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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Xu "Kevin" Wang

Assistant ProfessorPhenomics for Plant Breeding, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Robotics 

Xu ‘Kevin’ Wang is an agricultural engineer working as an assistant professor at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. He has broad interest and experience working at the intersection of computer science, electrical engineering, agircultual engineeing, and plant breeding with more than seven years leading plant phenomics projects for plant breeding and genetics programs. Before joining the University of Florida, he has been a senior research associate in the Applied Wheat Genomics research group led by Dr. Jesse Poland in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. 

His recent research includes (1) building automated proximal and remote sensing systems for high-throughput plant phenotyping, (2) developing novel data processing and image analysis pipelines for plant trait extraction, and (3) implementing big-data based, cutting-edge machine learning methods for complex plant trait detection and crop yield prediction. He aims to optimize crop-specific phenotyping by maximizing automated data acquisition, processing, and modeling, especially with more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to accelerate the specialty crop breeding cycle for UF/IFAS plant breeding programs.  

Contact Information


175 at GCREC


Mailing Address:
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center14625 Co Rd 672, Wimauma, FL 33598 

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University, 2014 
    • M.S. Computer Application Technology, China Agricultural University, 2008 
    • B.S. Computer Science Technology, China Agricultural University, 2006 
  • Professional Experience
    • 2021 – Present, Assistant Professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Wimauma, Florida 
    • 2014 – 2021, Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology and Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • 2010 – 2013, 1st place ASABE International Student Robotics Competition 
  • Other Professional Activities
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 
    • American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) 
    • North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN)