Kyle Cheung

Graduate Student

Digital Agriculture Lab, UC Davis

I am a graduate student in the Digital Agriculture Lab in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. My research motivation is to bring the next generation of agricultural decision support using data-validated models aided through remote sensing and artificial intelligence. Film photography is my creative outlet and road cycling slows down the pace of life.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Remote Sensing
    - Aerial Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imagery
    - LiDAR
  • Computer Vision
  • Internet of Things
  • Geospatial Processing and Visualization


  • M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering, expected 2020

    University of California, Davis

  • B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering, 2018

    University of California, Davis


Small-Scale Gut Simulator

Run multiple gastric experiments at a time, increasing experimental throughput.

Drought Injury Detection in Turfgrass

Improve detection of drought injured turfgrass with aerial multispectral images.

Automated Rainout Shelter

Automatically move a greenhouse-like structure on a slope, on top of a research plot during a precipitation event.

Virtual Orchard

Photogrammetry canopy profile mapping technique


Expanded CV


Graduate Student Researcher

Digital Agriculture Lab

Sep 2018 – Present Davis, California
  • Develop pre-processing and machine learning pipeline for drought injury classification in turfgrass with multispectral images
  • Create an assisted, automated program to process aerial photogrammetry point cloud data for orchards, returning segmented tree shapes and geometry features
  • Plan and conduct small unmanned aerial vehicle flights for LiDAR and hyperspectral image collection in orchards
  • Write and present GIS tutorials for undergraduate students covering concepts in raster calculations, shape overlays, data management

Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Engineering Design

UC Davis

Sep 2018 – Jul 2019
  • Provide critical feedback to students’ presentations for mastery and greater confidence in engineering communications during weekly studio sections
  • Teach logical and methodical strategies for problem solving to lower-division undergraduate students
  • Teach high-level programming concepts in physical computing using sensors interfaced with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Assist students with defining project scope to meet client constraints and timeline

Staff Research Associate

Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, UC Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jul 2018 – Present Browns Valley, California
  • Design a rack-and-pinion style, electric drive train and rail carriage system for an automated rainout shelter moving along a slope with Solidworks
  • Plan and implement primary/secondary PLC network to control safe deployment of rainout shelters during precipitation event through analog signaling
  • Consult in the survey and design of a wireless sensor network to collect field instrument data in hilly terrain using Campbell Scientific’s LOGGERNET

Associate Automation Engineer

Banks Integration Group

Apr 2017 – Jun 2018 Vacaville, CA
  • Wrote Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-compliant specifications and test documents for purified water system
  • Troubleshooted and identify solutions during emergency support calls and startup at client sites
  • Translated a PLC system based on MicroLogix platform to ControlLogix platform with GEMS Process Library Objects
  • Interfaced RSLogix5000 tags with FactoryTalk View Alarms & Events Server
  • Produced company IT maintenance tools, administer VMWare VCSA and Windows Server

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Western Cooling Efficiency Center

Dec 2015 – Mar 2017 Davis, California
  • Studied intuitive, repeatable software modeling techniques for hybrid air conditioning systems
  • Composed complex, multi-mode performance maps for desiccant-based dehumidification and indirect evaporative cooling air handling units

Honors and Awards

Student Presentation Award

Placed in one of eight awards in a conference wide poster/oral presentation competition for my presentation titled, Identification of Drought Stress in Turfgrass Using Multispectral and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

2nd Place, Graduate Poster Award

Placed in one of three awards for my poster presentation titled, Identification of Drought Stress in Turfgrass Using Hyperspectral and Multispectral Remote Sensing. Poster (.pdf)

Outstanding Senior Award

Awarded to one graduating undergraduate senior in each major for academic and service excellence.