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Online research seminar reaches thousands

Provost Lori Mann Bruce shares research with thousands online

Lori Mann Bruce shared her research with 4,700+ students worldwide in her online presentation "Hyperspectral Remote Sensing with Applications of UAVs for Precision Agriculture" hosted by @IEEEUSA & facilitated by Beijing Normal University.

The talk given by Tech’s vice president for academic affairs was hosted by IEEE USA and logistically facilitated by Beijing Normal University. More than 8,000 graduate and Ph.D. students pre-registered for the event. But, many more joined in online.

“It might be surprising that many people around the world would be so interested in such a specific research lecture,” said Bruce. “But, it is actually a popular area that is moving from research to operations. We have developed the technology to a point that it is now becoming affordable enough for practical use in precision agriculture.”

“We got hundreds of questions,” said Bruce. “The questions ranged from very mathematical and physics questions from Ph.D. students all the way to very introductory questions from someone who might be new to the field. It was exciting to have that many people interested in the research and who hung in there to the end of the talk.”

Holding the title of professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tech, Bruce gives three or four such lectures world-wide each year. As provost, she provides leadership to and oversight of eight colleges and schools, offering bachelors, masters and doctoral programs.

“It is very fulfilling as a faculty member, and I am still a faculty member at heart, that when we do research we can see an immediate impact to society,” said Bruce. “The research may be very physics-based with high level math and computer algorithms, but it’s very exciting when you put that kind of work into something and then you can immediately see applications that benefit society. It’s very satisfying.”

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