YangQuan Chen received the B.S. degree in industrial automation from the University of Science and Technology of Beijing in China, in 1985, the M.S. degree in automatic control from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 1989; and the Ph.D. degree in advanced control and instrumentation from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, in 1998.
Chen’s Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Lab at UC Merced is emerging as a widely known “drone lab” with a vision to build an “agriculture drone valley” in California’s Central Valley. The lab’s work on low-cost, reliably airworthy, multispectral UAV-based remote sensing systems can help create a new type of information services valuable not only for farming and growing, but also for environmental monitoring and assessment.