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 17, 2015. Sacramento, CA. Invited Panelist. Oversight Hearing. Drones:  Is California Law Ready?  A Hearing of the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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".


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 scientific sense of sensed...


We secured another FAA CoA (8th) for precision ag research using drones.

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Invited by Dr. Carl Pennypacker, Dr. Chen will introduce UC Merced's Scientific Data Drone research at LBL's FUEGO (Fire Urgency Estimation from Geosynchronous Orbit) Symposium...


Dr. Chen was invited to deliver a seminar at California Melon Research Board annual symposium hold on Jan. 8th, 2015 in Westin Gaslamp, San Diego. Around 80 melon growers, processors and researchers were in the audience.

The 40 minutes talk title is "...


Prof. Dr. Jun Chu, (Ph.D. 2005 NWPU) CSC Visiting Professor from Institute of Computer Vision, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, P.R. China will work at MESA LAB for one year on real time vision based tracking and multispectrual image processing in precision...


The full text of the 7-th FAA CoA approved is here approved_2014-wsa-154_aggieair_univ_of_calif_merced_atwater_ca.pdf.


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Coming paper deadlines: ICUAS15, FDTA15, SUAVTA15