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Unmanned Aerial Systems

UC Cooperative Extension

Pierce’s Disease costs the California grape industry over 104 million dollars each year. The University of California Cooperative Extension and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Engineering Service Learning team is designing an autonomous system to combine image stitching and spectral analysis of diseased plants to identify prospective problems before the disease spreads to other vines.

Project Status

Currently, the UAS team is in the process of testing the platform on the field, with the user, and image analysis before delivery.



Faculty Adviser:
Professor YangQuan Chen

  • Mechatronics
  • Control systems
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Applied fractional calculus



Community Partner:

Merced County Cooperative Extension (MCCE)

Across California, the University of California’s 64 Cooperative Extension offices is local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve.


Team Biographies