A student from West Cork has been named the winner of the 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
17-year-old Gregory Tarr from Bandon Grammar School will take home a prize of €7500 for developing software to detect deepfake videos.
Overall Winner The 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021 #BTYSTE
Gregory Tarr, Bandon Grammar School, Co Cork. For his project ‘Detecting state of the art deepfakes’
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— BT Young Scientist (@BTYSTE) January 8, 2021
Gregory's project could potentially be deployed at scale to filter out DeepFake media making the internet a safer place.
Judges found his work made significant improvements on speed and efficiency when compared to the current best model without sacrificing its ability to accurately detect the fake.
It was the fifth time the Cork student has taken part in the competition.
Abby Mullins, Chloe Murphy and Megan Carroll from Moate Community School in Co. Westmeath were named the group winners at the virtual ceremony.
The girls “Wool-Savior of Our Sea” project looked at developing a wool blanket which allows the timely and thorough removal of oil slicks following oil spills.