1 - 6 July 2018 | Palermo -Italy


A. Technologies for Water Management and Monitoring

  • A1. Advanced technologies for water systems monitoring
  • A2. Soft and smart sensors applications for water systems
  • A3. Real time control technologies and applications
  • A4. ICT for water
  • A5. Optimization techniques and their application
  • A6. Complex network theory and its application
  • A7. Internet, Cloud and Mobile application for water
  • A8. Social Media Mining and Open Data for water
  • A9. Decisions using Probabilistic Forecasts

B. Remote sensing

  • B1. Remote sensing applied to hydrology
  • B2. Remote sensing for water resource management
  • B3. Remote sensing for coastal modelling and water quality
  • B4. Airborne and remote data integration and verification
  • B5. Data Assimilation Techniques

C. Big-data, knowledge and water data management

  • C1. Data-mining techniques
  • C2. Knowledge management
  • C3. Big-data analytics
  • C4. Complex network analysis
  • C5. SCADA systems and data validation
  • C6. DSS and GIS for water management
  • C7. IOT applications for water management

D. Hydraulic and hydrological modelling

  • D1. Physically based vs conceptual hydrological models
  • D2. Mathematical modelling of water systems
  • D3. Hydraulic modelling of complex water bodies
  • D4. Water quality modelling
  • D5. Model validation, calibration and uncertainty analysis
  • D6. Predictive Uncertainty assessment and Ensembles
  • D7. Computational intelligence in data driven hybrid modelling
  • D8. Modeling of urban water distribution and drainage systems

E. Climate change impacts

  • E1. Regional Climate Modeling
  • E2. Quantification of Uncertainties
  • E3. Impacts on resources, flooding, drought
  • E4. Resilience, adaption and mitigation
theme F

F. Environmental and Coastal Hydroinformatics

  • F1. Coastal and water quality modelling
  • F2. Surface and ground water modeling
  • F3. Integrated Water Resources Management

Committee members

Organising Committee

Goffredo La Loggia

Goffredo La Loggia


University of Palermo, Italy ext-link

Joong Hoon Kim “Jay”

Joong Hoon Kim “Jay”


Korea University, Korea ext-link

Adrián Pedrozo-Acuña

Adrián Pedrozo-Acuña


Universitad National Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico ext-link

Leonardo Noto

Leonardo Noto


University of Palermo, Italy ext-link

International Programme Committee

  • Dragan A. Savic (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Ezio Todini (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Abubakr Muhammad (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)
  • Bruno Brunone (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Alberto Montanari (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Jamshid Mousavi (Tehran Polytechnic, Iran)
  • Luca Ridolfi (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
  • Wolfgang Rauch (University of Innsbruck)

Steering Committee

  • Orazio Giustolisi (Italy) – Chair
  • Vladan Babovic (Singapore)
  • Dominic Boccelli (USA)
  • Pilar Garcia Navarro (Spain)
  • Philippe Gourbesville (France)
  • George P. Karatzas (Greece)
  • Ole Mark (Denmark)
  • Dimitri Solomatine (Netherlands)
  • Zoran Vojinovic (Netherlands)
  • Thorsten Wagener (UK)
  • Gwo-Fong Lin (Taiwan)

National Programme Committee

  • Giuseppe Ciraolo (University of Palermo, Italy) – Chair
  • Luigi Berardi (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
  • Fulvio Capodici (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Mauro De Marchis (University of Enna, Italy)
  • Gaetano Di Bella (University of Enna, Italy)
  • Marco Ferrante (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Daniele Biagio Laucelli (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
  • Antonino Maltese (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Giorgio Mannina (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Mario Rosario Mazzola (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Silvia Meniconi (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Barbara Milici (University of Enna, Italy)
  • Enrico Napoli (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Vincenza Notaro (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Valeria Puleo (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Maria Crocetta Sambito (University of Enna, Italy)
  • Michele Torregrossa (University of Palermo, Italy)

