The School of Computing would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Anshul Pattoo for earning Highly Commended honours at Global Undergraduate Awards, a prestigious international competition colloquially known as the “Junior Nobel Prize”!
The Global Undergraduate Awards are a highly respectable honour for undergraduate students in academia. In 2023 more than 2,272 undergraduate students submitted their applications from 352 institutions across 111 countries.
Entrants whose paper or project ranked in the top 10 percent of submissions in their category are shortlisted as Highly Commended entrants. Anshul’s paper titled Optimizing Faster R-CNN for Breast Cancer Detection on Mammography: Depth Reduction, Focal Loss, and Non-Local Operations was recognized in the top 10% in the Computer Science category. In dedication of his late aunt’s struggles with breast cancer, Anshul developed original algorithmic mechanisms to both improve the correctness and minimize the computational expense of AI-based detection of early breast cancer developments from mammographic imaging.
As a category winner, Anshul has received a certificate of recognition for his achievement along with the opportunity to publish and present his work at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin.
The annual UA Global Summit took place in Dublin over four days from 5-8th November 2023.
During this unique event, top performing students and recent graduates from across the world were brought together for multiple days of networking, discussion and celebration.
Anshul commented on the announcement:
I am deeply honored to have received such a prestigious recognition. While this research was performed independently, I would like to convey my fantastic gratitude to the primary supervisor of this endeavor, Dr. Farhana Zulkernine, as well as her PhD student, Mr. Mojtaba Moattari, for their invaluable guidance and support. This award is a reflection of how remarkable the School of Computing and Queen’s is as a supportive, stirring environment for its students and faculty. Such research would also not be possible without the unfailing support of beloved family and friends, for whom no words suffice in an expression of gratitude. This success stimulates further determined efforts toward accomplishing goals of importance to me, rooted in an instinct to urgently put forth substantial contributions that can directly improve people’s lives.
Anshul was honoured along with his peers across a number of disciplines in Queen’s. You can read more about the other winners in the FAS announcement.