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Tao, Yang

Yang Tao
Professor
1427 Animal Science/Agricultural Engineering Building
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301-405-1189
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Research Interests 

Bioengineering, bioimaging, machine vision; food processing engineering safety, food safety and quality, biomaterial inspection, sensors and bioinstrumentation, robotics, automation.

Education 

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1991

Teaching 

  • BIOE 485: Capstone Design I: Entrepreneurship, Regulatory Issues, and Ethics
  • BIOE 486: Capstone Design II

Background 

Professor Tao's current research projects include the development of a new system for de-capping up to 120 strawberries per second while increasing worker and product safety, and a hyperspectral imaging system used to help separate the meat of the North American black walnut—a more difficult nut to crack than the familiar English walnut—from its shell.

Honors and Awards 

  • Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2013.
  • 2006 Excellence in Research Award from the Univeristy of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2006.
  • USDA Secretary Ann Veneman’s Award for Excellence for increasing the efficiency, security, sustainability and profitability of the fruit and vegetable industry through applications of the technologies developed, 2003.
  • USDA CSREES (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services)’ Award (for the same efforts above), 2003.
  • Outstanding Services Award, Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers, 2003.
  • 2002 Award for Excellence by Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors for outstanding contributions to the Northeastern Multistate Research.
  • ASAE 2000 Superior Paper Award, Trans. of ASAE. (Given to top 2.5% of annually published articles.)
  • ASAE 1999 Superior Paper Award, Trans. of ASAE. (Given to top 2.5% of annually published articles.)
  • ASAE 1994 Engineering Achievement of the Year - Sunkist Engineering Young Designer Award.
  • ASAE 1993 AE50 award for outstanding innovation of technology in food and agriculture.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, 1999-2000, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas.
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, 1998-1999, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas.

Books and Chapters 

Tao. Y. 2003. Fruit Transport System. In Book: Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering. 2003. Marcel Dekker Publishing. ISBN: 0-8247-4266-4. (peer reviewed).

Zhu, B., L. Jiang, F. Jin, L. Qin, and Y. Tao. 2007. ICA-kNN Based Optimal Wavelength Selection and Walnuts Shell and Meat Differentiation under Fluorescence Hyperspectral Imagery. Sensing and Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety. Springer.

Tao, Y. 2003. Fruit Transport System. In Book: Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering. 2003. ISBN: 0-8247-4266-4. Marcel Dekker, New York.

Selected Publications 

For a complete list of publicaitons, please visit Professor Tao's web site

Jiang, L., B. Zhu, X. Rao, G. Berney, and Y. Tao. 2007. Discrimination of Black Walnut Shell and Pulp in Hyperspectra1 Fluorescence Imagery using Gaussian Kernel Function Approach. J. of Food Engineering, 81(1):108-117.

Zhu, B., L Jiang, and Y. Tao. 2007. 3D Shape Enhanced Transform for Automatic Apple Stem-End/Calyx Identification. Optical Engineering, 46(1):017201.

Jiang, L., B. Zhu, H. Jing, X. Chen, X. Rao, and Y. Tao. 2007. Gaussian Mixture Model Based Walnut Shell and Meat Classification in Hyperspectral Fluorescence Imagery. Trans. of ASABE, 50(1):153-160.

Vogel, A., M. Hassan, F. Amyot, V. Chernmordik, B. Dasgeb, S. Demos, R. Pursley, R. Little, R. Yarchoan, Y. Tao, and A.H. Gandjbakhche. 2007. Using Non-Invasive Multi-Spectral Imaging to Quantitatively Assess Tissue Vasculature. Journal of Biomedical Optics.

Zhu, B., L. Jiang, Y. Luo, and Y. Tao. 2007. Gabor Feature-Based Apple Quality Inspection Using Kernel Principal Component Analysis. J. of Food Engineering, 81(4):741-749.

