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February 25, 2016

Researcher Glen Kathler couldn't see his captive young audience of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, but he spoke to 120 of them through a Partners in Research (PIR) webcast about applied research at SAIT.

"We're a disruptive bunch, here at Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS), helping our partner organizations develop disruptive technologies," he told five classes from across the country as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) dive-bombed him.

Partners in Research not only offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) webcasts to elementary and secondary school students, it also administers the Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC) database. VROC lists researchers from around Canada - including many from ARIS - their areas of specialization and their contact information. Teachers can access the site, match the curriculum to the expert, and arrange a webcast for their students.

As Kathler answered questions (submitted by Twitter to the PIR webcast facilitator), it was no surprise the first request was to see the UAV again. As a research associate of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Application Development Lab (RADLab) at SAIT, Kathler shared his vision for a future where a UAV can fly over a herd of cattle and identify each individual (and all of their associated data) instantaneously.

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