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

Dear colleagues,

we are aware of the overall pandemic situation and the travel restrictions that change on very short notice. In this respect, while we struggle to understand the evolution of the pandemic event, we keep an open mind and also try to prepare for the unfortunate case in which the conference should not be carried out in a full face to face system, but in a mixed attendance one. We will do our best to host the conference in hybrid mode (face to face on site, and online) in top conditions.

Please check regularly our site for future updates.

The short abstract submission will continue up to the 28th of February 2022.

Please submit your abstract using the following link:  https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hic2022

  • February 28, 2022 – Abstracts submission deadline
  • February 28, 2022 – Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • April 17, 2022 – Full Papers (or 4-pages Extended Abstracts) submission deadline
  • May 16, 2022 – Notification on the peer-review results
  • May 23, 2022 – Early-bird registration deadline
  • May 30, 2022 – Revised Full papers (or Extended Abstracts) 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

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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)

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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/)

 

Participate

Authors are invited to submit Full Papers (or 4-pages Extended Abstracts) on the conference Main Topics, or on adjacent topics falling within the scope of the conference.

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Abstracts

Authors should submit their abstracts (up to 200 words), until 30th of November 2021, to the on-line submission and review site: EasyChair conference page: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=hic2022

Conference Contributions

Authors whose Abstracts are accepted for presentation will be requested to provide their Conference Contribution, either as Full Paper, or as 4-pages Extended Abstract, by 1st of March 2022.

Conference Contributions must be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors (that will be provided soon).

Conference Contributions must be submitted to EasyChair conference page: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=hic2022

Full paper template: HIC2022_Full Paper_WordTemplate 

Extended abstract template: HIC2022_Extended Abstract_WordTemplate 

Conference Proceedings & Post-conference publication in IWA journals

All abstracts (short abstracts retrieved from Full Papers, as well as Extended Abstracts) will be inserted within the HIC 2022 Book of Abstracts.

Publication of the Full Papers will be made in an open access conference series volume, indexed in Web of Science and Scopus.

Selected Conference Contributions will be published in extended form in IWA Publishing peer-reviewed open access journals.

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).

Declared Sponsors​

Most photographs were provided by Andrei Zafiu (https://zafiuandrei.ro/) and Catalin Alexandru Stafie – both graduated from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.