Annual Conference 2023

DAFNI (Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure)  Annual Conference 

The theme of this year’s annual conference is Building a Secure and Resilient World.  We are pleased to announce that it will take place at the Sir Alexander Fleming building at Imperial College, London on the 12 September 2023.  Full details of the event is in the outline programme.

Our speakers are from research institutions around the UK, industry as well as winners of the Centre of Excellence for Resilient Infrastructure Analysis grant programme.  Launched in April 2023, the Centre of Excellence for Resilient Infrastructure Analysis fosters research in the area of resilience in the natural and built environment as part of the overarching UKRI programme ‘Building a Secure and Resilient World’ (BSRW)’, a 5-year programme which seeks to tap the UK’s research and innovation system to tackle large-scale, complex challenges for the UK.  Researchers in the Centre of Excellence will be able to collaborate online, scale research, integrate computational models, model workflows and deposit and share models and data with the infrastructure research community in the UK and further afield

Come and join our community of users to hear about latest developments on the DAFNI platform and future plans for our new Building a Secure and Resilient World Programme of research

Tickets for the full day of talks, networking, lunch and refreshments are:-

Standard – £50

Students – £25

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09:00 Arrival – Breakfast networking
09:25 Welcome and introduction
Dr Giuliano Punzo, Lecturer at the University of Sheffield

Keynote presentation

DAFNI to Improve Capacity & Resilience of Infrastructure Systems
Bridget Rosewell, Non-Executive Director at UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB), Formerly Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

10:10 DAFNI – Exploring Resilience
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
10:35 DAFNI Platform Presentation
Dr Bethan Perkins, DAFNI Team Lead, STFC  
10:55 Break, Demos, Networking

         Building a Secure and Resilient World


11:25 The Challenges of Resilience
Dr Kristine Zaidi, Associate Director of Programmes, UKRI AHRC 

Presentations from Centre of Excellence

Resilience Scenarios for Integrated Water Systems – RIWS

Dr Ana Mijic, Reader in Water Systems Engineering and Innovation, Imperial College London

An agent-based model of flood infrastructure resilience – FIRM

Professor Richard Dawson, Professor of Earth Systems Engineering and Director of Research in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis for resilient infrastructure systems – USARIS

Dr Francesca Pianosi, Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil, Aerospace and Design Engineering, University of Bristol

Building systemic resilience of interdependent infrastructure networks at the  national scale – NIRD

Dr Raghav Pant, Senior Research Associateat theEnvironmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

12:45 Networking lunch and demonstrations
13:45 Welcome back and introduction to the afternoon session  
Dr Giuliano Punzo, Lecturer at the University of Sheffield 

Keynote presentation  

Spatial Planning Reimagined 
Dr Wei Yang, Co-Founder & CEO, Digital Task Force for Planning; Chairman, Wei Yang & Partners

14:30 Standards in Practice – embedding Resilience in Infrastructure
Russell Price, ISO
14:50 Break, demos and networking

Presentations from Centre of Excellence

Strategies and Tools for Resilience of Buried Infrastructure to Meteorological Shocks – STORMS

Dr Xilin Xia, Assistant Professor in Resilience Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham

Pywr-WREW, a Water Resources model for England and Wales built in Python  water resources simulation system

Dr Anna Murgatroyd, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford

Sewer Overflow Flood Risk Analysis MOdel Dafni Enabled – SOFRAMODE

Dr Vassilis Glenis, Senior Lecturer in Hydroinformatics, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Small Changes and Computer-Generated Spatial Interaction Modelling with  QUANT – SCQUAIR

Dr Richard Milton, Senior Researcher, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL


Q & A panel session  
Chaired by Dr Giuliano Punzo, University of Sheffield 

Dr Brian Matthews

Dr Wei Yang

Russell Price  


16:50 Conference closing remarks 
Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Facility Lead, Scientific Computing, STFC
17:00 Close of Conference

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