Vladan Babovic is a leading scientist in the field of hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven modelling research from early 1990s. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains gaining wider recognition.
In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, such as Singapore Delft Water Alliance (SDWA) and NUSDeltares, both of which he is founding Director. Under his leadership SDWA and NUSDeltares were recognized in March 2014 by prestigious Winsemius Award.
Vladan obtained his Ph.D. degree from UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he has obtained a business degree at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining National University of Singapore, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).
Vladan is an active member of several professional associations, such as International Association for Hydraulic Research and Engineering and International Water Association. He serves on scientific boards of range of journals and conferences.
One of Vladan’s passions is creating enthusiasm towards water related issues among students and community in general. Establishment of IAHR Student Chapter at the National University of Singapore; establishment of Citizen Scientist Water Network with HSBC and Singapore Netherlands Water Challenge are but few initiatives he has spearheaded.
Honours & Awards
2012 — International Water Association, Fellow
1999 — Arthur Thomas Ippen Award of the International Association for Hydraulic Research
1998 — Talent Award of Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
1997 — The Best Paper Award, Danish Hydraulics, 2nd International Software Conference
1986 — Jaroslav Cerni Award as the best Civil Engineering Graduate