St Cross students win Oxford Foundry's "AI Impact Weekend"

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Three St Cross students were part of the winning team at this year's "AI Impact Weekend" held at the Oxford Foundry in collaboration with EY, and data-sets provided by IBM.

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Willem Bonnaffé (NERC DTP Environmental Research, 2017), Arnab Ghosh (DPhil Engineering Science, 2017) and Dylan Barratt (DPhil Engineering Science, 2017) were part of Team Cinderella, competing over the course of the weekend to develop AI and Machine Learning solutions to climate change.


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Team Cinderella proposed using AI to optimise shipping schedules based on weather conditions, with the aim of minimising fuel consumption and emissions. They developed a prototyped code which they submitted, together with a business plan.

Entries were judged on the basis of the quality and feasibility of the technical solutions, business viability, and consideration of societal impact. Team Cinderella were chosen as the winning team out of 140 students, and won £6000, which they will be using to continue developing their project. You can read more here.

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Ella Bedrock

Wednesday 19 February 2020