KARACHI (PR): Ionut Budisteanu 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 programme of Society for Science & the Public. Eesha Khare of Saratoga, Calif. and Henry Lin of Shreveport, La. received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000.

“We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that science and math are the foundation of innovation, which is imperative for global economic growth and advancing society,” said Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel Pakistan.

“This competition encourages millions of students worldwide every year to explore their passion for math and science while developing solutions for global challenges.”

   This year, approximately 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the winners mentioned above, 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.