… with Somayeh Hussaini
What do you do in the Centre and what are you currently working on?
I’m doing my PhD in perception and localisation research program and my supervisors are Tobi and Michael. My research focuses on spiking neural networks (which closely resemble biological neural networks) for the visual place recognition task. Spiking neural networks are potentially more energy efficient and have lower latency than conventional neural networks especially when deployed on neuromorphic hardware which are attractive properties for robotic navigation tasks including the visual place recognition task.
What’s on your desk?
Aside from my computer, I have my laptop, a bunch of printed papers, a book or two, my notebook and pencil case, noise-cancelling headphones, a water bottle, and a mug. Plus, I have an Earth stress ball, and a yellow cubic ACRV ball-in-a-maze puzzle.
How would you describe your work to a child?
I’m helping robots to recognise places that they have seen before so that they can find their way around just like we (mostly) do.
Three words to describe your work?
Exciting, challenging and multidisciplinary
What’s your dream travel destination?
Queenstown, New Zealand and Interlaken, Switzerland
Please finish these sentences:
I’m currently reading
Re-reading “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” from one of my all-time favourite series
And currently wishing
For world peace
My last meal would be
A wholesome homecooked meal
Final question! Tea, coffee or no caffeine?
Both tea and coffee
Who do you nominate for next month?