Wenlong ‘Waylon’ Wu takes first place in computational challenge

Waylon Wu

Waylon Wu

Dec. 22, 2020

Engineering student Wenlong “Waylon” Wu recently took first place in an international competition during which he was up against professional researchers and faculty members.

Wu won top prize in the Technical Challenge on Energy Prediction with Smart Data sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society. He was the only student to be in the finals of the competition, held during the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society’s 2020 Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Wu, who is pursuing a PhD in electrical and computer engineering. “I’ve been doing these kinds of competitions for more than a year. Sometimes, I’ve ended up in the top 5%, but this is my first time to get No. 1, so I’ve been wanting this for a long time.”

The first-place award comes with $7,000 and the opportunity for Wu to submit to a joint publication.

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