This year 12 successful students studying on SDSU’s American Degree programs in Georgia traveled to San Diego for a summer research program

2018-07-17

This year 12 successful students studying on SDSU’s American Degree programs in Georgia traveled to San Diego for a summer research program.

Students will work with SDSU professors in labs on different innovative projects and research topics in STEM fields. Among Georgian students is Davit Soselia a high performing third-year SDSU Georgia student, who dedicates his time to a range of initiatives and entrepreneurial ventures.

Davit’ is the founder of SDSU Georgia’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning organization. During the assignment at SDSU campus Davit will work on the project on how to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for various injury prediction, detection and prevention. In the process Dati will collaborate with professors in SDSU on ML based analysis of their datasets, for instance Global warming related temperature reading datasets for accurate estimation and prediction. Different approach and field research was chosen by another two SDSU Georgia Computer Engineering faculty students Vakhtang Donadze and Shota Amashukeli. The project idea focuses on Animal Activity Detection in a Natural Environment Using IOT. The main idea of this research is to study the process of group formation in animals, specifically in chimpanzees. The research is conducted with cooperation of two universities, SDSU and UCSD. The experiment is as follows: Number of chimpanzees will be selected and placed in a new environment, in this case island. „We want to observe how this chimpanzee interact, how they socialize and form groups” – noted Vakhtang. Under Professor Baris Aksanli’s supervision students are responsible for designing a special hardware, portable tracker, which will be equipped on every chimpanzee. Using this tracker it will be able to know when and which chimpanzees interact with each other. The device will collect and save data during the entire day. “In this tracker we are using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) modules. This is a very promising research that will give scientists an idea about how groups and collectives are formed in the nature” – says Shota Amashukeli.

As the Director of Undergraduate Research Lisa Kath has noted “This opportunity allows them to gain really critical skills so that they can get into graduate programs or get an employment into filed of choice”. SDSU Georgia students can participate in Summer Research program at SDSU next year as well.