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March 22, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Old Main #0121 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents: "Enabling Smarter Watersheds" with Dr. Branko Kerkez, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

Abstract: In the era of self-driving cars, digital assistants, and other smart things, can the same level of autonomy and “intelligence” be embedded in water systems?  Such technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape adaptation to some of the greatest water challenges, such as floods and droughts.  There is an unprecedented opportunity to reduce flooding and to improve quality by equipping existing water systems with low-cost sensors and controllers.  The driving hypothesis behind this work is that smart stormwater systems will vastly shrink the size of infrastructure required to manage runoff pollution and other impacts of changing weather.  This approach will dynamically repurpose existing stormwater systems by adapting them on a storm-by-storm basis.  I will describe various real-world test beds for “smart” stormwater systems and will introduce a class of control algorithms to control entire watersheds.

Biography: Dr. Branko Kerkez is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Michigan. His research interests include water, data, and sensors. 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. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and the 1938E award -- the highest recognition given annually to an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Michigan. For his contributions to smart water systems, in 2018 he was recognized as a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering.

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