WDSA / CCWI 2018 Joint International Conference

WDSA / CCWI 2018 Joint International Conference
WDSA / CCWI 2018 Joint International Conference

Keynote Speakers

Vanessa Speight

Dr. Vanessa Speight is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, focusing on drinking water quality and innovation in water systems around the world.  She is Managing Director of TWENTY65, an EPSRC-funded consortium with 6 universities and 100+ industrial collaborative partners working across the water cycle to develop flexible and synergistic solutions to meet future challenges for water.  She is also an adjunct professor at Queen’s University, researching energy in water distribution systems.  With over 20 years of experience in the water industry, she has worked with more than 60 water utilities across the USA, Canada, and UK and has supported regulatory development for the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 10 years, including serving as technical facilitator for the Total Coliform Rule / Distribution System Federal Advisory Committee. 

Title: Drinking Water Quality in Distribution Systems:  What we Know, What we Don't Know, and Where we are Heading

Dídia Covas

Dr. Dídia Covas is Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). Graduated in Civil Engineering at IST 1998. PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, in 2003. Received three scientific awards. Main research areas: fluid mechanics, hydraulic transients, leak detection, energy efficiency. Over 250 publications and reports: 1 hand-book on IAM, 75 papers in journals, 200 papers in conferences. Participation in 7 EU projects and 12 national research projects. Successfully concluded supervisions: 6 PhD and 20 MSc theses; currently, supervises 7 PhD students. Referee of 10 international journals of ASCE, IAHR and IWA.

Title: Enhancement of energy efficiency in water supply systems

Donghwi Jung

Dr. Donghwi Jung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, and Bachelor and Master degrees from Korea University, Seoul, Korea. His research interests are in WDS optimal design and operation, smart water management, data-driven anomaly detection, and real-time state estimation. His primary research focuses on creating new approaches for improving WDS robustness and resilience. He currently serves as Executive Editor for Smart Water, SpringerOpen and a steering committee member of the International Conference on Harmony search, Soft computing and Application (ICHSA).

Title: Moving Toward Next Generation of WDS Problems

Dominic Boccelli

Dominic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  He has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydroinformatics and is a member of the Journal American Water Works Association editorial board.  His research focuses primarily on water distribution systems, particularly in the areas of real-time modeling, security applications, and water quality issues.  His research incorporates computational as well as laboratory- and field-scale experimental studies.  Dominic has accepted the position of Department Head of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Arizona which will begin in August 2018.

Title: From distribution system water quality to real-time modeling and back again

Heinz Erasmus Jacobs

Dr. Heinz Jacobs is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Stellenbosch University. The focus of his work over the past decade relates to piped water networks and water demand modelling, water services master planning and water conservation. He holds B.Eng(Mechanical), B.Eng(Civil), M.Eng.(Engineering Management) and PhD (Civil) degrees and has 12 years professional experience with Engineering Consultants, of which 11 in South Africa and 1 year in Canada. He joined the University in 2006, has completed various funded research projects and has delivered 50 papers, of which 27 were in ISI listed journals. On a personal note – he lives in Cape Town (South Africa) with his wife and two boys; he loves the outdoors, mountains, likes to rock climb and cycle.

Title: End-User Perspective of the Cape Town “Day Zero” Scenario