Former MESA Lab Members

Former Members of MESA Lab


Dr. Zhuo Li, (2011-2015)

Dr. Brandon Stark, (2010-2016)

Visiting Scholars

Caibin Zeng

Visiting CSC Ph.D. Student, SCUT

Caibin Zeng is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student, and his interest includes fractional calculus, fractional Brownian motion, fractional order stochastic systems, modeling crowded dynamics, data analysis.

Dr. Aiming Ge

Visiting Professor

Dr. Aiming Ge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Light Sources & Illuminating Engineering, School of Information Science and Engineering, at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, where he taught Photoelectric Testing Technology, Mechanical Drawing and CAD and Applied Optics.  His primary research focus is in the theory and technology of photoelectric systems, including optical components and optical system design, precision optical test technology, light and lighting technology and LED lighting.  He arrived in the United States in March 2012, as a visiting scholar at Utah State University before coming to University of California, Merced as a visiting scholar and Associate Project Scientist, for the research of Cognitive Hybrid Lighting Control System.

Ms. Chun Yin

Visiting CSC Ph.D. Student, 2011-2013

Chun Yin is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student, and her interest includes fractional calculus, fractional order extremum seeking control, fractional-order sliding mode control, fractional order stability analysis, nonlinear system analysis and cognitive lighting control.

(Best paper award, outstanding graduate award)

Dr. Jiaguo Liu, Visiting Professor, April 2013

Fractional Order Mechanics (FOMech). Micro-macro scale mechanisms of FOMech systems.


Taizhi (John) Lyu. Exchange Ph.D. student/visiting scholar. April 2013 - June 2014

  Youssef Kohen. Exchange Student, June to Sept. 2014. CRONE France.
Fuel cell battery and/for small UAS.
  Dr. Thomas Oppenheim, Postdoc Research Fellow. May 2014 to August 2014.
  Dr. Zhanbing Bai. Visiting Professor, August 2013 to August 2014.
  Dr. Jiacai Huang, Visiting Professor, March 2014 to Sept. 2014.
Mr. Jianxiong Cao, CSC Exchange Ph.D. student, Shanghai University, Sept. 2013-October 2014
Fractional dynamics. FO-DiffMAS-2D. DRONEMATH.

Dr. GuiMei Zhang, Visiting Professor, Dec. 2013-Dec. 2014

Real-time vision and image processing.


Dr. Xiaodong Sun, CSC Visiting Professor, Feb. 2014-Feb. 2015.

Fractional Order Physiological Signal Processing in Human-Automation Systems; Fractional Fields.

Dr. Zhigang Lian, Visiting Professor, March 2014-March 2015.

Modeling and control of renewable energy systems. Optimal random search.


Xiaobao Jia. Visiting Scholar, March 2014-March 2015.

Occupant-engaged high performance energy efficient building. Human-in-the-loop control. MPC.


Dr. Jun Chu.  Visiting Professor. Nov. 2014 - Nov. 2015. (Mar. 15)

Image Processing.


Dr. Norelys Aguila CamachoVisiting Scholar. April 2015-May 2015.

Energy efficient fractional order control of mining processes


Ms. Yanan Qiu, CSC Exchange Ph.D. student, NWPU, Fall 2013

Mechatronics and controls. LPV and gain scheduling control.

Niloufar Irannejad

Visiting Graduate Student, Jan. 2014-

HIL Mechatronics, MESABox apps.

Niloufar Irannejad is a graduate student at the university of Bremerhaven that has been working in MESA Lab as a visiting scholar for almost one year under the supervision of Prof. Chen. Her field of expertise controls and she works on control of haptic devices and human in the loop.

Prior to UC Merced, she was working at Airbus as an engineer to develop safety and security systems. She also has the work experience in production planning and system control at Bosch GmbH in Germany.


Prof. Dr. Jianxin Liu. Visiting Scholar, Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2015.

Smart fuel cell system for smart unmanned systems (modeling, control and testing); Real-time vision based control and navigation.

Prof. Liyan Qiao 
CSC Visiting Scholar at MESA in UC Merced,

September 2014—September 2015

Liyan Qiao received the B.S. in Radio Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1992, the M.S. in Communication and Electronics System from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in Instrumentation Science and Technology from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2005. He is the automatic test and control faculty of the school of Electrical Engineering and Automation at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. His interests include automatic test system, data acquiring technic through internet, flash storage system and signal analysis.

Fudong Ge. Exchange Ph.D. student.

Oct. 2014 - Oct. 2015.

Stability and control of fractional order systems. Fractional order modeling. DRONEMATH.


Prof. Dr. Jianwu Dang. Visiting Professor. Dec. 2014-Dec. 2015.

Practional Order Signal Processing for Social and Economical Signals.


