Congratulations to undergraduate students Harry Crane (Year 2, MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence course), Elizabeth Rigby (Year 2, BSc (Hons) Computer Science) and Ben Rall (Year 2, MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence course) from the Department of Computer Science for winning the Southampton AI Hackathon on 10-11 February 2024 .

Competing students were tasked with using a locally running large language model (LLM) to answer a series of multiple-choice questions based on subject-specific knowledge of aeronautics.

The five teams scoring the highest percentage of correct answers then presented their methodology and solutions to a judging panel, sponsors and other competing student groups.

Winner Harry Cane said: "The top 5 teams presented what they had produced and how they did it, and the winner was chosen from one of these five. Ben, Elizabeth and I were one of these and went on to give the winning presentation. It was a really challenging and enjoyable experience."

Congratulations also go to students Matthew Goodship (Year 2, MComp (hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Placement) and Kevin Roman (Year 2, BSc (Hons) Computer Science), who also placed in the top five.

We aim to be able to offer similar events in the future.