Saturday, May 18, 2013

INTEL ISEF 2013 Winners Announced: Romanian Teenager Wins Top Prize

Filipino Student Wins Fourth in Plant Sciences: 
Agriculture and Agronomy Category

Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania was awarded first place for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Ionut said his research addresses a major global issue. In 2004, car accidents caused 2.5 million deaths worldwide, and 87 percent of crashes resulted from driver error. With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car – and it would only cost $4,000. He received the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

From the Philippines, Judel Jay Tabsing from Panabo National High School won fourth award in the plant sciences: agriculture and agronomy category and awarded $500.00 for his project entitled ‘impatiens balsamina leaf extract as potential fungicide against fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race four causing fusarium wilt of banana’.

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