17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference

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1st-4th September 2019
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University of Exeter, UK

Thank you for coming to CCWI 2019!

Photos credit : John Puckey


We have very great pleasure in inviting you to the next International Computing & Control for the Water Industry (CCWI) Conference, to be held in Exeter, UK on 1st-4th September 2019.


This is the 17th in a series of conferences organised by the universities of Brunel, De Montfort, Exeter, Imperial College, and Sheffield. Initially a biennial series held in the UK, the series has in recent years been held annually in Italy, the Netherlands and Canada. We are proud to be able to host the next CCWI at the University of Exeter, and look forward to welcoming you here.


Since the beginnings of this conference series in the early 1990s, the pace of change in this field has been enormous. The water sector is now in a full-scale phase of digitalisation. The proliferation of sensors of various types, smart meters, large-scale and widespread data acquisition, increasingly sophisticated modelling tools, information and communication technologies, Internet of Things, and the roll-out of 5G wireless networks will have profound implications for the management of water systems over the coming years. The aim of this CCWI conference, therefore, is to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss the emerging 'WATER 4.0' agenda - water systems modelling, data and control.


Presentations & Papers

CCWI 2019 welcomes submissions from all areas with relevance to computing and control in the water industry and especially the emerging WATER 4.0 agenda. Submissions will be reviewed by the committees and accepted extended abstracts will be classified into oral presentations and posters. For both, a two-page abstract will be required. Proceedings with the extended abstracts will be distributed and selected authors will be invited to submit papers for a special issue in the Urban Water Journal.

Prizes will be awarded to the students for the best paper and the best poster. More details can be found in the Instructions for Authors.

Keynote Speakers


IBM worldwide leader for Watson IoT Industry Solutions for Energy, Environment


Water 4.0 – Riding the Tide, Waves, and Currents


Professor for Urban Water Systems and Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich, and Head of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology


Data driven urban water management: What is the potential of knowing more?


CEO of KWR Water Research Insititue


What would ‘going Dutch’ mean for the UK water industry?


Technical Lead for the Water Industry at Z-Tech Control Systems and the Executive Director for the Water Industry Process Automation & Control (WIPAC) Group


The practical aspects of Water 4.0

Venue & Accommodation

The 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference will be held at the University of Exeter. Situated on an attractive campus close to the city centre, the conference will be held in the Peter Chalk Centre. The city is well-served by transport links, with its own international airport. London, Birmingham and Bristol airports can be reached by rail and road links. Accommodation will be offered on campus, although the city has many alternative accommodation choices.

Tours and Workshop

Three technical tour options are available for seeing the state-of-the-art technology applications in the latest practical water asset management 

  • Tour of Exeter Flood Defence Scheme

  • Visit to Flood Forecasting Centre and Met Office

  • Tour of South West Water's Countess Wear Waste Water Treatment Works

A cultural visit will help you explore the beauty and history of Exeter.

In addition, an interactive Workshop on Smart System for Urban Flood Modelling & Resilience will be held to explore contemporary challenges and solutions.

Sponsors and Supporters

The 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference is grateful to the following sponsors and supporters

Main Sponsor

DHI Group

Exhibitors & Supporters