The Channel Islands Chapter of AUVSI will be holding a half day “Micro” Symposium in November 7, 2014. The Micro symposium will be held on the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) campus. The event will include panel sessions on unmanned vehicle applications in environmental, agricultural and tri-county business opportunities.
Ph.D. student Brendan Smith was invited as an Ag Panelist for AUVSI Channel Island Chapter's 2014 Symposium.
Brendan Smith is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Merced with the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, and Automation (MESA) Lab. With the MESA lab, Brendan's research is on the utilization of UAVs coupled with multi-spectral imagers for crop stress and environmental observation (RGB, NIR, TIR, SWIR) and in situ environmental sampling (air and water filtration onboard). Some of his leading projects are developing UAV systems to take in situ water samples in search of trace amounts of environmental DNA (eDNA) of invasive species in streams, rivers or bodies of water and developing UAV systems for collecting air samples for Valley Fever detection, a major health concern for Central Valley farmers. Additionally,