Dragan Savic is the UK’s first Professor of Hydroinformatics having held this post at the University of Exeter since 2001. He specialised in water and environmental systems for his undergraduate and MSc degrees in his native Serbia, and graduated with a PhD in Civil Engineering (water systems) from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1991. At Exeter he has served as the Head of Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences from 2010-2014.
His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/ environmental sciences, informatics/ computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques) and environmental engineering. Applications are generally in the environmental science areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water & wastewater systems and environmental protection & management.
His work has concentrated on the theoretical development and application of Artificial Intelligence methods that have been applied to many fields of environmental science. For example, a significant advance has been made in the development of a general methodology for modelling and optimisation of water supply and wastewater systems. He has also pioneered a new, superfast flood modelling methodology based on Cellular Automata that allows flood risk assessment to be carried out on a continental scale. Prof. Savic has published over 400 research/professional papers and reports, co-authored 24 books and book chapters and holds two patents. His papers have been published in the Journal of Hydrology, Science of the Total Environment, Water Resources Research, the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, the Journal of Hydroinformatics, the Journal of Hydraulic Research, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Urban Water and to name a few. With over 7,500 citations to his name (source: Google Scholar), Prof. Savić is among the top 10 most cited scholars in the world in the areas of ‘water resources’ and ‘hydroinformatics’:
Prof. Savić is a co-founder and Director of the Centre for Water Systems (www.ex.ac.uk/cws), an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. Under his leadership the Centre has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading research groups by the award of two consecutive EPSRC Platform Grants (2001-2005; 2005-2010). These prestigious awards that, in the words of the EPSRC itself, ‘aim to provide world-leading groups with continuity of funding’, have helped the Centre to develop a national and international reputation urban water systems research. The Centre has grown over the last 15 years to its current complement of over 40 staff, with funding exceeding £5M per annum.
Prof. Savic is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Member of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (UK) and a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA).
He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hydroinformatics (IWA) and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (ASCE) and the Water Management Journal (UK). He serves as Chair of the joint IWA/IAHR/IAHS Committee on Hydroinformatics and as a member of the IWA Strategic Council. He has lectured extensively abroad and given research presentations at institutions on all continents. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bari (Italy), Novi Sad and Belgrade (Serbia), UNESCO-IHE (Delft, The Netherlands) and Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China).