Plenary speakers

Nick Van de Giesen

B.S. and M.S. in Land and Water Management from the Agricultural University of Wageningen, The Netherlands (1984 and 1987, respectively) and Ph.D. in Soil and Water Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (1994). Co-founder of the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) and coordinator of the GLOWA Volta Project. He is currently professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

Gabriela Cembrano Gennari

She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Automatic Control from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Since 1989, she is researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Computing (IRI). Her main research area is Control Engineering, and has been involved in numerous industrial research projects on Modelling and Optimal Control of drinking-water and urban drainage systems. She is also a member of the CETaqua Water Technology Centre.

Dimitri P. Solomatine

Ph.D in Management and Systems Sciences, Institute for Systems Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (1984). Professor of Hydroinformatics since 1990 at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands, where he is Head of the Hydroinformatics Chair Group since 2006. He is co-founder and chairman of the Sub-division on Hydroinformatics of the European Geosciences Union. His research interests include hydroinformatics, integration of models and remote sensing data.

Dr. Yoshihide Wada

Ph.D. (Cum Laude) in hydrology from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is currently Acting Director of Water (WAT) Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), adjunct research scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, USA, and an adjunct professor at the School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, China. His current research projects include a global assessment of sustainable solutions achieving SDGs under socioeconomic and climate change and increasing water scarcity, the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative, the inter-sectoral climate change impacts assessments (ISIpedia), and the European Climate Prediction system (EUCP).

Maria da Conceição Morais de Oliveira Cunha

Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Coimbra and M.S. in Hydraulics and Water Resources from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Ph.D. in Natural Applied Sciences from the University of Louvain (Belgium). She is currently full professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Coimbra. Her research areas include hydrosystems analysis, reservoir and aquifer planning and management, robust optimization, and flexibility design of water infrastructures