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.
Fuelcell 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 buidling. Human-in-the-loop control. MPC.


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

Image Processing.


Dr. Norelys Aguila CamachoVisiting Scholar. Arpil 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 university of Bremerhaven that has been working in MESA Lab as a visiting scholar for almost one year under supervision of Prof. Chen. Her field of expertise is control and she works on control of haptic devices and human in 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, Cnina, in 2005. He is the automatic test and control faculty of school of Electrical Engineering and Automation at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. His interests include automatic test system, data acquring 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 invloving 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 intermittancy and spikiness.


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 distribute 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 a associate professor in 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 concludes 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 magnet levitation train control and servo control.

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