Solomatine to speak on "Hydroinformatics: Optimization and Uncertainties of Integrating Data, Models and Decisions"

Dimitri Solomatine
Dimitri Solomatine

Dimitri Solomatine of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education will speak on "Hydroinformatics: Optimization and Uncertainties of Integrating Data, Models and Decisions," Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. in Room 111 of the Scott Engineering Center.

Hydroinformatics is a discipline and a technology dealing with the use of advances in ICT, computer sciences and computational intelligence for solving problems of aquatic environment. It considers the whole chain data-models-decisions-people, uses systems approach and seeks for identifying optimal solutions in multi-stakeholder context. Mathematical computer-based modelling is the heart of Hydroinformatics approach. Due to the generality of the approach, application area of hydroinformatics is very wide: river basin and water resources management, groundwater management, flood risk management, reservoir optimization, coastal management, environmental systems, urban water systems, etc. The first Masters programme in Hydroinformatics in the world started in 1990 at IHE-Delft (currently UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education).

In this talk, an introduction to hydroinformatics will be given, together with some latest research results examples concerning more specific problems: using optimal multi-models in flow forecasting, using machine learning in building predictive models of uncertainty, using multi-objective optimization to improve water systems operation. An ever-present issue of making modelling results better understood and used by managers and stakeholders in an optimal way will be addressed as well.

The Water Seminar series is organized and sponsored by the Nebraska Water Center, part of the Daugherty Water for Food Institute (, with support from Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and School of Natural Resources.

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