EWRE Seminar

Start Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Room 1670 Beyster Building

Chase Dwelle
Brandon Wong

Speaker: Chase Dwelle, 5:00 PM 
PhD Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Title: Uncertainty and chaos in urban flood modeling
Abstract: Each year floods affect nearly 250 million people, exceed $90 billion in economic losses, and pose public health risks to developed and developing cities. In order to better assess risks, models of flooding that rely on modern information about urban environments are needed. With recent advances in sensing technologies, flood modeling has moved from a data poor to data rich environment, but leveraging this new information for modeling poses challenges for efficient computation of flood events. By leveraging uncertainty quantification through polynomial chaos expansions, this research offers a way to assess risks in a probabilistic manner while still accounting for the physics of the studied environmental system.

Speaker: Brandon Wong, 5:30 PM
PhD Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Title: Sensors, Data, Water
Abstract: Recent advances in cloud computing and wireless communications have enabled new means by which to process and respond to data in real time. Robust enterprise-scale platforms built for the Internet of Things (IoT) integrate these advances to connect internet-enabled sensors and actuators with powerful web-based tools to not only capture and store measurements, but also immediately process and visualize data. While powerful and scalable, these platforms have yet to be widely adopted by the hydrologic community, where the value of real-time data impacts both scientists and decision makers.
 I will discuss the use of one such IoT platform for the measurement and control of large-scale hydrologic systems. I will demonstrate the benefits of real-time data through a variety of real-world use cases that study urban water quality, limnology, and flood control.


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