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Dr Timothy Hong

Dr Timothy Hong


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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering

Timothy received his Bachelor's of Environmental Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Management in the Republic of Korea. He spent several years as an environmental engineer and researcher before he began the doctoral study of Environmental Engineering at the Institute of Technology & Engineering, Masse University, New Zealand with a Vice Chancellor's doctoral research scholarship.

After gaining his PhD, he worked as Senior Research Scientist (level 2), Department of Hydrogeology, GNS Science (Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences), Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand from 1999 to 2009. During his time at GNS Science, he led more than 30 research and commercialised projects relating to groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling, water allocation and management, integrated water resources modelling and management, water quality modelling, and design and control of engineered treatment processes for the wastewater.

He gained experience in dealing with, coordinating and developing multi-disciplinary research projects in the area of water resources and wastewater with government funding agencies, local authorities, universities, other research institutions (CRIs), and industry in New Zealand and overseas. During his time at GNS Science New Zealand, he received the Fletcher Challenge Engineering Award by IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand) in 1999, the president award of Korea Water Resources Association (KWRA), and the president award of New Zealand Hydrological Society (NZHS) in 2008.

Since joining London South Bank University in September 2009, he has led several research projects in the area of environmental system modelling including water resources, water quality, groundwater, coastal wind farm modelling and engineered treatment systems, building up internationally significant research capability.

He has more than 25 years experience as both an academic researcher and practical engineer with an extensive experience in water resources modelling, water pollution modelling, hydro-informatics and enviro-informatics, groundwater water/wastewater treatment process, and integrated environmental system modelling with socio-economics to provide solutions to complex water and environmental problem.

He has published more than 90 journal papers, conference proceeding papers, and technical reports.

Timothy's major teaching interest areas are in water resources system modelling and management, groundwater engineering, environmental engineering, and hydraulic engineering.

During his time at London South Bank University, he has developed and restructured the following modules:

  • Groundwater Engineering (MSc, Civil Eng) - developed
  • Water Engineering (MSc, Civil Eng) - developed
  • Hydraulics (BEng, Civil Eng) - restructured
  • Environmental Engineering (BEng, Civil Eng) - restructured

Together, these modules provide academic learning and research diversity in "water" for our Civil Engineering programme.

Currently he is involved in leading and teaching four water related modules. He had also developed and successfully launched a new Postgraduate Programme of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) as Programme Leader, starting on October, 2010, in collaboration with the Charted Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), UK.

He is module leader for the following Modules:

  • Hydraulics: EUA/5/419 (Undergraduate, BEng Civil Eng): module leader
  • Environmental Engineering: EUA/6/424 (Undergraduate, BEng & BSc Civil Eng): module leader
  • Water Engineering: EUB/7/437 (Postgraduate, MSc Civil Eng): module leader
  • Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) ): (Postgraduate, MSc Civil Eng): programme leader

Main research interests:

  • Water resources system modelling
  • Water pollution modelling
  • Hydro-informatics and enviro-informatics using computational intelligence
  • Groundwater and subsurface system modelling
  • Engineering design of engineered treatment systems (water/wastewater treatment process)
  • Integrated environmental system modelling with socio-economics to provide solutions to complex water and environmental problems

Current research projects:

  • Artificial Intelligence technology for water and environmental systems (Hydro-informatics and Enviro-informatics): 1) evolutionary model induction system; 2) dynamic neuro-fuzzy local modelling system; 3) dynamic nonlinear state-space with a neural network; 4) Bayesian intelligence modelling technique
  • Hybrid model development (conceptual mechanistic model with data-driven computational intelligence model)
  • Rainfall recharge estimation incorporating uncertainty based on nonlinear Monte-Carlo filtering technique in the dynamic nonlinear state-space formulation
  • Development of on-line, real-time hydrological modelling system with real-time data using an adaptive neutral network with an online learning algorithm
  • Online real-time forecasting and warning system to predict wind farm electrical power generation from real-time to time-ahead, considering operational as meteorological characteristics with real-time LADA from a coastal wind farm
  • Sequential model selection and ensemble modelling of hydrological models in the Bayesian modelling framework
  • Upflow Multi-layer Bio-Reactor (UMBR)/Oxic process for treating high-strength wastes
  • Artificial intelligence technology for the development and practical implementation of optimal operation and adaptive control system for a wastewater treatment process
  • Modeling and analysing  the coupled effect of climate change and land use pattern change on groundwater level and river flow in a coastal aquifer
  • Hydro-climate informatics: knowledge extraction and adaptation to climate variability and change
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