Local senior lands top spot in national finals for artificial intelligence-related project

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A McCallie high school student is being recognised for his work.

He helped develop a neural network architecture that runs faster than current versions.

Neural networks are connected computer systems that continuously learn to identify patterns and relationships in data.

Senior Allen Liu worked with another student on this project and they recieved a 25 thousand dollar scholarship for their work on neural networks.

This research could lead to improvements in data processing speed and could make artificial intelligence more accessible.

"In the long term we want to see if we can implement what we are doing on a simple device like an iPhone. Because ultimately our goal is to make artificial intelligence available to anyone anywhere," Liu said.

Allen is the captain of McCallie's Science Olympiad team, and a founder and coach of a math-counts team at a local middle school.

He will graduate in May.