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About Lie Tang

Dr. Lie Tang’s research has been concerned with agricultural automation, optimization, machine intelligence and robotics. He has many years of international research experience in Europe and US. He has developed an advanced real-time machine vision system for automated behavior monitoring for group-housed pigs in KULeuven (Belgium). During his PhD study he developed a sensing and control system for variable rate herbicide application system and an automated sensing system for plant spacing and population measurement. While he was on faculty in both KVL (Denmark) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), his research program was centered around the development of agricultural robotic and intelligent systems. Dr. Tang is currently continuing his research in developing advanced sensing, optimization and robotic technologies for agricultural production systems. Some recent research projects include optimized coverage path planning for agricultural field equipment on 2D and 3D terrains, robotic mechanical intra-row weeding for vegetable crops, highthroughput infield plant sensing using 3D computer vision, robust navigation control for agricultural robotic vehicles, hyperspectral imaging for fungus detection, and real-time behavior monitoring for group-housed animals using 3D computer vision and RFID systems.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • Newcomer Engineer of the Year, Iowa Section of ASABE (2009)

Contact Information

2346 Elings
605 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515-294-9778
Fax: 515-294-2255


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