Jianhong Wang. Visiting Scholar. Exchange Ph.D. student.

Jan. 2015-July 2015.

Fractional Order Signal Processing. Wind turbine fault diagnosis using fractional order data analytics


Ms. Juan Chen. Visiting Scholar. Exchange Ph.D. student.

March 2015-Sept. 2015.

Mobile Actuator and Sensor Networks. DRONEMATH. IoT.


Dr. Cuihong Wang. Visiting Scholar.

March 2015-July 2015.

Fractional Order Controls, LMI


Prof. Dr. Hua Chen. CSC Visiting Scholar.

April 2015-May 2016.

Fractional Order Controls. FOG-PSS


Dr. Jianbing Hu

and Dr. Zhao, Ling-Dong

Fractional Order Controls.


Dr. Yang, Qi, CSC Visiting Scholar

Advanced mechatronics, human factor and FOSP (fractional order signal processing)


Prof. Dr. Yanzhu Zhang, CSC Visiting Scholar

Fractional order image processing and pattern recognition


Mr. Haoran Zhao, CSC Exchange Ph.D. student (12 months)

Aug. 15 - Aug. 16

Compressive Remote Sensing involving tools from fractional calculus


Mr. Lun Zhai, CSC Exchange Ph.D. Student (12 months)

Fractional Order Iterative Learning Observations and Controls, Battery Management Systems


Prof. Dr. Libao Deng

Embedded RIOTS, MPC, MESAbox Apps


Prof. Dr. JunSheng Duan

Fractional order differential equations. FOCV


Mr. Shuo Zhang, Exchange Ph.D. Student (6 months)

LTV fractional order systems and control, fractional order stochasticity. Fractional order stochastic modeling and control in cyber-physical systems, taming intermittency and spiciness.


Mr. Zhao Yao, Visiting Scholar (6 months)

MESABox new apps. Human-centric motion control with nonlinearities with memories.

Mr. Bo Zhuang Exchange Ph.D. Student (6 months)
Multi-agent source seeking control, mobile actuators and sensors networks (MAS-net) in distributed parameter systems (DPS)
Ms. Lu Liu. CSC Exchange Ph.D. student.
Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017
MIMO Precision Temperature Tracking Control
Mr. Xiaohui Li Exchange Ph.D. student(6 months).
Oct. 2016- Apr. 2017
Iterative Learning  Control;
Fractional Order Systems.
Prof.Dr.Xiaohong Wang CSC Visiting Scholar(12 months)
Aug. 2016- Aug. 2017
Fractional Order High Performance Control in Power Electronic Systems.

Mr. Bo Shang, CSC Exchange Ph.D. Student (24 months) 

Advanced mechatronics, UTM, multiview visual tracking, smart photogrammetry, SmartCaveDrones

Mr. Kai Liu, CSC Exchange Ph.D. Student (24 months)

Kai Liu is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (CUMTB). His research interest is MIMO Precision Temperature Uniformity Control.

Ms. Binbin He Exchange Ph.D. student(12 months).
Sep. 2016- Sep. 2017
Control theory of fractional order systems.
Prof. Shixiong Zhang Visiting Scholar (12 months).
Shixiong Zhang is an associate professor in the Henan University of Technology. He studies in MESA Lab as a visiting scholar funded by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs P.R. China. His main research interests conclude motion control, power source, industrial automation, etc.
Prof. Dr.Wenjing Zhang CSC Visiting Scholar(12 months).
Oct. 2016 - Nov. 2017
Wenjing Zhang is with School of Electronic and Information Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University. He received the B.S. in Automation from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 1999, the M.S. in Traffic Information Engineering and Control from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Application Technology from Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, in 2007. His research interests include adaptive control theory, fractional order control, train operation control, high speed magnetic levitation train control and servo control.

Dr. Yunning Zhang CSC visiting Scholar (12 months).

Dec. 2016- Dec. 2017


Yunning Zhang received the B.S. and M.S. in automation from the Chongqing University, China, in 2003 and 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2014. Her main research interests include modeling, analysis and control of micro-grid and multi microgrid systems using fractional calculus.

Dr. Xinxin Shi Visiting Scholar (6 months)

Jul. 2017-Jan. 2018


Xinxin Shi graduated from Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST), China, in 2007. She received the Ph. D. degree in mechatronic control engineering from NJUST in 2012. She is currently an associate professor at the School of Automation, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China. Her research interests include fractional-order control, precision motion control of the linear motor, active disturbance rejection control, and robotics.

Erick de la Rosa is a Ph.D. candidate at the Automatic Control Department at CINVESTAV, Mexico City, Mexico.

He received an M.Sc. degree in automatic control theory from the same institution in 2014. His research interests include applied fractional calculus, deep learning, system identification, robotics and bionics.

