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Important distinction for the Department of Civil Engineering: research funding through the European Program HORIZON 2020

Important distinction for the Department of Civil Engineering: research funding through the European Program HORIZON 2020

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Thessaly was recently awarded funding for a research project, in the competitive program HORIZON 2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange MSCA-RISE-2016. The project’s scientific coordinator for the University of Thessaly is Assoc. Professor Chrysi Laspidou, while the project’s acronym and title are Water4Cities—Holistic Surface Water and Groundwater Management for Sustainable Cities. It deals with urban water management, which becomes increasingly more challenging in the view of population growth and the growing complexity of water management infrastructure.
The Water4Cities project will rely on sensor technologies, data and visual analytics to enable localization, visualization and analysis of urban water (both surface water and groundwater) at a holistic urban setting providing services to multiple water stakeholders. It aims to develop the necessary models and an associated platform that will enable water providers and relevant stakeholders to a) monitor in real-time the urban water resources; b) support their decisions for optimal urban water management causing minimal environmental impact, and c) involve policy makers, corporations, and the public to provide the support for sound and balanced decision-making. Beyond the scientific results, Water4Cities will target the exchange of knowledge among project partners. The project will be demonstrated in two case studies, one in the island of Skiathos, Greece, and one in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Coordinator of the program is the IT Company SingularLogic (Greece), while the research team consists of 8 partners from 5 different countries: Greece, Slovenia, Spain, UK and USA. The project partners are the following: the Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia), the Ljubljanski Urbanisticni Zavod, d.d. (Slovenia), Iquadrat Informatica SL (Spain), the Bangor University (UK), the Water Supply and Sewerage Enterprise of Skiathos (Greece), and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (USA). The total project budget is 1.2 million euros and the duration is 4 years. The Kick-off Meeting of the Water4Cities project took place in Brussels on the 2nd and 3rd of March, 2017. The Water4Cities project will enable the collaboration of researchers in different research areas, i.e., water management, urban infrastructure management, sensor networks, data mining, data visualization, system integration and urban planning. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the project, staff exchanges will allow partners working closely together to deliver high quality results.

Information:
Assoc. Prof. Chrysi Laspidou (laspidou@uth.gr)
www.water4cities.eu