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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Brendon Matusch. I am in grade 10 at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. My hobbies include FIRST Robotics (I am on Team 4069), playing the piano, and of course science fair. I plan to go to the University of Waterloo for software engineering, and then move to Silicon Valley. My project this year, in which I developed an autonomous vehicle, was inspired by Tesla (especially Andrej Karpathy and of course Elon Musk), who are doing some fantastic and exciting work to bring us closer to practical autonomous and electric vehicles. I was also inspired by previous visits to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in 2016 and 2017, where I was originally introduced to the incredible world of machine learning and neural networks. Next year, I plan to investigate a different field of machine learning, possibly intersecting with my interests in music or quantum mechanics. The most important advice that I have for other students interested in science fair is the value of hard work and perseverance. I have been working steadily on this project since July, and it has been extremely difficult at times. I have learned never to give up, and that lesson has paid off.

Brendon Matusch

Development of an Autonomous Vehicle Using Machine Learning
City:Sudbury, ON
School:Lo-Ellen Park S.S.
Abstract:For this project, I developed a level 2 autonomous vehicle, including systems for steering, speed control, and stop sign detection. A variety of machine learning and conventional control techniques were tested for this task. In combination, they allowed me to produce a reliable, robust, and safe autonomous vehicle that detected the road lane and optimized its own steering system while driving.

Awards Value
European Union Contest for Young Scientists
Trip to EUCYS
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
$3 000.00
Youth Can Innovate Awards
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Challenge Award - Innovation
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Best Project Award
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$2 500.00
Total$10 250.00