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December 4, 2012
The winner of the Siemens Competition, which pits high school science, math, and technology students against each other, has designed a robot maneuvering system that is up to four times faster than current systems.
Kensen Shi's algorithm, called Lazy Toggle PRM, can compute routes through a room or outdoor area four times faster than other algorithms, which could be useful for robots used in search and rescue operations. Shi is a high school senior from A&M Consolidated High School in Texas. Shi beat out five other finalists to win a $100,000 college scholarship.