Graduate Students & Staff

Graduate Researchers

Guoxiang Zhang

Ph.D. Student, Fall 2015, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)

Guoxiang Zhang is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Merced, working with Professor YangQuan Chen. He received his MS and BE from the Xidian University. His current research interests are visual simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), fractional order calculus, multiview geometry, object detection, scene segmentation, motion planning, and quadcopter navigation.

Haoyu Niu

Ph.D. Student, Fall 2017, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)

Haoyu Niu is a Ph.D student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Merced.

He is interested in Precision Agriculture, Big Data, Deep Learning, sUAS Remote Sensing/Application.

Derek Hollenbeck

Ph.D. Student, Fall 2016, Mechanical Engineering

Derek Hollenbeck is a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Merced. Derek has research interests in fluid mechanics, controls, and dynamics with applications in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), search and localization of fugitive gases, fractional calculus, and cyber physical systems.

Jairo Viola

Ph.D. Student, Fall 2018, Mechanical Engineering

Jairo Viola is an Electronics Engineer with a master in Electronics from Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB), Bucaramanga, Colombia. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Merced, and works at the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, and Automation Lab (MESALab). His research topics include Control Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twin, Self-Optimizing Control, Machine Learning, Big Data, Edge Computing, and Applied Fractional Order Calculus.

Di An

Ph.D. Student, Spring 2020, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)

Di An received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Merced, U.S.A., and he currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree with Dr. YangQuan Chen in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Merced, U.S.A. His research interests are in Cyber Physical Systems, Digital Twin, Mechanics, Controls with applications of Multiple Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles, search and measure methane gases, and Applied Fractional Order Calculus in particular.

Furkan Guc

Ph.D. Student, Spring 2021, Mechanical Engineering

Furkan Guc is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Merced, and working at the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, and Automation Lab (MESA Lab). He received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. His research interest includes Identification and Modeling Mechatronic Systems, Control Engineering and Machine Learning.

Staff