Ryan Yang ‘23 of Easton, Conn., and Ryan Kim ‘23 of New Haven, Conn., have been named top Scholars in the 82nd Regeneron Science Talent Search. It is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. Each year, 300 Regeneron STS scholars and their schools are recognized. Both Scholars are members of Choate's Science Research Program.
Ryan Kim’s project entry focused on applying artificial intelligence learning toward traffic impact. His work titled, “A Novel Affordable Artificial Intelligence of Things System for Real-Time Traffic Optimization and Emissions Reduction” would anticipate various temporal, economic, environmental, and health benefits. Reflecting on his work Kim shows gratitude saying, “I want to thank Dr. Hogue, my SRP teacher, and Dr. Jewett, my dean, for all the guidance they have provided with me throughout this research process and my parents for their endless support.”
Ryan Yang presented his research for his project titled, “Aggregation in the mirror space (AIMS): a low-cost, gossip-based distributed machine learning framework.” He was inspired to work on this new framework after noticing existing methods used linear aggregation. This particular approach, Yang says, “struggled under several settings, including low communication settings. I designed a new aggregation mechanism (AIMS) with improved performance, proved a theoretical improvement, and empirically validated a 57% empirical speedup compared to existing work.” Yang’s systematic method was published in IEEE MILCOM 2022. “I'm very excited about future directions and possible real-world usage with the UK RAF.”
Each student will receive a monetary award, and Choate will also receive a matching amount per scholar to use toward STEM-related activities. Kim and Yang now head toward the finalist round. The top 40 Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, January 24.