4-8 July 2022, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

14th International Conference on Hydroinformatics HIC 2022 − Water INFLUENCE

Water INFormatic soLUtions and opEN problems in the cycle from Clouds to ocEan

Welcome

Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (UTCB) and University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) are pleased to invite the international hydroinformatics community to the 14th International Conference on Hydroinformatics − HIC 2022, held in Bucharest, Romania, on 4-8 July 2022.

Key dates and deadlines

  • November 15, 2021 – Abstract submission deadline
  • November 30, 2021 – Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • February 15, 2022 – Full paper submission deadline
  • March 30, 2022 – Notification on the peer-review results
  • May 1, 2022 – Early-bird registration deadline
  • May 1, 2022 – Revised paper submission deadline
  • June 15, 2022 – Late registration deadline
  • July 4-8, 2022 – Conference

About

Hydroinformatics focuses on the application of information and communications technologies, to address problems in the water industry, water resources management, and other fields connected to the aquatic environment. New trends, like the digital transformation of urban water systems, smart water networks and smart cities demand multi-disciplinarity and interoperability, to ensure a sustainable management of water resources. As the Hydroinformatics scientific community continuously grows, its interests encompass a wide range of topics, from the numerical modelling to the development of new sensors and tools, the interpretation of increasing amounts of data, the analysis and management of complex water systems, the integration of models, data and controls for practical applications.

The work of the IAHR/IWA Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics and of several IWA Specialist Groups has highlighted the importance of knowledge integration among scientists, practitioners and technology experts, in order to tackle the complex challenges of water management in a changing world.

Presently, in addition to the ever-present threat of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic also changed our daily lifestyle. The repercussions of these recent events cannot be ignored. For example, in water supply, the impact of shifting a portion of the water demand from the industrial sector (corporate office buildings) to the residential districts from which people now remotely work, has the potential to change the demand patterns, thus the water distribution of urban areas.

Bucharest

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania.

It presents a unique mix of West and East (with its people speaking a Romance language and belonging mostly to the Greek Orthodox Christian faith), as well as of Old and New (the city centre combines medieval, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings with utilitarian communist era architecture and new skyscraper office buildings). It is the major cultural, economical and financial centre with more than 2 million inhabitants (about 3 mill. inhabitants in the Metropolitan Area).

In Bucharest, English is widely understood and spoken.

The first mention as the Citadel of Bucharest dates from 1459, when it became the residence of the famous Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler (that presumably inspired Bram Stoker’s character Dracula).

The motivation for the attendees relies on the unique culture mix and affordable prices in Bucharest and in the whole country, as well as on the proposed Visits of Bucharest and Post-Conference Tours outside Bucharest.

In Bucharest, English is widely understood and spoken.

Like any other EU capital city, Bucharest is crowded and even if criminality is rare, one can easily observe beggars present in busy places. However, all hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants are definitely safe and reliable. Taxis are reliable and visible marked in yellow. Metro is reliable (there is constant survey inside the metro, and in metro stations). Money can be exchanged safely in banks and at ATM’s, credit cards are widely accepted.

Romania

Romania is part of the European Union since 2007, thus Romania is aligned to the EU laws and directives. European citizens can travel freely to Romania. Non European citizens need a visa as requested in any EU country.

The major difference between Romania and founding EU countries is that Romania still uses its national currency, called “LEI” – plural and “LEU” – singular. The currency rate fluctuates slightly, so you need to check the National Bank of Romania exchange rates (https://www.bnr.ro/Exchange-rates-1224.aspx): for example, 1 euro (EUR) is about 5 lei (let’s say 5 LEI/EUR, and the other way around – 1 LEU is about 0.2 EUR); 1 US dollar (USD) is about 4.3 LEI (or 1 LEU is 0.23 USD).

International Steering Group

Chairs:

Prof. Andrei-Mugur GEORGESCU

Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Lăcrămioara Diana ROBESCU

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania

Members:

Prof. Gabriele FRENI

University of Enna ”Kore”, Italy

Prof. Orazio GIUSTOLISI

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Prof. Sanda-Carmen GEORGESCU

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Philippe GOURBESVILLE

Polytech Nice Sophia, France

International Scientific Committee

(Information available soon)

National Organising Committee

Members from UTCB (Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest):

  • Alexandru Cezar Vlăduț
  • Alexandru Dimache
  • Gabriel Racovițeanu
  • Mihnea Sandu
  • Costin Ioan Coșoiu
  • Daniela Teodorescu
  • Alexandru Aldea
  • Iulian Iancu
  • Dragoș Găitănaru
  • Otilia Oproescu

Other members:

  • Jorj-Mădălin Mihailovici, Veolia Romania
  • Ilie Vlaicu, ARA – Romanian Water Association
  • Mircea Bițoiu, SIER Bucharest Youth Branch

