Keynote Speakers

Blue water, green and grey infrastructure - why control theory matters

Gabriela Cembrano, Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (UPC), Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computing (IRI), Spain

Gabriela Cembrano is researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and of the Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (UPC) at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computing (IRI) in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2007, she is also a Scientific Advisor of CETaqua, a joint R+D Centre of the Suez group, CSIC and UPC. Her main research area is Control Engineering applied to water systems. She has taken part in numerous collaborative projects with the water and wastewater management industry, as well as in basic research and PhD supervision activities. Her current work focuses on the use of real-time monitoring and control to improve efficiency and environmental impact of urban water systems management. She is currently the CSIC leader in European project LIFE-EFFIDRAIN: Efficient Integrated Real-time Control in Urban Drainage and Wastewater Treatment plants for Environmental Protection and in the Spanish research grant DEOCS: Data-driven Monitoring, Supervision and Fault-tolerant Control of Cyber-Physical Systems.

Are we Approaching the End of the “End-of-Pipe” Era?

Bernhard Truffer, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland; Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, Netherlands

Bernhard Truffer is heading the Environmental Social Science research department at the Swiss Federal institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). He also holds the chair on the “Geography of Transitions in Urban Infrastructures” at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research deals mostly with longer term transformation processes towards sustainability in industrial sectors. Urban Water Management is one of his key areas of expertise where he has conducted research in Europe, Australia, the US, China, South Africa and Kenya.

Reasoning of Modelling Failures - From Hardware Resilience to Black Swan events

Wolfgang Rauch, Faculty of Engineering Science, University Innsbruck

Wolfgang Rauch is professor for urban water management at the University Innsbruck. In his research, he has focused on many aspects of modeling the behavior of urban water infrastructure. Special emphasis has been given on the development and analysis of integrated drainage system models as well as on numerical aspects in model and software development. Wolfgang Rauch is an active member of the international community and served e.g. as chairman of the JCUD and of the IWA Program Committee. He is currently editor in chief of the journal WS&T.

Exploiting wastewater to better understand health risks in our communities

Jochen Mueller, The University of Queensland (UQ), QAEHS, Australia

Jochen Mueller (Prof for Environ.Tox.) leads a team of researcher on innovative tools for monitoring exposure to chemicals. One of the most rewarding recent areas of interest concerns the monitoring of spatial and temporal trends using systematic sampling and analysis of wastewater. He currently leads a range of projects in wastewater based epidemiology with key focus on measuring exposure changes resulting from intervention and relating changes in exposure to health and/or environmental outcomes.


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