Ionut Budisteanu took home $75,000 for using artificial intelligence to create a model for a low-cost, self-driving car.
Ionut Budisteanu, a 19-year-old Romanian student, took home first place in Intel Corp.'s International Science and Engineering Fair for using artificial intelligence to create a model for a low-cost, self-driving car.
Budisteanu's self-driving car includes 3-D radar and mounted cameras. The car is reportedly capable of detecting traffic lanes and curbs and would cost only $4,000.
For coming up with a feasible design for such a device, Budisteanu snagged the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist. According to Budisteanu's research, in 2004 car accidents caused approximately 2.5 million deaths worldwide. Some 87 percent of those crashes were caused by driver error, according to Budisteanu's research, which used data compiled by the World Health Organization.
Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old from Saratoga, Calif., was awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000. She developed a tiny device that fits inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to fully charge within 20-30 seconds, according to Intel. Eesha's invention also has potential applications for car batteries, Intel said.
Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania (center) with second-place winners Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif. (left) and Henry Lin, 17, of Shreveport, La. celebrate their awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, billed as the world's largest high school science research competition.
Henry Lin, 17, of Shreveport, La., also received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000. Intel said Lin simulated thousands of clusters of galaxies, providing scientists with new data to study the mysteries of astrophysics.
Roughly 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held earlier this month in Phoenix. They were selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories, according to Intel. More than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research.
Awards included 17 "Best of Category" winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner's school and to the affiliated fair they represent, Intel said.