Teens Awarded Top Math and Science Honors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two high school students inspired by the science fiction movie "I, Robot" have won a $100,000 grand prize
in a competition honoring the nation's top math and science students.

The Siemens Competition announced the winners of its college scholarships Monday during a ceremony at George Washington University.

Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Portland, Ore., won the
team prize for their work on speech recognition technology. They
were inspired by "I, Robot," to develop a computer algorithm that
can detect a speaker's emotion better than current technology.

Benjamin Clark of Lancaster, Penn., won the top individual prize for his research on binary stars. The 15-year-old plans to major in physics or astrophysics.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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