Project on detecting skin cancer earns Oakville student top international science prize


Published May 28, 2024 at 5:41 pm

Ontario, Los Angeles, Oakville, robotics, skin cancer, student, science,

The future of our healthcare is in good hands with Oakville teenagers like Anthony Efthimiadis.

The Grade 9 Oakville Trafalgar High School student’s project aimed at helping to detect skin cancer took home top spot in the highly contested Robotics, and Intelligent Machines category at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held in Los Angeles from May 12-17.

Efthimiadis, who was one of 17 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students representing Canada, collects a $5,000 cash award along with $1,000 cash for his high school and another $1,000 for his regional science fair, the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF).

Other Canadian students to win a Grand Prize included Alia Wahban from Hamilton (energy: sustainable materials and design), and Cloe Rae and Sophie Rose Filion of Welland (embedded systems).

The 14-year-old and other participants earned a spot in the prestigious ISEF competition by advancing from local, regional, and national competitions.

Grand Awards were handed out to the top students in each of the 22 categories. Over 1,800 young scientists and engineers representing approximately 70 countries worldwide across competed in the competition.

Efthimiadis developed a software tool featuring artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose patients for skin cancer, which is the most prevalent cancer worldwide with over eight million cases and more than 120,000 deaths every year.

The Oakville Trafalgar student’s project was named Rapid Screening of Skin Cancers with M-SCAHN: Multimodal Hierarchical CNN-Transformer Hybrid Networks with Advanced Interpretability, Lesion Evolution Tracking, Trait Identification, and Color Constancy for Improved Generalization in Diverse Populations.

For more on Efthimiadis’ winning project, see here.

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