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Invited Speakers

Leonardo Conference

  • Keith Beven, Lancaster University, UK, & Uppsala University, Sweden

    Keith Beven is currently Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University in England, with a visiting position at Uppsala University in Sweden.   He is known for his work in hydrological modelling and uncertainty estimation for environmental models.   He is author of Rainfall-Runoff Modelling: The Primer (2nd edition 2012), and Environmental Modelling: An Uncertain Future? (2009) and has edited a number of other books.   He is an AGU Fellow and has been awarded the EGU Dalton Medal, the IAHS/WMO/UNESCO International Hydrology Award, and the AGU Horton Medal.


  • Dr. Alberto Viglione is a Research Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology since 2007. He graduated in 2002 and carried out his Ph.D. till 2007 at the Politecnico of Turin. In 2009 his Ph.D. dissertation “Non-supervised statistical methods for the prediction of hydrological variables in ungauged sites” was awarded with the AMGA price for the best thesis on water resources. His main research objectives are (i) to understand the spatio-temporal dynamics of climatic, hydrologic and human processes in river basins; and (ii) to decipher the implications of these dynamics on the probabilities of extreme hydrological events (in particular river floods). He acts as associate editor and as a reviewer for several journals in the area of hydrology and he has organised sessions in international conferences such as EGU and AGU. He has been involved in a number of research and consulting projects related to hydrological modelling, and in particular to flood frequency analysis, in Italy, Austria and at the European level. He is one of the Editors of the book “Runoff Prediction in Ungauged Basins - Synthesis across Processes, Places and Scales” published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.

Hydrofractals ’13

  • Renzo Rosso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Renzo Rosso is Professor (Hydrology and Water Engineering) at the Politecnico di Milano since 1986. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1975; and carried out research, graduate and post-graduate teaching, and project management at the National Research Council of Italy, the Universities of Genoa, Florence and Parma, the Imperial College of Science and Technology, and Colorado State University. He is author of research books, college texts and more than 350 papers (about 100 in SCI journals) in the fields of hydrology, water resources, climate and glaciology, fluvial geomorphology, reliability analysis, stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamics and fractals. His professional experience includes projects on water resources analysis, planning, design and assessment, and mitigation of flood, landslide and avalanche hazard.


  • Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA

    Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou is a University of Minnesota McKnight Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, the Ling chair in Environmental Engineering, and Director of the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED).  Her area of research is hydrology and geomorphology, with special emphasis on scaling theories, multiscale dynamics, and space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms.  She has served on several advisory capacities for NSF, NASA, NOAA, EU, ERC, the National Academies, UCAR, NCAR, CUAHSI, EGU, and AGU, among others.  She is a Fellow of AGU and AMS and a recipient of EGU's Dalton medal and AGU's Hydrologic Sciences award. She is currently the president-elect of AGU.  Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou received a diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. (1985) in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.

STAHY ’13

  • John Sutcliffe, Wallingford, UK

    In 1950 John Sutcliffe joined the Jonglei Team, set up by the Sudan Government to study the proposed canal to reduce losses in the upper Nile. After further research on the Sudd he has worked on projects in many countries at the Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, and as a hydrological consultant, but has continued his interest in the Nile.


  • Shih-Chieh Kao,  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.
    (recipient of the STAHY 2013 award, shared with Dr. Rao Govindaraju, Purdue University, USA).

    Dr. Shih-Chieh Kao is a statistical hydrologist in the Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA.  He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 1999 and 2001, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, USA, in 2008.  His PhD dissertation, “Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Indiana Hydrologic Data”, was awarded as the Purdue Civil Engineering Best Dissertation in the year of 2008.  His areas of research expertise include hydrologic extremes, multivariate statistical analysis, supercomputing, climate change impact assessment, and hydropower resource evaluation.  Dr. Kao joined ORNL in 2009 as a post-doctoral research associate and was promoted to research scientist in 2010.  He is currently the principal investigator for several U.S. Department of Energy funded research projects focusing on national hydropower resource assessment, climate change impact on hydropower, and regional-scale hydro-climate simulation.  Dr. Kao is a frequent reviewer for a number of science journals, and was awarded as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, at 2009.

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