Sam Gianelli speaking on KXCI’s “Thesis Thursday” – 11/1/2016

Picture of Sam GianelliI am a junior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, and I am working in the Computational and Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory to create a user-friendly framework for controlling a small mobile robot.  While extensive research has been conducted on how rats navigate in space, we think the integration of a robotic entity with the ability to interact with rats as they are performing a task will create many new, unique, and exciting possibilities for future experimentation.  For example, the robot could teach a rat certain aspects of a task, or the robot could act as a partner and collaborate with the rat in finding the best path to a reward. I plan to continue my education through graduate school in Computer Engineering to dig deeper into artificial intelligence and computer vision with the goal of applying these topics to robotics.  Outside of school, I like to put some distance between myself and computers by playing the guitar, going hiking, and working on different art projects.