Members from UPB (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest):

  • Sanda-Carmen Georgescu
  • George Darie
  • Horia Necula
  • Diana-Maria Bucur
  • Georgiana Dunca
  • Constantin Drăgoi
  • Vlad Florin Pîrăianu
  • Nicoleta Octavia Tănase
  • Eliza Isabela Tică
  • Elena Vasile
  • Cornel Chira

Other members:

  • Adrian Stuparu, ”Politehnica” University of Timișoara
  • Daniel Toma, ”G. Asachi” Technical University of Iași

Main Topics

Preliminary Program overview

Technical Visit

The Technical Visit will target either the Water Treatment Plant of Bucharest at Crivina, or the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Bucharest at Glina. Both are owned by Apa Nova – Bucharest Water Company (https://www.apanovabucuresti.ro/), which is part of Veolia Romania (https://www.veolia.ro/en).

 

Awards

(Information available soon)

Accompanying Persons Program – Bucharest Top Attractions

Guided tours for accompanying persons will be organized to the Village Museum and the Parliament Palace, if a minimum of 10 persons is reached.

4. Accompanying persons program (Bucharest)

Visits to the Parliament Palace could also be organized once a day for conference delegates.

Village Museum is a great open air, spectacular museum, of traditional original wooden houses, brought from all over the country. See details on: https://muzeul-satului.ro/en/

Parliament Palace is a gigantic building of the communist dictatorship, built and decorated exclusively with Romanian produced materials. According to Guinness World Records, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest is believed to be the heaviest building in the world.

Bucharest Top Attractions are presented on the following web site: https://visitbucharest.today/

Post-conference Tours

TravelArt (https://www.travelart.ro/) will be our tourism agency partner and will offer 3 post-conference tours for the week-end after the conference.

Each tour contains: All inclusive, accommodation in single or double room, three meals a day, objectives visit, guide services, coach transport. Any tour will be organized provided that at least 15 delegates are registering.

Proposed Post-conference tours:

  • Week-end on the outskirts of Transylvania (see photos below) − Peles Castle (https://en.peles.ro/), Bran Castle (http://www.castelulbran.ro/), Brasov City (https://www.uncover-romania.com/attractions/cities/brasov/), Sighisoara Citadel (https://www.uncover-romania.com/attractions/unesco-heritage-romania/sighisoara/)
  • Week-end in the Danube Delta (https://www.uncover-romania.com/attractions/nature/danube-delta/)
  • Week-end on the Romanian Black Sea coast (https://www.uncover-romania.com/attractions/nature/black-sea/)

Registration Fees and deadlines

Method of Payments & Bank details

Information related to the Method of Payments and Bank details will be provided starting with 30th of March 2022 (after the Notification on the peer-review results).

Venue

& FAQ

Conference Venue

HIC 2022 Opening Ceremony, Plenary Sessions and Closing Ceremony will be held at the UPB Aula, which has a capacity of 1200 places. It is a very modern facility, recently built (inaugurated in 2018). The ceremonies and sessions in the Aula will be video-recorded by a professional from UPB's Television – Sigma TV.

HIC 2022 Parallel Sessions will be held at the UPB Conference Centre, in the UPB Central Library building (that building was commissioned in 2012). The conference sessions can be organized simultaneously in 8 rooms at the UPB Conference Centre, from 2nd to 4th floor: there are 3 large rooms, each with a capacity of 140 places, and 5 smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 50 places.

Permanent Exhibition will be organized for Partners and Sponsors at the ground floor of the building.

UPB is located about 4 km away from the Old City Centre.

Click below on Map Location.

Bucharest International Airport Henri Coanda is linked to all major cities in Europe, some of them with several flights per day.

The airport is 17 km from Bucharest City Centre and several express bus lines provide connections to the town. The price of a taxi from the airport to the City Centre varies between 10 and 20 Euro, depending on the taxi company. Transfer can be organized via regular cars, minivan or couch/bus for conference participants at an average cost of 10-15 Euro/pers.

Major hotel chains are present on the local market, e.g. AccorHotels Group (Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, Pullman), Athénée Palace Hilton, Radisson Blu, JW Marriott and Sheraton.

Ibis Bucharest Politehnica hotel is the closest accommodation to the UPB’s Conference Centre (at less than 10 minutes walking distance).

Local transportation consists of an intricate network of trams, trolleybuses, buses and metro (a one way trip costs less than 1 Euro). From the City Centre to UPB, a trip takes 10-15 min by taxi and the price should not exceed 6 Euro (4 Euro is a good estimate). Possible sharing transfer with minivans or coach can be organized (about 3 Euro/person one way).

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