Kim, J., Tao, Y. and Luo, Y. 2006. Effect of the combination treatment of 1-methylcyclopropene and acidified sodium chlorite on microbial growth and quality of fresh-cut cilantro. Postharvest Biol. Technol.

Jin, F., H. Jing, L. Qin, X. Chen, and Y. Tao. 2006. Geometrical calibration of a combined 3D laser and X-ray imaging system. SPIE. Vol. 638 (2006):11-21.

Cheng, X., Y. Tao, YR Chen, and X. Chen. 2006. Integrated PCA-FLD Method for Hyperspectral Imagery Feature Extraction and Band Selection. IEEE Proceedings on Medical Imaging: Macro to Nano. Vol.2006 (2):1384-1387.

Rui-Cruz S., R. Gonzalez, Y. Luo, Y. Tao, G. González, 2006. Effect of Acidified Sodium Chlorite Applications on Microbial Growth and the Quality of Shredded Carrots. J of Food Science. JSFA-05-0312. Vol 86: 1887-1893.

Zhu, B., L. Jiang, Y. Luo, Y. Tao, and X. Cheng. 2006. 3D Surface Reconstruction and Analysis in Automated Apple Stem-end/Calyx Identification. International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence.

Vargas, A.M., M.S. Kim, Y. Tao, A.M. Lefcourt, YR Chen, Y. Luo, Y. Song. 2006. Hyperspectal Imaging Detection of Strawberry contamination. J. of Food Engineering.

Jin, F., L, Qin, X. Rao, Y. Tao. 2007. Classification of walnut shell and meat using rotation invariant features and self-organizing map. Trans. of ASABE.

Allende-Prieto, A., J. McEvoyb, Y. Tao, and Y. Luo, 2005. Antimicrobial  effect  of  sodium hypochlorite, acidified  sodium  chlorite, sodium chlorite and citric acid on Escherichia coli O157:H7  and natural  microflora  of  intact  and sliced cilantro. International Journal of Food Microbiology.

Ma, L. and Y. Tao. 2005. An Infrared and Laser Range Imaging System for Non-invasive Estimation of Internal Temperatures in Cooked Chicken Breasts. Trans. of ASAE, Vol. 48(2):681-690.

Vargas, A., M. Kim, Y. Tao, A.M. Lefcourt, Y. Luo, Y.R. Chen, 2004. Detection of fecal contamination on cantaloupes using hyperspectral fluorescence imagery. Journal of Food Engineering. Vol.70(8-2005):471-476.

Kim, J.G., Y. Luo, Y. Tao, R.A. Saftner, and K.C. Gross. 2005 (as co-author). Effect of initial oxygen concentration and film oxygen transmission rate on the quality of fresh-cut romaine lettuce. Journal of the Science of Food Agriculture, Vol. 85(2005):1622-1630.

Kim, M., A.M. Lefcourt, Y.R. Chen, and Y. Tao. 2005. (as co-author). Automated Detection of Fecal Contamination of Apples Based on Multispectral Fluorescence Image Fusion. J. of Food Engineering, Vol. 71(1): 85-91.

Tao, Y., Z. Chen, and C. Griffis. 2004. Chick feather pattern recognition. IEE Proc–Vision, Image and Signal Processing, Vol. 151(5): 337-344.

Cheng, X., Y.R. Chen, Y. Tao, C.Y. Wang, M.S. Kim, A.M. Lefcourt. 2004. A noval integrated PCA and FLD method on hyperspectral image feature extraction for cucumber chilling damage inspection. Trans of ASAE. 47(4):1313-1320.

X. Cheng, Y. Tao, Y. R. Chen, and Y. Luo. 2003. NIR/MIR dual-sensor machine vision system for online apple stem-end/calyx recognition. Transactions of ASAE, Vol. 46(2):551-558.

Ying, Y., H.Jing, Y. Tao, and N. Zhang. 2003. Detecting stem and shape of pears using Fourier transformation and an artificial neural network. Transactions of ASAE. Vol. 46(1):157–162.

