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3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest at EUSIPCO’15 in Nice

As a new activity within the EUSIPCO2015 conference, a 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) contest was organized, where a pre-selected group of ten PhD students had three minutes each one to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is an exercise for students to consolidate their ideas so they can present them concisely to an audience specialized in different signal processing fields. Together with scientific and technical quality, EURASIP wants to promote transversal skills of PhD researchers such as oral and presentation skills, Also it wants to help PhDs to gain visibility of their work.

Previous to the contest, there was a call for 3MT participation and there were 25 submissions. The pre-selection of the ten finalists was done under a peer-review process and followed the rules of Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), developed by The University of Queensland.

The competition among the 10 finalist took place on Thursday morning. The audience participated in the voting, together with a jury of 5 members (3 from Industry and 2 from Academia). The prize (1.500 euros) was fully sponsored by EURASIP. This time there was a tie and the prize was shared by the two winners:

Sahar Khawatmi, from Technische Universität Darmstadt, for her PhD work on “Modeling and simulation of cooperative sensor networks using adaptation and learning”

Maryam Najafian, from University of Birmingham, for her PhD work on “Accent robust speech recognition”

You can watch their 3MT videos here. They are really cool!

(From Right to Left hand side) Sahar Khawatmi, Christophe Beaugeant (Chair for Student Activities) and Ana Pérez-Neira (Chair for Student Activities) at EUSIPCO’15 Banquet.