A Limerick student was recently honored for outstanding achievements in science. Indeed, he won the exhibition's best young scientist award for a project related to artificial intelligence. This recognition is highly praised by the scientific community and demonstrates the talent and dedication of this young researcher.
Sean O'Sullivan, a fifth year student at Colāiste Chiaráin in Croom, Co Limerick, won the overall award at the 60th BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition.
He won the award for a way to authenticate authorship in the emerging age of artificial intelligence (AI).
Its VerifyMe software takes a different approach to authorship attribution, isolating the writing styles of individual authors using machine learning technology.
“When given past examples of an author's writing and presented with a new piece, she can decide whether or not it's written by the same author by analyzing the author's writing style. 'Author,'” Sean explained.
More than 1,100 students took part in the final stages of Exhibition 2024 at the RDS in Dublin, where 550 projects from 219 schools were on display.
A panel of 85 experts from the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Stem) and the world of Irish business selected 200 winners, including the overall BT Young Scientist and Technology Award of the Year.
The title carries a prize of €7,500 and the winner will represent Ireland at the EU Science Competition (EUCYS) this year in the European City of Science in Katowice, Poland.
Education Minister Norma Foley said: “Receiving this award is a fantastic achievement given the exceptionally high level of nominations submitted. This is a testament to Sean's hard work and dedication to his chosen field of research, as well as the unwavering support of his family, teachers and school.
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