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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 2006 2019

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
Anaerobic digestion
Self organizing maps
Growth kinetics

Effect of Soil Parameter on the Long Drive Micro-tunelling Process a Case Study of Al Jadaf Area, Dubai, UAE

Bhatt, D. D., Charif, K. & Rustum, R., 1 Nov 2018, Sustainable Tunneling and Underground Use: Proceedings of the 2nd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2018 – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE). Badr, M. & Lotfy, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 19-30 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Surveying instruments
Stress relief

Study the Effect of Precipitation on the Performance of Wastewater Treatment Plant using KSOM

Rustum, R. & Rizvi, S., 2018, 6th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering 2018. Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

chemical oxygen demand
artificial neural network
water treatment

Teaching hydrology: A case study of teaching and learning

Rustum, R., 11 Jun 2018, 2018 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences (ASET). IEEE

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

teaching method

Challenges faced for micro-tunelling works in Jadaf, Dubai for long drive on large scale projects (case study)

Datt Bhatt, D., Charif, K. & Rustum, R., 9 Aug 2017, In : MATEC Web of Conferences. 120, 02021.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Best Paper Certificate

Rabee Rustum (Recipient), 22 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activated sludge process
Urban planning
Self organizing maps
Fault detection