AI software brings Stanford University scholarship to young Turks

Beyazit Senbuk – ISTANBUL

A Turkish high school student who invented an artificial intelligence system that helps brain surgeons operate on patients has been awarded a full scholarship from Stanford University in the US


Emirhan Kurtuluş, a 12th grade student at Cağaloğlu Anadolu High School in Istanbul, found an AI system that “takes MRI scans and tells brain surgeons which surgical method is best for a patient.”

His invention made him the global winner of the biomedical category of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in the US.

This success opened the doors to the world-famous Stanford University, where he became a full-fledged scholarship student.

“About 20 percent of all deaths worldwide are caused by diseases in the skull,” Kurtuluş said. “Using AI, doctors can now examine all parts of the brain and see the zones of tumor contact.”

Pink is the color the student chose to use in his AI system.

“After analysis, the system then draws a pink line across the brain showing doctors which route to take during surgery.”


Kurtuluş, son of a civil servant and mother of a housewife, said that his grandfather was the source of his inspiration.

“My grandfather was a carpenter, but he had a great interest in science. He supported me in all my studies and work.”

When asked about his dreams for the future, he emphasized that he must return to serve his country.

“After graduating from Stanford, I want to return and serve my country. I don’t plan to stay there,” he said.

“Not only the experiences I will have there, but I also want to bring money from the US to my country,” he added.

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