【Master Forum】Digital Water in the Age of Big Data and Block Chain
Digital Water will completely change how water is treated and managed. At present, most cities have fewer than five environmental monitoring stations. With the development of sensors having autonomous battery life of 2 years and capable of transmitting over kilometers, at present by GSM and later by the Internet of Technology, there will be an abundance of data. The IofT will generate this information. BIG DATA will be used to manage it and block chain will be applied to provide security to the information and render it transparent. The talk will discuss why Shenzhen, in cooperation with CUHK-Shenzhen, is uniquely posed to lead in the development of digital water and to exploit this locally, nationally and as an export industry. It will include research projects, new academic faculties, incubators and entrepreneurship.
Dr. David Hunkeler received Ph.D. degree from McMaster University in Canada in 1990. He joined Vanderbilt University in the United States as an assistant professor in 1991. He became a professor in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1996. In 2002, he founded AquaTech water company in Switzerland, focusing on the production and sales of water treatment products and developing water treatment solutions. Dr. Hunkeler has published over 200 scientific papers, received over 5000 citations. He was the organizer of five international conferences and chairman of three global environmental working groups. He was the consultant for the evaluation of technology policy to the Swiss Science Council.
He received Swiss Economic Award in 2003, Bronze Medal for Environmental Firm of the Year in Europe and Business Innovation by Wall Street Journal Europe in 2002. He was a member of Nobel Prize Nominating Committee for Chemistry in 2001. He was awarded as Swiss Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999, Label of Excellence of Commission for Technology Innovation in 1998, Prize of Honor by Foundation for the Innovation of Technology in 1997, and Educator of the Year by Lilly Foundation in 1996.