LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 May, 2012 – The IEEE Computer Society handed out five awards to seven students in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh earlier this month.
The first award of $1,000 went to Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, 18, of Grup Scolar Oltchim in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, for his entry, "Human Computer Interface: Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Blind People to See with Their Tongue" (CS069). Henrik Bruesecke, 19, of St. Columba's Comprehensive School in Glenties, Ireland, won the second place award of $500 for "OpenCL Program that Utilizes the Full Potential of Multiple Processors" (CS013). And the third- place award of $350 went to David L. Pan, 16, of Canterbury School in Fort Wayne in the United States for "Evolving Chess Engines" (CS056).
The first-place team of 16-year-olds Bailey Liao and Azaria Lev Zornberg of Half Hollow Hills High School West, New York, won $500 each for their entry, "Effective Prevention of Memory Error Exploitations through the Use of Memory Address Randomization" (CS302). The second team award of $400 each went to Liyanadura Nipun Kavishka Silva, 13, and Liyanadura Pipunika Vimanthi Silva, 17, both of De Mazenod College in Kandana, Sri Lanka, for their entry "NP System Computer Program for Blind and Visually Impaired People" (CS310).
Winners will also receive a framed certificate and a one-year free subscription to the IEEE Computer Society magazine of their choice.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest pre-college science competition, and includes more than 1,500 high school students from approximately 70 countries, regions, and territories.
Each year, the finalists showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $3 million in awards. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair encourages millions of students worldwide to explore their passion for innovation and develop solutions for global challenges.
"We congratulate these winners. Participating in events such as this competition requires drive and curiosity that will lead these students in the quest for answers to significant scientific questions," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public.
Students are able to compete as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair after winning a top prize from one of 446 affiliate fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to presenting their research on a global stage, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists are judged by and interact with doctoral-level scientists as they compete for prizes. Each year, more than 400 finalists receive awards and prizes for their groundbreaking research.
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950. In 1958, the competition became international for the first time when Japan, Canada, and Germany joined. This year's first-time participating countries and regions include Azerbaijan, Finland, Northern Mariana Islands, Poland, Spain, Panama, UAE, Tunisia, and Kuwait.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of corporate, academic, governmental, and science-focused organizations.