CEPS Students Win Microsoft Discover Artificial Intelligence Competition

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Two CEPS master's students received first place in Microsoft's competitive Discover Upskilling AI Journey Challenge. Abdullah Al-Hayali and Zachary Szentimrey, both Master of Applied Science in Engineering with Specialization in Artificial Intelligence students, participated in the Discover Upskilling AI Journey program led by Microsoft and first launched in 2020. The program involves a multi-step journey, including teaching modules; training from Microsoft and other AI experts; and competitions; for young participants to expand their knowledge of AI and gain hands-on experience in executing AI projects during associated challenges.

The Discover AI Challenge involved the team applying AI to real-life projects and challenges, developing a project idea and building a prototype with a Microsoft coach. Al-Hayali and Szentimrey's team, DICE-AI, proposed a machine learning algorithm that would improve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology, particularly in improving the speed for MRI results for soft tissue such as the prostate. Their technology would help the patient to avoid rescans, allowing for a more efficient prostate cancer scanning system, and lessen the wear and tear on the scanning machines.

Al-Hayali and Szentimrey pitched their concept to engineers and managers from Microsoft Montreal and Germany. They received first place in the challenge out of more than 300 teams participating worldwide.

Congratulations to Abdullah and Zachary!