Branko Kerkez

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Civil & Environmental
Assistant Professor
Short bio: 


Branko Kerkez an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Michigan. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, all from UC Berkeley. His research interests focus on intelligent infrastructure, operational hydrology and water recourses, deployments of massive-scale wireless sensor networks, and the application of machine learning and control theory to Civil and Environmental Engineering domains. 

Research summary: 

My research focuses on the development of intelligent water grids, which have the potential to revolutionize the interaction between hydrologic systems and man-made infrastructure. My long-term goal is to build the Internet of water, an intelligent cyber-physical system that connects natural water bodies with physical infrastructure. This demands the use of advanced sensing technologies and data-driven models on top of a novel communications backbone. One main area of interest is the control and optimization of large-scale water systems, spanning everything from water supply (lakes, snowpack, reservoirs) to demand (agricultural and urban uses, hydropower production, decentralized operations of municipal water grids). Many solutions to this large-scale systems problem couple domain knowledge from of Civil and Environmental Engineering with an enlarged set of tools from Electrical Engineering and Computer Scien

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