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James Y Kim

Research Agricultural Engineer

Plant Physiology & Genetics Research Unit

USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center




James Kim

Agricultural Engineer
US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center

21881 North Cardon Lane
Maricopa, Arizona, USA 85138
520-316-6330 (FAX)



Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Bioresource Engineering, Rutgers University

B.S. Agricultural Machinery Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea



Research Interests: 

Plant breeding and crop protection are a leading interest of ag industry to meet the food demand in next decades under the challenge of climate change and population growth. My research program focuses on automated plant phenotyping that is a key component in breeding and biotech programs to identify genotypic traits of plants that are resistant to the biotic\abiotic stresses and increase yields and quality. Plant phenotyping has been conventionally practiced with manual scoring and increasingly demands high throughput phenotyping (HTP) to accommodate a wide range of field sizes and locations and meet the timeline of advancement decisions over the years-long field studies. My current research efforts are to develop an image-based multi-modal HTP system and deploy advanced image processing algorithm for automated throughput extraction of plant\plot-level metrics in management and breeding programs of oil, rubber, and fiber crops in arid-land environment. My goal is to deliver a cost-effective, robust HTP system equipped with user-friendly analytic software on ground\aerial platforms that afford small to large scales of breeding and biotech programs and continue engineering contributions to advance technologies for the success of sustainable and intelligent agriculture. My other research interests include image processing, remote sensing, GIS, wireless sensor network, field robotics, embedded systems, database, etc.



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