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GRI Employee Spotlight

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Sathish Samiappan, PH.D.

Title: Assistant Research Professor
Time at GRI: 13 years
Hometown: Tirupur, Tamil Nadu - India

Q: What is your academic background?
I have a BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bharathiar University in India, a MS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Amrita University in India, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

Q: What are your research interests?
My research focuses on machine learning, computer vision, and remote sensing and its application in agriculture, forestry, and conservation.

Q: Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
I was fascinated by images and imaging science at a very young age. It started when my uncle showed me how to project a 35mm film on the wall. My interest with imaging since then has evolved and continues to grow. My graduate professors are the ones I attribute to inspiring the work I do today.

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Q: What has been your favorite project while working at GRI?
There are many. If I must pick one, then I would say the project where I helped mapped invasive Phragmites australis using imagery collected from small drones.

Q: What is the coolest thing you are working on right now?
The coolest thing I am working on right now involves development of AI edge computing systems for mapping invasive plant species.

"Working at GRI is really fun. Here we do cutting edge research, have excellent facilities, and get to work with wonderful colleagues and great students. I also love the calm atmosphere."
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Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was a kid, I wanted to become an actor and seriously considered it. Now I am glad I went to engineering school.

Q: What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I love photography especially architecture and interior design, travel, and hiking.