Topics of interest

Superfast 3D optical sensing/shape measurements

Develop advanced 3D optical sensing systems and software algorithms capable of capturing the transient behaviors and dynamic changes of 3D geometries at an image acquisition rate of kilohertz.

Precision multi-scale 3D optical metrology

Developing optics, algorithm and instrumentation for near-real-time 3D optical metrology based on digital structured light fringe projection and fringe analysis at large-scale and meso-scale.   


3D point cloud/mesh data processing and analysis

Performing tracking/registration/correlation on 3D point cloud/mesh data to generate useful information for decision making

In-situ 3D-vision-based monitoring for additive or other manufacturing processes

Develop advanced instrumentation and software algorithms capable of conducting in-situ surface topographical measurements and 3D data processing in additive or other manufacturing processes.


7. Project: NRI/Collaborative Research: Robotic Disassembly of High-Precision Electronic Devices
    Amount: $300,000
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
    Role on project: PI

6. Project: Advanced 3D optical sensing and peening technologies for crack mitigation in natural gas pipelines
    Amount: $297,258 ($41,786 as cost share)
    Sponsor: Iowa Energy Center
    Role on project: PI
    Collaborator: Dr. Yiliang (Leon) Liao

5. Project: Creation of a Manufacturing Facility Digital Twin using Advanced Computer Vision
    Amount: $109,109
    Sponsor: The Boeing Company
    Role on project: Co-PI
    Collaborator: Dr. Eliot Winer (PI)

4. Project: In-line NDE of metal powder quality for direct energy deposition
    Amount: $100,000
    Sponsor: Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
    Role on project: Co-PI
    Collaborators: Dr. Hantang Qin (PI), Dr. Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer, Dr. Reza Zoughi

3. Project: Panoramic large-scale 3D scanning
    Amount: $99,936 ($50,000 as cost share)
    Sponsor: Regents Innovation Fund
    Role on project: PI

2. Project: Hyperspectral 5D optical sensing for agriculture-related non-destructive evaluation
    Amount: $23,733
    Sponsor: Iowa State University College of Engineering Exploratory Research Grant
    Role on project: PI

1. Project: In-situ NDE of in-flight particle dynamics and intrinsic properties for thermal spray repairs;  
    Amount: $200,000 ($100,000 as cost share)
    Sponsor: The REMADE Institute, Department of Energy
    Role on project: Co-PI
    Collaborators: Dr. Hantang Qin (PI), Dr. Iris Rivero

We are thankful for the following sponsors to provide support for our research

Funded Research Projects