Asian Institute of Management and Manila Water to roll out AI models for better water supply management

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM), through its Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Laboratory (ACCeSs@AIM), has deployed and operationalized its joint project with the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and the Manila Water Co., Inc. (MWCI).

The collaborative endeavor aims to enhance the distribution of water supply in the East Zone of Metro Manila and will be utilized to forecast dam levels in Angat, La Mesa, and Ipo to cater to the needs of households, businesses, and other industries.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered software developed by ACCeSs@AIM employs historical water levels, volume of rainfall, and indicators of El Nino or La Nina to predict dam levels.

“Thanks to this collaboration with AIM and support from DoST, we can now develop and advocate for data-driven policies towards effective allocation and management of our water supply. Coupled with the continued good cooperation with key government agencies, this will help mitigate the risks associated with water supply fluctuations brought about by climate change,” said Mark Orbos, MWCI’s director for Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations.

This project was made possible with support from the DoST’s Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) Program, and monitoring efforts from the DoST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

“With much data that is already out there, it is high time that we maximize the power of emerging technologies like AI and machine learning to improve and affect the daily lives of Filipinos. AIM’s forecast modeling fulfills this by seamlessly providing apt agencies with helpful data as basis for decision and policy making on water supply to avoid shortages. Partnering with institutions like AIM and MWCI allows us to leverage on our combined resources and expertise to fulfill a common objective — to support the growth of the Philippine Innovation ecosystem,” said DoST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

ACCeSs@AIM actively engages the private and public sector to innovate through research and development projects in advanced analytics. It is AIM’s first corporate laboratory and the first of its kind in the Philippines.

“The impact of AI and Data Science projects like these goes beyond just solving the immediate needs of consumers,” said Prof. Christopher Monterola, PhD, project lead and ACCeSs@AIM executive managing director. “At ACCeSs@AIM, our goal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by creating effective and practical solutions to real-world problems through data-driven support tools. We have a multidisciplinary team of experienced and highly trained data scientists with access to AIM’s world-class resources and facilities, including a 1.2 petaflop supercomputer — the fastest in the Philippines — enabling us to collaborate and operationalize solutions with different industries, government agencies and various organizations, and help innovate through R&D initiatives.”

To date, ACCeSs@AIM has completed 4 industry projects and mentored 35 MSc Data Science Capstone Projects from 25 companies and agencies.

To know more about ACCeSs@AIM, visit asite.aim.edu/access-lab/.

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