AI and Water I

Digital Technologies for Water Supply Systems

08:00-09:30 UTC | 03:00-04:30 US Eastern Time (UTC-5) | 16:00-17:30 Beijing Time (UTC+8)
Tuesday, 15 December 2020


Artificial Intelligence is the ability of machines to perceive the environment and to take actions maximising the chances of successfully achieving specific objectives. The advantages provided by AI applications are evident when large amount of data have to be analysed in complex systems when several strategic (and sometimes conflicting) objectives have to be maximised. Typical examples of such systems can be found in water distribution networks (WDNs) that need AI to help water managers to improve their perception of the system, to guide decisions, to test strategies before their applications. This session will try to make the point on the latest developments of WDN modelling, sensing, data analysis and decision support in order to show the state-of-the-art and provide possible future trajectories of the integration between AI and water supply.


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Dragan Savic

Orazio Giustolisi

Maria da Conceição Cunha


Gabriele Freni


I. Introduction (5 mins)

  • Gabriele Freni, Università Di Enna Kore, Italy

II. Keynote Speech (25 mins)

  • What can hydroinformaticians learn from Tesla, Boeing and US Navy about AI and water?
    Dragan Savic, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the Netherlands

III. Invited Speeches (15 mins each)

  1. Digital Water and New Asset Management Paradigms
    Orazio Giustolisi, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

  2. AI and the challenges of Water Systems Optimization
    Maria da Conceição Cunha, University of Coimbra, Portugal

IV. Discussion and Q&A (20 mins)

V. Session Chair: closes the session

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