Andrea Cominola is an Assistant Professor of Smart Water Networks at the Technische Universität Berlin and Einstein Center Digital Future, where he leads the Smart Water Networks Lab since October 2018. In 2017 he received a PhD in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano for his dissertation on modelling residential water consumers’ behavior using smart meter data. Andrea pursued a PhD after completing a MSc in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering in 2013, building his multi-disciplinary profile with focus on hydroinformatics. Since May 2021 he is the Chair of the HS5 subdivision on Water policy, management and control at the European Geosciences Union (EGU). In 2022, he co-authored a technical report on adaptation to climate change and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions for the Italian Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility. His work has received major professional accolades from several international organizations, including Water Europe and AGU.

What excites you the most about being part of the BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues advisory board?

Being part of BLUE PLANET is incredible. It is exciting to help shape the next edition of this internationally recognized discussion platform from the early stages and to work together on water management solutions in different sectors.

What’s your contribution to BLUE PLANET?

Besides helping with my network and experience in research on data-driven analysis of water and coupled human-environment systems, I am looking forward to actively discussing how the water industry can embrace AI to foster water security and climate resilience.

What can people expect from the next BLUE PLANET?

Attendees will dive into a multifaceted experience about the true value of water, which – in a circular sense – discloses the potential for reuse, recovery (of energy and nutrients), and restoration from a systemic and multi-sectoral perspective.