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.


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

The number one ranked Formula Student team in the world, AMZ Racing from ETH Zurich, uses MATLAB and Simulink to run lap time simulations as a design tool for early stage concepts.

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.

Greenteam held the Guinness World Record in 2015 for the fastest acceleration of an electric vehicle from 0 to 100km/h by using Simulink and embedded code generation to deploy vehicle dynamics controllers onto their ECUs.

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.


Brooks High School takes first place in the BEST Robotics 2015 Atlanta hub, and win's the regional Simulink Design Award by developing a highly adaptive control scheme for a remote controlled robot using Simulink and Stateflow.

Manthano Christian Academy takes first place in the BEST Robotics 2015 Texas regional and win's the regional Simulink Design Award by developing a Simulink model of a robot's drivetrain to determine its efficiency and maneuverability.

Junior Exhibition Achieve Charter Academy Metal Robots team finished first in Robofest's local, regional, and world championships using a MATLAB and Simulink based application to control a robot arm manipulator.

Aluminum Falcon Robotics won the New England FIRST Robotics Championship 2016, including the "Innovation in Controls" award in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis by using MATLAB and Simulink to develop sophisticated control algorithms that allowed their robot to autonomously drive and track a vision based target.

Sweaty, UAS Offenburg’s soccer playing robot, placed second in the 2016 RoboCup World Championships in Leipzig. The team applied in-depth model-based design and code generation in Simulink for their development.


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

RoboSub first place team, San Diego State University, uses Simulink to find the optimal parameters for their autonomous underwater vehicle's control system.

BioTech and Medical

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.

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.

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.

Medical Devices

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