Automation of large-scale water distribution networks

Project description

The project involves the application of modelling, control and optimisation to devise methods for improving the operation of water distribution networks through automation. The project has enjoyed strong support from the industry partner and the team has received a number of awards (eg: the IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award in 2014) for outcomes of the work.

Installations of technology arising from the project is operational in Australia, New Zealand, US, and China. Challenges range from data-driven modelling of hydraulic networks for control, decentralised and distributed feedback control of networked systems, hierarchical control, constrained and receding horizon control, scalable computation for optimal control and scheduling (demand management).

Researchers

  • Tansu Alpcan, Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • James Bailey, Professor, Computing and Information Systems
  • Michael Cantoni, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Airlie Chapman, Mechanical Engineering
  • Vincent Crocher, Mechanical Engineering
  • Peter Dower, Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Robin Evans, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Farhad Farokhi, McKenzie Research Fellow, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nir Lipovetzky, Research Fellow, Computing and Information Systems
  • Jonathan Manton, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Chris Manzie, Professor &¬†MIDAS Director, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Iven Mareels, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Timothy Miller, Senior Lecturer¬†(Assistant Professor) & MIDAS Deputy Director, Computing & Information Systems
  • Girish Nair, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Dragan Nešić, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Denny Oetomo, Associate Professor & MIDAS Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineering
  • Marimuthu Palaniswami, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Adrian Pearce, Associate Professor, Computing & Information Systems
  • Ben Rubinstein, Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Computing & Information Systems
  • Dongryeol Ryu, Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Infrastructure Engineering
  • Len Sciacca, Enterprise Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Iman Shames, Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) & MIDAS Deputy Director, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Rohan Shekhar, Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
  • Liz Sonenberg, Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration), Computing & Information Systems
  • Ying Tan, Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Erik Weyer, Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Stephan Winter, Professor, Infrastructure Engineering

Partners

Rubicon Water, Australian Research Council

Research programs

Network Dynamical Systems, Computational engineering for dynamic systems