Dr.ir. Edo Abraham


I am an Assistant Professor in Water & Control at TU Delft’s Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Before joining TU Delft in 2016, I was a Research Associate in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Group at Imperial College London. I have a PhD in Control Engineering (Aeronautics) and a first class honours MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I received both the MEng and PhD degrees from Imperial College London, UK, in 2008 and 2013, respectively.


My research interests are mainly in the application of numerical optimisation, control and systems theory to advance water management and environmental engineering applications and their nexuses with energy and agricultural sectors. Some of my research deals with operational optimisation of multipurpose reservoirs, optimisation and control for irrigation and water allocation, optimisation of cropping patterns and infrastructure assessment - most within the context of the water-energy-food nexus. Within urban water systems, my research deals with optimal control and fault diagnosis for drinking water distribution networks, and the urban nexus of heating systems, and energy transitions.

Integrated Water Resources Mangement (CIE4450, 4EC MSc course in the Master Civil Engineering)
Through a series of interactive lectures, stakeholder analysis and role play exercises, modelling exercises using integrated assessment tools (eg. WEAP), and a group project, the course Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) deals with pressing water challenges of today and the future. The lectures introduce water management issues and a number of topics that are important for IWRM in several transboundary river basins (eg. the Rhine, Nile and Volta Basins). The role-play simulation explores some of the social processes that, together with technical knowledge, determine water management.

Instructor for "Optimisation: from formulation to solution in WRE (2 EC MSc course as part of the CIE5431 Research Skills 1)
As one of the modules within CIE5431, I offer an introductory course as an application-oriented primer in optimisation. Its aim is to motivate the use of optimisation models in various strategic planning and operational problems within water resources engineering and introduce how optimisation is used in several other application domains.

Guest Lecturer on CIE5550   Pumping Stations and Transport Pipelines

  • Aydin B, Tian X, Delsman J, Oude Essink GualbertHP, Rutten M and Abraham E (2019), "Optimal salinity and water level control of water courses using Model Predictive Control", Environmental Modelling & Software., 2, 2019. Vol. 112, pp. 36-45. Elsevier.
  • Kassing, Ruud, Bart De Schutter, and Edo Abraham. "Optimal Control for Precision Irrigation of a Large‐Scale Plantation." Water Resources Research 56, no. 10 (2020): e2019WR026989.
  • Pecci, Filippo, Edo Abraham, and Ivan Stoianov. "Global optimality bounds for the placement of control valves in water supply networks." Optimization and Engineering 20, no. 2 (2019): 457-495.
  • Abraham, Edo, Mirjam Blokker, and Ivan Stoianov. "Decreasing the discoloration risk of drinking water distribution systems through optimized topological changes and optimal flow velocity control." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 144, no. 2 (2018): 04017093.
  • Menke, Ruben, Edo Abraham, Panos Parpas, and Ivan Stoianov. "Demonstrating demand response from water distribution system through pump scheduling." Applied Energy 170 (2016): 377-387.
  • Wright, Robert, Edo Abraham, Panos Parpas, and Ivan Stoianov. "Control of water distribution networks with dynamic DMA topology using strictly feasible sequential convex programming." Water Resources Research 51, no. 12 (2015): 9925-9941.
  • Abraham, Edo, and Eric C. Kerrigan. "Lower-Order $ H_ {\infty} $ Filter Design for Bilinear Systems With Bounded Inputs." IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 63, no. 4 (2014): 895-906.
  • Abraham, Edo, and Eric C. Kerrigan. "Optimal active control and optimization of a wave energy converter." IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy 4, no. 2 (2012): 324-332.
  • Herrera, Manuel, Edo Abraham, and Ivan Stoianov. "A graph-theoretic framework for assessing the resilience of sectorised water distribution networks." Water Resources Management 30, no. 5 (2016): 1685-1699.
  • Kartakis, Sokratis, Edo Abraham, and Julie A. McCann. "Waterbox: A testbed for monitoring and controlling smart water networks." In Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Water Networks, pp. 1-6. 2015.
  • Abraham, Edo, and Ivan Stoianov. "Sparse null space algorithms for hydraulic analysis of large-scale water supply networks." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 142, no. 3 (2016): 04015058.
  • Abraham, Edo, and Ivan Stoianov. "Constraint-preconditioned inexact newton method for hydraulic simulation of large-scale water distribution networks." IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems 4, no. 3 (2016): 610-6

Edo Abraham

Assistant professor

Monday till Friday