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Lucas in NV3E made it to the Swedish Young National Research Team!

By Linda Kruusmägi
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Lucas Dow
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Lucas Dow

My name is Lucas Dow and I am a third-year natural science student. A while back, I entered a competition called Utställning Unga Forskare. Third-year students from around Sweden compete with their GYAR for prize money, scholarships and to be a part of the Young National Research Team (Unga Forskningslandslaget). I entered the competition, unknowing of what it really was. To my surprise, I advanced to the semi-finals in Södertälje. At the semi-final, students displayed their research on posters and with real-life demonstrations. A jury was responsible for picking the most impressive projects which advanced to the grand finals in Stockholm. I proceeded to the grand finals! The finals were supposed to be held at Tekniska Museet at the end of March but was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Instead, online interviews were conducted to determine the winners. 

I think this would be a good time to explain what I did for my GYAR. My project focuses on creating a program which utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the presence of intracranial haemorrhage in CT scans. The program I built can successfully determine whether or not haemorrhage exists in a CT scan with 83% accuracy. I knew I wanted to combine my knowledge of computer science and AI with medicine, so I settled on this idea. Why brain images you may ask? It could've been anything. The nature of the program allows it to be used on any type of medical image, X-rays, MRI scans and more. It is not only limited to predicting bleeding in the brain. If the program is trained on a different set of images, e.g. X-ray images containing lung cancer, it instead becomes a program which can predict the presence of lung cancer. The versatility of the program makes it so that it can be used for anything, as long data is provided. 

Back to the finals. I was interviewed by experts within cybersecurity, medicine and mathematics. The results were later published in the form of a video. I became thrilled when I heard my name called out to be part of the national research team. At the time, I had no idea what the team meant and what they do, however, after talking to the people at Unga Forskare, I now know what being part of this team means. Usually, the national research team travels around the world to compete in international competitions which focus on science. However, due to the current circumstances in the world, this year the research team will instead travel around Sweden, going on trips to universities to meet and network with leading researchers within science, mathematics and technology. I have since the finals been on a podcast with NyTeknik and on the tv-show Nyhetsmorgon, where I discussed the competition and my research. 

Participating in the competition has been very fun! I think that the competition is an excellent way for third-year students to get feedback from experts on how to improve their projects. I highly recommend second-year students to sign up for the competition next year!

To read more about the competition, go to: Unga Forskare

Watch the clip from Nyhetsmorgon: TV4 Nyhetsmorgon

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