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Active Projects / Funding


Here is a list of ongoing research projects (active) we are leading or contributing with total support over $15 million from federal and state programs, and industry partners.

  • CyberTraining: Implementation: Small: Inclusive Cyberinfrastructure and Machine Learning Training to Advance Water Science Research
    2023-2026, NSF CyberTraining
  • Intelligent Transportation Network Decision Support with Real-time Routing and Data Analytics
    2023-2028, MATC, US DOT
  • CIROH: AI-Augmented Immersive Digital Twin and Visual Analytics Framework for Hydrology
    2023-2024, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • CIROH: Novel Geospatial Architecture of Channel and Floodplain Morphological Attributes within the OWP Hydrofabrics
    2023-2025, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • CIROH: Comparative Assessment of the NWM Channel Routing Models for Enhanced Streamflow Data Assimilation
    2023-2025, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • CIROH: A Collaborative Approach to Develop Comprehensive FIM Data, Models, and Methods with Emphasis on Transportation Infrastructure
    2023-2025, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • CIROH: Novel Physically-based Streamflow Monitoring Methodology
    2023-2025, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • Collaborative Research: A Physics-Informed Flood Early Warning System for Agricultural Watersheds with Explainable Deep Learning and Process-Based Modeling
    2023-2026, NSF Hydrology
  • An Intelligent Human-Centric Communication System for Adverse Weather and Road Conditions
    2023-2025, DOT Aurora
  • FloodRSS: Flood Resilience Support System for Participatory Community Action
    2023-2024, Iowa Water Center Seed Grant Program
  • A Digital Twin Framework for Civic and Environmental Analysis of Railways
    2023-2024, UI OVPR Community Engaged Scholars
  • Climate-Driven Health Vulnerabilities of Rural Well Users
    2023-2024, UI OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars
  • Co-LEARN: A Midwestern Community of Learning for Empowerment, Climate Adaptation and Resilience for the Next Generation
    2023-2028, NOAA RISA
  • Phase 2 - AI-Enabled Intelligent Assistant (AIIA) for Personalized and Adaptive Learning and Advising
    2023-2024, UI ITTA
  • NSF Convergence Accelerator Track E: Linking the Green Economy to the Blue Economy at the Coast (Phase 2)
    2022-2024, NSF Convergence
  • Watershed-Level Multi-Criteria Quantification of Agricultural Sustainability for Iowa
    2022-2023, UIOWA ISSFP
  • Actionable Flood Warnings Based on Ground-truth Data to Support Iowa DOT BridgeWatch Platform
    2022-2023, Iowa DOT
  • Information and Decision System for Poultry Infectious Diseases
    2022-2023, Iowa Poultry Association
  • Identification of Dominant Factors and Modeling Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics for Major Lakes in Iowa
    2022-2023, Iowa Healthy Lakes Initiative
  • Extension for Big Sioux Flood Information System
    2022-2023, South Dakota DNR / RESPEC
  • E-Tailored Pain Management Support for Dementia Family Caregivers
    2022-2024, Alzheimer's Association
  • CIROH: Intelligent Data Analytics and Communication Cyberinfrastructure for Research to Operations in Hydrology
    2022-2027, NOAA Cooperative Institute
  • Novel Integration of Direct Measurements with Numerical Models for Real-time Estimation and Forecasting of Streamflow Response to Cyclical Processes: Time Varying Flow and Seasonal Changes of Riparian Roughness
    2021-2024, NSF Hydrology
  • Maintenance and Support for Big Sioux Flood Information System
    2020-2023, South Dakota DNR / RESPEC
  • Disaster Route Planning for Floods
    2017-2023, MATC, US DOT
  • GP-GO: Iowa Environmental Internship Pathways Program
    2021-2024, NSF IUSE:GEOPAths
  • Assessing the Flood Reduction Benefits of On-road Structures
    2021-2024, Iowa DOT
  • Design Guidelines and Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Sedimentation of Multi-Barrel Culverts
    2020-2023, US DOT
  • River Morphology Data and Analysis Tools (RiverMorph) – A web platform for enabling river morphology research
    2020-2024, NSF Geoinformatics
  • UIOWA Hackathon
    2016-2023, NSF, MBDH, UIOWA & Industrial Partners

