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Congratulations to Michael Haoyu Niu for winning the BIGIDEAS pre-proposal!

December 19, 2018

Congratulations to Michael Haoyu Niu for winning the BIGIDEAS pre-proposal!

The reviewers' remarks are extremely encouraging - our creative idea is shining!

Past winners on behalf of UC Merced are listed here:  all from MESA Lab members! We are very proud of this fact.


From: Big Ideas <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:21:17 PM
To: Haoyu Niu
Subject: 2018-2019 Big Ideas Contest Pre-proposal Results!



Dear Haoyu Niu,

Congratulations! Your pre-proposal submission, Intelligent Bugs Mapping and Wiping (iBMW): An affordable robot-driven robot for farmers, has been selected as a finalist in the 2018-2019 Big Ideas Contest in the Food Systems category! The Big Ideas Contest received over 300 applications and your team was among approximately 50 selected for the final round. We believe your idea has great potential, and we look forward to working with you as you develop your full proposal!

Please carefully review and complete the following next steps to move forward in the final round:


As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, we congratulate you again and wish you a very Happy Holidays! We look forward to hearing from you.



Phillip Denny
Director, Big Ideas Contest

120A Blum Hall, UC Berkeley

Office: +1.510.666.9120

Last updated: 12/19/2018 by Prof. YangQuan Chen