Keynote Speakers

11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling
23-26 Sep 2018 – Palermo, Italy

Prof. Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski
INSA, France

Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski is professor at the Civil Engineering and Urban Planning Department at the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA) Lyon, France. He is director of DEEP (Laboratoire Déchets, Eaux, Environnement, Pollutions – Laboratory on Wastes, Water, Environment and Pollution) at INSA Lyon. His main research topics are related to urban hydrology and urban water systems, especially hydraulic and pollutants transport modelling in sewer systems, field monitoring and metrology, stormwater management, and integrated approach for urban water systems, with various national and international collaborations. He was chairman of the IWA Specialist Group on Urban Drainage. He is elected member of the IWA Strategic Council since 2010.

Prof. David Butler
University of Exeter, UK

David Butler is professor of Water Engineering at the University of Exeter, UK. He is an academic leader and research manager, and has over 30 years experience as an internationally-leading researcher, teacher and consultant in the water sector.  He has a bachelor’s degree in civil & structural engineering from Cardiff University, a master’s in public health engineering and a doctorate in environmental engineering both from Imperial College London. At Exeter, he is a Director of the Centre for Water Systems, formerly Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences and before that Head of the Engineering discipline in the School of Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics. He specialises in urban water management, including sustainable and resilient water systems, integration and control and water-energy-carbon interactions.

Prof. Steven Chapra
Tufts University, USA

Steven Chapra is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University where he holds the Louis Berger Chair for Computing and Engineering. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the 5 inaugural Fellows of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). His general research interests focus on surface water-quality modeling and advanced computer applications in environmental engineering. His research has been used in a number of decision-making contexts including the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He has developed several environmentally-oriented software packages, including QUAL2K and LAKE2K, which are widely used for river and lake water-quality modeling. He is also the first recipient of the AEESP Wiley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Engineering and Science Education (2000).

Prof. Ana Deletic
University of New South Wales, Australia

Ana Deletic is professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She undertook her PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Serbia, before moving to Monash University in 2003 where, as Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering, she built an internationally recognised research team in urban water management. Professor Deletic has played pivotal roles on several state, national and international advisory committees, supervised 38 PhD students, published more than 300 papers, raised more than $30 million in grants as chief investigator, and is currently the editor of the Water Research Journal. She received the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences). Her main research topics are related to urban hydrology and urban water systems, field monitoring and metrology.

Prof. Anthony Jakeman
Australian National University

Tony Jakeman is Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University (ANU) and Director of the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre, ANU. While his main background is in applied mathematics and hydrological modelling, his strongest interests are integrated assessment methods and decision support systems for water and associated land resource problems with management of uncertainty a major consideration. Experience includes modelling and management of water supply and quality problems in relation to climate, land use and policy changes and their effects on biophysical and socioeconomic outcomes. In 2011 he was awarded the Silver Medal of Masaryk University. Jakeman is on the highly cited researcher list by Thomson Reuters (top 1% in Computer Science), 2015. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Prof. William James
University of Guelph, Canada

William James, is Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Guelph and the founding president of CHI, is an internationally recognized authority on stormwater management with over 50 years experience in research, teaching and consulting. He has published 20 books, over 200 technical papers and has presented professional courses throughout Canada, the U.S. and overseas. Dr. James has supported SWMM from its earliest distribution, developing the first PC version in 1984.

Prof. Gustaf Olsson
Lund University, Sweden

Gustaf Olsson is Professor Emeritus at Lund University, Sweden since 2006. He has devoted his research to control and automation in water systems, electrical power and process industries. He has served in various positions within the International Water Association (Director, Honorary member). He has received the Lund University pedagogical award for “distinguished achievements in the education”. The Lund University engineering students have elected him as the “teacher of the year”. Between 2005 and 2010 he was the editor-in-chief of the journals Water Science and Technology and Water Science and Technology/Water Supply. In 2010 he received the IWA Publication Award. In 2012 he was the awardee of an Honorary Doctor degree at UTM and an Honorary Membership of IWA. In 2014 he has been appointed Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association.

Prof. Wolfgang Rauch
University of Innsbruck, Austria

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.

Prof. Peter A. Vanrolleghem
Laval University, Canada

Peter Vanrolleghem is full professor at the Civil and Water Engineering Department of Université Laval, Canada. He has a doctorate in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University, Belgium, 1994. As an associate professor at Ghent University, he initiated the BIOMATH research team that by 2006 had grown to 25 researchers focusing on modeling methodologies for bioprocesses, mainly in environmental systems. Since 2006 he holds the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling, allowing him to start up the modelEAU research group at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. His research topics focus on modeling, monitoring and control of water systems, using mathematical models to better understand and manage urban wastewater systems. He is chair of WEF’s Modeling Expert Group of the America’s (MEGA) and is Member of WEF’s House of Delegates, representing Québec.

Key Dates


1 August 2017

First call for extended abstracts



10 October 2017

Extended abstract submission open



20 January 2018

Second call for extended abstract



10 April 2018

20 March 2018

Deadline for the submission of extended abstract



1 June 2018

Notification of extended abstract acceptance



20 June 2018

Early bird registration ends



1 July 2018

Deadline for revised extended abstract submission



15 September 2018

1 August 2018

Deadline for the submission of full paper (on voluntary basis)


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