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July 1, 2015
Dr. Chen serves as Invited Panelist for NASA UTM 2015. (UAS Traffic Management) NASA SVC-AUVSI UTM 2015 Convention.   “Applications from Media, Agriculture, Environmental and Cinematography” panel scheduled for the afternoon of July 29, 2015.  (Please...
May 9, 2015
Opened from: Monday through Thursday, 9am - 2pm Location: SSM 209 (Social Sciences and Humanities Building)  The SpARC center is a great workplace for computer related work. The room comes equipt ArcGIS, MATLAB, ENVY and many more programs. Feel free to stop by to work on MESA LAB...
May 8, 2015
MESA Lab members were awarded the following this past Spring 2015, big congratulations: Brandon Stark amd Brendan Smith: $1000 UC Merced Natural Reserve System Award.  “An evaluation of vernal pool ecosystem properties remotely sensed with Unmanned Aerial Systems” (summer 2015...
April 22, 2015
4/21/14 - 4/21/15. In 12 months, we accumulated 70+ recorded AFC talks/seminars. http://mechatronics.ucmerced.edu/node/186 (Photos, summary of what was done in past 12 months) http://mechatronics.ucmerced.edu/sites/mechatronics.ucmerced.edu/files/page/documents/2afc_workshop_series-14-15v1....
April 21, 2015
MESA Lab welcomes new members in Spring 2015. Mr.  Jianhong Wang. Visiting Scholar. Exchange Ph.D. student. Jan. 2015-July 2015. Fractional Order Signal Processing. Nantong University, China Ms. Juan Chen. Exchange Ph.D. student. March-Sept. 2015. Fractional order distributed control,...
March 23, 2015
It is exciting to announce that MESA Lab at UC Merced has obtained its ever first, history-making NIGHT FLIGHT FAA COA. Huge amount of efforts has been put to pass the FAA airworthiness requirements for night flight. Thanks to Brandon Stark and Brendan Smith's joint effort since last year....
February 20, 2015
February 17, 2015. Sacramento, CA. Invited Panelist. Oversight Hearing. Drones:  Is California Law Ready?  A Hearing of the Senate Committee on Judiciary. February 18, 2015. Davis, CA. UC ANR RECS (Research and Extension Center System). Regional Directors's meeting. (Desert,...
February 9, 2015
Ph.D. Candidate Tiebiao Zhao gave an invited talk at "Spray Safe" event at Yolo, CA on Feb. 5th, 2015. His talk title as "Spraying Drones and Optimal Integrated Pest Management". (The final agenda PDF). There were around 200 people in the audience, an excellent community...
February 1, 2015
On Jan 28, 2015, Sacramento Convention Center, Dr. Chen introduced UC Merced, MESA LAB and the research theme of "scientific data drone (SDD)" and name difference in UAV, UAS and SDD. He emphasized the take-home message in the beginning "we need more research" (to make...
January 28, 2015
We secured another FAA CoA (8th) for precision ag research using drones. Full text is here: approved_2014-wsa-155_aggieair_univ_of_calif_merced_turlock_ca.pdf   Congratulations! Our past 7 FAA COA are listed here.

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