Dec 6, 2010 1:42 PM
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.