Completed Projects


  • HydroLang: An Open-Source Web-Based Programming Framework for Hydrological Community
    2022-2023, CUAHSI HIF
  • NSF Convergence Accelerator Track E: Linking the Green Economy to the Blue Economy at the Coast
    2021-2022, NSF Convergence
  • AI-Enabled Intelligent Assistant (AIIA) for Personalized and Adaptive Learning and Advising
    2022-2023, UI ITTA
  • Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory
    2021-2022, UI P3
  • Coupling Physical and Societal Objectives for Decision Making in Water Resources Management
    2021-2022 , IWC
  • A Serious Game on Flood Mitigation for K-12 and Public Education
    2021-2022 , IWC
  • Data Anomaly Detection and Sediment Yield Estimation in the USACE’s Reservoir Sedimentation Information (RSI) Database
    2020-2022, USACE
  • Evaluation of HAND Flood Inundation Maps in Iowa
    2020-2021 , UCAR Comet Program
  • Multimorbidity in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Association with Pain and Health Care Utilization using Big Data Approaches
    2020-2021 , NIH
  • Missouri River Flood Inundation Model and Information System
    2020-2021 , Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Enhancing Ethical Context in the Engineering Curriculum: Ethical Dilemmas in Building New Buildings Card Game
    2020-2021 , COE Ethics
  • Next-Generation Stage Measurement at Ungauged Locations using IoT
    2020-2021 , IWC
  • NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute Access - Teaching Kits
    2019-2020, NVIDIA
  • Semi-Volatile PCBs: Sources, Exposures, Toxicities
    2019-2021, US NIH
  • Spatial and Temporal Data Augmentation for Radar-Rainfall Products Using Deep Neural Networks
    2019, NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program, NVIDIA Inc.
  • Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes (IML-CZO)
    2019-2020, NSF CZO
  • Inundation Damage Assessment Maps for Non-leveed Iowa Communities Mississippi River Front
    2019, USACE
  • Ethical and Moral Challenges for Engineers and AI: A Web-Based Serious Game for Engineering Decision Making
    2019-2020, CoE, UIOWA
  • Quantum Computing Applications in Environmental Science
    2019, Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services
  • Connecting Rural and Peri-urban Farmers to Demonstrate and Disseminate Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Practices
    2019-2022, EPA
  • Framework: Software: Collaborative Research: CyberWater—An open and sustainable framework for diverse data and model integration with provenance and access to HPC
    2019-2022, NSF CSSI
  • Development of Caregivers’ Barriers to Pain Management Screening Questions and Revision of the Educational Material in the Caregiver Pain Management Manual
    2018-2021, Woodrow W. Morris Gerontology Research Award for Faculty
  • Water Quality Data Visualization
    2018-2019, UIOWA CHEEC
  • Improving Data Integration and Exchange for EPA Current Discovery Tool
    2018-2020, EPA
  • Integrated Data Framework for Agricultural Flood Damage and Loss Analysis
    2018-2019, NSF Big Data Hub – DigitalAg Spoke
  • An Integrated Big Data Framework for Water Quality Issues in the Upper Mississippi River Basin
    2018-2021, NSF Big Data Hub Spokes
  • Interactive Projector System for Collaborative Research, Communication and Outreach Activities
    2018-2019, UIOWA CEE Infrastructure Grant
  • Transfer of the Iowa DOT Culverts Web-Tool Prototype to Iowa DOT Mainframe
    2018-2019, Iowa DOT
  • Data Visualization Project for Homeland Security
    2017-2018, Iowa Homeland Security
  • Data Visualization of IWA Data and Project Sites
    2017-2021, Iowa Homeland Security
  • EAGER: PPER: Validation and Utilization of a New Tool for Citizen-Led Water Quality Monitoring in Agricultural Watersheds
    2017-2018, NSF
