Haiyan Cen

Haiyan Cen

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Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering



B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Zhejiang University (China)
M.S. in Biosystems Engineering, Zhejiang University (China)
Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University

Haiyan Cen is a ZJU-100 Young Professor with College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science at Zhejiang University. She joined Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University as an adjunct associate professor in 2018. Her research focuses on developing advanced optical sensing and automation technologies for agricultural and biological systems. She aims embed smart technologies into agricultural production and management.


Cen's main research areas include:

  • Fundamental understanding of light interaction with plant materials.
  • Plant phenotyping with hyperspectral/fluorescence/stereo imaging and multi-sensor fusion technique.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) remote sensing in agriculture.
  • Agricultural robotics for specialty crop production.
  • Machine learning and statistical modeling for assessing plant growth and health.

Selected publications

Weng, H., Lv, J., Cen, H., He, M., Zeng, Y., Hua, S., Li, H., Meng, Y., Fang, H., He, Y. Hyperspectral reflectance imaging combined with carbohydrate metabolism analysis for diagnosis of citrus Huanglongbing in different seasons and cultivars. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2018, 275: 50-60.

Yao, J., Sun, D., Cen, H., Xu, H., Weng, H., Yuang, F., and He, Y. Phenotyping of Arabidopsis drought stress response using kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence and multicolor fluorescence imaging. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2018, 9: 603.

Liu, Z., He, Y., Cen H., Lu, R. Deep feature representation with stacked sparse auto-encoder and convolutional neutral network for hyperspectral imaging-based detection of cucumber defects. Transactions of the ASABE, 2018, 61(2): 425-436.

Shang-Guan, K., Wang, M., Htwe, N.M.P.S., Li, P., Li, Y., Qi, F., Zhang, D., Cao, M., Kim, C., Weng, H., Cen, H., Black, I., Azadi, P., Carlson, R., Stacey, G., Liang, Y. LPS triggers two successive bursts of reactive oxygen species at distinct cellular locations. Plant Physiology, 2018, 176: 2543-2556.

Cen, H., Weng, H., Yao, J., He, M., Lv, J., Hua, S., Li, H., He, Y. Chlorophyll fluorescence imaging uncovers photosynthetic fingerprint of citrus Huanglongbing. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2017, 8: 1509.

Cen, H., Lu, R., Zhu, Q., Mendoza, F. Nondestructive detection of chilling injury in cucumber fruit using hyperspectral imaging with feature selection and supervised classification. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2016, 111: 352-361.

Cen, H., Lu, R., Ariana, D.P., Mendoza, F. Hyperspectral image-based classification and waveband selection for internal defect detection of pickling cucumbers. Food and Bioprocess Technology. 2014, 7(6): 1689-1700.

Cen, H., Lu, R., Mendoza, F., Beaudry, R. Relationship between the optical and mechanical/structural properties of apple tissue. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2013, 83:33-38.

Cen, H., Lu, R. Optimization of the hyperspectral imaging-based spatially-resolved system for measuring the optical properties of biological materials. Optics Express. 2010, 18(16): 17412-17432.

Cen, H., He, Y. Theory and application of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy in determination of food quality. Trends in Food Science & Technology. 2007, 18(2):72-83.

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