Inspired by the rapid evolution and egalitarianism of computer science, and the incredible breadth of application in the subject to improve lives, Fabio Cappello chose to study for an MSc in Advanced Computer Science. After graduation, he joined the Research and Development department of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
During his time at the University of Reading, Fabio was inspired by ongoing research in the department on computer-aided diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease to focus on this fascinating and vital topic for his dissertation.
Many reasons drove Fabio's choice to study at Reading. Besides the excellent campus and location, what particularly attracted him was the content of the course, with modules focussed on the most modern topics in Computer Science, such as data mining, big data and machine learning, paired with interesting research applications like brain-computer interface, swarm intelligence, artificial life and more practical advanced programming topics like GPU computing.
CREATIVITY AND CURIOUSITY
Gaining exposure to a research environment during Fabio's dissertation work was key to his decision to pursue a career in research and development, and soon after graduating he was recruited to join Sony Interactive Entertainment.
"I do think that creativity is what makes computer science research so satisfying: it is extremely interesting to find out how existing technologies work and new technology can be invented in order to make the solution of more and more problems possible."
The research and development department carries out work for the PlayStation SDK (the fundamental tools to develop any software on PlayStation platforms) and research on new technologies. Fabio conducts research into new technologies, using Machine Learning methods in new application domains, and develops PlayStation software.
Fabio managed to immediately contribute to both existing projects and innovation inside SIE R&D. Despite the fact that many of the technologies he uses every day in his work were completely new to him at the time of joining, the research skills he gained over the years of my studies provided him with a solid foundation to learn and adapt to the new environment and overcome all the challenges he has encountered.
"The work I am doing now lets me contribute to development of the most 'cutting-edge' technology for entertainment platforms, as well as freely pursuing any research interest I have, as innovation is actively encouraged."