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Dr Albert (Shiuan-Hung) Chen

Senior Lecturer


Telephone: 01392 724054

Extension: (Streatham) 4054

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I am a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Water Systems (CWS), University of Exeter with over 20 years of experience in water research. I received the PhD from National University of Taiwan (NTU), Taiwan, in 2002 with the topic of coupled 1D-sewer and 2D-overland flow modelling for urban areas. Before joining the CWS, I worked at the National Science and Technology Centre for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Taiwan, on flood modelling, forecasting and hazard mitigation. I have developed a real-time rainfall monitoring and warning system to notify the emergency operators 24/7 automatically when the precipitation was exceeding a threshold that might cause flooding.

My main research focuses on Water and Human Environment, including water resources, hydrology and hydraulic modelling, urban drainage, flood forecasting and early warning, innovation technology applications, water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus, climate change impact to critical infrastructure, prediction of water-borne disease, hazard impact assessment, mitigation and resilience strategies. I have participated in more than 40 international projects, and published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 60 peer-reviewed conferences papers.

I am the developer of the 2D Urban Inundation Model (UIM), which was applied to establish the national inundation potential database in Taiwan. The UIM was also coupled with the 1D sewer model SIPSON and used in the Cowes flooding case study of the UKWIR and a number of other research projects (FRMRC Phase 1&2, SWERVE, and EA 2D Model benchmarking). I have extensive networking with international partners. He was a visiting scholar at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and University of Messina (Italy). I also collaborated closely with global major consulting and insurance companies on different projects.

I am the main developer of the fast flood model CADDIES for urban environment using cellular automata that has been adopted by multiple industrial applications and academic research globally. I was also involved in the EU FP7 CORFU project that focused on the urban flood hydraulic modelling, impact assessment, and resilience strategies for future urban growth, socio-economic development, and climate change scenarios in European and Asian cities.

I am the PI or a Co-I in multiple ongoing research projects with a total grant value exceeding £4m, funded by EU H2020, NERC and Royal Academy of Engineering. I am working closely with international leading academics and industries to develop novel approaches for tackling the challenges the human society is facing in water management.

I am also the Policy working group leader in the ICT4Water Cluster, an Associate Editor in Urban Water Journal, and an Editorial Board member in Journal of Flood Risk Management. I was the coordinator of the Urban Flood Modelling and Risk Management Working Group, IAHR/IWA Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics

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  • EUvsVirus Hackathon Other Domain Winner, European Commission, 2020
  • Water Control Room Forum, Exeter, 2018
  • Keynote speaker and expert debate panel, FloodExpo 2017
  • University of Exeter Above and Beyond Silver Award, 2017
  • OpenDataHack WINNER - GET CREATIVE challenge, ECMWF, 2017
  • The First Winner team of Flood Hack, ECMWF, 2016
  • University of Exeter Merit Award of year 2012/13/14
  • Outstanding Reviewer of Year 2012, Journal of Hydroinformatics
  • University of Exeter Contribution point of year 2011/12
  • University of Exeter Merit Award of year 2010/11
  • The ERES (European Real Estate Society)/JPR (Journal of Property Research) Award 2011 for the Best Paper in Real Estate Economics
  • Graduate Students & Post-Doctoral Researchers Study Abroad Program, 2005, National Science Council, Taiwan


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