Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115


Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering external link at Northeastern University external link where his research and teaching focus on human-in-the-loop control of civil infrastructure. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) where he identified new technology development opportunities for control of civil energy infrastructure, primarily in the areas of transportation, buildings, and distributed energy resources. In 2014, he finished a PhD at the University of Michigan external link where he pursued novel ways of embedding computational intelligence into civil systems in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Technology LIST. Outside the office and lab, he enjoys cycling, games of ultimate external link, skiing, and backpacking.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering - Systems, University of Michigan, 2014
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering - Control Systems, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.S., Civil Engineering - Structures, Drexel University, 2009
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering - Structures, Drexel University, 2009

Industrial Experience

  • U.S. Dept of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Fellow (2014-2016)
  • Illuminvent, LLC, Inventor (2012-2013)
  • Amman and Whitney, Structural Engineer (2007)
  • McTish, Kunkel, and Associates, Field Inspector (2006)


  • Special Acts Award, U.S. Department of Energy (2015)
  • John L. Tishman Fellowship, University of Michigan (2009)
  • Kappa Theta Epsilon - National Co-Op Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon - National Civil Engineering Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

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Journal Articles
[4]Schweiker, Marcel, Ampatzi, Eleni, Andargie, Maedot S., Andersen, Rune Korsholm, Azar, Elie, Barthelmes, Verena M., Berger, Christiane, Bourikas, Leonidas, Carlucci, Salvatore, Chinazzo, Giorgia, Edappilly, Lakshmi Prabha, Favero, Matteo, Gauthier, Stephanie, Jamrozik, Anja, Kane, Michael, Mahdavi, Ardeshir, Piselli, Cristina, Pisello, Anna Laura, Roetzel, Astrid, Rysanek, Adam, Sharma, Kunind and Zhang, Shengbo, "Review of multi‐domain approaches to indoor environmental perception and behaviour", In Building and Environment, vol. 176, pp. 106804, 2020. [bibtex] [doi]
[3]Kane, Michael B., Lynch, Jerome P. and Scruggs, Jeff, "Run-Time Efficiency of Bilinear Model Predictive Control Using Variational Methods, With Applications to Hydronic Cooling", In IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 718–728, 2019. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[2]Kane, Michael B., Jerome, Lynch P. and Scruggs, Jeff, "Development of a Scalable Distributed Model Predictive Control System for Hydronic Networks with Bilinear and Hybrid Dynamics", In Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 04018038, 2018. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[1]Hackell, Moritz W, Rolfes, Raimund, Kane, Michael B and Lynch, Jerome P, "Three-Tier Modular Structural Health Monitoring Framework Using Environmental and Operational Condition Clustering for Data Normalization: Validation on an Operational Wind Turbine System", In Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE, vol. 104, no. 8, pp. 1632–1646, 2016. [bibtex] [doi]
Books and Book Chapters
[3]Kane, Michael B. and Peckens, Courtney, "Digital Control Systems", Chapter in Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, McGraw Hill Professional, pp. 1257–1265, 2017. [bibtex]
[2]Peckens, C.A., Kane, M.B., Zhang, Y. and Lynch, J.P., "17 – Permanent installation of wireless structural monitoring systems in infrastructure systems", Chapter in Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructures, Woodhead Publishing Limited, pp. 480–509, 2014. [bibtex] [doi]
[1]Kane, Michael B., Peckens, C and Lynch, J.P., "16 – Design and selection of wireless structural monitoring systems for civil infrastructures", Chapter in Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructures, Woodhead Publishing Limited, pp. 446–479, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
Conference Papers
[11]C. Poulin and M. Kane, "Identifying Heterogeneous Infrastructure Interdependencies through Multiverse Simulation", In 2019 Resilience Week (RWS), pp. 123-131, 2019. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[10]Kane, Michael, "Modeling Human-in-the-Loop Behavior and Interactions with HVAC Systems", In 2018 Annual American Control Conference (ACC), IEEE, Milwaukee, WI, pp. 4628-4633, 2018. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[9]TSIAPOKI, STAVROULA, LYNCH, JEROME P, KANE, MICHAEL and ROLFES, RAIMUND, "Improvement of the Damage Detection Performance of a SHM Framework by using AdaBoost: Validation on an Operating Wind Turbine", In 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2017. [bibtex] [pdf]
[8]BAHRAMI, OMID, TSIAPOKI, STAVROULA, KANE, MICHAEL B, LYNCH, JEROME P and ROLFES, RAIMUND, "Extraction of Environmental and Operational Conditions of Wind Turbines using Tower Response Data for Structural Health Monitoring", In 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2017. [bibtex] [pdf]
[7]ZHANG, Y, ZHANG, J, KANE, MB, HACKELL, M, BYON, E, ROLFES, R and LYNCH, JP, "Wireless Monitoring and Spectral Analysis of a 3 kW Wind Turbine for Condition Monitoring", In 10th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 2015. [bibtex]
[6]Kane, Michael B., Scruggs, Jeff and Lynch, Jerome P., "Model-Predictive Control Techniques for Hydronic Systems Implemented on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks", In 2014 American Control Conference, pp. 3542–3547, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[5]Kane, Michael, Zhu, Dapeng, Hirose, Mitsuhito, Dong, Xinjun, Winter, Benjamin, Hackell, Mortiz, Lynch, Jerome P, Wang, Yang and Swartz, RA, "Development of an extensible dual-core wireless sensing node for cyber-physical systems", In Proc. SPIE, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2014, pp. 19, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[4]Dong, Xinjun, Chen, Shuo, Zhu, Dapeng, Kane, Michael, Wang, Yang and Lynch, Jerome P, "High-Speed Heterogeneous Data Acquisition using Martlet-A Next-Generation Wireless Sensing Node", In World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring, pp. 11, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[3]Kane, Michael B and Lynch, Jerome P, "An agent-based model-predictive controller for chilled water plants using wireless sensor and actuator networks", In American Control Conference (ACC), 2012, pp. 1192–1198, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[2]Kane, Michael B, Lynch, Jerome P and Law, Kincho, "Market-based control of shear structures utilizing magnetorheological dampers", In American Control Conference (ACC), 2011, pp. 2498–2503, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[1]Kane, Michael B, Lynch, Jerome P and Zimmerman, Andrew T, "Decentralized agent-based control of chilled water plants using wireless sensor and actuator networks", In Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS), 2011 4th International Symposium on, pp. 131–136, 2011. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
Theses and Other Documents
oct. 26, 2012
[3]Kane, Michael B., "Systems and methods to wirelessly control illumination characteristics of wearable items", oct. 26, 2012. [bibtex]
[2]Kane, Michael B., "Wirelessly Enabled Control of Cyber-Physical Infrastructure with Applications to Hydronic Systems", PhD thesis, University of Michigan, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[1]Kane, Michael B., Wang, Yang, Swartz, R. A. and Lynch, Jerome P., "Martlet Wireless Decision Maker - Technical Product Overview and Specifications", 2013. [bibtex] [pdf]