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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


  • 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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Research Output

Dairy wastewater treatment option for rural settlments by vermi-biofiltration

Rustum, R., Akbar K, S. & Adeloye, A. J., 1 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of GEOMATE. 18, 67, p. 33-38 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Modelling Unconfined Groundwater Recharge Using Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System

    Elsayed, K., Rustum, R. & Adeloye, A. J., 13 Oct 2020, In : Processes. 8, 10, 1280.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Neural computing modelling of the crop water stress index

    Kumar, N., Adeloye, A. J., Shankar, V. & Rustum, R., 1 Sep 2020, In : Agricultultural Water Management. 239, 106259.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Sustainability Ranking of Desalination Plants Using Mamdani Fuzzy Logic Inference Systems

    Rustum, R., Kurichiyanil, A. M. J., Forrest, S., Sommariva, C., Adeloye, A. J., Zounemat-Kermani, M. & Scholz, M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 2, 631.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Anaerobic digestion process modeling using Kohonen self-organising maps

    Ramachandran, A., Rustum, R. & Adeloye, A. J., Apr 2019, In : Heliyon. 5, 4, e01511.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    30 Downloads (Pure)


    Best Paper Certificate

    Rustum, Rabee (Recipient), 22 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)