Beiwen Li

  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2092 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-9226
Fax: 515-294-3261


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2017
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2014
  • BS, Optoelectronics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012

Interest Areas

  • Superfast 3D optical sensing
  • Multi-scale 3D optical metrology
  • Machine/computer vision
  • Differential geometry
  • In-situ inspection
  • Biophotonic imaging

Selected Publications

  • B. Li, T. Bell, and S. Zhang, "Computer-aided-design (CAD) model assisted absolute three-dimensional shape measurement," Appl. Opt. 56(24), 6770-6776, 2017
  • Y. An, T. Bell, B. Li, J. Xu and S. Zhang, “Novel method for large range structured light system calibration,” Appl. Opt. 55(33), 9563-9572, 2016
  • B. Li., Y. An, D. Cappelleri, J. Xu and S. Zhang, “High-accuracy, high-speed 3D structured light imaging techniques and potential applications to intelligent robotics,” Int. J. Intell. Robot. Applic., 1(1), 86–103, 2016
  • B. Li, Z. Liu and S. Zhang, “Motion induced error reduction by combining Fourier transform profilometry with phase-shifting profilometry,” Opt. Express 24(20), 23289-23303, 2016
  • B. Li, Y. An and S. Zhang, “Single-shot absolute 3D shape measurement with Fourier transform profilometry”, Appl. Opt. Vol. 55(19), 5219-5225, 2016
  • B. Li and S. Zhang, “Flexible calibration method for microscopic structured light system using telecentric lens,” Opt. Express, Vol. 23(20), 25795-25803, 2015
  • B. Li and S. Zhang, "Structured light system calibration method with optimal fringe angle," Appl. Opt. Vol. 53(33), 7942–7950, 2014 (Cover feature)
  • B. Li, N. Karpinsky, and S. Zhang, "Novel calibration method for structured light system with an out-of-focus projector," Appl. Opt. 56(13), 3415-3426, 2014
  • B. Li, Y. Wang, J. Dai, and W. Lohry, and S. Zhang, "Some recent advances on superfast 3D shape measurement with digital binary defocusing techniques," Opt. Lasers Eng. 54, 236-246, 2014