Selected Presentations 

For a complete list of presentations, please visit Professor Tao's web site

L. Qin, P. van Gelderen, F.Jin, Y. Tao and J.H. Duyn. 2007. Prospective head movement correction for high resolution MRI using an in-bore optical tracking system. ISMRM, May 2007.

Jiang, L., K. Siddiqui, Y. Tao, and E. Siegel. 2007. Sinogram Restoration for Low-dose X-ray Helical CT by Nonparametric Regression. SPIE Medical Imaging 2007, San Diego, CA.

Vogel, A., B. Dasgeb, M. Hassan, F. Amyot, V. Chernomordik, Y. Tao, S.G. Demos, K. Wyvill, K. Aleman, R. Little, R. Yarchoan, and A.H. Gandjbakhche. 2006. Using Quantitative Imaging Techniques to Assess Vascularity in AIDS-Related Kaposi’s Sarcoma. IEEE International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, August 2006, 232-235.

A. Vogel, M. Hassan, F. Amyot, V. Chernomordik, B. Dasgeb, S.G. Demos, R. Little, R. Yarchoan, Yang Tao, and A.H. Gandjbakhche. 2006. Using Multimodality Imaging Techniques to Assess Vascularity in AIDS-Associated Kaposi's Sarcoma. OSA Biomedical Optics Topical Meeting, March 2006, SG2.

Tao, Y., X. Chen, H. Jing, X. Cheng, A. Vargas. 2004. Imaging modalities for quality and safety inspections. CIGR International Conference, Beijing, China. Oct 11-14. (Invited paper).

Vargas, A.M., Y. Tao, M. Kim, A.M. Lefcourt, Y. Luo, Y.R. Chen. 2004. Safety Inspection of Fruit and Vegetables Using Optical Sensing and Imaging Techniques. Written for presentation at the 2004 ASAE Annual International Meeting Sponsored Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. August 31- July 4, 2004.

Tao, Y., A. Vargas, M. Kim, A.M. Lefcourt, Y.R. Chen, Y. Luo, R.L. Buchanan, Y. Song. 2004. Safety Inspection of Fruit and Vegetables Using Optical Sensing and Imaging Techniques - Hyperspectral Fluorescence Imaging System for Food Safety. JIFSAN Annual Conference. College Park, Maryland. November, 2004.

H. Jing, X. Chen, Y. Tao. 2003. Geometrical calibration and integration of laser 3D and x-ray dual systems. ASAE International Annual Meeting, Las Vages, NV. August 27-31, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 036191. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI

H. Jing, X. Chen, Y. Tao. 2003. Analysis of factors influencing the mapping accuracy of x-ray and laser range images in a bone fragment inspecting system. ASAE International Annual Meeting, Las Vages, NV. August 27-31, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 033086. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI.

Ma, L., Y. Tao, and H. Jing,. 2003. An Infrared and Laser Range Imaging System for Real-time Estimation of Internal Temperature in Chicken Breast after Cooking. ASAE International Annual Meeting, Las Vages, NV. August 27-31, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 036183. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI.

Cheng. M., Y. Tao, Y.R. Chen, D. Chan. 2003. Hyperspectral imaging and feature extraction methods in fruit and vegetable defect inspection. ASAE International Annual Meeting, Las Vages, NV. August 27-31, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 033119. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI

Chen. X., H. Jing, Y. Tao, L. Carr, F. Wheaton. 2003. Real-time detection of physical hazards in de-bonded poultry using high-resolution X-ray imaging. ASAE International Annual Meeting, Las Vages, NV. August 27-31, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 033084. The American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI.

Chen, X. H. Jing, Y. Tao. 2003. High-resolution real-time X-ray and 3D imaging for physical contamination detection in de-boned poultry meat. Photonics East. The International Society for Optical Engineering. Providence, RI. Oct. 2003.

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