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Byram Hills Senior Presents Research At Facebook Meeting

Byram Hills senior Greg Carlin speaks at a Facebook program.
Byram Hills senior Greg Carlin speaks at a Facebook program. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Byram Hills High School senior Gregory Carlin was one of six students recognized by the Intel Science Talent Search chosen to present research during a special program held recently at Facebook’s Manhattan headquarters.

Carlin described his research on boosting the speed of Internet queries at the Feb. 27 program, which was coordinated by Intel and Facebook to honor New York-area semifinalists from the 2015 competition and their teachers.

“It was a really cool experience. I loved the opportunity to present my work to such a large group of people,” Carlin said in a statement.

Carlin, who participates in the high school’s Dr. Robert Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program, attended the event with science teacher David Keith, who directs the program.

Carlin was named an Intel semifinalist for his work on developing a query-cost model to improve the speed of database searching. His cost model analyzes certain types of queries before and after they are rewritten to predict how long they will take to execute, which allows a database to only search the actual improvements. After describing his topic at Facebook, he participated in a panel that answered audience questions on the research experience.

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