• ECE PULSE 2014

    28Feb2014 | 5PM | NCSA, UIUC

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  • By students, for students.

    An annual technical conference
    featuring leading experts in engineering.


Two weekends of innovation!

, February - March 2014

ECE@Illinois invites you to ECE Pulse, the annual technical conference of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

The Vision

ECE PULSE aims to inspire students with the most innovative projects and ground-breaking technologies in ECE.


ECE PULSE kicks off with a variety of competitions in digital, analog, and hardware in a variety of skill levels.

Tech Talks

Various companies from leading engineering companies will engage students in tech talks about their research and latest technologies.

We will be raffling off an Oculus Rift and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 at the end of the Start-Up panel!

Check out our schedule for more details!

Registration is free. Technology-Enthusiasts welcome.

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Come and be inspired by speakers from across the industry

From an amazing Keynote Speech to an exciting Startup Panel, we got you covered


ECE PULSE Competition


Everitt Lab

Pulse Competition Kick-Off!

Competition Ends!

ECE PULSE Conference Kick-off

Join us for an exicitng Kick-off event in the NCSA with a keynote speech from the CEO of BitTorrent and Networking Dinner with our sponsors!


NCSA Auditorium

Intro Video

NCSA Auditorium

Director's Welcome Speech

NCSA Auditorium

Professor Bill Sanders Speech

NCSA Auditorium

Competition Winners Announced

NCSA Auditorium

Keynote Speech Eric Klinker, CEO BitTorrent, Inc.

Networking Dinner

NCSA Lobby

Tech Talks

Digital Computer Laboratory, Rooms 1310 & 1320

Join us for an exciting line-up of tech-talks from companies across the industry and a startup panel featuring entreprenuers who have made an impact in the engineering community.

We will be raffling off an Oculus Rift and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 at the end of the Start-Up Panel!

Breakfast and Registration

Rolls Royce Tech Talk

DCL 1310

Wolfram Tech Talk

DCL 1320

Microsoft Tech Talk

DCL 1310


Caterpillar Tech Talk

DCL 1310

Nexteer Tech Talk

DCL 1320

Qualcomm Tech Talk

DCL 1310

Texas Instruments Tech Talk

DCL 1310

Startup Panel

Siebel 1404

Social Mixer

Murphy’s Pub


ECE PULSE Technical Competition

A huge thank you to everyone who came down to participate in the ECE PULSE 2014 competitions.
We had a blast and we hope that you had an amazing experience.
Competition results will be announced on Friday the 28th (during the conference). See you there!

The ECE PULSE Competitions are designed to challenge students in different areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Tailored towards students of all levels of expertise the Competitions encompass interesting subjects in our field. Our aim is to provide dynamic, fun skill tests to push the participants to the edge of their knowledge and capabilities, and beyond. Assemble a team of up to three and come join us for a day of designing, programming and debugging!

This year, the Competitions have undergone a restructuring from the previous years. We now have five challenges, focused in the different areas of ECE. We are steering clear of homework-like challenges and instead we designed fun, project-like challenges!

Competition Inquiries | competitions.pulse@gmail.com

  • Audio

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    Requires advanced DSP knowledge as well as analog circuit design to solve a design challenge based on audio signals.

  • Software

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    Requires a good handle of programming and algorithms and some image processing knowledge.

  • Logic Design

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    Requires a comfortable knowledge of VHDL programming on FPGAs and logic design with sequential circuits.

  • Embedded Systems

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    [For Beginners, recommended for Freshman] Requires a decent knowledge of programming and an interest in being challenged and learning. No experience with Embedded Systems is required!

  • TTL Challenge

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    [For Beginners, recommended for Freshman] Simple transistor-transistor-logic combinational challenge for freshmen who are starting to get their feet wet in ECE.

The Competitions have a lot of fun prizes for the best designs including Grado Labs headphones, Leap Motions, FPGAs, gift cards and more! Registration begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 and we’ll be running until 11:00 PM! Food’s included!

Tech Talks

  • Qualcomm

    Vic Augsburg
    Principal Manager Engineer

    Education Seminar

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1310

    A dragon is coming… to PULSE. A behind the scenes look into the creation of Snapdragon.

  • Rolls Royce

    Paul Rancuret
    Electrical Systems Engineer

    HTML5 & CSS3

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1310

    Electrical Engineering Applications
    at Rolls-Royce

  • Caterpillar

    Andy Vitale
    Sr. Engineering Team Lead

    Education Seminar

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1310

    Autonomous Mining Trucks

  • Wolfram

    Anshu Manik
    Technical Services Lead

    jQuery Master Class

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1320

    Wolfram Technologies for Engineering and Research

  • Nexteer Automotive

    Ashok Chandy
    Head of Global Electric Steering Systems & Functional Safety

    jQuery Master Class

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1320

    How many engineers does it take to design a good automotive steering system?

  • Texas Instruments

    Dave Freeman
    Systems Engineering Manager

    jQuery Master Class

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1310

    It’s Not Your Granddad’s Energy Management

  • Microsoft

    Ben Hodes
    Sr. Program Manager

    jQuery Master Class

    Digital Computer Laboratory,
    Room 1310

    Project Siena: Start-up Lessons From the Inside


National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

ECE PULSE will kick off in The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois.

The NCSA provides computing, data, networking, and visualization resources that help scientists and engineers across the country better understand our world.

Digital Computer Laboratory (DCL)

The Tech Talks will be held in the DCL, located at the University of Illinois.

The DCL is home to the Department of Bioengineering, as well as Engineering Career Services.

Getting Here

Air Travel

The University of Illinois' Willard Airport is five miles south of Champaign, just off US 45. Airlines link the community to major hubs across the U.S. where passengers can make connections to destinations worldwide.

By Car

For detailed directions to travel to UIUC by car, check out this guide. After 5:00 pm Friday through 6:00 am Monday, visitors may park in specific lots without a permit at no charge. The closest lot is located in Springfield Avenue between Mathews and Goodwin

Travel Notes

Amtrak provides daily rail passenger service to and from Chicago and points south through Memphis to New Orleans. Greyhound, Trailways, and Illini Swallow provide national and regional bus service. Get more information on these services on the City of Champaign public transportation page.


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of this conference

Be sure to check out our sponsors! Various recruiters, speakers and representatives from the following companies will be present!

Main Sponsors



Get in touch

Have any questions? Want to help out? Feel free to send us an email at ecepulse2014@gmail.com‏!

The ECE PULSE Board for the year of 2013-2014 consists of:

Director: Ankit Jain jain53@illinois.edu
Secretary/Treasurer: Milan Dasgupta mdasgup2@illinois.edu
Corporate Director: Niranjana Sreekumar sreekum2@illinois.edu
Networking Director: Aswin Sivaraman sivaram2@illinois.edu
Competitions Director: Gabriel Hruskovec hruskov1@illinois.edu
Publicity Director: Ahmed Suhyl Sulaiman sulaimn2@illinois.edu

General Inquiries

Competition Inquiries

Corporate Sponsorship and Tech Talks