Dragan Savic
Division of Engineering Sciences
  • Hydroinformatics
  • D.Savic@exeter.ac.uk

​Professor of Hydroinformatics, University of Exeter, UK; CEO, KWR Water Research Institute, Netherlands; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the International Water Association; Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers


Membership Number: FCA2506

Membership Type: Fellowship

Division: Engineering and Applied Sciences

Corresponding Email: D.Savic@exeter.ac.uk

Homepage(s): https://engineering.exeter.ac.uk/staff/dsavic/?sm=dsavic/ 


Present and Previous Positions

Professor of Hydroinformatics, University of Exeter

CEO, KWR Water Research Institute, Netherlands

Distinguished Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Visiting Professor, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Founder and former director of the Centre for Water Systems

Professor Savić is the UK’s first Professor of Hydroinformatics having held this post at the University of Exeter since 2001


Fields of Scholarship and Research Interests

Dipl. Ing. (Belgrade), MSc (Belgrade), PhD (Manitoba), all in Civil Engineering

Professor Savić is a Chartered Civil and Water Engineer with over forty years of experience in research, teaching and consulting. 

His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/ environmental science and engineering, informatics/ computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimization techniques) and environmental engineering. Applications are generally in the environmental engineering/science areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water & wastewater systems and environmental protection & management. Some of the research topics include:

  • development and application of Artificial Intelligence-based decision-support systems, simulation and optimization models to improve understanding and provide solutions to water engineering problems;

  • hydroinformatics tools and techniques and their effective application to managing risk and uncertainties associated with water systems;

  • real-time management of urban water systems involving smart monitoring, telemetered systems and sensor networks;

  • cross-disciplinary complex system approaches to water resource management;

  • understanding of urban water distribution and wastewater systems, including technical, socio-economic and environmental issues;

  • integrated assessment modeling of the water-food-energy system/nexus;

  • integrated asset management methodologies for water industry applications.

He is currently PI on the Water-Futures ERC Synergy Grant (2021-2027) working on long-term sustainable transitions of drinking water systems under deep uncertainty. 

Other current and recently funded research projects include NEXTGEN (transformational circular economy solutions and systems around resource use in the water sector), Fiware4water (development of modular applications using FIWARE and open API architecture for the real-time management of water systems) and Aqua3s (water safety through the combination of novel technologies in water safety and the standardization of existing sensor technologies).


Honors, Awards and Other Membership

Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)

Member of the European Academy of Sciences

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE)

Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM)

Fellow of the International Water Association (FIWA).


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