Lirong Xiang

Assistant Professor

Dr. Xiang is the Principle Investigator of the Automation and Robotics Lab in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University and affiliated to NC Plant Science Initiative. She received her Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from Iowa State University and her B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering from Zhejiang University. Dr. Xiang works on agricultural robotics, 2D & 3D computer vision, and machine learning. During her Ph.D. program, she has developed robotic and automated systems for both indoor and in-field plant phenotyping applications. Dr. Xiang joined BAE in August 2022.


B.S. 2017

Biosystems Engineering

Zhejiang University, China

Ph.D. 2022

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Iowa State University

Research Description

Dr. Xiang's research mainly focuses on developing smart cyber-physical systems that integrate cutting-edge robotics, machine vision, and machine learning technologies to automate labor-intensive tasks in agricultural systems. The research topics include but are not limited to: developing robotic platforms for weeding, transplanting, and selective harvesting; adopting AI and robotics tools for precision livestock management; and combining aerial and ground robots for in-situ and non-invasive crop sensing.


Precision Agriculture Technologies for Cotton Seed Damage Detection
Cotton, Inc. (No pre-award costs/accounts allowed)(1/01/23 - 12/31/23)
Precision Agriculture Technologies for Cotton Production in North Carolina
Cotton, Inc. (No pre-award costs/accounts allowed)(1/01/12 - 12/31/23)