The success of artificial intelligence in almost all areas of life creates countless opportunities to solve today’s water challenges. And this is exactly what the Blue Planet Berlin Water dialogues focus on.

David B. Steffelbauer is the leader of the Hydroinformatics group at the Urban Systems Department at Kompetenzzetrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH (KWB) in Germany. His research is located in the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, where his research contributes to solving urgent water-related problems by developing innovative methods and algorithms that utilize multi-sensor data and help to increase the total efficiency of urban water systems. His main research interests lie in understanding (i) how urban water systems behave under failures and (ii) how to prevent such failures in advance.

He studied physics at TU Graz and specialized during his studies in theoretical and computational physics with a thesis in the field of quantum many-body theory and completed a Ph.D. in Urban Water Management at TU Graz on model-based leak localization which was awarded one of the best doctoral theses in Austria in 2018. After that, he spent two years as a Marie Curie Fellow at TU Delft and Leiden University’s Institute of Advanced Computer Science in the Netherlands. Before he came to Berlin, he has been Associate Professor for Hydroinformatics at NTNU in Trondheim (Norway).