Yuzhen Lu

Yuzhen Lu

Assistant Professor

Mississippi State University

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. My research resolves around the development and deployment of non-destructive sensing (e.g., optical imaging and spectroscopy) and automation technology for addressing the pressing problems in the agricultural and food domain. After earning my doctorate, I worked for over 1 year for USDA-ARS at East Lansing, Michigan, on optical imaging for qualty evaluation of horticultural products, and apple harvest-assist and in-field sorting technology development, and later spent another year in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University on several projects on imaging-based high-throughput plant phenotyping and precision agriculture.


  • Optical Sensing
  • Machine Vision
  • Food Inspection
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Plant Phenotyping
  • AI & Robotics


  • PhD in Biosystems Engineering, 2018

    Michigan State University

  • MS in Plant Nutrition, 2014

    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • BS in Facility Agriculture Engineering, 2011

    Northwest A&F University


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Yuzhen Lu

Assistant Professor

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Recent Publications

(2022). YOLOWeeds: A Novel Benchmark of YOLO Object Detectors for Weed Detection in Cotton Production Systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (submitted to journal).

(2022). Performance Evaluation of Deep Transfer Learning on Multiclass Identification of Common Weed Species in Cotton Production Systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 198, 107091.

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(2022). Hyperspectral Imaging with Chemometrics for Non-destructive Determination of Cannabinoids in Floral and Leaf Materials of Industrial Hemp. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (submitted to journal).

(2022). Generative Adversarial Networks for Image Augmentation in Agriculture: A Systematic Review. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (under review).


(2022). An End-Effector for Robotic Cotton Harvesting. Smart Agricultural Technology 2, 100043.


(2022). Development and Preliminary Evaluation of A New Apple Harvest-Assist and In-field Sorting Machine. Appled Engineering in Agriculture 38(1), 23-35.


(2022). Robust Plant Segmentation of Color Images Based on Image Contrast Optimization. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 193, 106711.


(2022). Using Hyperspectral Imaging for Differentiating Cultivars, Growth Stages, Flowers and Leaves of Industrial Hemp. Frontiers in Plant Science 12, 810113.


(2021). Hyperspectral Imaging with cost-sensitive learning for high-throughput screening of loblolly pine (Pinus Taeda L.) seedling for freeze tolerance. Transactions of the ASABE 64(6): 2045-2059.


(2021). Hyperspectral Imaging Combined with Machine Learning for the Detection of Fusiform Rust Disease Incidence in Loblolly Pine Seedlings. Remote Sensing 13(18), 3595.


(2021). Detection of subsurface bruising in fresh pickling cucumbers using structured-illumination reflectance imaging. Postharvest Biology and Technology 180, 111624.


(2021). Opportunities for Robotic Systems and Automation in Cotton Production. AgriEngineering 2021, 3(2), 339-362.


(2021). Development and evaluation of an apple infield grading and sorting system. Postharvet Biology and Technology 180, 111588.


(2021). Prediction of Freeze Damage and Minimum Winter Temperature of the Seed Source of Loblolly Pine Seedlings Using Hyperspectral Imaging. Forest Science 67(3), 321–334.


(2020). A Survey of Public Datasets for Computer Vision Tasks in Precision Agriculture. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 178, 105760.


(2020). Technology progress in mechanical harvest of fresh market apples. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 175, 105606.


(2020). Hyperspectral imaging technology for quality and safety evaluation of horticultural products: A review and celebration of the past 20-year progress. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 170, 111318.



Spring Semester: ABE 4423/6423 Bioinstrumentation II

Fall Semester: ABE 4990/6990 Introduction to Imaging in Biological Systems

Fall Semester: Problem Solving in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (to be developed for 2022 Fall)


I am actively looking for a MS/PhD graduate student to start in Summer or Fall 2022 in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. The student will be expected to conduct original research within the fields of sensing and automation for agriculture-food systems. Potential research topics include but are not limited to sensing and assessment of food quality and safety, imaging-based plant phenotpyping, and artificial intelligence and robotics for precision plant/animal production. Students with engineering backgrounds (e.g., agricultural/food engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, etc.) and strong experience in computer vision and machine learning are highly welcome to apply. Please email me (yzlu@abe.msstate.edu, luyuzhen@msu.edu) with your CV if you are interested.

See the GRA position (in English). See the GRA position (in Chinese).

In additon, I also have a Postdoc position focusing on real-time computer vision, grading, and sorting for specialty crop products. The position can be started in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023, for two years of funding (with possibility of extension). Qualifications for this position include demonstrated experience in computer vision, sensors and control, software-hardware integration, and strong publication records in agricultural engineering journals.

See the Postdoc position .