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Data Science and Artificial Intelligence for Urban Water Management



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SoSe 2020 - WS 2020/21

Fakultät V

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Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik

35311100 FG Fluidsystemdynamik-Strömungstechnik der Maschinen und Anlagen

Cominola, Andrea

Cominola, Andrea

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Learning Outcomes

During this course, the students will acquire knowledge about the latest advances in Data Science (DS) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) for modelling and managing urban water systems, with theory, methods, and applications. They will learn what the current research challenges in the field of urban water systems management are, with focus on the latest DS and AI technologies. They will approach the practical implementation of solutions to currently relevant problems in the fields of digitalisation of urban water and energy systems (e.g., leak detection), with guided practical activities. They will learn how to concisely present a research work.


The digital transition of urban water networks towards more data-driven and intelligent systems represents a primary opportunity to tackle the challenges posed by increasing population, urbanisation, and changing climate conditions. As the data-driven transformation reaches into the economy and society, ever-increasing amounts of data are generated by machines or processes based on emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), connected systems, and advanced modelling. While digital disruption has already transformed a number of other industries globally, the water sector has only recently embraced the digital transformation. This is the key to developing suitable adaption strategies that, relying on better information than in the past, support management and decision-making actions to plan adaptation strategies that enhance the resilience of urban water systems under uncertain future climate and social scenarios. In this course, the phenomenon of digitalization of urban water system will be analysed, with particular focus on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence approaches. The course will be structured with 5 sub-topics, which will enable the students to get an overview of the different elements of modern urban water systems, acquire knowledge about best technologies, get insights on the interactions of water and energy systems in urban areas, and understand the role of human behaviour and cyber-physical security in such systems. The following 5 topics will be covered: 1. Introduction to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Urban Water Systems 2. Modelling and control of Urban Water Systems 3. Cybersecurity and other anomalies in urban water networks 4. Smart metering and behavioural modelling 5. Water-energy nexus and water and urban development. During the project activity, the students will be actively fostered to develop own solutions for a sample problem of leakage detection, where they will be guided to implement data-driven solutions on an open available dataset. Assessment includes a final oral exam, and a short project report. The lecture will be given in English and will include lectures by international guest professors.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

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Workload and Credit Points

Course-independent workload:

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 5.0 10.0h 50.0h
Exam preparation 1.0 28.0h 28.0h
Exam 1.0 2.0h 2.0h
Pre/post processing 10.0 10.0h 100.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The lectures will be mainly in a frontal presentations format. Slides will be made available to students. The project includes tutoring sessions to guide the student through the solution development process and give them feedback. A short (max 5 pages) final report will be delivered at the end of the course. UPDATE COVID-19: Considering the current restrictions in place after COVID-19 outbreak, the Summer School is going fully virtual and students will not have to travel to Berlin and attend classroom activities - everything is going to be managed online. Further instructions will be communicated to registered students on how to get access to the online lectures and exercise materials for the school. The school is therefore still scheduled for May 25th - 29th 2020.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Preferred competences (not compulsory): concepts of mathematical modelling, basic programming knowledge, and basic knowledge of water systems.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Oral exam 1 oral No information
Project report 1 written 28

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

Assessment includes a final oral exam, and a short project report (approx. 5 pages).

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

Course registration via Prüfungsamt.

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Studiengänge: 1 Stupos: 2 Erstes Semester: WS 2020/21 Letztes Semester: WS 2020/21

Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


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