Keynotes and invited presentations (7th and 8th May)

Keynote 1 – 7th May
Gavin Tabor is a member of the Informatics Research Institute (IRI). He graduated from Christs College Cambridge in 1990 with a 1st in Theoretical Physics, then did a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics at the Department of Physics at Oxford. Changing both location and research area, he then worked as a RA in Prof. David Gosman's research group at Imperial College, London, for 5 years. During this time he worked on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of multiphase flows and the modeling of premixed turbulent combustion, and contributed towards the CFD code now known as OpenFOAM. He was appointed as a lecturer at Exeter in October 1999. He is a member of the Institute of Physics.
(ABSTRACT: Application of OpenFOAM to Modelling Hydraulic Structures)

keynote 2 – 8th May
Jose Barateiro is a researcher at Information Technology in Civil Engineering Unit at the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering and an Invited Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, responsible by courses on information systems, computer networks and security. His research interests focus on information systems, information management, information security and business intelligence, as well as specialized technologies applied to the civil engineering domain. From his research track, he worked in several European funded research projects and is author of more than 40 scientific publications with referee. He is also responsible by information and technology projects applied to the civil engineering industry.
(ABSTRACT: Too big or not too big… Big-data challenges in hydraulic structures applications)
Invited Presentation - 7th May
José Dias da Silva is a Civil Engineer, graduated in 1976 by the Engineering Faculty of Porto University, Portugal. From 1976 to 1988 he worked as teacher assistant in the Hydraulics Department of the same Faculty. In 1979 he joined EDP where is, since 1989, head of Hydraulic and Water Resources Department of EDP Produção (now in Dams Engineering Division). Between 2008 and 2012 he was also technical coordinator of Fridão Hydroelectric Project. He has thirty five years of experience in the fields of hydrology and hydraulic studies, having been involved in the main hydroelectric or multipurpose projects developed by EDP since 1979. He is author or co-author of about thirty papers in the above mentioned fields.
(ABSTRACT: EDP’s hydroelectric activity in Portugal. New projects and the hydraulic-operational safety control of the existing dams)

Invited Presentation - 8th May
Alexandre Santos is a Consultant at Skyeye since 2013. He has a MSc in GIS and is currently enrolled in a PhD on Information Systems. He is a specialist in Web GIS, geostatistics, data mining, point cloud processing. 3D modeling and the production of ultra high resolution orthoimagery acquired using UAV. He developed many solutions for building and infrastructure observation such as dams, bridges, breakwaters. He also focused on building high resolution 3D models for hydrologic models and costal erosion modeling. 
(ABSTRACT: The use of UAV for Hydraulic Structures Observation)