School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Keynote speech: Flow turbulence and sediment dynamics: recent insights from high-precision PIV experiments
Professor Vladimir Nikora is the Sixth Century Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, UK. Dr. Nikora’s main research accomplishments relate to improved understanding of stream turbulence and its measurements, development and applications of the double-averaging methodology for describing and predicting rough-bed turbulent flows, new sediment dynamics concepts and measurement tools for erosion and transport of cohesive and non-cohesive sediments, and novel studies of flow-biota interactions in aquatic systems. Vladimir Nikora is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland National Academy) and recipient of 2010 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award and 2017 Hans Albert Einstein Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Francisco Javier Fernández Delgado
Subdirector de Telecontrol, Canal de Isabel II, Spain
Keynote speech: Digitalisation and innovation: at the core of Canal de Isabel II
Javier Fernández Delgado graduated in Mathematics, specializing in Operational Research, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1989.
Prior to joining Canal de Isabel II in 1992, he worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and Isdefe (Spanish Ministry of Defence). During his 26 years working for Canal de Isabel II, he has carried out duties as an analyst in network modelling and demand management, Head of Software Development, and Head of IT.
Since 2007 he is the Deputy Director in charge of Telecontrol, and is responsible for Instrumentation, Control, Automation, Telecommunications, Metrology, the Control Centre, and the strategic line for improving guarantee of supply. He is also representative of Canal de Isabel II in IWa’s Hydroinformatics group, the Smart Water Network Forum, EUREAU’s Joint Working Group for Innovation and the Spanish group for Standardisation of Smart Cities.
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Vice-President of IAHR
Keynote speech: Managing Flood Risk in an Urban Catchment through Monitoring and Modelling
James Ball is a member of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTS. His research interests include data for application of catchment models and the use of IT approaches to extract information from large databases. He is currently a Vice-President of IAHR and participates in the IAHR Committees on Floodplain Management, Hydroinformatics (Joint Committee with IWA), and Urban Drainage (Joint Committee with IWA). He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been a co-opted member of their National Committee on Water Engineering for numerous years. Additionally, he was the Editor responsible for the current revision to the Australian Guidelines for flood estimation - Australian Rainfall and Runoff - published in 2016. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of River Basin Management, an Editor for Water Science and Technology, and a member of the editorial boards for the Urban Water Journal, the Journal of Hydroinformatics, and the Australian Journal of Water Resources.