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Prof Raziyeh Farmani

Professor of Water Engineering

 R.Farmani@exeter.ac.uk


Overview

Professor Farmani is a Professor of Water Engineering and Industrial Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering at Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter. She is the Chair of IWA's Intermittent Water Supply Specialist Group.

She specialises in urban water systems modelling, water resources management and asset management and has expertise in multi-objective optimisation of water networks.

Her research interests covers evolutionary optimisation, artificial intelligence and data mining and their applications in real-time control of water systems, asset management of water distribution systems including leakage analysis, pressure and energy management, reliability and resilience, asset failure and deterioration modelling.

Ongoing PhD Research Supervision

- Jonathan Segynola, Topic: Data Analytics for Smart Management of pipe networks

- Ridi Hossain, Topic: Monitoring the stormwater overflow performance of decentralised stormwater management interventions

- Taegon Ko, Topic: Development of a real-time pipe burst detection model in multi-regional water distribution systems using AI

- Raghavarshith Bandreddi, Topic: Hydraulic model based leak localisation in water distribution systems using on-field sensor data

- Benjamin Orriss, Topic: Exploring multiple benefits of upstream storage reservoirs

- Ramiz Beig Zali, Topic: Water Asset Health deterioration modelling

- Faten Ayyash Baalousha, Schlumberger Foundation Scholarship, Topic: Transition from Intermittent to Continuous Water Supply through Optimum Rehabilitation of Water Systems

- Babak Zolghadr Asli, QUEX scholarship, Topic: How far can we replace traditional water supplies with desalinated seawater – pushing the boundaries, Case study: Chile

- Xi Wan, China Scholarship Council, Topic: Data Analytics for Smart Water Systems Operation and Management: Leakage Detection and Localisation

- Matthew Hayslep, Topic: Leak detection and location in water networks using evolutionary computing and machine learning

- Mahnoush Maleki, Topic: Adaptive Management of Water Distribution Network Flows to Control Water Quality, Canada

- Vasileios Koukoravas, WISE-CDT, Topic: Pressure Driven Modelling of Intermittent Water Supply Systems, Case study: Zimbabwe

- Dondu Sarisen, Turkish Government Scholarship, Topic: Improving Equity in Intermittent Water Supply Systems

- Samia Saad, Egyptian Government Scholarship, Topic: Investigation of saltwater intrusion in heterogeneous coastal aquifers: Application to Egypt’s Nile Delta

- Elizabeth Lawson, STREAM-CDT, Topic: Rooting out Resilience (Organisational Resilience in the UK Water Sector)

- Iman Alharsha, Libyan Government Scholarship, Topic: Alternative drainage systems investigation for sustainable urban water management in Sirte, Libya.

- Mahdieh Dibaj, Topic: Integrated management of seawater intrusion through coupled 3D surface-subsurface flow and transport modelling, Case study: Taiwan

- Kondwani Simukonda, Commonwealth Scholarship, Topic: Sustainable Conversion of Intermittent Supply to Continuous Water Supply, Case study: Zambia

I am happy to take PhD students working on any projects related to my currently active research. Also I would be happy to supervise PhD students interested in AI and Big Data in urban water systems, sustainable water management, water in developing countries and water-energy-food nexus. Please feel free to contact me by email (r.farmani@exeter.ac.uk).

  Research Projects

- Leakage modelling, MENA Funding, Collaboration with the American University of Sharjah, UAE (2023)

- AI for Leakage management, MENA Funding, Collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University, Oman (2022)

- AIoT: Artificial Intelligence of Things Enabling Autonomous Waste Catchments, Ofwat, (2022-2025)

- Digital Twin for Water Pipe Systems, KTP (2021-2024), Datatecnics

- Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellow (2019-2022), Digital Solutions for Resilient Urban Water Systems

- Development of a novel standalone solar-driven agriculture greenhouse desalination that grows its energy and irrigation water, British Council (2018-2020)

- Application of innovative statistical models to automate process control tools that manage water pipeline infrastructure, KTP (2018-2021), Artesia

- Geores, Marie Curie RISE grant, H2020, EC (2018-2022)

- TWENTY 65: Tailored Water Solutions for Positive Impact (EPSRC 2015-2021)

- Westcountry Women Working With Water (5W), Royal Academy of Engineering (2018-2019)

- Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering, (2017), Prof Maria Cunha

- Improved Water and Energy Efficiency for Chilean Mining Industry through Optimum scheduling for integrated water supply-demand side management (2016)

- Local Nexus Network: Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity (EPSRC 2015-2017) -  It is a collaboration with main focus on localised food manufacturing and decentralised energy and water supply that interact with the food system.  

