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June 2, 2011: ACM Presents Special Awards To 2011 Intel Science Fair Finalists

Today's Topic: ACM Presents Special Awards To 2011 Intel Science Fair Finalists

Thursday, June 2, 2011


ACM presented six Special Awards to finalists in the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) , the world's largest high school science research competition, held in May in Los Angeles, CA. More than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists competed to reach the finals from the 443 affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories.

Judges provided by ACM for the event included Robb Cutler, co-founder of the Computer Science Teachers Association launched by ACM in 2005 , and founder of Tutor Crossing, a web-based company that provides business services to private tutors. Also among the ISEF judges were Lynn Andrea Stein of Olin College of Engineering, and John (Tim) Korb of Purdue University.

ACM presents awards of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $300 for third place, and $200 for honorable mention. All winners receive complimentary ACM Student Memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. In addition, all Computer Science contestants are offered a complimentary one-year ACM Student Membership.

Here are ACM's ISEF Special Award winners and their breakthrough research topics:

First Award of $1,000
"Optimizing Keyboards for People with Disabilities"
Natalie Janet Nash, 16, Vincentian Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Second Award of $500
"Composing Frusta to Fold Polyhedral Origami"
Herng Yi Cheng, 18, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Singapore

Third Award of $300
"The Design and Implementation of a Dialect of Scheme for Parallel Processing on the GPU"
Gregory Louis Manis, 18, John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, New York

Honorable Mention of $200
"Cedar: When Prolog Meets Flash"
Erez Urbach, 18, The Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem, Israel

"Position and Vector Detection of Blind Spot Motion with Horn-Schunck Optical Flow"
Mike Wu, 16, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, California
Stephen Sia Yu, 17, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, California

"The Multimodal Real-Time Recognition of Emotion in Human Speech"
Akash Krishnan, 16, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Oregon
Matthew Philip Fernandez, 17, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Oregon