Two Electrical Engineering ITB Teams Won the 16th LSI Design Contest in Japan

Another good news came from the School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (STEI) ITB. Anugerah Firdauzi, Muhammad Arijal, and Kiki Wirianto (Electrical Engineering students class of 2009) through Delta Sigma Team got Best Industrial Award from a semiconductor magazine “Sangyo Times”. While Muhammads in Team (MIT) consisting of three Electrical Engineering students class of 2009, Muhammad Fahreza, Muhammad Firmansyah Kasim, and Muhammad Fadhli Zakiy got runner up position in the 16th LSI Design Contest on Friday (03/29/13) in the University of Ryukyus (Ryukyu Daigaku), Okinawa Island, Japan.

Delta Sigma Team won the "Best Industrial Award"
Delta Sigma Team won the “Best Industrial Award”

LSI Design Contest is an annual competition held by Ryukyu Daigaku, Okinawa Island, Japan. This year’s theme was “Spectral Substraction” and eight finalists were selected to attend the final stage. Two of eight finalists came from Indonesia, and both of them came from ITB. They were formed through EL-4105 VLSI System Design course taught by Trio Adiono, PhD. This course has been regularly offered to motivate students join the related competition. LSI Design Contest is one of the regular potential choice. By taking a topic Noise Cancelling System, MIT tried to innovate spectral substraction algorithm and implemented to FPGA board. They succeeded to make real-time system which erase noise on speech signal and produce clear sound.

Muhammads in Team won the "Best FPGA Award"
Muhammads in Team won the “Best FPGA Award”

Since October, MIT began to intensively prepare everything. By a method of “Adaptive General Spectral Substraction”, Reza and friends started to do experiments. “It was hard to borrow tools needed for the experiments. We had to look for in many electrical laboratories of ITB. After getting the board, it could only be used on the weekend and must be returned on Monday. So we had to seriously do simulation even on holiday,” Reza, who also got Best Idea Competition in Indonesia Japan-Innovation Convention 2012, said.

“The method that we used in this competition hadn’t been on the lecture, so we had to search by ourselves from papers or scientific journals. We also ever tried doing the simulation in our computer since it was very hard to get the board and we failed several times”, Firmansyah said. One week before coming to Japan, MIT were also busy making paper, video, and searching for sponsors.

Their effort was successfully paid. They were not only runner up in this contest, but also got “Best FPGA Awards” which was given by Tokyo Electron Device. At first, Zakiy did not think he would succeed in this competition. “Getting a chance to go abroad, seeing Japanese diligent and hard working culture makes me more motivated to realize my dream. I hope this spirit can be spread to other students and our juniors,” Zakiy said.

Two Electrical Engineering ITB teams with the advisor Trio Adiono, PhD
Two Electrical Engineering ITB teams with their advisor Trio Adiono, PhD

Besides that, with the increasing number of achievements by Indonesian students in this field, Reza also hoped that the facilities will be improved to support the further development. Moreover, the worldwide IC industries have even been more advanced, but not in Indonesia. Thus, Zakiy hoped that the government will give more attention to education and research which in turn will spark the awakening of national advanced industries. “The last, never stop dreaming to get what you want. At first, we never thought of succeed until this stage, but through our great effort, we could realize our dreams,” Zakiy added.

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