If you have been following the saga of Kensen Shi and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, you will be delighted to know
If you haven't been following this remarkable Consolidated High School senior who has attached himself to the CSE Parasol Lab, Kensen Shi won top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Seimens Competition, which was announced today (Dec. 4, 2012) at the National Finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Kensen won with his development of a computer algorithm that is faster and more effective in facilitating robot navigation. His winning project is titled "Lazy Toggle PRM: A Single-Query Approach to Motion Planning."
Dr. Nancy Amato, professor of computer science and Parasol's co-director, invited Kensen to join Parasol Lab during his quest to find a Texas A&M computer science faculty mentor for his research. Kensen says that he "was inspired to do scientific research when I realized it would give me a chance to use my textbook knowledge to solve real-world problems and contribute to the scientific community." Ph.D. student and Parasol Lab researcher Jory Denny has been mentoring Kensen in research since he joined the lab and has helped him prepare for the competitions. A paper co-authored by Jory Denny, Kensen Shi, and Nancy Amato has been submitted to a major robotics conference.
"Way to go Kensen! And great job to Jory for mentoring Kensen on his work with Lazy Toggle PRM!" said Dr. Amato on hearing the announcement of the top individual honors.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's foremost teen research competition, recognizes the brightest high school minds and supports their future academic and research endeavors. Through the Competition, regional and national finalists achieve national recognition for their science research projects and substantial scholarship monies.
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