Webinar Artificial Intelligence on Water Resources part 2

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IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminars are designed as a means of providing lifelong learning to the Institute Alumni community and Partners. Since the topics will be of interest to a broader audience, they are open to all interested persons. The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is organized in collaboration with IHE Delft partner TheWaterChannel.

In November we have the pleasure to organize two seminars on 'Artificial Intelligence on Water Resources. Hydroinformatics applications in Machine Learning, trends and alumni experiences' to be held on 6 and 13 November. 


In recent years the increase of machine learning applications to water resources have allowed us to propose new solutions to complex problems. Alumni from the Hydroinformatics program have explored new areas that in many cases have led to implementations at different places in the world, and have shown to be able to compete with ongoing traditional solutions. For this seminar we will make an overview of some of the most recent ideas of applications of machine learning in Hydroinformatics. These presentations will be divided into two sessions that will cover forecasting problems. An introduction in both sessions to a variety of machine learning basic concepts will be given to introduce the topics, limitations and a friendly way to see the theory. 

Introduction 2nd seminar | 13 November 2020, 13:00 to 14:00 CET
How to understand the problem of forecasting and how machine learning has been applied to increase accuracy, understand uncertainty and provide extended lead times.

Best practices

By alumnus Daniel Vazquez Bado. In this seminar, he will comment on the process of building an Information System for Flood Early Warning. This experimental project was carried out in cooperation with the Universidad Catolica Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Due to the good results obtained, a proposal is being worked on for its formal implementation in the national hydrological service in Paraguay.

By alumnus Mostafa Farrag. In this seminar, he will take about the benefit of using a modular approach, “The fuzzy committee model” of building specialized models to reproduce specific responses of the catchment, and the applicability of using predicted runoff from specialized models with certain weights based on a fuzzy membership function to form a fuzzy committee model.

About the speakers

Dr Ir Gerald A. Corzo has extensive experience in modelling water resources using advanced ICT technology.  Since the last four year he has been working on the use of global hydrological models ensembles and their uncertainty for climate change analysis. In 2012 he won the Tison award as a young scientist from the IAHR association. His work covers extreme natural events like the research in forecasting and analyzing flood and drought by the development of hydroinformatics technologies. In general, Artificial intelligence, Machine learning and Pattern Recognition have been applied in his thesis to solve problems in the water resources area. He has worked on different international institutions like Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Technologic of Monterrey in Mexico. He has coordinated the statistics of the Climate change inventory of adaptation and mitigation actions for Latin-America, presented at the WWF in 2012. He is the chair of the session in Geo-statistics at the EGU conference and reviewer of multiple journals like the Environmental Software and Modelling, the Journal of Hydrology and the Hydrology and Earth System Science, and some conferences like international joint conference in Neural Computation (IJCNN - IEEE). 

MSc Ing Daniel Vazquez Bado. Undergraduate training in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Catolica Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (UCA), Paraguay. MSc in Hydroinformatics Modeling and Information Systems for Water Management at the UNESCO-IHE Institute, Delft, The Netherlands.

Official of the Itaipu Binacional and Coordinator of the International Center for Hydroinformatics (CIH). CIH belongs to the UNESCO Water Family, directly linked to the International Hydrological Program (IHP). At CIH, work is carried out in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, Territorial Sustainability through Watershed Management, Modelling in the area of Hydrology and Hydraulics, and Promotion of Education in Water and Environmental Sciences.

MSc Mostafa Farrag, from Egypt, MSc and Marie-Curie Early stage researcher, is a civil engineer specialized in hydrological & hydrodynamic models who worked on the large-scale flood risk assessment on river-dyke-floodplain interoperability in the EU project SYSTEM-RISK ETN. Currently Mostafa works in GFZ Helmholtz centre Potsdam, and doing his PhD at Potsdam University in Germany to develop a 1D-2D hydrodynamic modelling software for a large-scale flood risk modelling and apply it for all German basins. He also has worked as a water environmental engineer for an international company in Egypt and had experience in design and analysis of wet utilities infrastructure in big projects in Asia and Africa. Mostafa Holds a MSc in Hydroinformatics from UNESCO-IHE Delft (2016-2018), his Master thesis focused on improving the performance of Hydrological models for flood forecasting by exploring a spatiotemporal simulation of dynamic weighting of hydrological models.


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