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:: Xianshu Piao ::

Xianshu Piao

Controls Specialist

Office: BRAE 08A-033C
Phone: 805-748-7075
Fax: 805-756-2433


  • Automation Systems
  • Canal simulation to optimize various control algorithms for pumps and canal check structures
  • Improvement of a wide variety of upstream control, flow control, and downstream control algorithms
  • SCADA and HMI systems
  • PLC programming, office bench debugging, and field test verification of new and existing automation systems
  • Field troubleshooting



  • Jilin University of Technology.  Changchun, Jilin Province, P.R. China
  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • M.S., Agricultural Machinery Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  • B.S., Computer Engineering Technology



   Examples of publications by Dr. Xianshu Piao:

  • Burt, C.M. and X. Piao.  2003.  Advances in PLC-Based Irrigation Canal Automation.  Irrigation and Drainage 53: 29-37.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (
  • Burt, C.M. and X. Piao.  July 2002.  Advances in PLC-Based Canal Automation.  Proceedings of United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) Conference on Energy, Climate Environment and Water - Issues and Opportunities for Irrigation and Drainage, held in San Luis Obispo, California.  July 9-12.  pp. 409-421.
  • Piao, X. and C.M. Burt. 2001. Remote Monitoring and Control — System Set-Up. Irrigation Training & Research Center, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA. ITRC Report No. R 01-010. 93 pp.
  • Ma, C. and X. Piao.  1999.  The Application Mode of Computer and Management in Precision Agriculture.  Proceedings of the 5th Computer Application Joint-Academic Meeting.  12: 33-37.

  • Piao, X., L. Xu, and C. Ma.  1997.  Application of Fuzzy Control Theory to the Real-Time System of Soil Bin Draft Vehicle.  Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering.  Supplementary.  pp. 248-252.