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The winners of the Vesuvius Challenge were announced on February 5, 2024. The grand prize of $700,000 was awarded to the team composed of Youssef Nader, Luke Farritor, and Julian Schilliger for their work in deciphering ancient scrolls1234. Youssef Nader is an Egyptian biorobotics graduate student based in Berlin, Luke Farritor is a 21-year-old SpaceX intern and college student from Nebraska, and Julian Schilliger is a robotics student from Zurich3. In addition to the grand prize winners, there were runners-up who received $50,000 each. These were SQ Mah, and the team of Lou Schlessinger and Arefeh Sherafati1. The Vesuvius Challenge was launched in March 2023 to encourage the development of artificial intelligence techniques to read texts from carbonized scrolls, with the ultimate goal of deciphering the Herculaneum papyri, which were preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD28. The challenge was successful, with the winning team's submission standing out clearly from the rest, as they were able to recover more text from the scrolls than any other submission8.
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