Etienne Lord

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Research scientist - Digital agronomy et A.I.

Development of technologies and models related to image technologies, phenomics and robotics.

Current research and/or projects

•    Bioinformatics: Use of graph neural networks and microbiome data for biovigilance and yield forecasting.
•    Deep learning: Use of image technologies (satellite, dronic and robotic) to characterize the agricultural ecosystem and create predictive models 
•    Biodiversity: Measuring the impact of agricultural practices using soundscape.

Research and/or project statements

The digital agronomy laboratory seeks to develop high quality datasets and algorithms using artificial intelligence (AI) to better monitor the resilience of ecosystems (biodiversity, soil components). More specifically, image technologies (e.g. hyperspectral), connected sensors (IoT) and robotics are at the heart of Dr. Etienne Lord's research. Dr. Lord's work aims to develop and understand technologies that can more closely connect the fields to the various stakeholders (producers, advisors and researchers) in order to better anticipate the resources needed (water, organic matter, labor, biodiversity) to make the agricultural sector more competitive, innovative and sustainable. Current projects reflect the multidisciplinary nature of these issues.

Current projects:

•    J-002491 Smart land management for soil and water conservation and increased profitability 
•    J-002634 Screening of Invasive Alien Species using metabarcoding and its biovigilant continuum through predictive models forecasting risks for potential IAS introduction, movement and establishment related to climate changes
•    J-002490 Implementing a living laboratory in Québec – Lake St-Pierre region
•    J-002366 Genomics-enhanced biovigilance to improve crop disease management
•    J-002302 Biovigilance pour la durabilité des sols organiques

Professional activities / interests

•    Bioinformatics
•    Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
•    Hyperspectral imaging and robotic

Education and awards

Ph.D. Computer Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (2010-2015)
Thesis : Workflows and their Applications in Bioinformatics

Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) en bioinformatique, Université du Québec à Montréal (2009-2010)

M.Sc. Veterinary Sciences, Université de Montréal (2002-2006)

B.Sc. Biology, Specialty in Microbiology, Université de Sherbrooke (1998-2001)

Key publications

  1. Ste-Croix, D.T., Gendron St-Marseille, A.-F., Lord, E., Bélanger, R.R., Brodeur, J., Mimee, B. 2021. Single nematode sequencing of the soybean cyst nematode highlights different strategies to breakdown resistance. SÈVE2021.

    2021 - View publication details

Research facility

430 Gouin Boulevard
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 3E6


Associate professor at the Computer Science Department, Université du Québec à Montréal