Cork students win EU Young Scientists competition

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Cork Students Win Eu Young Scientists Competition
The winning project aimed to identify how early gender stereotyping can be identified and the need to focus on children of all genders from a young age in order to combat the development of gender stereotyping. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2021
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Two Cork students took home the top prize at this year's European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) with their project on gender stereotyping.

As the Irish Examiner reports, Ballincollig students Cormac Harris and Alan O'Sullivan won for their groundbreaking research on the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7-year-olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias.

The project aimed to identify how early gender stereotyping can be identified and the need to focus on children of all genders from a young age in order to combat the development of gender stereotyping.

The duo won the 2020 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) and went on to represent Ireland at the EUCYS alongside this year's BTYSTE winner, Gregory Tarr from Bandon.

Gregory's project saw him take home third prize at the EU competition with his computer program which is designed to detect 'deepfake' videos.

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The project uses a sophisticated artificial intelligence software program that can efficiently detect DeepFake media with state-of-the-art accuracy.

Cormac Harris and Alan O'Sullivan heading to European Young Scientist Completion. 
Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2021

The software, which is over 150,000 lines of code, made significant improvements on speed and efficiency when compared to the current best model without sacrificing its ability to accurately detect the fake.

The tool could potentially be deployed at scale to filter out DeepFake media making the internet a safer place.

Cormac and Alan are Ireland's 16th winners in the EU-wide competition. Their triumph marks the second consecutive year that an Irish entry has won first prize.

This year’s EUCYS was hosted virtually in Salamanca, Spain and young scientists, aged between 14 and 20 years, competed from 39 countries across Europe and the world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event brought together contestants from 2020 and 2021.

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