Kaushik Kunal Singh continued his winning streak when he won three Special Awards and one Grand Award at the recently concluded Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) at Pittsburgh, PA. He competed in the Plant Sciences category with his project “The Plant Doctor: An Artificial Intelligence Based Collaborative Platform for Plant Disease Identification, Tracking and Forecasting for Farmers”.
Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 81 countries, regions, and territories.
Kaushik qualified to be a part of Team India at ISEF by winning at India’s largest research based science fair IRIS (Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science) National Science Fair, organized by Intel, Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India, and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF).
Kaushik received the following awards at Intel ISEF on 17 & 18 May, 2018:
First Place Science for Development Award by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is the federal government agency responsible for administering foreign aid. USAID works to promote economic and social development in more than 100 countries around the world.
China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Award for Ability and Creativity in Science and Engineering Project
CAST is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students’ work in all scientific disciplines.
Samvid Education Foundation – (Third Place) Agni Award, honoring Dr. Abdul Kalam, former Hon. President of India
SAMVID, a non-profit organization, provides a platform for K-12 students and encourage them in honing their academic skills in STEM areas of specialization.
Grand Award – Fourth Place, in the Life Sciences Category
Team India’s exciting journey for Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh started in New Delhi with a sendoff ceremony and Technology Day organized by the Government of India (attended by the Hon’ble President of India and the Minister for Science and Technology).
At ISEF, after an enjoyable grand opening ceremony, the team got down to work with the project setup and preparations.
After months of perseverance and many rounds of judging, he was overjoyed to receive the awards at ISEF. Kaushik is looking forward to continuing his work to alleviate the plight of farmers who lose significant crops to diseases without access to agricultural experts. He is also elated that his passion for applying the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Cloud to come up with innovative solutions to broad challenges has been recognized. Kaushik is very thankful for the support and guidance he received from school, family and mentors at every step.