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Research interests

  • Data Handling for water resources planning and management
  • Water resources planning under climate change and variability
  • Data mining and Artificial intelligence (AI) to water and wastewater related problems
  • Software sensors applications to water and wastewater quality
  • Artificial intelligence modeling for the operation, control and optimization of wastewater treatment plants
  • Modeling of evaporation and evapotranspiration and application in irrigation water scheduling and application
  • Uncertainty management in water and environmental modeling
  • Data clustering algorithm to water and wastewater problems
  • Water supply system management, design and optimization


Dr. Rabee Rustum is civil and environmental engineer specialized in hydroinformatics with experience in water and wastewater related projects. Dr. Rustum Joined Heriot-Watt University since February 2012. Dr. Rustum is graduated with BSc (First Class Position) degree from Damascus University, Syria in 2001. After graduation, He worked as environmental engineer for the Water Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Irrigation, Syria. In 2002, he got a Post Graduate Diploma (First Class Position) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Damascus University, Syria; and in 2003 he obtained a Master Degree in environmental risk management from Poitiers University, France. Dr. Rustum started his research career in 2005 and in June 2009 he obtained his PhD in  Civil & Environmental Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Thesis title: Modelling activated sludge wastewater treatment plants using artificial intelligence techniques (fuzzy logic and neural networks). From June 2008, He worked as a water and wastewater hydraulic modeller for Mouchel Group, Stirling office, Scotland, UK. In September 2009, he joined King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia as assistant professor in environmental engineering before joining the water research group at Heriot-Watt University.

Roles & Responsibilities

Water Resources Programme Leader - Dubai Campus

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • AI Indexes (General)
  • Data Handling, Water resources planning and management, climate change, Data mining, Artificial intelligence (AI), Software sensors, water and wastewater quality, evaporation, evapotranspiration, irrigation, Uncertainty management, Data clustering, Water supply, Hydrology, hydraulics.


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  • Best Paper Certificate

    Rustum, Rabee (Recipient), 22 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)