Prof. Song Zheng CSC visiting scholar (12 months) 

Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018


Song Zheng is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Data Sciences, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou, China. His current research interests include complex networks, multi-agent systems, nonlinear systems, and nonlinear dynamics

Mr. Abdullah Ates Exchange Ph.D. student

Abdullah Ates received his B. Sc. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Erciyes University in 2011. He received his master degree in Computer Engineering from Inonu University in 2013. His research interests include analytical and numerical optimization algorithms, fractional order control systems, fractional order calculus and its application, linear and nonlinear optimization algorithms and flight control.

Mr. Guojian Ren CSC Exchange Ph. D. Student (12 months)

Sep. 2017-Sep. 2018

Guojian Ren is a CSC visiting Ph. D. student from Beijing Jiao Tong University. His interest includes fractional stability analysis, controlled networked systems and continuous-time random walks.

Mr. Ruiyang Cai CSC Exchange Ph.D. student(12 months)
Oct. 2017- Oct. 2018

Ruiyang Cai is a visiting Ph.D. student from Donghua University (DHU). His current research interests include stability analysis, control theory and its applications in fractional order systems.

Ms. Yang Zhao Visiting student (12 months)
Sep. 2017 - Sep.2018
Yang Zhao is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Control Science and Engineering at Shandong University, Jinan, China. She received her M.S. degree in control engineering from the School of Control Science and Engineering at Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2011. Her research interests include applied fractional calculus in control, iterative learning control, system identification and robotics.
Dr. Jie Shen Visiting Scholar(12 months) Aug. 2017- Aug. 2018
Dr. Jie Shen received a Ph.D. degree in control theory and application from Southeast University in 2006. He has been an associate professor with college of electrical engineering and control science, Nanjing Tech University, China. His research interests include human behavior recognition, formation control/coordination of UGV/UAV, cognitive control.

Prof. Yongjiang Luo CSC Visiting Scholar(12 months)
Sep. 2017 - Sep. 2018

Yongjiang Luo is currently an associate professor with the School of Electronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi'an, China. His current research interests include fractional-order signal processing, compress sensing and array signal processing.

Mr. YongGe Yang CSC Exchange Ph.D. Student (24 months).
Aug.2016- Aug. 2018

YongGe Yang is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from Northwestern Polytechnical University. His interest includes fractional calculus and stochastic source seeking.

Ms. Jie Yuan CSC Exchange Ph.D. student(24 months).

Sep. 2016 - Sep. 2018

Jie Yuan is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from Southeast University(SEU). Her research interest is the fractional order process control.

Mr. Liping Chen is a CSC visiting scholar from  Hefei University of Technology.

Oct. 2017-Oct. 2018

His current research interests include the areas of fractional-order systems and nonlinear dynamical systems.

Mr. Liguo Yuan  CSC visiting scholar (12 months)

Dec. 2017-Dec. 2018

Liguo Yuan is a visiting scholar from South China Agricultural University, associate professor. His interests include fractional calculus, chaos and bifurcation, optimization algorithm.

Prof. Junwei Tian CSC Visiting Scholar comes from Xi'an Technological University(XATU), Xi'an, China

Feb. 2018 - Feb. 2019

Junwei Tian received Ph.D. degree in Control Science and Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2009 and is currently a professor of XATU, director of Mechatronics and Information Systems Institute, head of the Special Function Robotics Research Center. His research interests include computer vision, special function robot, computer aided measuring and control, Mechatronics etc.

Mr. Yongguang Yu Visiting professor from Beijing Jiaotong University

Feb. 2019-Mar. 2019

He has been a professor and vice dean, School of Science, Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His research interests include Fractional order dynamics and application, chaotic dynamics, Neural network, Complex networks, nonlinear control, Stochastic dynamics, Artificial intelligence optimization algorithm.

Ms. Kunhua Zhang Visiting scholar (6 months)

Jan. 2019-Jul. 2019

Kunhua Zhang is a visiting scholar from Shenzhen University, associate professor. Her interests include image processing, computer vision, target recognition, and tracking.

Mr. Baowei Wu Visting scholar (2 months) 

Jun. 22.2019-Aug. 25. 2019

Baowei Wu is a full professor in School of Mathematics and Information Science from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China.
His research interests include switched systems, positive systems, fractional order systems and time delay systems.

Mr. Piotr Oziablo  visiting Ph.D. student

1st of June 2019 - 31st of August 2019.

Piotr Oziablo is a visiting Ph.D. student from Bialystok University of Technology (Poland). His research interests include fractional-, variable-order systems, PID control, and network control systems with random jitter delays.

Ms. YaJuan Yu Visiting Scholar Teacher (12 months).

Sep. 2018-Sep. 2019.

