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First IEEE MTT-S Multilingual Graduate Video Competition in IEEE MTT-S IWS 2023

The Multilingual Graduate Video Competition (MVC) was created by the Education Committee of IEEE MTT-S in 2021-2022. It follows a format similar to the 3MT (English) competition in IMS. The MVC aims to support candidates in effectively explaining their research within three minutes, using a language suitable for a non-specialist audience. The goals of MVC include promoting research presentations in students’ native languages, expanding MTT-S’s influence in various regions, increasing the visibility of student competition events, and attracting more students to engage in microwave engineering across different regions.

The first MVC competition was successfully held at the IEEE MTT-S International Wireless Symposium 2023 (IWS 2023) in Qingdao, China. The on-site event took place from 13:30 to 14:30 on May 15th. The co-chairs for the event were Dr. Hong Hong from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Dr. Changzhan Gu from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Dr. Guangxu Shen from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

The session began with Dr. Guangxu Shen welcoming the audience. Following that, Prof. Wenquan Che delivered an opening speech, introducing the IEEE MTT-S Education Committee. The committee’s objective is to promote MTT-S and Microwave Technology by engaging a diverse group of students through two channels: the Multilingual 3MT (MVC) and the Distinguished Microwave Instructor (DMI) program. Prof. Che also explained the purpose of the session and the goals they hoped to achieve with the first MVC of IEEE MTT-S in China.

The oral competition commenced with twelve candidates taking turns presenting on stage. Each participant utilized static slides to introduce a microwave or millimeter-wave technology to the audience within three minutes. The candidates employed engaging language and intriguing metaphors to simplify complex topics progressively, catering to the attendees. The presentations covered a wide range of technologies and knowledge, including low-noise amplification, absorber materials, power amplifiers, radar, and more. The judging criteria included: 1. Communication skills: Was the theme and significance appropriately conveyed to technically-minded individuals who are not experts in the field? 2. Comprehensibility: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research? 3. Engagement: Did the presentation spark the interest of the audience?

Following the presentations, six expert judges provided evaluations and suggestions. Prof. Wenquan Che suggested that candidates should prepare more thoroughly, utilizing their language skills to express professional knowledge in a lively yet accurate manner, with the goal of attracting more scholars to participate. Prof. Kaixue Ma, Prof. Kang Kai, Prof. Changjun Liu, and Prof. Changzhan Gu offered valuable feedback and suggestions. They all praised the courage of the participants and revealed plans to optimize the competition rules and procedures further. This includes introducing pre-competition training to ensure students are more familiar with the competition format.

Prof. Zhizhang (David) Chen expressed appreciation for the significance of the inaugural Chinese MVC. He noted that using the Chinese language may have certain advantages and attractions. The viewpoints shared during the event were interesting and contributed to raising awareness of microwave education among all participants.

To conclude the event, Guangxu Shen officially announced the end of the competition. The results and award ceremony were held at the banquet the following evening. And, the list of award winners is as follows:

Rank Name Affiliation
First Prize Chun Geng Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Second Prize Taowei Liu Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Second Prize Tong Zhang Heriot-Watt University
Third Prize Genyin Ma Tianjin University
Third Prize Weisen Zeng South China University of Technology
Third Prize Jingtao Liu Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The winner’s video will be edited and uploaded to the MTT-S official website.

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