  • Knowledge Discovery, Integration and Communication for Extreme Weather and Flood Resilience Using Artificial Intelligence
    2017-2020, AI for Earth, Microsoft & ESRI
  • Decision Support Tool for the Texas Multi-Hazard Tournament
    2017, USACE
  • GPGPU Techniques for Environmental Modeling Applications
    2016, NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program, NVIDIA Inc.
  • Develop a Hydrologic and Hydraulic Model of the Big Sioux River Basin
    2016-2020, South Dakota DNR
  • Interactive Web-based Digital Exhibit for Rainfall and Flood Data and Tools
    2016, UIOWA
  • Smart Ag-Practice Forecasting for Interconnected Communities: Supplemental request for BCS #1114978
    2016-2019, National Science Foundation
  • A Pilot Project for Cloud-based NEXRAD Data Processing, Analysis, and Visualization for Flood Forecasting and Water Resources Management
    2016-2017, Unidata
  • Initial All-Hands Meeting in Digital Agriculture
    2016, NSF, Midwest Big Data Hub
  • Iowa Watershed Approach for Urban and Rural Resilience
    2016-2021, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • AWS Educate Program for Institutions
    2015, Amazon
  • Iowa Water Quality Information System
    2015-2018, Carver Foundation
  • Prototype Multi-Jurisdictional Decision-Making Web Platform for Integrated Water Resources Management: From Interagency Collaboration to Implementation in Iowa-Cedar Watershed (Iowa)
    2014-2016, US Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Web-based Augmented and Virtual Reality Flood Simulation Platform for Game-based Learning of Hydrological Concepts
    2014-2015, ITS UIOWA – Game-based Learning Institute
  • Improving Visualization and Access to Radar Data using Unidata Tools for Flood Prediction and Management
    2014-2015, Unidata Equipment Awards Program
  • Exploring Cloud Computing Capabilities for Iowa Flood Information System
    2013-2014, Amazon Web Services in Education Grant
  • Collaboration with Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) at Goddard Space Flight Center
    2013, NASA EPSCoR Program
  • Web-based Augmented and Virtual Reality Flood Simulation Platform for Game-based Learning of Hydrological Concepts
    2013-2014, Academic Technologies Advisory Council, University of Iowa
  • Design and Development of GPU-based Information Visualization Interfaces for Hydrological and Meteorological Data
    2013, NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program, NVIDIA Inc.
  • Google Maps Engine Public Data Program
    2013, Google
  • National Flood Information System
    2013, Google
  • FloodCube: National Flood Information System
    2013, US Ignite / Mozilla - Gigabit Explorer Challenge
  • Design and Development of Open Source Programming Projects for the Iowa Flood Center, University of Iowa
    2013, Google Summer of Code
  • Design and Development of UCF CHAMPS Hydrologic Information System
    2013, University of Central Florida
  • Design and Development of GPU-based Information Visualization Interfaces for Hydrological and Meteorological Data
    2013, NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program, NVIDIA Inc.
  • Design and Development of BlackBerry Smartphone and Tablet Applications
    2012, BlackBerry Academic Program
  • EarthCube Community Workshop: Designing A Roadmap for Workflows in Geosciences
    2012, NSF – EarthCube
  • Global Water Platform – Phase IA: Planning, Design and Development of A Web-Based Platform on Water and Sustainability Issues
    2009, International Water Association
  • Iowa Flood Center
    2011-2016, State of Iowa
  • Iowa Floodplain Mapping Program
    2011-2016, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Funding Partners

Our research group received funding from following agencies and organizations.

Industry Sponsors

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