Engineering Competition 2020

Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition 2021

We love technology – what about you?

This year the Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition starts into the 17th round.

And everything is different. Due to the ongoing COVID 19-pandemic the whole competition takes place online and gets even more exciting by competing against teams from all over the world!

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Rohde & Schwarz engineering competition

Challenge 2021: Bring signal analysis to the next level!

We believe the heart of innovation lies in smart software solutions. That's why we constantly check and challenge the status quo of communications engineering.

Now it's your turn: bring conventional signal analysis to the next level and develop a smart algorithm to estimate the right signal parameters.

You will have the exclusive chance to work with the R&S®VSE vector signal explorer software, our state-of-the-art signal analysis software. It brings the experience and power of Rohde & Schwarz signal analysis to the desktop, offering a wide range of analysis tools. With this software, users analyze and troubleshoot analog and digitally modulated signals for a wide range of standards.

Get ready to qualify!
1. Use the R&S®VSE to estimate the signal parameters of several demo signals.
2. Develop a python program to automatically estimate signal parameters.
3. Submit your code, which will be tested against an unknown new signal.
4. Not ranked first? Improve and resubmit your code ;)

How is the ranking of your code determined? The ranking criteria are error vector magnitude (EVM) and runtime.

Only the best teams will make it to the online finals!

Why to participate

What former participants say

Lukas Wörle (participated in 2007)

Lukas Wörle (participated in 2007)

Software Developer at Rohde & Schwarz

"We divided the tasks among us so that everyone could contribute their best to the success of the team. Nevertheless, we discussed our approach to solutions, and you get inspired by your teammates' ideas. This has helped me a lot."

Florian Schlembach (participated in 2013)

Florian Schlembach (participated in 2013)

"One challenge is certainly, to work on demanding tasks under time pressure and create an attractive presentation. But it was a lot of fun for me to do it together with other students in a team."

Sven Wittig (participated in 2015)

Sven Wittig (participated in 2015)

"It is crucial to be able to assess one's own strengths and those of one's team members properly and to focus under time pressure on the tasks one does best. And one must be able to quickly understand new subjects and apply them in practice. What did I like most? During the final round in Munich, there was still time to explore the city and get to know Rohde & Schwarz better."


What fields of study are acceptable for participation in the competition?

The tasks are aimed at students majoring in electrical engineering or software engineering – ideally with specialization in communication engineering.

How many semesters must students have completed to participate?

We recommend that students have completed at least second year. But, students who have completed fewer semesters may participate. Get participants who have completed higher semesters to be part of your team!

Which academic degrees can participants hold?

It doesn't matter whether the participants are working towards a bachelor's, master's or diploma.

Which groups are excluded from participating?

Students that have finished or left their studies, graduates and PhD candidates are not allowed to participate. Please note: This is a competition for students of electrical and software engineering.

What knowledge do the participants need?

Technical knowledge of signal analysis and python as programming language may be helpful, but not obligatory. We recommend to build a interdisciplinary team. You can also check out the challenge before registration.

Can I take part without a team?

We ask you to register as a team. Teams may consist of three to five persons.


1. Registration

Registration opens April 1st 2021!

Build a team of 3 to 5 students. We recommend an interdisciplinary team of electrical engineers and computer scientists.

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2. Qualifiers

Take place from April 26th until May 14th online.

You will get all required information (challenge description, access to the challenge platform etc.) with the start of the qualifiers.

Our technical supervisors will be available for questions and tips during this time ;)

3. Online Finals

The finals take place on May 20th & 21st.

For the first time in the engineering competition history online!


Magdalena Pöllmann

Magdalena Pöllmann

University Marketing & Recruiting

Location: Munich, Germany
Languages: German, English