Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1991

Major research areas: machine vision, digital image processing, automated inspection, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biosystem and food engineering


M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1988

Major research areas: expert system, computer modeling, and artificial intelligence


B.S., Nanjing Institute of Technology, 1982

Major study: computer science and engineering



Professional Experience


Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, 2006-present

Professor, Biological Resources Engineering, University of Maryland, 2004-present

Honorary Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2003-present

Associate Professor, Biological Resources Engineering, University of Maryland, 2000-2004

Asst./Assoc. Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1996-2000

Adjunct Asst./Assoc. Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1997-2000

Vice President/Director of R&D, AGRI-TECH, Inc. (FMC Corp), 1993-1996, 1991-1993

  • Prominent manufacturer of complete lines of fruit and vegetable inspection and packing equipment designed to efficiently and effectively bring food products to the market.
  • Research leader responsible for corporate R&D programs executed to automate agricultural processes. Enable technologies currently under scientific investigation and technological development including Machine vision, Digital image processing, Non-invasive inspection, High-speed optical-electronic sorting and computer based machine control systems.
  • Headed the research and development of award-winning (1993 ASAE AE50) advanced high-speed, high-resolution Merlin® color vision sorting system for sorting a wide variety of fruit and vegetables including apples, citrus, pears, tomatoes, and stone fruits for quality grades at speed up to 44 tons/hour. Gained competitive advantage over European machines with wide installations in many countries, including the U.S. (sorting over 45% of total US apples alone), Canada, South America countries, China and other countries.
  • Headed projects including OSCAR™ optical inspection system, Vision-robot defect sorter, and R&D projects. Other project management activities.





Dr. Tao has been awarded over $3 million in external grants in the areas of X-ray and optical imaging for detection and automated recognition.

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