Branko Kerkez

Branko Kerkez
Assistant Professor

Office:  2350 Hayward, 2044 GG Brown
Phone:  (734) 647-0727
Fax:  (734) 764-4292
Email:  bkerkez@umich.edu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2350 Hayward, 2044 GG Brown
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • M.S., UC Berkeley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2012
  • M.S., UC Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008
  • B.S., University of Florida, Civil Engineering, 2007
  • 2010 - American Geophysical Union Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2007 - University of California Regents Fellowship
  • 2007 - National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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 Science.

Videos

To watch a video of me discussing how wildfires affect water supply, please visit YouTube

To watch a video of my research on using sensors to define hypoxic or dissolved oxygen areas in lakes, please visit YouTube.

Kerkez, B., Glaser, S.D., and Bales, R., Meadows, M., Design and Performance of a Wireless Sensor Network for Catchment-scale Snow and Soil Moisture Measurements, Water Resources Research 2012.

Kerkez, B., Glaser, S.D., Dracup, J.A., and Bales, R.C., (2010). Hybrid System Model of Seasonal Snowpack Water Balance. Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, 13th International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. Published in the proceedings of the ACM.

Bales, R.C., Conklin, M.H., Kerkez, B., Glaser, S.D., Hopmans, J.W., Hunsaker, C.T., Meadows, M., and Hartsough, P.C., 2011, Sampling Strategies in Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry, Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions, Ecological Studies 216, D.F. Levia et al. (eds.), DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1363-5_2, Springer Science, Business Media B.V.

Watteyne, T., Vilajosana, X., Kerkez, B., Chraim, F., Weekly, K., Wang, Q., Steven Glaser & Pister, K. (2012). OpenWSN: a standards‐based low‐power wireless development environment. Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, 23(5), 480-493.


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