysis. Cardiff Racing were also awarded the Exxon Mobil award for best innovation for their exhaust which had been designed recording the sound of the engine and using MATLAB to perform a Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) giving a visual representation of the frequencies produced.

This was also the first year the team used Simscape Multibody to analyse suspension behaviour in their car. 

Technical University of Munich

1st Place - Urban Concept -  EducEco 2017

EducEco 2017 electric Urban Concept winner, TUfast Eco Team from TU Munich, uses MATLAB and Simulink for vehicle simulation at all development phases, which helped them to develop an entirely new car in less than ten months. Furthermore, they rely on MATLAB and Simulink for driving strategy optimization, kinematics design, telemetry data analysis, and many other smaller design challenges.

University of Stuttgart

1st Place - Formula Student Germany 2017

GreenTeam from University of Stuttgart, who uses Speedgoat Baseline as their main ECU and is the only team to do so in Formula Student Worldwide, won Formula Student Germany in August 2017 after winning Formula Student East in Hungary. Their entire development approach is utterly fast and robust. 

ETH Zürich

1st Place - Formula Student Driverless Germany 2017

The 1st place winner of the new Formula Student Driverless (FSD) competition is the AMZ Racing Team from ETH Zurich. They used Simulink to design the vehicle dynamics controllers and MATLAB to develop optimal trajectory planning.

The Ohio State University

World Record - 2016

The Ohio State University’s Venturi / Buckeye Bullet racing team set a new world record of 341 mph with a top recorded speed of 358 mph. MATLAB was used extensively to convert and analyze millions of logged data points after each run of the car. The main vehicle control code is also reliant on Simulink and Stateflow.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

1st Place - Electric Category - Formula Student Germany 2016

KA-RaceIng used Model-Based Design to implement torque vectoring for their 4WD vehicle. Mechanical engineers and computer scientists used MATLAB and Simulink to lead the racing team to 1st place in the Electric Overall category of Formula Student Germany (FSG) 2016 and 1st place in the Simulink Student Challenge.

University of Victoria 

1st Place - Hybrid Vehicle Category 2016

University of Victoria Formula Hybrid Competition Team’s plug-in hybrid electric race car used a high-performance engine and a newly developed ultracapacitor ESS pack with optimized design and control using software-in-loop models developed using MATLAB tools. In the Formula Hybrid Competition, they have achieved 1st place in the Hybrid Vehicle Category, the Doug Gore Memorial Chassis Design Award, the General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award, and FCA Industrial Design Award.

Technical University of Munich

1st Place - Combustion - Formula Student Germany 2016

TUfast Racing Team, from TU Munich won the combustion car competition of Formula Student Germany 2016. They used MATLAB for lap time simulation which allowed them to perform parameter studies to evaluate racecar concepts and enabled them to take advantage of the benefits of the aerodynamic package.

Delft University of Technology

1st Place - Formula Student Germany 2015

Formula Student Germany 2015 winner, DUT Racing from TU Delft, won with a stunning score of 923.02 of possible 1000 points. They interfaced their Simulink model to their engine control unit.

The Ohio State University

EcoCAR 3 - Year 1

EcoCAR 3 Year 1 Competition 1st place finisher, The Ohio State University, uses MATLAB and Simulink to validate architecture selection and controls development in their hybrid vehicle.



2nd Place – OnStage Secondary – RoboCup German Open 2018 

2nd Place – OnStage Advanced – European RoboCupJunior Championship 2018

The Evolution Bots won 2nd place in the OnStage category at both the RoboCup German Open and the European RoboCupJunior Championship. The team used MATLAB and Simulink to develop a smart home robot called Dobby, who could perform cleaning and entertainment tasks by working with visual recognition and voice control. Stateflow offered an easy way to switch from one state to another. Dobby is based on Raspberry Pi, which is supported by the Simulink support package.

Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm

1st Place – RoboCupRescue and RoboCup@Work – RoboCup German Open 2018

Team AutonOHM from Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm participated in both the Rescue and @Work leagues of RoboCup, and won first place in both leagues at the 2018 German Open event. The Rescue team used MATLAB to simulate the manipulator for their mobile robot. They also generated C code from their MATLAB algorithms and exported it to their robot.

Richardson High School, Richardson, TX, USA

1st Place - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Autonomous Vehicle Challenge 2018

The Rose-Hulman Autonomous Vehicle Challenge is a competition for high school students to build and program a model vehicle to navigate various tracks as fast as possible. Students from Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas won first place at the 2018 Rose-Hulman Autonomous Vehicle Challenge out of 47 teams. This is their second first-place win in a row. 

U V Patel College of Engineering, Ganpat University

1st Place - Best Usage of MATLAB and Simulink - Robocon India 2018

MATLAB helped the team develop a digital image processing algorithm to detect shuttlecock. Simulink helped them develop an algorithm for autonomous and manual robots, and they were able to program the robots with the help of Stateflow.

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)

Consolation Prize - MathWorks Track -Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2017

The team from the Mechatronics Department, Faculty of Electrical Engineering developed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with depth control. The AUV was submerged accurately for the desired depth because of the pressure sensor, which was able to continuously send depth data to the controller. The AUV was modeled using System Identification Toolbox to yield the AUV model based on open-loop experiments for depth control. Then, the team used MATLAB and Simulink to simulate and verify the control algorithm. The controllers used in this project included on-off, proportional integral derivative (PID) and Fuzzy Logic Controller.

Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS) 

Co-champion - Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017

Held aboard the International Space Station and refereed by astronauts Joe Acaba (United States) and Alexander Misurkin (Russia), the PRISMS Zero Robotics club won co-champion honors in the 2017 Zero Robotics High School Tournament, whose sponsors included MIT, NASA, ESA, and Roscosmos. The PRISMS team used MATLAB to construct and optimize the control algorithm for the SPHERES satellites. Using MATLAB enabled an enhanced satellite stability, a robust kinematic performance, and a superior realization of game strategy, which included topographic mapping and hazard avoidance.

Cornell University

1st Place - RoboNation's RoboSub 2017

Cornell University’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team took home their seventh world championship win and 1st place in static judging at RoboNations’s RoboSub competition in July 2017. The development of their two winning vehicles, Artemis and Apollo, used MATLAB and Simulink to develop a model-based controller, analyze acoustic data, and run mechanical simulations.

Slovak University of Technology

1st Place - Robot Spring Category ISTROBOT 2017

Students from Slovak University of Technology and Inventum makerspace won the robot sprint category at the ISTROBOT 2017 competition. The team used Simulink and Stateflow to develop control strategy and quickly test/adjust necessary parameters.

College of Engineering, Pune

1st Place - Best Usage of MathWorks Tools in Robocon India 2017

College of Engineering, Pune won the title of “Best Usage of MathWorks Tools in Robocon India 2017” and won Robocon India 2017. The team used MATLAB and Simulink for building mechatronic system models and computer vision based algorithms.


Cornell University

2nd Place - AUVSI's Student Unmanned Aerial Systems 2017

CUAir is an undergraduate project team from Cornell University that develops an autonomous unmanned aircraft that is capable of takeoff, landing, waypoint navigation, and object recognition and classification. CUAir recently placed 2nd internationally (1st in the US) overall and won the Best Technical Design Award in the AUVSI SUAS Competition against more than 50 different teams from across the world, including countries like India, Canada, and Israel. The team uses MATLAB to aid in the design and analysis of their various aircraft. 

Israel Institute of Technology

2nd Place - Student Unmanned Aerial Systems 2015

SUAS 2015 competition 2nd place finisher, Israel Institute of Technology, creates a MATLAB obstacle avoidance simulation for their flight vehicle.

BioTech and Medical

University of Manchester

Best Model - iGEM 2016

iGEM 2016 competition Best Model winner, Team Manchester, from the University of Manchester implements an ensemble modelling approach using MATLAB to improve the design of their ethanol biosensor patch.

University of Sydney

2nd Place - iGEM 2016

iGEM 2016 competition first runner-up, Team Sydney Australia from the University of Sydney, engineered bacteria in order to create an ethylene biosensor as a new and practical way of determining ethylene levels in fruits, which is a marker for fruit ripening process. The team used MATLAB and SimBiology to develop a gene regulation pathway model of their ethylene biosensor.

Delft University of Technology

1st Place - iGEM 2015

iGEM 2015 Competition grand prize winner in the Overgrad category, TU Delft, modeled 3D printing of bacterial biofilm using MATLAB in order to determine the factors that have a strong influence on the biofilm strength.

Medical Devices

Cambridge University

3rd Place - PhysioNet Challenge

PhysioNet/CinC 2016 Challenge 3rd place team, from Cambridge University, uses MATLAB to design a neural network capable of classifying recordings of patients' heart sounds as normal or abnormal.

Programming and Math

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

1st Place - MathWorks Track - Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2017

The Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Photonics Research team is carrying out a study on the fibre laser output power modulation by using acoustic emission to target pipeline leakages. The motivation behind this project is to provide a cheaper alternative to the existing pipeline leakage detection techniques in the market and to counter the increasing percentage of Non-revenue water (NRW) in Malaysia. This project uses MATLAB to control instruments to collect pipeline leakage signatures, process the data, and estimate and locate leaks on pipelines.

University Sains Malaysia

3rd Place - MathWorks Track - Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2017

The second runner-up from the Innovate Malaysia 2017 competition, University Sains Malaysia, designed and developed a machine vision solution to identify the species of adult butterflies according to the database and without catching them. Image Processing Toolbox, Computer Vision System Toolbox, Neural Network Toolbox, and the Android support package from Simulink were used to build the automatic butterfly identification system.

Team B044 (China)

MATLAB Innovation Award - Contemporary Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2016

31,199 teams and over 93,000 students participated in the CUMCM contest in 2016. MathWorks sponsored the MATLAB Innovation Award. Undergraduate team B044 won the award and used MATLAB to do mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, data visualization, and optimization.

Signal Processing

University of New South Wales Sydney

1st Place - IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2017

Team Beats on the Barbie from the University of New South Wales Sydney took 1st place in the IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2017. Forty universities participated in this global student competition to implement a real-time beat tracker. MATLAB played a key role in the prototyping and testing of the real-time beat tracking algorithm and guided the embedded system development.


McGill University

1st Place –  MATLAB Volatility Trading Case, Rotman International Trading Competition 2018

The team used MATLAB to build a fully automated trading algorithm that can adapt to dynamic market conditions and capitalize on arbitrage opportunities while managing risk exposures