Aditya Chaudhary, a 17-year-old Indian innovator from Delhi, has been breaking ground with new research, scientific initiatives, and social projects is on a mission to bring about positive change.
An avid science and math enthusiast from his early school days and a soon to be published researcher, Chaudhary has received a gold honour in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition and was selected as a finalist in Climate Science Olympiad for a talk during the COP28 climate summit.
Along with being a Citizen Scientist at NASA – helping them in Open Source projects – Chaudhary’s wide-ranging initiatives have seen him achieve recognition in the international scientific community. His portfolio of innovations also led to a nomination for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024. The Indian Prime Ministerial award is conferred on children who make a mark in the fields of Bravery, Sports, Social Service, Science & Technology, Environment, Arts & Culture and Innovation.
Chaudhary’s work on a novel low-cost thermoelectric vaccine transportation and storage system for remote regions, powered via bicycle pedalling – thus eliminating the need of icepacks or external electricity – was selected by Oxford University's Rhodes Trust and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Schmidt Futures for scholarship and project funding from over 80,000 applicants worldwide.
This project, which is particularly useful for vaccine transportation to some of the most rural and remote areas, has also been selected by the government of India’s Department of Science & Technology for prototype development.
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Chaudhary’s personal experiences, like his grandfather’s Parkinson’s Disease, also inspire his innovations. An extraordinary project saw Chaudhary develop a low-cost, portable, non-invasive, and real-time neuroimaging solution to help paralyzed patients talk with a thought-to-text-and-images architecture using generative artificial intelligence (AI). His research paper on further integrating this technology to control prosthetic arms with the user’s thoughts has been selected by The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences and is soon going to be published in an international Scientific Journal and UNDP Grassroots Innovation Database.
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Working with other school alumni, Chaudhary has developed an app which seeks to aid rural Indian farmers and artisans with a global network of updates, tools, techniques, product rates and grassroots innovations in agriculture, connecting users with local suppliers and housing a representative online marketplace for microbusinesses and artisans to sell their products internationally.
They have integrated a generative AI language model which can provide legal counsel on case overviews with government policies and schemes for specialized user requests, and a machine learning meteorological model to process real-time climate data and predict affected regions and industries to mitigate crop wastage and price surge.
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Having worked on so many different start-ups, the students decided to collaborate them under a single umbrella company, KALAM, which is in process of incubation and a seed fund. KALAM – the name inspired by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, scientist and former Indian President – is currently collaborating with tech-start-ups and NGOs for their initiative to change the world by innovations of the youth and providing them a global network of peer support.
Through this venture, Chaudhary further hopes to bring an accelerator launchpad to all high school students, irrespective of their economic background, and provide them guidance and foster their ideas to take shape into actual inventions, provide research and mentorship and help them achieve at an international stage.