YaJuan Yu is a Visiting Scholar from Changzhou University, Changzhou, China. Her research interests include memristive systems and its application, fractional-order nonlinear dynamics system.

Ms. Limei Liu Visiting Scholar (6 months).

Feb. 2019-Sep. 2019.

Limei Liu is a Visiting Scholar from Shenyang Institute of Engineering, Shenyang, China. Her research interests include power load forecasting, fault diagnosis, optimization algorithm, fractional order control.

Ms.Chiayi Lee Exchange Undergraduate Student (1 month)

 July 30,2019 to Sept. 1,2019

Chiayi Lee is an undergraduate student from Beihang University, Beijing, China. Her research interests include autonomous robots, 3D imaging, and the science of stochastic search.

Mr. Yuquan Chen CSC Exchange Ph.D. student (24 months)
Sep. 2017 - Sep. 2019

Yuquan is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). His research interests include fractional order systems, sliding mode control, fractional order CTRW and its application in source seeking.

Ms. Yanan Wang CSC Exchange Ph.D. Student (12 months).


Yanan Wang is a CSC visiting Ph.D. Student from Beijing Institute of Technology. Her interest includes fractional battery charging, fractional battery estimation, wireless power transmission.

Mr.Zhenlong Wu Exchanged P.H.D Student (12 months).


Zhenlong Wu is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from Tsinghua University.
His interest includes active disturbance rejection control, fractional PID control and their application to the thermal process.

Miss Jiamin Wei CSC Exchange Ph.D. student (12 months).


Jiamin Wei is a CSC visiting Ph.D. student from Beijing Jiaotong University. Her interest includes evolutionary computation, global optimization, chaos control and synchronization, and their applications.

Mr.Weihua Mao CSC visiting scholar (12 months)


Weihua Mao is a visiting scholar from South China Agricultural University, associate professor. His interests include stochastic complex system stability analysis, filtering, and control; fractional-order system and control. 

Mr. Senping Tian Visiting professor (1 month). 

Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020

Senping Tian is a professor at the School of Automation Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, China. His research interests include theory and algorithms on iterative learning control for nonlinear systems, optimization and control of large-scale systems, the stability and the qualitative theory of differential equations.

Mrs. Dongmei Zhang Visiting Scholar (6 months).

Sep. 2019-Mar. 2020.

Dongmei Zhang received her Ph.D. degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Zhejiang University of Technology of China in 2018 and she is currently a professor. Her research interests include the networked multi-agent system control, Estimation, and Filtering Theory.



Graduated Members

  • Tejal Patel (Fall 2012)
  • *Peter Ferrell (Spring 2013)
  • Vibhor Jain (Spring 2013)
  • Jorge Nunez (Spring 2013)
  • Chase Heckman (Spring 2013)
  • Luis Bernardo (Spring 2013)
  • Sheldon Wong (Spring 2013)
  • Sean Butler (Spring 2013)
  • Kevin Cramp (Spring 2013)
  • Ashby Shaw (Spring 2013)
  • Jesse Bok (Summer 2013)
  • Jaskiranjeet Sodhi (Fall 2013)
  • *Brennan Stevenson (Spring 2014)
  • *Trevor Murdock (Spring 2014)
  • *Kelsey Nze (Spring 2014)
  • *Gabrielle Valle Reyes (Spring 2014)
  • *Ester Aguilar (Spring 2014)
  • Erik Lau (Spring 2014)
  • Daniel Linarez (Spring 2014)
  • Kevin Rodriguez (Spring 2014)
  • Alyson Cabral (Spring 2014)
  • Emery Nolasco (Spring 2014)
  • Michael Rubow (Spring 2014)
  • Kevin Stow-Parker (Spring 2014)
  • Robert Hewitt (Spring 2014)
  • Bryan Huffman (Spring 2014)
  • Monica Barbadillo (Spring 2015)
  • Garrett John (Spring 2015)
  • Matthew McGee (Spring 2015)
  • Robert Miles (Spring 2015)
  • Nathaly Navarrete (Spring 2015)
  • Jeffrey Piety (Spring 2015)
  • Travis Requena (Spring 2015)
  • Alejandro Sanchez (Spring 2015)
  • Jose Sanchez (Spring 2015)
  • Andreas Anderson (Spring 2016)
  • Benjamin H. Bocanegra (Spring 2016)
  • Marco Antonio Gutierrez-Nicolino (Spring 2016)
  • Andres Londono (Spring 2016)
  • Bryan Ludden (Spring 2016)
  • Huong Phan (Spring 2016)
  • Yoni Shchemelinin (Spring 2016)
  • Anisa Silva (Spring 2016)
  • Jesse Vick (Spring 2016)

* Denotes Founding Member