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Giovanni is an Assistant Professor in Intelligent Systems in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, and an academic collaborator in ADAPT.
Giovanni’s scientific interests centre on understanding the brain mechanisms underlying speech communication. In his work, he develops data analysis methods and applies them to brain data to identify the neural processes responsible for the transformation of a sensory stimulus into its abstract meaning. Brain electrical data is measured with either non-invasive (e.g., electroencephalography – EEG) or invasive (e.g., electrocorticography – ECoG) technologies. The first aspect of his research is methodological and has produced novel experimental and analysis frameworks to investigate cortical auditory processing. The second aspect of his research is to use such novel methods to test theories on auditory perception, such as the hierarchical processing of speech and predictive processing theories (e.g. predictive coding). Finally, the third part of his work is translational and involves the identification of solutions to utilise his novel methods in applied settings, for example as tools to develop brain-computer interfaces or as objective measures for the monitoring of language development and healthy ageing.