Zhaodan Kong

Zhaodan Kong

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Wildfire Research:

I am mostly interested in using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones and UAV swarms to monitor and combat wild fires.


Dr. Zhaodan Kong is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Astronautics and Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 2011. Before joining UC Davis in 2015, he was a Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems and the Hybrid and Networked Systems Lab at Boston University. His research focuses on control theory, machine learning, formal methods, and their applications to unmanned aerial systems, cyber-physical systems, and neural engineering.