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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.
January 19, 2015
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 "Low Cost Scientific Data Drones for...
January 19, 2015
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 on Jan 22nd, 2015. http://fuego.ssl.berkeley.edu/ Our TIR and SWIR UAS-based remote sensing work is relevant....
January 18, 2015
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 agriculture applications...
December 9, 2014
The full text of the 7-th FAA CoA approved is here approved_2014-wsa-154_aggieair_univ_of_calif_merced_atwater_ca.pdf. Congratulations! FYI: Our previous 6 active COAs approved are 2013-wsa-103.pdf (Our first FAA COA was approved on Nov. 2013) approved_coa_2014-wsa-29_aggieair_univ_of_ca-...

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