Faculty Profile

Lei Tian

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Lei Tian
Lei Tian
Associate Professor
  • Graduate Advising
360 L Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld
1304 W. Pennsylvania
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-7534

Affiliation

  • Graduate Advising

Primary Research Area

  • Off-Road Equipment Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1995
  • M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University of Technology, 1988
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University, 1982

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, 2002-date, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Director, 2000-date, Illinois Laboratory for Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • Assistant Professor, 1995-2002, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 1995, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California
  • Research Assistant (50%), 1990-1994, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California
  • Research Associate, 1992-1993, Agricultural Engineering Department, CalPoly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Engineer (part time), 1991-1992, Moller International Inc., Davis, CA
  • Assistant Professor, 1985-1990, Mechanical Engineering Department, Jilin University of Technology
  • Design Engineer, 1985-1986, Beijing Tractor Works

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Research Areas

  • Off-Road Equipment Engineering

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Bioproduction engineering: A road map of sustainable agricultural practice Ahamed, T., Takigawa, T., Noguchi, R. & Tian, L. Jan 1 2013 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.247 p.

Chapters in Books

  • Preharvest monitoring of biomass production Li, L., Tian, L. & Ahamed, T. Oct 1 2013 Engineering and Science of Biomass Feedstock Production and Provision. Springer New York, p. 61-83 23 p.
  • Remote sensing applications of estimating biomass for energy crops: Development of ground-based sensing systems Ahamed, T., Tian, L., Ryozo, N. & Takigawa, T. Mar 2013 Remote Sensing: Techniques, Applications and Technologies. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., p. 31-53 23 p.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Development of methods to improve soybean yield estimation and predict plant maturity with an unmanned aerial vehicle based platform Yu, N., Li, L., Schmitz, N., Tian, L. F., Greenberg, J. A. & Diers, B. W. Dec 15 2016 In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 187, p. 91-101 11 p.
  • Additional yaw moment control of a 4WIS and 4WID agricultural data acquisition vehicle Jiang, D., Li, D., Wang, S., Tian, L. & Yang, L. Jun 24 2015 In : International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. 12

Honors

  • Novel Academic Idea Award for Young Faculty, Jilin University of Technology, 1988
  • Recipient, Novel Academic Idea Award for Young Faculty, Jilin University of Technology, 1989
  • Nominee, CGS Award for most distinguished dissertation of the program, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1995
  • Nominee, University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics and Physics and Engineering, University of California for National Council of Graduate Schools, 1995
  • Nominee, Kinsella Memorial Prize, University of California at Davis, 1995
  • Outstanding Accomplishment, U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Academy of Teaching Excellence, 1997
  • Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1999-2000
  • Honorable Mention for the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, U of I College of Graduate Studies, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, U of I, 2000-2001