Student Innovation Challenge – Mobility

Hyundai Motors and IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019 are pleased to announce the 2nd Student Challenge in Automotive Haptics. The Student Challenge in Automotive Haptics has grown into a worldwide student challenge program for students to demonstrate their research ideas and skills in automotive haptics solutions. In this year, we further extend our original theme to “Student Innovation Challenge in Haptics and Multisensory Feedback for the Next Generation Mobility”. In this challenge, we invite teams of undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world to propose and create innovative haptics solutions for the next generation mobility. We particularly seek high-quality haptics solutions that can be applied to vehicular and mobility technology including but not limited to in-car entertainment, driving and mobility technology, smart cars, vehicle sensors, and autonomous driving.

Accepted Challenges

To see the accepted challenges, please visit here.

How to Participate

A team must complete both proposal form and participation agreement and submit them by January 25, 2019 (11:59PM UTC) to here. This submission system requires you to log in your Google account. If you do not have it, please directly send your proposal and agreement form to whc19-sic-mobil[at] Only PDF files of both proposal and participation agreement are allowed for the submission. No late submissions are accepted. The proposal should be completed in English only.

A team must be formed between 2 to 5 student members, and one advisor must be included in the team. The advisor should serve as a mentor who is willing to spend his/her time and be an expert in guiding the students including but not limited to professors, researchers, and engineers. All student team members should be students (all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to graduate, excluding post-docs) at the time of submitting the proposal, and the work must be done by the students only. A student member is allowed to participate only up to one team. However, the same advisor can participate up to three teams.

A total of five up to ten teams will be selected for the second round based on the quality and feasibility of the proposals. All selected teams will receive the initial grant to cover the material expenses for building the prototype of what they proposed. Teams will compete for $2,500 in cash prizes at IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Proposal Guideline

Proposal should contain solid and concrete ideas and the participants must demonstrate their skill set for actual development of their prototype. Please note that there are no restrictions on proposal topics as long as they can be applied to vehicles (mid-air haptics touchscreen haptics, fingertip haptics, etc). In the proposal form, you should include a figure that describes the main concept of your idea, followed by problem statement, idea description, prototype description, skill set, contribution, intellectual property survey, timeline, and budget plan.

Selected Teams

Accepted teams will be expected to attend IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019 (Tokyo, Japan) to give a live demo presentation of their work, and discuss their proposed solution with a panel of Student Competition Judges with possible oral presentations. Based on the criteria below, the competition judges will rank and identify an overall winner of the competition as well as second and third place teams. At least one student member of each team must attend the full conference to present the team’s work, and will be responsible for conference registration fees and travels. However, we may have limited funds to support students to travel and logistics. We will announce it when the funds are available.

Reviewing Criteria

Each team’s proposal and actual work will be reviewed by both academic and professional experts in haptics and automobile industries. Please see below for reviewing criteria:

  • Proposal
    • Originality and Creativity
    • Clarity of Idea
    • Quality of Proposals
    • Utility
  • Actual demo implementation and presentation
    • Originality and Creativity
    • Quality of Completeness
    • Clear Communications
    • Utility
    • Progress Reports


  • 1st place team: $2,500 USD
  • 2nd place team: $1,000 USD
  • 3rd place team: $500 USD

Important Dates

January 25, 2019February 3, 2019
Proposal submission deadline
February 18, 2019
Acceptance Notification
March 29, 2019
1st Progress report
June 14, 2019
2nd Progress report (including video)
July 9-12, 2019
Competition at World Haptics Conference 2019 in Tokyo, Japan

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is including an advisor mandatory?
A. Yes, it is mandatory.

Q. Who owns intellectual property?
A. A team who proposed an idea will own the IP. Hyundai Motors will have the right of the first negotiation to obtain an exclusive license.

Q. Total amount in my budget plan exceeds an initial grant. What should I do?
A. We will review and evaluate the proposal including the budget plan to see if the list of materials is appropriate to develop a prototype. If the amount in budget plan exceeds, the initial grant, we may consider an extra grant.

Q. I am a post-doc. Can I join the team?
A. Unfortunately, no. We consider students as all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to graduate only. You can join the team as an advisor.

Q. Can I publish a paper based on the proposal?
A. Yes.

Q. Can I write a proposal in my home language other than English?
A. No. The proposal should be completed in English only.

Q. In a proposal, can you clarify section 6 regarding intellectual property?
A. What we are actually evaluating this section is that your idea is original and does not infringe patent rights of others. If there exist(s) similar patents, you may want to argue that your idea is different and you can avoid the infringement by implementing yours differently. This is the strategy part.

Q. How do I write a statement of contributions?
A. You need to write a statement that states how your idea contributes to car industries, haptics communities, human lifestyle, etc.


For more information, please contact whc19-sic-mobil[at]