Recent News

  • We are excited to announce that We are also now accepting submissions from High-school student teams for the TaT 2023 student competition and expo ...

  • Following the requests, TaT'23 organizing committee has extended the intent letter submission until Nov. 01, 2022 with a rolling review notice. All dates and submission categories are now final.

  • Letter of intent submission is extended until Oct. 07, 2022, considering Hurricane Ian.

  • Submission is now open for student competition and expo ...

  • A historic long-track tornado entered ...

Often in a few minutes, a tornadoes takes lives, destroys properties, interrupts businesses, and leaves with a long-lasting impact and recovery period. With the rapid growth of emerging technology on one side and the need in the battle against tornadoes on the other side, we have envisioned the Technology against Tornado (TaT) Student Competition and Expo to inspire and engage students by transforming their innovative ideas into real-world functional products to empower communities against tornadoes.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, TaT 2023 is a one-day summit of competition, expo, and activities full of creativity and innovation to use technology against tornadoes.

Call for Student Teams

TaT 2023 invites prospective student teams to submit and participate in the competition and win prizes!

Student teams must include two or more high school, college, or university students, including all majors. Students can be at any level of their academic studies. Read more about the eligibility and competition rules here.

Submissions must be based on the following categories,

  • Category 1: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning Technology

  • Category 2: Games, Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

  • Category 3: Drones, Robots, Embedded and Autonomous Systems

Team Awards (including certificate of achievement)

*Categories are final; Submissions will be evaluated based on the students class: 1) High-school teams, 2) College/University teams

Key Dates

  • Nov. 01, 2022 Submission of Two-pages Intent Letter (rolling review)

  • March 14, 2023 Submission of Final Material

  • March 21, 2023 Finalists Announced

  • April 21, 2023 TaT'23 Competition Day

*All dates are final.

There is No Fee to register student teams and compete; however, finalists must attend the in-person competition to become eligible as award winners.

Call for Expo participation

TaT 2023 invites prospective technology leaders, organizations and industries to join our exhibition with the focus on Technology against Tornado!

We cordially invite technology leaders, industries, and organizations active in tornado preparedness, awareness, and recovery to join us and exhibit their work to students and the community during our TaT 2023 Student competition and expo.

There is No Fee to attend the TaT 2023 Student Competition and Expo.

Local Organizing Committee Members

Saman Sargolzaei
Kim Barnett-Stone
Kate Ericson
Alisha Melton
Marcie Boutwell
Bonnie Daniel
Bryan Foltz

Award Committee Members

If you would be willing to serve in the award committee as a judge, please contact Dr. Saman Sargolzaei (ssargolz@utm.edu) as soon as possible.

The Venue

UT Martin

554 University Street

Martin, TN 38238

TaT 2023 student competition and expo will be held at the newly constructed Latimer Engineering and Science Building at UT Martin. To learn more about suggested lodging, click here.

Special Thanks to the TaT 2023 Sponsor and Hosting Institution