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Donald R. F. Harleman Lectureship

Founding Statement

The lectureship to be given during IAHR’s next World Congress and subsequent congresses recognizes the early contributions to engineering hydraulics by Professor Harleman, and focuses on two areas of IAHR endeavor: artificial intelligence in the context of water science and engineering, and ecohydraulics.

Rules for the administration of the award

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become increasingly pervasive in our everyday life and is a national strategy in many countries.  It is transforming the way we do things and has great implications on the future of work.  Nevertheless, the impact and application of AI in water environment engineering is only in its infancy.  AI and its judicious applications promises to unleash many frontier scientific research as well as business and job opportunities for the next generation of hydraulic and environmental engineers.  

With the aim to stimulate developments in AI and water, thel IAHR Distinguished Lecture is to be delivered by the latest research leaders in important emerging themes such as AI and water and ecohydraulics – with a view of stimulating new thinking in cross-disciplinary fields.  


List of previous winners

2021: Dr Steven L. Brunton, University of Washington, USA

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