Scientific Committee

  • Leonardo Alfonso (Netherlands)
  • James Ball (Australia)
  • Fulvio Boano (Italy)
  • Fabian Bombardelli (USA)
  • Agustin Breña Naranjo (Mexico)
  • David Butler (UK)
  • Fabio Castelli (Italy)
  • Patricio Catalan (Chile)
  • Yangbo Chen (China)
  • Albert Chen (UK)
  • Gye Woon Choi (South Korea)
  • Rodrigo Cienfuegos (Chile)
  • Paulin Coulibaly (Canada)
  • Maria Cunha (Portugal)
  • Cristiana Di Cristo (Italy)
  • Armando Di Nardo (Italy)
  • Eric Duviella (France)
  • Giuseppe Formetta (UK)
  • Georges Govaere (Costa Rica)
  • Reinhard Hinkelmann (Germany)
  • Klaudia Horváth (Netherlands)
  • Jin Hwan Hwang (South Korea)
  • Vitaly Ilinich (Russia)
  • Seok Hwan Jang (South Korea)
  • Zoran Kapelan (UK)
  • Branko Kerkez (USA)
  • João Paulo Leitão (Switzerland)
  • Dongfang Liang (UK)
  • Qiuhua Liang (UK)
  • Shie-Yui Liong (Singapore)
  • Pierre-Olivier Malaterre (France)
  • Hamed Mazandarani Zadeh (Iran)


  • Suzana Montenegro (Brazil)
  • Mark Morley (Netherlands)
  • S. Jamshid Mousavi (Iran)
  • Gholamreza Naser (Canada)
  • Quang Binh Nguyen (Vietnam)
  • Daisuke Nohara (Japan)
  • Satoru Oishi (Japan)
  • Ilhan Özgen (Germany)
  • Olivier Piller (France)
  • José Pinho (Portugal)
  • Dusan Prodanovic (Serbia)
  • Vicenç Puig (Spain)
  • Roberto Ranzi (Italy)
  • Erasmo Rodriguez (Colombia)
  • Juan Pablo Rodríguez Rincon (Colombia)
  • Michele Romano (UK)
  • Alberto Sanfeliu (Spain)
  • Weiwei Shao (China)
  • Nuno Simoes (Portugal)
  • Antonietta Simone (Italy)
  • Ashley Sommer (Australia)
  • Donatella Termini (Italy)
  • Alec Torres-Freyermuth (Mexico)
  • Carla Tricarico (Italy)
  • Rita Ugarelli (Norway)
  • Lydia S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia (UK)
  • Van Thanh Van Nguyen (Canada)
  • Peter van Thienen (Netherlands)
  • Stênio Venâncio (Brazil)
  • Dong Wang (China)
  • Steven Weijs (Canada)

Plenary & Invited Speakers


Dragan Savic

Dragan Savic

United Kingdom

Hydroinformatics so far: a story of motivation, inspiration and success

Download short CV

Vladan Babovic

Vladan Babovic


Augmented Reality and Extended Intelligence: Reboot for the Hydroinformatics revolution

Download short CV

Rafael L. Bras

Rafael L. Bras

United States

So Much Data and So few ways to Use It: The Era of Data Rich Hydrology

Download short CV

Ezio Todini

Ezio Todini


Revisiting water distribution modeling under an uncertainty perspective

Download short CV

Demetris Koutsoyiannis

Demetris Koutsoyiannis


Climate change impacts on hydrological science: How the climate change agenda has lowered the scientific level of hydrology

Download short CV


The final programme of the sessions is now available.




Final Programme.pdf

Special sessions

Special sessions can be proposed by any conference participant, who is ideally representing a technical/scientific interest group.Special sessions will be open to all conference participants and will be included in the call for papers. Thus, the special sessions will be open to external contributions. Participants registration to the special sessions will follow the general conference registration procedure and rules.

The special sessions format will be:

  •  a dedicated special session, with invited presenters and authors only, serving to facilitate discussion among the leading experts
  • collaborative sessions with presentations of collaborative efforts of researchers or working groups, or of large transdisciplinary projects
  • poster sessions on a particular subject, potentially accompanied with flash presentations


Deadline for Special sessions proposal expired on 31st July 2017.

