STEM IS THE KEY FOR BARNEY
Electrical engineering is often viewed as a solitary endeavor with lots of equations and/or code. In reality, it is a toolbox, and these tools can be used to advance technology, help humanity, and solve mysteries in the humanities. Dr. Elisa Barney, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Boise State University, Idaho, who specializes in digital image processing and pattern recognition, uses her toolbox to work on problems in material analysis, biomedical image processing, remote sensing, astronomical image processing, and document analysis.
One of the most fascinating areas Barney works in is the digital humanities, where she uses her expertise to explore questions in fields such as English, history, and philosophy. In 2016, she was asked to give a four-part presentation at her church about this work in the digital humanities. These talks were so well received by the community that Barney applied to be a speaker at TEDx-Boise. Once she was selected, Barney condensed four hours of notes to fit the 18-min maximum required for TEDx. In April 2019, she presented her talk, “How Digital Technology Helps Solve Mysteries in the Humanities.” (You can find her TED Talk by searching “Elisa Barney” on TED.com or YouTube.com.)
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