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May 2, 2014
Dedication Ceremony for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve The MESA Lab was invited to be a part of the dedication ceremony for the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve held on April 30th, 2014.  The 6,500 acre Reserve is home to the most extensive vernal pool landscape in the...
March 31, 2014
Mel Torrie's ASIRobots made a significant show at the 2014 WorldAgExpo.org where Dr. Chen was deeply impressed! The invited EECS seminar will be a fun and informative seminar on what they have been achieving in the past 14 years. http://www.asirobots.com/ 4/4/14 Fri 12:00-1:00pm @ UC Merced...
March 31, 2014
Dr. Chen made a trip to Utah State University from 3/23/2014 to 3/26/2014 for the following defenses: March 24, 11:30am-1:00pm, Jinlu Han.  "Cyber-Physical Systems With Multi-Uav Based Cooperative Source Seeking And Contour Mapping" March 24, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Cal Coopmans  ...
March 31, 2014
Cosumnes River Preserve Drone demo (event flyer). Disclaimer: We were all running under pure RC mode by a human operator, NOT autonomous mode!) Picture (can you see three aircrafts in this photo?). Short movies on our water drone (do you see a joysticked "duck mode"?) Thank you Josh...
March 8, 2014
Based on our previous FAA COA application success at Utah State University (mainly by Austin Jensen), Brandon Stark, Ph.D. student and MESA Lab Manager led the first successful FAA COA application at UC Merced in May 2013. We carefully summarized what we experienced and learned and now we will be...
March 8, 2014
MESA LAB recently won some grants and contracts. Congratulations! CITRIS Seed Grant. $60K. "Environmental DNA (eDNA) Smart Sampling Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)." PI: Prof. YangQuan Chen. 2014-2015. Co-PI: Michael Miller of UC Davis. UC ANR Competitive Grant Award No. 13-...
March 8, 2014
Zhuo Li defended his Ph.D. dissertation proposal on Feb. 27, 2014. His committee members include Profs. Stefano Carpin and Gerardo Diaz. His one hour presentation title is "Fractional order MIMO process modeling and control". The committee passed his defense with no reservation. Well done...
March 2, 2014
MESA Lab welcomes three new Visiting Scholars: Prof. Dr. Jiacai Huang, Prof. Dr. Zhigang Lian and Mr. Xiaobao Jia. Details of their research topics at MESA LAB and their publications are briefly listed below. Dr. Jiacai Huang, Visiting Professor, March 2014-Sept. 2014. Topic @ MESA LAB: Fractional...
March 2, 2014
MESA Lab Ph.D. student Brendan Smith was invited to showcase drones at the Drone Conference hosted by Southwestern Law School. Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: The Legal and Regulatory Issues Friday, February 7, 2014 Southwestern Campus 9:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. Reception...
March 2, 2014
IFAC World Congress Accepted Contributions   Number Type of submission Authors or proposers Title Profile Status 1114 Contributed regular paper Chun Yin, YangQuan Chen*, Shouming Zhong (46997, 14519, 43497)  Robust stability...

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