- Safe & SuRe: Towards a new paradigm for urban water management - (EPSRC 2013-2018) develops and promotes new thinking and new approaches to water management in cities to meet global challenges.

- iWIDGET: Improved Water efficiency through ICT technologies for integrated supply-Demand side manaGEmenT - (FP7, 2012-2015)

- UK/US collaboration - Clean Water for All (EPSRC 2013-2014) - An exchange programme between University of Exeter, University of Arizona, University of Utah and University of Toledo (EPSRC and NSF funded).

- UK/China collaboration (Royal Society, 2013-2015)- Optimizing strategies and technologies for nonpoint source pollution control - An exchange programme between University of Exeter and Fudan University. (The Royal Society and International Exchanges NSFC funded)

- She has recently led research in two EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environment consortia. Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for Neighbourhoods: ReVISIONs explores the inter-relationships between water, energy, transport and waste infrastructure policies and development plans and Sustainable Regeneration: From evidence based urban futures to implementation (Urban Futures) establishes and assesses the viability and resilience of alternative water infrastructure solutions for different futures in terms of design, operation and implementation.

- New approaches to adaptive water management under uncertainty (NeWater).  Her research focus was on environmental system dynamics, adaptive management with emphasis on developing methods in participatory integrated assessment (using Evolutionary Bayesian belief networks) for guiding step by step adaptive decision making process under uncertainty. The developed methodologies were applied to water demand management in UK, ground water contamination in Denmark, management of over-abstracted aquifers in Spain and flood plain management in Tisza river basin.

Publications

Masoumeh Zare, Mohammad Reza Nikoo, Banafsheh Nematollahi, Amir H. Gandomi, Raziyeh Farmani (2023) Multi-variable approach to groundwater vulnerability elucidation: A risk-based multi-objective optimization model, Journal of Environmental Management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.117842

Samia Saad, Akbar Javadi, Raziyeh Farmani and Mohsen Sherif (2023) Efficient Uncertainty Quantification for Seawater Intrusion Prediction using Optimized Sampling and Null Space Monte Carlo Method, Journal of Hydrology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2023.129496

Seyed Mehran Jafari, Mohammad Reza Nikoo, Omid Bozorg-Haddad, Nasrin Alamdari, Raziyeh Farmani, Amir H. Gandomi (2023) A robust clustering-based multi-objective model for optimal instruction of pipes replacement in urban WDN based on machine learnings approach, Urban Water Journal, accepted

Mohammad Mahdi Rajabi; Pooya Komeilian; Xi Wan; Raziyeh Farmani (2023) Leak Detection and Localization in Water Distribution Networks Using Conditional Deep Convolutional Generative Adversarial Networks, Water Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120012

Xi Wan, Raziyeh Farmani, Edward Keedwell (2023) Gradual Leak Detection in Water Distribution Networks based on multistep forecasting strategy, ASCE’s Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, accepted

Xi Wan, Raziyeh Farmani, Edward Keedwell (2022) Online Leakage detection System based on EWMA-Enhanced Tukey Method for Water Distribution Systems, Journal of Hydroinformatics, https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2022.079

Iman Alharsha, Fayyaz Ali Memon, Raziyeh Farmani, Wa’el A. Hussien (2022) An investigation of Domestic Water consumption in Sirte, Libya, Urban Water Journal, pages 922-944, https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2022.2105239

Dondu Sarisen, Vasilis Koukoravas, Raziyeh Farmani, Zoran Kapelan, Fayyaz Ali Memon (2022) Review of Hydraulic Modelling approaches for Intermittent Water Supply Systems, Aqua – Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society, https://doi.org/10.2166/aqua.2022.028

