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Arthur Lam

Dr Arthur Lam


Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room S1.39, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


Arthur graduated as a civil engineer and researcher and have participated in research in water quality modelling, flood mitigation, transient-based defect detection in water supply systems and hydrodynamic stability theories. My current research involves mechanistic and Artificial Intelligence (AI) models for sustainable development and public information concerning water quality. The key research questions are:

  • Mechanistic model assumptions in coastal waters: There is no general consensus concerning the turbulence and bacteria decay models suitable for coastal waters. While the suitability of these models are site and bacteria dependent, factors governing the use of such models require clarification.
  • AI models: AI models require less computational power and obtain water quality predictions quicker than mechanistic models. Nonlinear AI models are being developed to better predict bathing water quality, especially faecal indicator bacteria concentrations.

I am also a member of the International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).











Research interest

Hydro-environmental modelling; Artificial Intelligence (AI) modelling; Turbulence; Hydrodynamic stability theory

Participation in Research Projects

Title Principal Investigator(s) Funder Project Sum Duration
TidAl Range schemes as configurable Grid-scale Energy sTorage facilities (TARGET) Ahmadian R (Project lead & PI), Qadrda M, Yue Z, Munday M EPSRC

Total: £1.4M

CU: £732k

Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) Ahmadian R, Mason-Jones A., et al. WEFO £1.15M 1/10/2021-31/05/2023
Turnover Response System Development Ahmadian R Royal Academy of Engineering £19,019 01/04/2020- 28/02/2023
Studies on disaster-causing
mechanisms and disaster reduction
countermeasures of urban flooding in
China and the UK
Ahmadian R, Falconer RA Royal Academy of Engineering £197,224 01/04/2018- 30/3/2022
Flood Resilience for the TRANsport Sector (FR-TRANS) Pregnolato M (University of Bristol) GW4 Generator Fund £19,988.05 01/06/2021-30/11/2021
Promoting Energy-water Nexus resource efficiency through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EERES4WATER) - Subproject for Cardiff University Ahmadian R (Cardiff University, CU) EU INTERREG Atlantic Area

Total: £2.69M

CU: £283k

01/04/2019 -  31/03/2022
Smart Urban Water Supply Systems Ghidaoui M S (HKUST) Hong Kong Resaerch Grant Council £3,074,911 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2021


Cardiff University:

  • Assisting in supervising an Undergraduate Final Year Project student in Artificial Intelligence (2020-2021)

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology:

  • Assisting in supervising over five Undergraduate Final Year Project students in Pipe Transients and Open Channel Flows
  • Teaching Assistant in taught Master and Undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics



2019-Current: Research Associate, Cardiff University

2016-2019: Research Associate, HKUST

2015-2016: Reserach Associate, HK Polytechnic University

2007-2015: Teaching assistant for numerous Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics courses in HKUST


2015: PhD in Civil and Environemntal Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

2007: BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering, HKUST