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Prof Raziyeh Farmani

Professor of Water Engineering


Telephone: 01392 723630

Extension: (Streatham) 3630

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 (

  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.


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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,