Xi Wan, Parisa Khorsandi Kuhanestani, Raziyeh Farmani, Ed Keedwell (2022) Literature review of data analytics for leakage detection in water distribution networks: A focus on pressure and flow smart sensors, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, volume 148, issue 10, October 2022, https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29WR.1943-5452.0001597

Samia Saad, Akbar Javadi, Tinkle Chugh and Raziyeh Farmani (2022) Optimal Management of mixed hydraulic barriers in costal aquifers using multi-objective Bayesian approach, Journal of Hydrology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.128021

James L Webber; Tim Fletcher; Raziyeh Farmani; David Butler; Peter Melville-Shreeve (2022) Moving to a future of smart stormwater management: A review and framework for terminology, research, and future perspectives, Water Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118409

Chris Sweetapple; Guangtao Fu; Raziyeh Farmani; David Butler (2022) General resilience: conceptual formulation and quantitative assessment for intervention development in the urban wastewater system, Water Research,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118108

Simukonda, K.; Farmani, R.; Butler D. (2022) Development of scenarios for evaluating conversion from intermittent to continuous water supply strategies’ sustainability implications, Urban Water Journal, https://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2021.2024582

Behnaz Kamali, Ali Naghi Ziaei, Ali Asghar Beheshti, Raziyeh Farmani (2022) An open-source toolbox for investigating functional resilience in sewer networks based on global resilience analysis, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2021.108201

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Publications

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2023

2022

2021

2020

2019

  • Alharsha I, Memon F, Farmani R. (2019) Comparison of seasonal domestic water use and the impact of household characteristics on per capita water consumption in Sirte, Libya, 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1st - 4th Sep 2019.
  • Dibaj M, Javadi A, Akrami M, Ke K-Y, Farmani R, Chen A, Tan Y-C. (2019) 3D groundwater model analyzing Seawater intrusion in Pingtung Plain coastal aquifer, 16th Groundwater Modellers’ Forum, Birmingham, UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Dibaj M, Chen AS, Javadi A, Akrami M, Farmani R, Tan Y-C, Lin Y, Ke K-Y. (2019) Integrated model for flood forecasting and river inundation in Taiwan, 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1st - 4th Sep 2019.
  • Porcheron M, Akrami M, Javadi A, Farmani R, Negm A, Fath HES. (2019) A stand-alone Zero-Liquid-Discharge greenhouse model with rainwater harvesting capability, 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1st - 4th Sep 2019.
  • Hargreaves AJ, Farmani R, Ward S, Butler D. (2019) Modelling the future impacts of urban spatial planning on the viability of alternative water supply, Water Research, volume 162, pages 200-213, DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2019.06.029. [PDF]
  • Kakoudakis K. (2019) Pipe failure prediction and impacts assessment in a water distribution network.
  • Pagano A, Sweetapple C, Farmani R, Giordano R, Butler D. (2019) Water Distribution Networks Resilience Analysis: a Comparison between Graph Theory-Based Approaches and Global Resilience Analysis, Water Resources Management, volume 33, no. 8, pages 2925-2940, DOI:10.1007/s11269-019-02276-x.
  • Akrami M, Javadi A, Hassanein M, Farmani R, Tabor G, Negm A, Fath HES. (2019) Analysing greenhouse ventilation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), UK Association for Computational Mechanics Conference 2019, London, United Kingdom, 10th - 12th Apr 2019, http://ukacm.org/wp-content/uploads/proceedings/2019_Proceedings_UKACM.pdf.
  • Monsef H, Naghashzadegan M, Farmani R, Jamali A. (2019) Deficiency of Reliability Indicators in Water Distribution Networks, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, volume 145, no. 6, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001053.
  • Veldhuis AJ, Glover J, Bradley D, Behzadian K, López-Avilés A, Cottee J, Downing C, Ingram J, Leach M, Farmani R. (2019) Re-distributed manufacturing and the food-water-energy nexus: opportunities and challenges, Production Planning and Control, volume 30, no. 7, pages 593-609, DOI:10.1080/09537287.2018.1540055.
  • Monsef H, Naghashzadegan M, Jamali A, Farmani R. (2019) Comparison of evolutionary multi objective optimization algorithms in optimum design of water distribution network, Ain Shams Engineering Journal, volume 10, no. 1, pages 103-111, DOI:10.1016/j.asej.2018.04.003.
  • Fath HES, Javadi AA, Akrami M, Farmani R, Negm A, Mallick T. (2019) A Novel stand-alone solar-powered agriculture greenhouse-desalination system; increasing sustainability and efficiency of greenhouses, Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE), Oxford, United Kingdom, 14th - 15th Mar 2019.
  • Sweetapple C, Fu G, Farmani R, Butler D. (2019) Exploring wastewater system performance under future threats: Does enhancing resilience increase sustainability?, Water Research, volume 149, pages 448-459, DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2018.11.025.
  • Muhammed KA, Farmani R, Behzadian K, Diao K, Butler D. (2019) Optimal Rehabilitation of Water Distribution Systems using a Cluster-based Technique, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, volume 143, article no. 04017022, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000770.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • Shirzad A, Tabesh M, Farmani R, Mohammadi M. (2013) Pressure-discharge relations with application in head driven simulation of water distribution networks, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, volume 139, no. 6, pages 660-670.
  • Farmani R, Butler D. (2013) Towards more resilient and adaptable water distribution systems under future demand uncertainty, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, volume 13, no. 6, pages 1495-1506, DOI:10.2166/ws.2013.161.
  • Farmani R, Butler D. (2013) Implications of Urban Form on Water Distribution Systems Performance, Water Resources Management, pages 1-15.

