Agricultural machinery systems, robotics, machine vision, neural networks, precision agriculture, instrumentation.
Light and gravity effects on plant growth and development, plant-space
expression patterns in roots and plant bioreactors.
Irrigation efficiency and water quantity, irrigation and drainage impact on water quality.
Agroclimatology, crop growth modeling, precision agriculture technology, irrigation and
geographic information system (GIS) based decision support systems.
Dr. Gao specializes in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Surface and Groundwater Hydrology.
Subsurface solute transport, groundwater resources evaluation
remediation, stochastic hydrology.
Agricultural production systems analysis, simulation, expert systems,
environmental effects on crop growth and yield, computer applications
Environmental control systems for plant and animal production, agricultural information management and delivery systems.
Microwave remote sensing of land surface conditions, land surface
process modeling for different terrain types, sub-surface hydrology,
moisture and energy transport in soil.
Model linkage/integration, ecological and risk modeling, environmental decision analysis.
Precision agriculture, variable rate application, machine systems design, sensor development, instrumentation, machine vision/image processing, farm automation.
Urban water resources and nonpoint source pollution, watershed modeling, and the use of climate information in water resource, agricultural, and ecological management, planning, and decision making.
Biosensor design and development; Cell/tissue physiology; bioenergetics
Water quality, hydrology, stakeholder driven projects, modeling and GIS applications.
Energy and Resource Efficient Building and Process Systems; IEQ and Sick Building Investigations; Heat and Mass Transfer.
Bioprocess design, modeling, control and optimization; wastewater and solid waste management, treatment and disposal; environmental biotechnology
Water resources engineering; hydraulic transportation and conveyance design; beneficial management of reclaimed water and nutrients; water and nutrient utilization by crops; non-linear model development and analysis.
Watershed hydrology, field and watershed scales effects on BMPs, water quantity/quality monitoring, hydrologic modeling, irrigation and drainage.
Student advisor, webmaster, writing/editing publications, public relations, student