CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: July 13, 2000
UI to host international engineering conference July 23-27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nearly 400 engineering professionals from 41 different
countries are expected to visit Eastern Iowa when the University of Iowa's
Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) hosts the 4th International Conference
on Hydroinformatics July 23-27 at the Collins Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids.
Conference Organizer Jacob Odgaard says that this is the first time the
conference has been held in the United States and that it is logical for the
world's largest meeting on hydroinformatics -- the application of information
technology to a wide range of problems in environmental and water engineering
-- to take place in Iowa.
An associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Engineering
and an IIHR researcher, Odgaard notes that the Institute is one of the nation's
premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories and has long
been a leader in such fields as hydrometeorology, river hydraulics, ice modeling
and ship hydrodynamics. In addition to providing a forum for the exchange
of ideas, he says that the conference will encourage Eastern Iowa business
"This conference can help stimulate information technology development
in Iowa," he says. "A lot of new technologies are being developed
that allow us to better integrate information from many different sources
to make better business decisions. This also allows the general public to
see how those decisions are made. In hydroinformatics, we are dealing with
decisions related to the water business and our aquatic environment."
Conference participants will be greeted by Eastern Iowa leaders, including
Cedar Rapids Mayor Lee Clancy, State of Iowa Science and Technology Advisor
(advising Gov. Tom Vilsack) Bob Tibor, UI Vice President for Research David
J. Skorton, IIHR Director Virendra C. Patel, and International Association
for Hydraulic Research (IAHR) President and UI Professor Forrest M. Holly.
Conference activities will include a tour of IIHR facilities, as well as workshops
and lectures on such topics as data mining, hydroenvironmental modeling systems,
hydrologic remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Previous IAHR hydroinformatics conferences have been held in The Netherlands
in 1994, Switzerland in 1996, and Denmark in 1998. Additional information
can be obtained by contacting IIHR at (319) 335-5239, and conference registration
forms can be downloaded from the web site www.iihr.uiowa.edu/hydro2000
and faxed to the UI Conference Center.