2012

2011

  • Hunt D, Farmani R, Lombardi R, Atkinson S, Barber A, Barnes M, Boyko C, Brown J, Bryson J, Butler D. (2011) Scenario Archetypes: Converging rather than Diverging Themes, Proceedings of The 1st World Sustainability Forum, DOI:10.3390/wsf-00720.
  • Atkinson S, Farmani R, Memon FA, Butler D. (2011) Comparing reliability indicators for water distribution networks with a future perspective, Urban Water Management: Challenges and Oppurtunities - 11th International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI 2011, volume 1.
  • Molina JL, Farmani R, Bromley J. (2011) Aquifers Management through Evolutionary Bayesian Networks: The Altiplano Case Study (SE Spain), Water Resources Management, volume 25, no. 14, pages 3883-3909, DOI:10.1007/s11269-011-9893-z.
  • Ward SL, Abdelmeguid H, Farmani R, Memon FA, Butler D. (2011) Sustainable water management – modelling acceptability for decision support: a methodology, Computing and Control for the Water Industry, Exeter, Uk, 5th - 7th Sep 2011, 07 Sep 2011.
  • Javadi AA, Abd-Elhamid HF, Farmani R. (2011) A simulation-optimization model to control seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, DOI:10.1002/nag.1068.

2010

2009

2008

  • Farmani R, Savic D. (2008) An evolutionary Bayesian belief network-based methodology for adaptive water management, Proc. iEMSs 4th Biennial Meeting - Int. Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, iEMSs 2008, volume 2, pages 874-879.
  • Farmani R, Henriksen HJ, Savic DA. (2008) An evolutionary Bayesian belief network methodology for optimum management of groundwater contamination, Environmental Modelling & Software, volume 24, no. 3.

