Mehmet Kurum
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
The George Washington University, 2009

Web: https://www.ece.msstate.edu/people/faculty/dr-mehmet-kurum/

Email: kurum@ece.msstate.edu
Phone: 240-716-4167

Research Interests
High-resolution Earth Imaging
Signals of Opportunity, Smartphone/Radar Sensing
Sensor fusion/ Machine Learning for Inverse problems
UAS/UGV/Autonomous Self-sustainable Systems

Current Research Projects
Role: PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), John Ball (MSU), Ali Gurbuz (MSU),
Title: "Sensor Fusion Based Remote Sensing for National Disaster Damage Assessment",
Sponsor: Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC) (DOD), Award
W912HZ21C0022 Amount: $238,105 (40% for Mehmet Kurum) Duration: May. 26, 2021–
May. 25, 2023.

Role: Co-PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), John Ball (PI, MSU), Ali Gurbuz
(MSU), Lalitha Dabbiru (MSU), Title: "Multi-Sensor Analytics and Sensor Fusion
for Cross Country Mobility Assessment", Sponsor: Engineering Research Development
Center (ERDC) (DOD), Award W912HZ21C0022 Amount: $774,242 (20% for
Mehmet Kurum) Duration: May. 26, 2021–May. 25, 2023.

Role: PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum, Dylan Boyd (Graduate student) Title: "Recycling
the radio spectrum: Can anthropogenic signals in LEO be repurposed for science?
Advancing soil moisture remote sensing with NASA Signals of Opportunity
datasets, forward modeling, and physics-guided machine learning ", Sponsor: Future
Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology, Solicitation:
NNH21ZDA001N-FINESST, Amount: $134,731, Duration: Sept. 1, 2021–Aug. 31, 2024.

Role: Co-PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), Vuk Marojevic (PI - MSU), Ali Gurbuz
(MSU), Nick Mastronarde (U. Buffalo), Fatemeh Afghah (Northern Arizona U.)
Title: "SWIFT: LARGE: AI-Enabled Spectrum Coexistence between Aerial Communications
and Passive Radio Services: Fundamentals, Testbed and Data", Sponsor: NSF
Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT) , Amount:
$500,000.00 (30% for Mehmet Kurum), Duration: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023.

Role: Co-PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), Robert Moorhead (PI, MSU), Joby
Czarnecki (MSU), Sathishkumar Samiappan(MSU), Title: "Advancement of UAS/UAV
Application Systems", Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Research Service(USDA-ARS),
Award NACA 58-6064-9-007 Amount: $2,589,277.00 (10% for Mehmet Kurum) Duration:
Sept. 01, 2018–Sept. 30, 2022.

Role: Co-I, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), James Garrison (PI - Purdue Univ.),
Jeffry Piepmier (NASA GSFC), Manuel Vega (NASA GSFC), Rajat Bilindish (NASA
GSFC), Cynthia Firman (NASA GSFC), Matthew Fritts (NASA GSFC), Michael Cosh
(USDA), Cornelis Du Toit (AS and D, LLC.), Kameron Larsen (JPL), Rashmi Shah
(JPL), David Spencer (Purdue Univ.), Title: "SNOOPI: SigNals-Of-Opportunity Pband
Investigation", Sponsor: NASA Research Announcement, In-space Validation of
Earth Science Technologies, Solicitation: NNH17ZDA001N-INVEST, Total Amount:
$6,138,125.00 ($115,104 for MSU), Duration: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021.

Role: Co-PI, Investigators: James Garrison (Purdue Univ.), Mehmet Kurum (MSU),
Rajat Bilindish (NASA GSFC), and Jeffry Piepmier (NASA GSFC), Title: "Root-Zone
and Surface Soil Moisture Retrieval from I, P and S-band Signals of Opportunity (SoOp)
Reflectometry", Sponsor: NASA Research Announcement, Terrestrial Hydrology, Solicitation:
NNH17ZDA001N-THP, Amount: $414,000 ($136,245 for MSU), Duration:
Jan. 1, 2018–Dec. 31, 2020.

Role: PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), John Ball (MSU), Pat Donohoe (MSU),
Jenny Du (MSU), Ali Gurbuz (MSU), Title: "SimBRS II TO002- Advanced Modeling
and Simulation of Multi-Physics Material Response in Geoenvironments -Topic 6: Remote
Sensing and Sensor Fusion", Sponsor: Combat Capabilities Development Command
(CCDC) (DOD), Award W56HZV-17-C-0095 Amount: $2,914,626 Duration:
Sept. 22, 2017–May. 30, 2022.

Role: Co-PI, Investigators: Mehmet Kurum (MSU), Ali Gurbuz (PI, MSU), John Ball
(MSU), George Mason(MSU), Title: "Ground Vehicle Mobility Research: Multi-Sensor
Analytics and Sensor Fusion for Cross-Country Mobility Assessment", Sponsor: Engineering
Research Development Center (ERDC) (DOD), Award W912HZ19C0036
Amount: $298,128 (25% for Mehmet Kurum) Duration: Sept. 16, 2019–Sept. 15, 2021.

Most Current Publications:
Kurum, M., Kim, S.-B., Akbar, R., Cosh, M. (2021). Surface Soil Moisture Retrievals Under Forest Canopy For L-band SAR Observations Across A Wide Range of Incidence Angles By Inverting A Physical Scattering Model. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 14, 1741 - 1753.

Kurum, M., Farhad, M. M., Gurbuz, A. C. (2021). Integration of Smartphones into Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Sense Water in Soil by Using Reflected GPS Signals. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 14, 1048-1059.

Boyd, D., Kurum, M., Eroglu, O., Gurbuz, A. C., Garrison, J., Nold, B., Vega, M., Bindlish, R. (2020). SCoBi Multilayer: A Signals of Opportunity Reflectometry Model for Multilayer Dielectric Reflections. MDPI Remote Sensing, 12(221), 3480.

Zhou, Y., Sharma, A., Kurum, M., Lang, R., O'Neill, P., Cosh, M. (2020). The backscattering contribution of soybean pods at L-band. Remote Sensing of Environment, 248.

Sharma, A., Lang, R. H., Kurum, M., O'Neill, P. E., Cosh, M. H. (2020). L-Band radar modeling of a corn canopy over a full growing season. IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 58(8), 5821-5835.

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