In the following, the accepted Special sessions are listed. To have more information about these sessions the participants can refer to the contact persons or download the brief description provided in the Special sessions (updated).pdf file. 

 S1. Data Assimilation of spatial information for hydrologic and hydraulic models

Contact person: Pierre-Olivier Malaterre, [email protected]

 S2. Complex Network Theory and Applications to Water Systems

Contact person: Daniele Biagio Laucelli, [email protected]

 S3. Climate change impacts on urban water systems: flooding forecasting and warning

Contact persons: Simon Beecham, [email protected]; Giuseppe Tito Aronica, [email protected]

 S4. Integrated use of the water reservoirs

Contact person: Vitaly Ilinich, [email protected]

 S5. IA techniques for Smart Water Systems: Smart Sensors, Smart networks and Serious Gaming

Contact persons: Eric Duviella, [email protected] ; Lydia S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, [email protected]

 S6. Model predictive control for water management

Contact person: Klaudia Horváth, [email protected]

 S7. Development and application of the next generation of shallow flow models

Contact person: Ilhan Özgen, [email protected]

 S9. Long-term resilience of water systems:  input data analysis

Contact person: Carla Tricarico, [email protected]

 S10. Monitoring network optimization and model choice: information for predictions and value for decisions

Contact person: Steven Weijs, [email protected]

 S13. Simulation of fluvial eco-hydraulic and morphodynamic processes

Contact person: Donatella Termini, [email protected]

 S14. Advance in uncertainty estimation of hydro-science in changing environment

Contact person: Dong Wang, [email protected]

 S16. Time series analysis for climate change detection

Contact person: Roberto Ranzi, [email protected]


Call for Sessions.pdf


Special sessions (updated).pdf


Short courses

The HIC2018 participants can enjoy several courses. Here the courses details will be published when they will be available.

Workshop: Realistic modelling of pressure-dependent leakage in water pipes. Applying FAVAD concepts to testing of pipe samples, with fast-track practitioner approach in distribution systems; practical prediction of pressure:burst frequency relationships

Presented by Marco Fantozzi (ISLE Utilities) using original material provided by Professor Kobus van Zyl (UCT) and Allan Lambert (WLRandA Ltd)

Save the date: Friday 6 July, from 9:30 to 15:30
Additional information: download the workshop leaflet here.
How to book: to enable registration, kindly complete the form and email to: [email protected], then you will receive instruction for the payment. Download the registration form here.


Workshop: FLO-2D Integrated Surface Water/Storm Drain Modeling with QGIS Plug-in Tool

Presented by Karen O’Brien, Jimmy O’Brien and Noemi Gonzalez-Ramirez (FLO-2D Software, Inc.) and Fernando Nardi (Warredoc, University for Foreigners of Perugia)

Save the date: Sunday 1 July, from 14:30 to 18:30
Additional information: download the workshop leaflet here. For more info email at [email protected]
How to book: to register for the workshop, you need to complete the registration form available at the following LINK.

Students Participation

We strongly encourage students to participate in the whole event, both the Conference and the Short courses.

For these reasons, we want to support their participation in the following ways:

  • Substantial reduction in the registration fees to all students (to almost half the regular price for both early-bird and late registration)
  • No cut-backs to the students’ conference experience (the reduced fees entitle them to almost everything the regular fees do)
  • Budget accommodation options and arrangement for room sharing
  • Best Student Paper Awards

The Student status will be recognized only to PhDs and Master Students.

The HIC 2018 sponsored Best Student Paper Awards are designed to encourage and acknowledge excellence in student paper presentations.
Six special students award sessions will be planned, one for each theme. An evaluation panel will be created for each Student Special Session. The evaluation panel will consist of the specific Student Special Session chairs, and the chairs of other session within the corresponding theme if attending the whole students’ presentations.

The Best Paper Presentation Award will consist of:
– an award certificate
– free HIC 2020 registration
– free registration to IWA

The winners may be announced at the conclusion of the Gala Dinner, if winner is selected by that time, and on the HIC 2018 website.

More details (e.g. the paper eligibility and evaluation criteria) are available for download here.