2007

  • Tabesh M, Soltani J, Farmani R. (2007) Comparison of different methods to evaluate mechanical and hydraulic reliability of water distribution systems, Proceedings of the Combined International Conference of Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI2007 and Sustainable Urban Water Management, SUWM2007, pages 91-96.
  • Savic DA, Farmani R, Kapelan Z, Giustolisi D. (2007) Optimal design and management of water distribution systems, Workshop on Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics for Water Resources, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Farmani R, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2007) On Convergence of multiobjective Pareto front: Perturbation method, LNCS 4403, pages 443-456, DOI:10.1007/978-3-540-70928-2_35.
  • Farmani R, Ingeduld P, Savic D, Walters G, Svitak Z, Berka J. (2007) Real-time modelling of a major water supply system, P I CIVIL ENG-WAT M, volume 160, no. 2, pages 103-108, DOI:10.1680/wama.2007.160.2.103.
  • Farmani R, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2007) On convergence of multi-objective Pareto front: Perturbation method, EVOLUTIONARY MULTI-CRITERION OPTIMIZATION, PROCEEDINGS, volume 4403, pages 443-+. [PDF]
  • Farmani R, Ingeduld P, Savic DA, Walters GA, Svitak Z, Berka J. (2007) Hydraulic water quality and realtime control model of South West Moravian regional water supply system, Water Management Journal (Institution of Civil Engineers), volume 160, no. WM2, pages 103-108. [PDF]
  • Farmani R, Abadia R, Savic D. (2007) Optimum design and management of pressurized branched irrigation networks, ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, volume 133, no. 6, pages 528-537, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9437(2007)133:6(528). [PDF]
  • Farmani R, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2007) On Convergence of multiobjective Pareto front: Perturbation method, LNCS 4403, pages 443-456.

2006

  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2006) Evolutionary multi-objective optimization of the design and operation of water distribution network: total cost vs. reliability vs. water quality, Journal of Hydroinformatics, volume 8, pages 165-179.
  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2006) Evolutionary multi-objective optimization of the design and operation of water distribution network: total cost vs. reliability vs. water quality, Journal of Hydroinformatics, volume 8, pages 165-179.

2005

  • Duarte P, Farmani R, Alegre H, Savic D, Walters G, Monteiro J. (2005) Water distribution systems optimisation and technical performance assessment: Using technical performance assessment for comparing solutions, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI 2005: Water Management for the 21st Century, volume 2.
  • Javadi AA, Farmani R, Tan TP. (2005) A hybrid intelligent genetic algorithm, Advanced Engineering Informatics, volume 19, no. 4, pages 255-262, DOI:10.1016/j.aei.2005.07.003.
  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2005) Trade-off between total cost and reliability for Anytown water distribution network, JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, volume 131, no. 3, pages 161-171, DOI:10.1061/(ADCE)0733-9496(2005)131:3(161).
  • Farmani R, Wright JA, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2005) Self-adaptive fitness formulation for evolutionary constrained optimization of water systems, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, volume 19, pages 212-216.
  • Farmani, R., Savic, D.A.. (2005) Evolutionary multi-objective optimization in water distribution network design, Engineering Optimization, volume 37, no. 2, pages 167-183.
  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2005) Trade-off between total cost and reliability for Anytown water distribution network, ASCE journal of water resources planning and management, volume 131, no. 3, pages 161-171, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9496(2005)131:3(161). [PDF]
  • Javadi AA, Farmani R, Tan TP. (2005) An intelligent self-learning Genetic Algorithm; development and engineering applications, Advanced Engineering Informatics, volume 19, pages 255-262, DOI:10.1016/j.aei.2005.07.003.
  • Farmani R, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2005) Fuzzy rules for hydraulic reliability-based design and operation of water distribution systems.
  • Farmani R, Wright JA, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2005) Self-adaptive fitness formulation for evolutionary constrained optimization of water systems, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, volume 19, pages 212-216.

2004

  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2004) "The Simultaneous Optimization of Anytown Pipe Rehabilitation, Tank Sizing, Tank Siting and Pump Operation Schedules".
  • Farmani R, Walters GA, Savic DA. (2004) "The Simultaneous Optimization of Anytown Pipe Rehabilitation, Tank Sizing, Tank Siting and Pump Operation Schedules".

2003

  • Farmani R, Savic DA, Walters GA. (2003) Benchmark problems for design and optimisation of water distribution systems, ADVANCES IN WATER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT, pages 249-256. [PDF]
  • Farmani R, Wright JA. (2003) Self-Adaptive Fitness Formulation for Constrained Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 7, no. 5, pages 445-455, DOI:10.1109/TEVC.2003.817236.

2002

1999

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