Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Changying "Charlie" Li

The Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award is presented to a faculty member of full professor rank in recognition of sustained excellence in scholarship. Faculty Scholars distinguish themselves through their robust activities and effective leadership across the range of scholarly activities including recognized achievements in establishing large-scale research programs, award-winning innovation in teaching and program development, and exemplary service to their institution and profession.

Changying "Charlie" Li's  research focuses on the engineering science of agricultural robotics and its application in phenomics and precision agriculture. Through innovation, inter-disciplinary collaboration and leadership, Li has successfully established a nationally and internationally competitive research program on developing innovative technologies in this vital arena.

Since joining the University of Georgia faculty in 2007, Li has built an impressive list of achievements. He is the principal investigator on more than $5.5 million in competitive research grants and his work has led to 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, more than 90 conference papers, one U.S. patent, two invited book chapters, and 50 invited talks. Li's research has been recognized with several national awards, including the Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year and the New Holland Young Researcher Award, presented by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

In addition to his commitment to research, Li has served in leadership and service roles at both the institutional and national levels. He is the founding director of the Phenomics and Plant Robotics Center, an interdisciplinary research center with members from five colleges and 10 departments at UGA. The center aspires to converge plant genomics, engineering and computation sciences to propel UGA into a global leadership position in the high-impact area of phenomics. Most recently, he served on the UGA Strategic Planning Committee to set a course for the university in the next five years. 

Li is also committed to excellence in teaching and student mentoring. Graduate students mentored by Li have received 26 national or international awards. Two of his recent doctoral students joined the faculties of Cornell University and McGill University, world-renowned research universities.