Highlights
Smart Systems for Water Management
28 August 2016
Monte Verità Ascona
The SmartH2O Summer School on Smart Systems for Urban Water Demand Management has been held on August 22-25 in the Monte Verità, Switzerland. The program focused on managing household water demand using ICT and smart economics: from monitoring consumption with innovative smart meters, to profiling users’ behaviour, to understanding how different stimuli can nudge behavioural change, and, finally, how integrated ICT solutions can be adopted by water utilities.
Some of the participants on the front lawn of Monte Verità
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Some of the participants on the front lawn of Monte Verità

The SmartH2O summer school  The SmartH2O Summer School on Smart Systems for Urban Water Demand Management has been held on August 22-25 in the Monte Verità, Switzerland. The conference focused on managing household water demand using ICT and smart economics: from monitoring consumption with innovative smart meters, to profiling users’ behaviour, to understanding how different stimuli can nudge behavioural change, and, finally, how integrated ICT solutions can be adopted by water utilities. Several topics were addressed with a particular attention on:

• modelling and understanding the behaviour of water consumers, the drivers of such behaviour, the role of social norms as discussed in the lectures by Verena Tiefenback (ETH Zurich), Andrea Cominola, Matteo Giuliani and Alessandro Facchini (Politecnico di Milano and SUPSI, respectively), David Rosenberg (Utah State University), Dominic Boccelli (University of Cincinnati), Wojciech Froelich (University of Silesia), Marielle Montignoul (Irstea), Isabel Micheel (EIPCM), Willam Holleran (Water Smart);

• economic leverages and water demand management strategies to promote behavioural change, presented in the lectures of Pulido Velazquez (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia), Jay Lund (UC Davis), Greg Charaklis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Patrick Reed (Cornell University), Julien Harou (University of Manchester);

• the role of Information and Communication Technologies to support the design, implementation and deliver smart solutions for urban water demand management: Lydia Vamvakeridou Lyrudia (University of Exeter), Pantelis Sopasakis (IMT Lucca), Gabriel Anzaldi (Eurecat), Giovanna de Filippis (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) and Francisco Arregui de la Cruz (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia);

• and finally some hands on experiences with the role of gamification in the wa- ter domain has been offered thanks to the presentations of Spartaco Albertarelli (Kaleidos Games) and Bryan Mundell (Adventerra Games) during the public event organised during the symposium. The organisers, Andrea Castelletti and Andrea Rizzoli, are preparing a call for papers for a Thematic Issue on the topic of urban water demand management, which will be submitted to the international journal Environmental Modelling & Software.

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