Special Issue "Shaping the Future Digital Infrastructure of Urban Water Systems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuel Herrera
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Guest Editor
Institute for Manufacturing, Dept. of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
Interests: time series; network science; distributed AI; geometric deep learning; multiscale modelling; critical infrastructure; asset management; hydroinformatics
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Prof. Armando Di Nardo
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, Universitá della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy
Interests: water network management; water network partitioning; water leakage; complex network theory; critical infrastructure; optimization; smart water network; resilience
Dr. Nazli Y. Aydin
Guest Editor
Future Resilient Systems, ETH Zurich, Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore
Interests: disaster resilience; graph theory; critical infrastructures; sustainable urban water management; decision support systems
Prof. Dr. Joaquín Izquierdo
Guest Editor
Institute for Multidisciplinary Mathematics, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Interests: mathematical modeling; knowledge-based systems; DSSs in engineering (mainly urban hydraulics)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digitalization may be broadly defined as the application of digital information from multiple owners and sources and in various formats to address strategic challenges for the improvement of materials, processes, supply and services. The recent development of technologies such as personal mobile computing, cloud based computing and ubiquitous internet, open new improvement perspectives for digital asset and infrastructure management. The overall objective of this Special Issue is to face current and future challenges associated with digital infrastructure for urban water systems, and fostering research improving urban water management for constantly growing, interconnected cities. The aim is to promote the deployment of smart infrastructure and intelligent data analysis to aid water industry management. This is a timely proposal as we are facing a new era in which smart-grids and the so-called Industry 4.0 are successfully exploiting cyber–physical systems connecting and communicating with each other and with other actuators. Urban water systems also need quick integration and sharing of assets and infrastructure across multiple utilities. Besides water, this endeavour definitely includes energy, waste and telecommunications. Contributions to this Special Issue are expected to explore new research avenues that combine cutting-edge research methods on the operations and services that enable us to develop, run and maintain autonomous urban water systems. This Special Issue calls, then, for papers on topics such as sensor network analysis in water systems, smart asset management, near real-time control and operation of water distribution systems, advanced metering infrastructure architectures, model network calibration, and those contributions to minimising the impact of climate change and extreme weather events in current and future urban water management. In terms of applied methodologies, papers on those topics based on such techniques as artificial intelligence, complex networks, nature-inspired and agent-based computing, and divide-and-conquer algorithms, among others, will be welcome.

Dr. Manuel Herrera
Prof. Armando di Nardo
Dr. Nazli Y. Aydin
Prof. Joaquín Izquierdo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • smart asset management for water distribution systems
  • sensor network performance and the Internet of Things for urban water systems
  • dynamic control of water networks based on adaptive analysis and real-time monitoring
  • big data and data analytics for water utility management and decision-making
  • identification of water consumption patterns and synthetic trends based on large time series
  • divide-and-conquer techniques based on smart meter placement
  • advanced metering infrastructures (AMIs)
  • innovative techniques for urban utility network management within a framework of smart and resilient cities
  • water security and infrastructure resilience facing human and natural hazards
  • visual analytics, machine learning and soft computing for urban water systems
  • artificial intelligence technology, nature-inspired and agent-based computing techniques
  • multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) on the urban water infrastructure
  • customer-oriented management, tariff-based choices and water use

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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