News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 30, 2013

South student blazes competition with research


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Ryan Chung, a junior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, placed first at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the computer science category. Chung and his science research sponsor, Mrs. Melanie Huber, spent a week competing at this year’s 2013 ISEF held on May 13-17 in Phoenix.

Chung won first place with his research, “OrniLogicApp: A Study of Classifier Designs in Real-time Aviary Mapping Using Audio and GPS Data in Mobile Devices.” The computer science category included 320 finalists from all over the world. Ryan placed in the top 3 of this category. He was beaten by a student from Romania who won the overall competition. Ryan was the top winner in the Indiana delegation. The Indiana delegation placed well with five fourth-place grand awards, two second-place grand awards, and Chung’s first-place grand award.

Chung’ won $3,000 and will have an asteroid named for him.

Ryan became a 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering finalist by placing best of show at the West Central Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March at DePauw University in Greencastle, then being named first-place junior science researcher at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair in April at IUPUI.

The 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1700 ISEF finalists from more than 70 countries. The Intel ISEF is the largest high school science and engineering fair in the world.