Summer School on ‘Water Informatics: Science and Systems’

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:00pm
10-201 Auditorium, 2nd Floor, SBASSE building, LUMS

Centre for Water Informatics and Technology

Lahore University of Management Sciences (WIT-LUMS) presents

Summer School on ‘Water Informatics: Science and Systems’

Dates: 20-23 May, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Daily)
Venue: 10-201 Auditorium, 2nd Floor, SBASSE building, LUMS

 

About the School

The LUMS Centre for Water Informatics and Technology will host its third School on ‘Water Informatics: Science and Systems’ from 20th to 23rd of May, 2017 in Lahore, Pakistan. The upcoming summer school follows the WIT organized Spring and Fall Schools that were held in March 2016 and November 2016 respectively. These schools attracted a large body of students, academics and professionals engaged with water related studies and practice. The aim of these teaching based schools is to bring together academics and practitioners and engage them in addressing water issues through a multidisciplinary approach.

The aim of the school is to bring together academics (students, researchers, scientists) and practitioners (policy makers, government representatives) and engage them in addressing water management through a multidisciplinary approach. This is important because addressing water challenges requires water managers to apply an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, involving hydrological, economic, institutional, legal, policymaking and planning aspects. 

The School is critical for building capacity in the water sector and will help to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and establish a fruitful co-operation between the academic community and industry, development agencies, NGOs, public administration, local communities, and other relevant institutions for building capacity in innovation and technology for water management.

Registration

Interested applicants should complete online registration by May 10, 2017 on the following link: https://goo.gl/hggIMX

The registration fees are highlighted in the table below:

Registration Fee per participant
Academia - Faculty & Staff PKR 5,000
Academia - Students (Outside LUMS) PKR 3,000
Academia – Students (Group of Ten) PKR 1500
Academia – Students (Group of Fifteen) PKR 1,000
Public Sector / Non-Government Sector(NGOs) PKR 10,000
Industry/Private Sector PKR 15,000

Content

The Summer School on ‘Water Informatics: Science and Systems’ is focused on building capacity through two key modules on a) Systems Analysis and b) Remote Sensing. The two modules will be knit together by demonstrations, field visits and case studies on how the two aspects of sensor data collection (science) and data analysis (systems) can be combined in unified water informatics frameworks.

The module on Systems Analysis aims to introduce students to systems theory, systems analysis, and applications for quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing critical linkages between water, energy, and food systems in the Indus Basin that are vital for effective policy making and sustainable management of natural resources.

The module on Remote Sensing aims to give participants an introduction to the science and principles of remote sensing of the Earth, remote sensing data acquisition (specifically satellite data sets in public domain), as well as hydrological applications of remote sensing.

The two modules will be knit together by demonstrations, field visits and case studies on how the two aspects of sensor data collection (science) and data analysis (systems) can be combined in unified Water Informatics frameworks.

Module 1: Systems Analysis

Systems Analysis as a method of inquiry, provides a holistic or system view of the problem at hand by decomposing it into smaller components and solving each one independently whilst simultaneously accounting for the interconnections among the components. This philosophy makes Systems Analysis a perfect candidate to tackle the global transformation challenges such as climate change, pollution, the energy crisis and nexus problems such as the water-energy-food nexus. Systems Analysis has now begun to be viewed as an art which requires experience in linking extremely disparate disciplines and an ability to form integrated solutions to complex issues. This module seeks to provide the audience with an exposure to Systems Analysis techniques through the following Module Learning Objectives (MLO’s)

  1. Methods for understanding complex systems
  2. Multi-criteria Decision Making
  3. Technical advances in Systems Analysis
  4. Harnessing Systems Analysis tools for solving global issues
  5. Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Module 2: Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is the science and technology enabling acquisition and interpretation of information from a distance, using sensors that are not in physical contact with the subject. Remote sensing of the Earth’s environment is a vast subject with many compelling applications in diverse areas such as natural resource management (e.g. agriculture, forestry, mining), hazard assessment, urban monitoring, and climate change. This module will provide a broad introduction of remote sensing of the Earth’s environment, with particular emphasis on hydrological applications. This module will present

  1. An introduction to the science and principles of remote sensing of the Earth
  2. Remote sensing data acquisition (specifically satellite data sets in public domain)
  3. Hydrological applications of remote sensing

Expected audience

The target audience for this school is not only limited to water professionals and researchers, but also managers in the corporate and public spheres who are striving to reorient their focus towards water issues. The audience may include policy-makers, engineers and managers responsible for planning, developing and implementing water resources projects and programmes. Participants will gain a new understanding and a broad view of management tools aimed at tackling problems of water and water-related issues in water scarce regions.

Lecturers and Speakers

Each module will be 4-5 sessions of 90 minute contact time / session. A list of confirmed lecturers and speakers include:

  • Dr. Afreen Siddiqi MIT, USA
  • Dr. Susan L. Ustin – UC Davis, USA
  • Dr. Stefano Vignudelli – CNR, Italy
  • Dr. Elena Rovenskaya  - IIASA, Austria
  • Dr. Waqas Qazi– IST, Islamabad
  • Mr. Danial Hashmi – NESPAK, Lahore
  • Dr. Zubair Khalid – EE, LUMS
  • Dr. Abubakr Muhammad – WIT, LUMS
  • Dr. Asif Khan – UET, Peshawar


Payment

Registration payment should be in the form of a Bank draft named to the “Lahore University of Management Sciences”.

Deadline for payment is 12th May, 2017.

 

Postal address for Bank draft

Soban Hameed Saigol
WIT Center, SBASSE 4th Floor, Room No 10-413,
Lahore University of Management Science
Opposite Sector U, DHA,
Lahore 54792.

 

Contact

For more details, please contact
Soban Hameed Saigol
Administrator, LUMS WIT
Email: soban.hameed@lums.edu.pk
Phone: +92 332 4495057