Dragan Savić

CEO KWR Water Research Institute and Professor of Hydroinformatics at the University of Exeter

Professor Dragan Savic FREng is the CEO of KWR Water Research Institute, the Dutch drinking water companies’ collective research organization. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1990 and co-founded the University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems in 1998.

In 2001 he became the UK’s first Professor of Hydroinformatics, holding this post until 2018 at the University of Exeter, where he was also the head of the Engineering faculty between 2010 and 2014. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the highest honor for a UK engineer. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (UK), and a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). He is currently Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bari (Italy), Belgrade (Serbia), IHE Delft (the Netherlands) and the Harbin Institute of Technology (China).

His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/environmental science and engineering, informatics/computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimization techniques). The applications of his research are in the ecological engineering areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water and wastewater systems, and environmental protection and management.

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