The International Symposium on Role of ICT in Water resource Management was organized by the NUST-School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, on 30th July, 2019. The symposium was primarily hosted by the Center for Research in Modeling, Simulation (CRIMSON) and sponsored by the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W), Pakistan. Dr, Syed M. Hasan Zaidi, Principal SEECS was the symposium General Chair while the Rear Admiral Dr Nassar Ikram HI (M), Pro Rector (RIC) NUST was the Chief Guest. Dr. Imran Mahmood, Director CRIMSON was the Symposium Chair. Eminent scholars, researchers and industrial representatives from International Water Management Institute (IWMI), CGIAR, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Arizona State University (ASU), and research groups Adaptive Signal Processing (ASP) NUST, and Regional Centre for Water Technologies & Transboundary Issues (RCWTTI) NUST, participated in this symposium.
Prominent academicians, scientists, engineers, and researchers affiliated with the domain of Water Resource Management, discussed the key challenges, opportunities and their perspective on the role of ICT for water resource management. Dr. Tousif Bhatti from IWMI and CIGAR represented the industry. He discussed the role of ICT in water management and highlighted some of the ongoing industrial projects. Prof. Hessam Sarjoughian represented the Arizona Center of Integrative Modeling & Simulation (ACIMS), from Arizona State University, USA. He presented his ongoing project on the Multi-Modeling approach to study the Food, Energy, Water Nexus in the Phoenix region. Dr. Hamza Farooq Gabriel, the Director for RCWTTI, discussed the role of ICT for effective water management, the needs, challenges and solutions for water resource management in Pakistan. He discussed the key issues of water crisis in Pakistan and presented some of the initiatives from School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE), led by him to address these challenges. Dr. Abubakar, Director Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) presented the R&D being carried out by his research groups. Specially in the use of ICT for irrigation advisory services in Pakistan. Dr. Imran, Director CRIMSON presented the R&D carried out by his research group, particularly on the Domestic Water Consumption Modeling and Analysis using Modeling & Simulation and IOT Technologies. Dr. Shahzad Younis, Director Advanced Signal Processing Lab discussed the water scarcity problems in Pakistan and the need for the real time water metering and adaptive billing system. He also presented the solutions developed by his research group. Dr. Hassan Arshad, Co-director CRIMSON, discussed the river control problems in flood mitigation. He presented his research on the Model predictive Control. Dr. Rafia Mumtaz, Head of Information Technology, discussed the need for assessment of water quality and presented the IoT based solution for surface water pollution detection. Ms. Arfa Saleem, researcher CRIMSON, presented her solution for urban water resource management using WEAP framework.
The symposium provided a platform to gather academics, researchers, industry, stakeholders, and the policy makers to exchange their ideas and expertise for sustainable water resource management. The key challenges and the opportunities were identified to overcome water scarcity. The symposium provided an opportunity to showcase ongoing Research and Development in the domain of Smart Water Resource Management and opened a forum for the active research groups to collaborate with each other in helping resolve the prevailing crisis in water security.
The technical talks and the R&D showcased by the local and international research groups during the symposium demonstrate effective strategies and innovations in Smart and Sustainable Water Resource Management. The absorption and adaptation of these solutions at local, regional and national level requires necessary transformation of these contributions into commercial deployable solutions, and hence necessitates due patronage from the Federal and Regional governments. This would further entail public awareness campaigns and a staunch interest of the policy makers