Nico is working since 2010 at Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin, a leading R&D institute on urban water management. He has contributed over the past years on numerous R&D projects on urban drainage monitoring, modelling and decision making. His main research area is the use of data, statistics and machine learning to better understand the behavior of urban networks and increase the rationality of decision making processes. He holds a PhD thesis on the topic of the simulation of sewer asset management strategies. He is now coordinating a European H2020 innovation project on digital water management called

Nico is also the coordinator of DigitalWater2020, a recently founded group aiming at addressing synergies and complementarities between five H2020 digital water projects. He chairs the UDAM working group on Urban Drainage Asset Management from the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage and he is a member of the Management Committee of the Specialist Group on Strategic Asset Management (SAM) from the International Water Association.