WIT/EE Joint Seminar on Flood Control

Monday, February 8, 2016 (All day)
Dean's Smart Room, 5th Floor SBASSE Building

WIT & Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) presents

WIT/EE Joint Seminar on Flood Control

Topic: A Randomized Approach to Flood Control

Speaker: Hassan A Nasir, PhD candidate in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Date: Monday, February 8, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Venue: Dean's Smart Room, 5th Floor SBASSE Building



Flooding is one of the major risks associated with rivers, and a typical operational goal is to reduce the risk of severe floods while at the same time not being overly cautious. We consider a Stochastic Model Predictive Control (S-MPC) based strategy which is well suited for rivers with uncertain in- and out-flows. In order to reduce the risk of floods, Value-at-Risk (VaR) is used as a risk measure and incorporated as a chance-constraint in the control optimization problem. A computationally tractable scenario based optimization and testing algorithm is proposed for solving the corresponding S-MPC problem, and its usefulness is demonstrated on a real river example.

About the Speaker

Hasan A. Nasir is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He received his Master's degree in Computer Engineering from the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), LUMS, Pakistan in 2011 and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan in 2009. His research interests include system identification, optimization based control and the scenario based approaches for water channels.

Centre for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT)

WIT is a recent initiative at LUMS combining hydro-informatics, water-smart agriculture, water quality innovations, economic analysis and public policy studies for sustainable water management. WIT also aims to facilitate the understanding of water’s nexuses with food, agriculture, climate change, environment and sustainability. Via its focus on fundamental scientific research in water science & engineering as well as applied translational research to convert scientific results into sound policy, it aims the uplift of local institutions for water governance as well as forging of global and regional cooperation in water. Based at the SBA School of Science & Engineering, while drawing expertise from all four schools at LUMS, WIT will both complement and complete the national scene in water research by integrated systems approaches to complex water related issues. 


For further information, please contact:

Abubakr Muhammad, PhD
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT)
SBA School of Science & Engineering, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan
Web: www.lums.edu.pk/wit/
Tel : +92 (42) 3560 8132