Bridging the Gap

Bridging The Gap: Application Workshop 4

Computational Intelligence in Water Engineering and Hydroinformatics

BTG Application Workshop 3, 18 February 2010, 9.00 AM to 4.30 PM, Hornton Grange, University of Birmingham

This workshop is centred around applications of Computational Intelligence in Water Engineering, Hydroinformatics, and related areas. The workshop is lead by Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy (Civil Engineering) and held under the Bridging the Gap theme. It aims to unite researchers from different disciplines who are working on similar research questions but using different tools and methodologies.

We encourage anyone interested in the subject matter, or combinatorial optimisation in general, to attend the workshop. Prior knowledge of the subject matter is not essential, and the techniques discussed will have applications to a range of similar subjects.

The workshop is free for anyone to attend and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. We would like to ask anyone who intends to attend to register by email with Laura Fenney ( by Friday February 05, 12 pm. If you have any queries other than registration, please email Dr Thorsten Schnier (

Workshop Program

A list of workshop speakers and attendees can be found here.

 9.00- 9.30 Reception
 9.30- 9.45 Introduction to the Workshop Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, and Prof. Xin Yao, Computer Science, University of Birmingham
 9.45-10.15 Land Use Transportation Modelling for Large City Regions: Long Term Forecasting and Planning in the London Region (abstract, presentation). Prof. Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London
10.15-10.45 Solution of Optimization problems with Equilibrium Constraints Prof. Michal Kocvara, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham
10.45-11.15 Computational Intelligence applications for Utilities (abstract, presentation). Dr. Thorsten Schnier, CERCIA, University of Birmingham
11.15-11.45 Coffee Break
11.45-12.15 Quantifying the hydrology of the East Devon floods of October 2008 (abstract) Dr Paul Webster, Director,Hydrology & Water Resources, Hydro-Logic Limited, Bromyard
12.15-12.45 Flood Frequency Estimation in Urban Catchments (presentation) Dr Thomas Kjeldsen, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, NERC
12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Hydroinforamtics and Urban Water Management (abstract, presentation) Professor Dragan Savic, Centre for Water Systems, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Exeter
14.30-15.00 Computational intelligence in modelling aquatic processes, optimizing models, and representing uncertainty (presentation). Prof. Dimitri Solomatine, Hydroinformatics Core, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-15.45 Smart pipes: sensor systems for buried utility performance monitoring (abstract, presentation) Dr. David Chapman, Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham
15.45-16.15 Workshop Summary Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, and Prof. Xin Yao, Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at Hornton Grange, part of the University's conference park.