The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences selected Derya Akkaynak, Ph.D., as a finalist for the 2019 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. Dr. Akkaynak is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Michael Twardowski, Ph.D., a research professor at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
The Blavatnik Regional Awards recognize outstanding researchers in three scientific disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Dr. Akkaynak is a finalist in the Physical & Engineering category. She is being recognized for achieving significant breakthroughs in computer vision and underwater imaging technologies, resolving a fundamental technological problem in the computer vision community. Her research focuses on the reconstruction of lost colors and contrast in underwater photographic imagery, which will have real implications for oceanographic research.
The 2019 Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners and Finalists will be honored at the New York Academy of Sciences' Annual Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on Monday, November 11, 2019. One winner in each category will receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds; two Finalists in each category will receive $10,000 each in unrestricted funds.