KPI student wins resounding victory at SAC Student Research Competition 2024 in Spain

Sofiia Drozd, a master’s student at the Department of Mathematical Modelling and Data Analysis of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI), won the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) held as part of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2024) in Spain.

Her research, titled “Detection of War-Caused Agricultural Field Damages Using Sentinel-2 Satellite Data with Machine Learning and Anomaly Detection,” conducted under the supervision of Professor Natalia Kussul at the KPI Institute of Physics and Technology, was recognized as the best among all presentations at the SRC. For her research work, the KPI student got a gold medal and received a cash prize of $500.

The competition consisted of several rounds: initially, Sofiia’s work was shortlisted for the top seven, which empowered her to present her work at a poster session. Following the evaluation, Sofiia’s poster was selected as one of the top three, enabling her to reach the finals. In the finals, Sofiia Drozd gave a presentation on her research to the jury and the audience that led her to victory.

It is worth noting too that SRC, held annually, offers young participants a unique opportunity to exchange their ideas with researchers in their areas of interest and receive feedback from leading experts on their research.

Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and hosted by University de Salamanca, the 39th Symposium on Applied Computing took place in Avila, Spain, on April 8-12. The event brought together researchers from across the globe to discuss cutting-edge research and innovation in computing, highlighting the importance of scientific meetings to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the development of the international academic community.

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