SciFest winner claims top prize at BT Young Scientist of the year

Congratulations to Adam Kelly, a 5th year student from Skerries Community College and winner of the BT Young Scientist of the year 2019.

Adam won first prize for his project “Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits” and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Young Scientist competition in Bulgaria in September.

BT Young Scientist Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish said that Kelly’s winning entry focusing on quantum computing “represents a potentially significant advance in computing”.

“Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity.”

“In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders.”

Source: BT Young Scientist/Twitter

This news is of particular significance at TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus, as Adam previously won the SFI Best Project Award at the regional SciFest@College STEM fair at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in May 2018. Out of 80 projects exhibited on the day, the top prize on the day went to Adam for his project, An Open Source Solution to GPU Accelarated Quantum Computer Simulation. Adam was also named the overall winner of SciFest 2018 at the National Final last November.

As a result of his SciFest award Adam will go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona in May. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories showcase their independent research at Intel ISEF and compete for an average $4 million in prizes. As the overall winner of the BTYSTE, Adam will go forward to represent Ireland at the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bulgaria in September.

Source: Scifest.ie

We wish Adam every success in his future scientific career.

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