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1st High School Scholar Recognized

The Berryville Institute of Machine Learning (BIML) is a research-based institute working off of a large grant, led by Gary McGraw, on machine learning security. The research focuses on building a taxonomy of known attacks on machine learning, exploring a hypothesis of representation and machine learning risk, and performing an architectural risk analysis of machine learning systems.

Nikil ShyamsunderAn important part of BIML’s mission as an institute is to spread the word about our understanding of machine learning security risk throughout the world.

BIML recently took on three college and high school interns to provide a bridge to academia and to introduce young minds early in the many facets of machine learning security.

BIML’s first High School Scholar is Nikil Shyamsunder. Nikil is a sophomore at John Handley High School. He has been programming for most of his life and has become keenly interested in Machine Learning. He organizes and teaches coding camps and also offers private coding classes to his peers. He enjoys participating in a philosophy-based style of debate called LincolnDouglass. He is currently competing in the International Public Policy Forum on the pros and cons of AI.

Nikil and his team recently reached the Top 16 and continue to compete. He is fascinated by linguistics and has advanced through the Spelling Bee to Nationals twice. In his free time, Nikil plays the violin, an Indian tonal percussion instrument called Mridangam, and enjoys producing music.

As BIML High School Scholar, Nikil will help to curate the BIML annotated bibliography. This bibliography has become an important resource for researchers working in the field of Machine Learning security as it provides an opinionated overview of work in the field, including a top 5 papers section.

For his efforts on behalf of BIML, Nikil will receive a scholarship of $500 to put towards expenses at the college of his choice. Congratulations Nikil!