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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Urban water management
  • Resilient urban water systems
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling
  • Hydroinformatics

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Nitin Muttil

Dr Nitin Muttil is a senior lecturer and leader of the Water Resources research group in the College of Engineering & Science at Victoria University (VU), Australia.

Prior to joining VU in 2007, Nitin worked as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Hong Kong. During this time, he worked on various projects including developing a hydrologic model for the Marina Bay in Singapore and a data-driven model to predict algal blooms at Tolo Harbour in Hong Kong. The results of these projects have been published and well cited in highly ranked journals and international conferences.

At VU, Nitin has further developed his research expertise in the areas of urban drainage modelling and flood control, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and impacts of climate change on water resources.

Along with colleagues from the Water Resources research group, Nitin has been extensively involved in collaborative research projects (with various local councils, water utility companies and so on) and supervision of postgraduate students.

Nitin has organised sessions on WSUD and climate change impact studies in conferences (MODSIM 2013 and MODSIM 2015) and his students regularly present their research at reputed conferences.

In recognition of his research efforts, Nitin was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award and Citation For Excellence In Research & Research Training (Research Team Category).

Qualifications

  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • M. Tech. (IIT Delhi)
  • B.E. (JMI Delhi)

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Muttil, N., Ozansoy, C., Jia, G., & Tariq, M. AUR. (180927). Assessing the Potential for Recovery of Excess Energy from the City West Water Network. Victoria University.
2018 Muttil, N., Ozansoy, C., & Jia, G. (180412). Literature Review on Excess Energy Recovery and Storage in Water Distribution Networks. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.: Victoria University.

Year Citation
2018 Sivapragasam, C., Saravanan, P., Balamurali, S., & Muttil, N. (180917). Ascertaining Time Series Predictability in Process Control - Case Study on Rainfall Prediction Paper presented at MATEC Web of Conferences.

doi: 10.1051/matecconf/201820307002

2017 Saravanan, P., Sivapragasam, C., Nitin, M., Balamurali, S., Ragul, R. K., Prakash, S. S., Ganesan, G. S., & Murugan, V. V. (170101). ANN-based bias correction algorithm forprecipitation in the Yarra River basin, Australia Paper presented at Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (pp. 362-370).

doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64419-6_47

2017 Buddi, T., Mahesh, K., Muttil, N., Rao, B. N., Nagalakshmi, J., & Singh, S. K. (170101). Characterization of Plywoods Produced by Various Bio-Adhesives Paper presented at Materials Today: Proceedings (pp. 496-508).

doi: 10.1016/j.matpr.2017.01.050

Year Citation
2018 Adhikary, S. K., Muttil, N., & Yilmaz, A. G. (181001). Improving streamflow forecast using optimal rain gauge network-based input to artificial neural network models. Hydrology Research, 49(5), (1559-1577).

doi: 10.2166/nh.2017.108

2018 Sutadian, A. D., Muttil, N., Yilmaz, A. G., & Perera, B. JC. (180201). Development of a water quality index for rivers in West Java Province, Indonesia. Ecological Indicators, 85 (966-982).

doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.11.049

2017 Adhikary, S. K., Muttil, N., & Yilmaz, A. G. (170615). Cokriging for enhanced spatial interpolation of rainfall in two Australian catchments. Hydrological Processes, 31(12), (2143-2161).

doi: 10.1002/hyp.11163

2017 Sutadian, A. D., Muttil, N., Yilmaz, A. G., & Perera, B. JC. (170401). Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process to identify parameter weights for developing a water quality index. Ecological Indicators, 75 (220-233).

doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.043

2017 Nasrin, T., Sharma, A. K., & Muttil, N. (170101). Impact of short duration intense rainfall events on sanitary sewer network performance. Water (Switzerland), 9(3),

doi: 10.3390/w9030225

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Research into Energy Recovery in the City West Water Network
From: City West Water
Investigators: Dr Cagil Ozansoy
For period: 2018-2018
$54,390

Climate Change Effects on Urban Drainage System in the City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria.
From: Greater Shepparton City Council
Investigators: Mr Sachindra Dhanapala arachchige, Prof Bodiyabaduge Perera
For period: 2016-2018
$5,604

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Apr 2016 - Sep 2019
Leader of Water Resources research group
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Apr 2016 -
Sep 2019
Leader of Water Resources research group
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Member, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

Media appearances

01st February 2013

What’s that smell? Water saving’s unintended consequences

The Conversation A recent study from Victoria University indicates water-conservation can have unintended consequences for residents and water managers - a problem that is only set to get worse.

01st November 2013

Water saving may lead to big stink

ABC Science Water conservation can lead to smellier sewers and more corrosion in sewer pipes, according to new research.

01st April 2012

Mapping the flood

VU News Melbourne will suffer more frequent and severe floods as stormwater drains struggle to cope under climate change, according to Victoria University engineers.

13th June 2019

Tapping into a source of clean energy beneath our cities

Dr Nitin Muttil and his team are working with City West Water (CWW) on a project that uses hydro turbines to generate energy from the water pressure in pipes. The turbines use pressure that builds up in gravity-fed water pipes between elevated reservoir sources and thousands of households and businesses that CWW serves in Melbourne’s west.