Current lab members

Changying “Charlie” Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Changying “Charlie” Li is Lab PI and Professor at the College of Engineering of the University of Georgia (UGA), USA. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006. After a short postdoc at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 2007. Read More



Yu Jiang

Yu Jiang is the lab manager of the Bio-sensing and Instrument Lab at the University of Georgia. He received his master degree in Computer Science from China Agricultural University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the Bio-sensing and Instrument Lab. His research interests include image processing, machine learning, and information and robot system in agriculture. Now, he is focusing on design and implementation of the system for field-based high throughput phenotyping (HTP) for plants.



Rui Xu

Graduate student in Biological Engineering.Areas of interest include sensing technologies, automation and robotics. Ongoing project is to develop the second generation of Berry Impact Recording Device (BIRD) to detect the impacts which occur during mechanical harvest and packing of blueberries.



Shangpeng Sun

Shangpeng Sun is a Ph.D. student in the Bio-sensing and Instrument Lab at University of Georgia.Now his research interests is high throught phenotyping techonogy.



Mengyun Zhang

Mengyun Zhang is a visiting doctoral student at UGA. She is focusing on cotton foreign matter detection and classification based on hyperspectral transmittance imaging.

Liujun Li


Liujun Li is a postdoctoral research associate recently joined Bio-Sensing and Instrumentation Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Before that he has been working at Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interest is advanced sensor and robotic system technologies and its associated data computation for plant high-throughput phenotyping (HTP) and site-specific crop management (SSCM).

Lab alumni


Weilin Wang, Ph.D.

Weilin had been a MS/PhD student in this lab from 2008-2013. His dissertation topic is “Multi-sensor data fusion platform for onion phenotyping”. He is currently working in Monsanto Inc.



Jesse Kuzy

Jesse pursued his master degree in Artificial Intelligence in this lab and graduated in 2017.



Tharun Kumar Konduru

Graduate Student, M.S. Degree (2010-2013). Projects include: Development of Customized Gas Sensor Array for Onion Post-harvest Disease Detection.



Pengcheng Yu

Master student (2008-2011). Project: Microcontroller-based sensor development (Blueberry Impact Recording Device)



Shuxiang Fan, Ph.D.

Shuxiang Fan is a visiting scholar from National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China. He received his Ph.D. from Northwest A&F University in 2016. He used to work on blueberry bruise detection by using spectral imaging technology.



Jianjun Chen, Ph.D.

Visiting scholar. Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor at the College of Science of Huazhong Agricultural University. Research interest: quality assessment of potatoes and blueberries by imaging and sensor technology.



Ruoyu Zhang, Ph.D.

Visiting scholar. Dr. Zhang is an associated professor at the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of Shihezi University. Research interest: detection of cotton quality by hyperspectral imaging and spectroscopy technology.



Haihua Wang, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar. Dr. Wang is an associated professor at the College of Information and Electrical Engineering of China Agricultural University. Projects include: Onion Quality Assessment based on the Hyperspectral Imaging Line Scan System.



Adnan Mustafic, Ph.D.

Development of spectroscopic and imaging methods for sensing of agricultural crops



Svyatoslav Chugunov, Ph.D.

Monte Carlo multi-layered simulations of photon propagation in biological tissues using parallel computing techniques. Study of wetness in vegetation at leaf-scale with the use of hyperspectral tools. (February 1, 2013 – April 15, 2014)



Ayodeji Adedoyin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Oct 2009 – April 2010). Projects include: Single Cotton Fiber Quality Characterization Using Fraunhofer Diffraction Analysis



Aaron Patrick

Aaron received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from UGA, and he used to work on the development and applications of unmanned aerial systems in high throughput crop studies.


Picture of Juzhong Tan

Juzhong Tan

Juzhong Tan used to work on sensing quality related properties of food materials by electronic nose and electronic nose based robot.



Jamal Hunter

Jamal anticipated the project of using handheld LiDAR for measuring morphological traits of blueberry bushes.



Megan Elizabeth Lusher

Megan is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia who is majoring in agricultural engineering with an emphasis on natural resource management and structural systems. She helped in initiating the project of quantification of blueberry bush structure using a handheld LiDAR instrument.



Jagadish Kumar

Jagadish assisted in the project for implementing an Android application for the BIRD II sensor.



Yuri Pedroni Prado

Yuri Pedroni Prado was an undergraduate Industrial Control and Automation Engineering student originally from Brazil and in a one-year exchange program at the University of Georgia (2014). At the Biosensing laboratory he worked in a temporary position of Research Engineer Intern and his projects focused on microcontrolled wireless communication such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Xbee.



Kaya Sumire Abe

Kaya studies computer engineering at the Federal Technological University of Paranб, located in Curitiba/PR, Brazil, and was an exchange student at the University of Georgia, sponsored by Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. She used to work in a research, teaching, and community outreach project, the PET-CoCE group at her home university, which develops its activities primarily involving educational robotics and multidisciplinary computing topics based on open-source hardware and software resources.



Yang Liu

Yang Liu transferred from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on 2012. He started volunteering in Dr.Li’s lab in the summer of 2014. He used to work on a project developing high-throughput techniques to phenotype for watermelon breeding. The first task for this project was seed color quantification using machine vision and image processing.



Delmaries Gonzаlez

Undergraduate student majoring in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Georgia, a transfer student from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez as of Spring 2013. She used to work on a robotics project, ‘Development of Robots for Weed Control in Organic Farming,’ in which a robotic starter kit from National Instruments is being used to develop an automated weeding platform to reduce the use of herbicides and labor in agriculture.



Paul “Jarod” Glatz

Undergraduate student intern (July 2013 – August 2013)



Manson Dean

Undergraduate student intern (2011-2012)



Micheal Luo

High school student intern (Summer 2009). Went to Georgia Tech.



Tony Barnes

Undergraduate student intern (Summer 2009)



Zikai Wei

Zikai Wei was a lab/research assistant at Bio-sensing and Instrumentation Lab (2016 to 2017).



Gary Burnham

Research Technician



Tim Rutland

Lab Worker (May 2008 – January 2011)