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Smart Water Grids: Managing Complexity Via Ubiquitous Sensing and Modeling Abstractions

Start Date: June 1, 2016 11:00 AM
End Date: June 1, 2016 12:00 PM

Room 3-5209

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Abstract: Regions around the world are facing rapid large-scale environmental changes brought about by natural forces unleashed by climate change; historical forces driven by social, political and demographic changes; and global transitions triggered by new technologies. In South Asia, the impact of these changes is felt most in the water sector in poor management of irrigation networks, depleting groundwater, deterioration in water quality, poor sanitation and difficulties in preservation of eco-systems. To address these challenges, we have developed and deployed cyber physical systems and IoT inspired solutions for water management and precision agriculture in the Indus river basin in Pakistan.These include real-time flow monitoring systems, innovative schemes for demand-based and supply-driven irrigation delivery and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to inspect siltation of water channels. We demonstrate the effectiveness of such automation based technologies in scaling-up solutions to ensure transparency and effective governance. 

Bio: Dr. Abubakr Muhammad is as associate professor of electrical engineering and founding director of the Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) at LUMS, Pakistan. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA where his PhD thesis won the Sigma Xi Best PhD Dissertation Award. He also received masters degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He was a postdoctoral researcher first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at McGill University. His group at LUMS  does fundamental and applied research in robotics and cyber physical systems with applications to water and agriculture. During his research career, he has spent time as a visiting researcher at UIUC, Stanford, ETH Zurich, KAUST, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Melbourne and ICTP. ​