The national winner in the Mathematics/IT category is Vladimir Danila, 17, from North Rhine-Westphalia. He developed a cost-efficient alternative to professional computer programs that enables graphic designers, for example, to create elaborate images on computers. His software, which is ready for the market, offers a comparable range of features as established programs and runs on smartphones and tablets.
Jugend forscht - Category Mathematics/IT
The World of Numbers, Forms, and Formulas
There’s much to discover in the world of enigmas and brain teasers, numbers, shapes, formulas, structures, and algorithms. Regardless of whether the journey takes place in one’s head, with pen and paper, or in front of a computer screen, what’s needed is imagination, inventiveness, and brainpower. The Mathematics/IT category is for projects that address either traditional math topics or informatics in the sense of information science and computer technology.
An Alternative for Graphic Designers
Highlight Projects 2016
My ePass – The Digital Identity
Everyone knows that in order to communicate securely with banks and dispatch agencies via the Internet, users need numerous passwords. If the passwords are too simple, they can be cracked relatively easily. Users therefore have to come up with complex sequences of letters and numbers and either remember them or write them down somewhere. This can become annoying and complicated over time — and that’s why Stefan Genchev developed a program known as My ePass that gets the daily password chaos under control. My ePass not only manages all of a user’s passwords but also stores information about the websites where users have already registered. Depending on the page that is being visited, it automatically provides only the personal data that is absolutely necessary. Genchev’s app invention earned him first prize in the Mathematics/IT category in 2016.
A. T. S. P. (Autonomic Thermal Soaring Platform)
Drones are becoming more and more popular. For example, photographers like to use the agile quadcopters to take aerial shots. However, standard drone models have their problems. Their batteries are soonexhausted, significantly limiting their flying time. Also, so far drones have had to be remotely controlled, because they cannot fly autonomously. Florian Vahl, Étienne Neumann, and Maximilian Schiller addressed these two weaknesses in their project. They equipped a small motorized model glider with sophisticated software and sensors. As a result, the device is capable of detecting favorable upwinds on its own and thus significantly extending its flying range. The glider’s maiden flight was a success, as it was able to independently keep itself stable in the air after takeoff. The researchers who developed and built the glider received the Special Prize for Aerospace in 2016.