The selection and award presentation of the 12th Selection of China Scientific and Technological Innovation Award for Youths came to an end on October 16, 2020. The Selection was sponsored by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, China Youth Federation, All-China Students’ Federation and the National Permanent Standing Commission-Young Pioneers of China. Yuan Suqin, an undergraduate student of the School of Computer Science of 2018, won the China Scientific and Technological Innovation Award for Youths. He is the only winner of this award from Chongqing.
The China Scientific and Technological Innovation Award is the top honor in the area of scientific and technological innovation for Chinese young people. In its 12th Selection, works of students were recommended by Youth League organizations of different levels and related organizations, and then appraised by the National Appraisal Committee made up of Academician Yang Le from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At last, 91 students won awards, including 9 primary students, 19 junior middle school students, 33 senior middle school students (among which 1 is from Macao) and 30 college students (among which 4 are from Macao).
Yuan Suqin has developed an enthusiasm for scientific and technological innovation. He has been engaged in interdisciplinary research of “locomotive gait system of walking robots” based on his background knowledge of biology, robots and computer science, taking into consideration the need of times. In 2019, the “Green Gut” mixed team made up of students from China, the USA and the UK won the second award in the GGCS The Global Grand Challenges Student Collaboration Lab Event co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), and National Academy of Engineering (USA). Yuan has won other awards including the first award in the National Youth Robot Competition, the second award in the Global Final of Global Natural History Day and the first award in the National School Biology League.
Yuan has submitted applications for 7 patents as the first inventor. Four of the patents have been granted. Authorization registration is in the process for one of the other three patents. The remaining 2 are currently going through public substantial examination. Instructed by Professor Zhang Yuxin from the School of Material Sciences and Engineering, the Project titled “light-weight and functional design of a kind of elderly-caring robot” has won the third award in the National Competition of the 16th “Challenge Cup” National Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Works Competition for College Students of 2019 and special award in the Municipal Competition co-sponsored by the Central Committee of the Communist Young League, the China Association for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the All-China Students’ Federation.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Yuan Suqin participated in the COVID-19 Open Research Data Challenge on the deep learning open source code platform Kaggle. He wrote “Four Possible Ways to Fight COVID-19” to spread China’s experience in fighting COVID-19 to other countries. At of the end of May, the research ranked the 45th of 1,541 researches in the open research Notebook about COVID-19 based on the total votes (top 3％).
China Scientific and Technological Innovation Award for Youths has reportedly been set up jointly by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, China Youth Federation, All-China Students’ Federation and the National Permanent Standing Commission-Young Pioneers of China at the 100th Anniversary of Comrade Deng Xiaoping as approved by the Party Central Committee under the terms of Deng’s last will. The funds are from contribution fee earned by Deng throughout his life donated by Deng’s relatives. The Award has been set up to encourage Chinese young people to engage in scientific and technological innovation.