Teen Develops Simulator to Assist Ukrainian Troops in Defending against Attacks

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Over two years ago, Russia initiated a takeover attempt against its neighbor, Ukraine. Volodymyr Borysenko, a 12th-grade student at Cherkasy School Number 28 in Ukraine, aimed to assist his country in defending itself during the ensuing invasion. His recent software development endeavors gear towards simulating battles in a unique manner to potentially enhance Ukraine’s military training and strategic planning.

Volodymyr, aged 17, stood out as a finalist at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), conducted by the Society for Science (which is the publisher of this magazine). His groundbreaking work earned him a full scholarship from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, along with a $400 prize.

His software coding focus on war tactics stems from his noble intention to assist the Ukrainian military in addressing frontline issues. Volodymyr explained, “I heard from them that we lack strategic planning” regarding ground conflicts, necessitating his innovative approach.

Presently, the military utilizes two battle-simulation programs, each with its limitations. One neglects accounting for rest sites for ground troops, while the other overlooks battlefield robotics. Volodymyr’s software aims to bridge these gaps by incorporating flying drones’ activities and various landscape elements, such as rivers, tree coverage, and troop shelters.

With the primary research objective being to “minimize losses among [our] military,” Volodymyr’s software addresses critical tactical aspects to enhance combat efficacy.

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Simulating battles

Having delved into computer programming since seventh grade, Volodymyr’s journey has progressed through robotics clubs, programming and math olympiads, and machine-learning software projects. His current shift towards military technology reflects his dedication to benefiting his country with practical solutions.

The software intricately models two opposing sides engaged in battle, including soldiers, tanks, and terrain features. By simulating troop maneuvers based on enemy assessments and fortified positions, it predicts potential risks and outcomes in conflicts.

Utilizing mathematical calculations, the software incorporates factors like enemy troop presence, drone deployments, and strategic landscape considerations unique to Ukraine. Elevating troops to strategic vantage points and optimizing movements are key aspects addressed in the simulations.

Highlighting potential military operation success rates and acceptable troop losses, Volodymyr’s software equips frontline commanders with predictive analysis tools for strategic decision-making aimed at minimizing casualties.

Designed to run on standard laptops, the software offers practical utility to commanders in assessing multiple battle strategies and choosing optimal approaches while prioritizing troop safety.

Volodymyr envisions his software aiding in warfare modeling and battle simulations to safeguard lives. Watch the teen’s research explanation in a video presentation.

V. Borysenko

The program visualizes combat scenarios between two opposing sides on a map reflecting actual terrain features. Users can traverse the map and explore battle simulations, enhancing strategic comprehension and operational planning.

Moving forward

While Volodymyr’s software remains in its early stages, testing at the National Defense Academy of Ukraine has shown potential for enhancing soldier training and strategic evaluations. Plans to expand the software’s capabilities include incorporating diverse drone types and analyzing naval conflicts to benefit the Ukrainian Navy.

Enduring challenges amidst war-related disruptions, Volodymyr’s perseverance in advancing his software through adversity emphasizes the importance of relentless dedication towards impactful goals amidst adversity.

Participating alongside 2,000 Regeneron ISEF finalists from multiple nations, Volodymyr’s innovative contributions hold promise for fortifying military strategies and minimizing risks in conflict scenarios.

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