Prof Dragan Savic FREng
Professor of Hydroinformatics
Telephone: 01392 723637
Extension: (Streatham) 3637
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Professor Savić (FREng, FICE, FCIWEM, FIWA, MASCE, CEng), a founder and former director of the Centre for Water Systems, is the UK’s first Professor of Hydroinformatics having held this post at the University of Exeter since 2001. He is also the CEO of KWR Water Research Institute, the Dutch drinking water companies’ collective research organisation and Distinguished Professor at the National University of Malaysia.
His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/ environmental science and engineering, informatics/ computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques) and environmental engineering. Applications are generally in the environmental engineering/science areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water & wastewater systems and environmental protection & management. Some of the research topics include:
- development and application of Artificial Intelligence-based decision-support systems, simulation and optimization models to improve understanding and provide solutions to water engineering problems;
- hydroinformatics tools and techniques and their effective application to managing risk and uncertainties associated with water systems;
- real-time management of urban water systems involving smart monitoring, telemetered systems and sensor networks;
- cross-disciplinary complex system approaches to water resource management;
- understanding of urban water distribution and wastewater systems, including technical, socio-economic and environmental issues;
- integrated assessment modelling of the water-food-energy system/nexus;
- integrated asset management methodologies for water industry applications.
He is currently PI on the Water-Futures ERC Synergy Grant (2021-2027) working on long-term sustainable transitions of drinking water systems under deep uncertainty.
Other current and recent funded research projects include NEXTGEN (transformational circular economy solutions and systems around resource use in the water sector), Fiware4water (development of modular applications using FIWARE and open API architecture for the real time management of water systems) and Aqua3s (water safety through the combination of novel technologies in water safety and the standardisation of existing sensor technologies).
Professor Savić has lectured extensively throughout UK and abroad where he has given research presentations at many institutions on all continents. He has held a Visiting Professor position at the Universities of Bari (Italy) and Belgrade (Serbia), UNESCO-IHE (Delft, The Netherlands) and Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China). He has lectured in the fields of:
- urban water systems;
- system modelling and optimization;
You can read here my musings on various topics related to water:
- IAHR White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and water management.
- The race to save the Underground from flooding, WIRED.
- How to Build a Water-Smart City?, Bloomberg.
- Safeguarding water’s digital transformation, Revolve Magazine.
- Circular economy and water, H2O Global News.
Other Relevant Information
Professor Savić is a founder and former director of the Centre for Water Systems, an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. He is a Chartered Civil and Water Engineer with over thirty years of experience in research, teaching and consulting. He is elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). Professor Savic served as Head of Engineering Department from 2010 until 2014.
Qualifications : Dipl. Ing. (Belgrade), MSc (Belgrade), PhD (Manitoba), all in Civil Engineering