Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES)
Student Programming Competition

Speed up the electromagnetic analysis of Radar cross-section (RCS)

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Learn about electromagnetic analysis Use and compare different electromagnetic analysis techniques to compute the RCS of objects excited with plane waves. In this competition, you will analyze the RCS of a rocket described by means of an STL file defining its geometry.
  • Import and visualize the STL file representing the rocket
  • Use any of these well-known electromagnetic methods FDTD, MoM, or FMM to compute the rocket RCS at different frequencies and different incident plane wave angles
  • Compare results, and identify pros and cons
  • Use complimentary MATLAB and Antenna Toolbox to develop, verify, and document your solution.
  • Using a PC with a multicore processor and/or GPU and the complimentary MATLAB Parallel Processing Toolboxes to accelerate the RCS analysis without compromising the fidelity of the results.
  • Write a technical paper and share it with an international community of experts across academia and industry
  • Papers from the top three team winners will be encouraged for submission to ACES Journal for publication.

The three teams with the highest performance will be selected as finalists and will be invited to participate in the final competition presentation at ACES 2023. The champion team will receive a grand prize of $300. The first and the second runner-up will receive a prize of $200 and $100, respectively, in addition to complimentary conference registrations to all and expedited paper publication in ACES Journal.

Important Dates
  • July 14, 2023 Competition announcement.
  • October 4, 2023 Team registration ends. Register by email to
  • March 4, 2024 Teams work submission.
  • April 1, 2024 Announcement of the finalists.
  • May 19-23, 2024 Team presentation at ACES 2023 Conference.