Alberto Cerpa

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering
University of California, Merced

SE1 Bldg., Suite 278
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95344
      Phone: +1-209-228-7859
Fax: +1-209-228-4047
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In these pages you will find plenty of information for prospective and current undergraduate students in CSE willing to become involved in research, graduate students pursuing an M.Sc. in EECS, graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in EECS, Ph.Ds pursing a Postdoctoral Research position and Industrial Visiting Researchers. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests I get about our programs, I cannot reply to everyone that emails me (or worse leave me message on my office voice-mail!). Instead, I offer these web pages as a somewhat impersonal but more complete answer to your questions about the program and my research.


My interests lie broadly in the computer networking and distributed systems areas. My recent focus has been systems research in wireless sensor networks, with emphasis in wireless radio channel measurement and modeling, link quality estimation, routing algorithms, topology control, and programming models. I am also interested in Internet protocols and operating systems issues. In the past, I have been involved in active networking, mobile IP, and protocol design and verification research. My group develops and deploys sensor networks that address some of the grand challenges in science and engineering, including new distributed sensors for solar radiation mapping, energy and occupancy monitoring and control in smart buildings and wearable sensors for exercise physiology monitoring and modeling.

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Brief Bio

Alberto Cerpa is an Associate Professor and was one of the three founding faculties of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program in the School of Engineering at UC Merced when he joined in 2005. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UCLA (2005), working under the supervision of Deborah Estrin. He also received a M.Sc. in Computer Science from USC (2000) under guidance of Deborah Estrin, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from USC (1998) under guidance of Victor O. K. Li. Alberto received his undergraduate degree (Engineer) in Electrical Engineering from Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1995), working under supervision of Osvaldo Micheloud. While in graduate school, he worked as a protocol design consultant (together with Jeremy Elson) for Akamai and NetApp (Peter Danzig), as well as Sun Research Labs (Charles Perkins) and Xerox (Cheryl Bhence). Back in Buenos Aires, he worked for Startel S.A., the company that deployed the first Internet nodes in Argentina (1995-1996), and the telecommunication company Alcatel-France (1994-1995).  His interests lie broadly in the computer networking and distributed systems areas, with recent focus in systems research in wireless sensor networks.  Alberto is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2013). Several of his papers are some of the top cited papers in top journals, including ACM TMC (2nd out of 1535), ACM SIGCOMM CCR (32 out of 2472), and JPDC (59 out of 2867). He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.

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