What is DAFNI?

DAFNI will become the National Platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis; infrastructure research; and strategic thinking for the UK’s long term planning and investment needs. The platform will support academic research that is aiming to provide the UK with a world leading infrastructure system that is more: efficient, reliable, resilient and affordable. It will achieve this by enabling the research community to conduct research that is able to generate new insights at a higher level of detail and accuracy than ever before.

DAFNI is funded by EPSRC as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities.

DAFNI Showcase

Programme highlights

DAFNI: The next generation platform for infrastructure planning and research - why it is needed and what it will deliver (Professor Jim Hall, Oxford University)

National Infrastructure Strategy and the National Infrastructure Resilience Study (Sir John Armitt CBE)

Unveiling of DAFNI 1.0 (Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead)

Pilot project workshops - hear from the lead researchers (Dr Edward Oughton, Oxford University; Dr Adrián Carro, Oxford University; Dr Simon Blainey, Southampton University & Professor Stuart Barr, Newcastle University)


Sir John Armitt
Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

Mark Enzer
Chair of the DFTG, Mott MacDonald

Prof. Jim Hall
Chair of DAFNI Governance Board

Prof. Stuart Barr
Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering

Dr Adrián Carro
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford

Dr Edward Oughton
Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford

Samuel Chorlton
DAFNI Project Lead

Nick Cook
Senior Analyst, Tessella


DAFNI Showcase

All sessions will be held in the Welcome Trust Lecture Hall unless otherwise stated.

The programme below may be subject to alteration.

Time Session
08:30 Registration & Refreshments

Welcome and introduction

The UKCRIC Vision – why and what DAFNI is
- Jim Hall, Chair of the DAFNI Governance Board, University of Oxford

Infrastructure Assessment & National Infrastructure Resilience Study How DAFNI will support this
- Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission


Unveiling of DAFNI 1.0

A service for Academia, Government and industry
- Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead
- Nick Cook – Tessella

Panel sessions – what DAFNI will deliver Chaired by Prof. Jim Hall
Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead

11:00 Short refreshment break

How DAFNI can support practice

- Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald and Chair of the DFTG - Chris Jones, Research and Development Manager, Northumbrian Water Ltd

Panel sessions
- Chaired by Prof. Jim Hall

Enabling DAFNI

Setting the scene
– Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead

Audience participation – what the community needs – feedback
What future research topics are required to build on from the UKCRIC vision?

13:00 Lunch and networking Opportunity to network and look at Poster Presentations provided by DAFNI Pilots Projects

The Future of DAFNI and recap so far

- Prof. Jim Hall

Introduction to the Projects on DAFNI and next part of the showcase
- Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead


Highlights from the DAFNI Pilot Projects - see DAFNI in action!

Four workshops running in parallel (coffee / tea served throughout)

Digital Communications Model – Mobile and Fixed
Dr Edward Oughton
University of Oxford

Agent based Housing Model – Spatial and Non-Spatial
Dr Adrián Carro
University of Oxford

Automated Demand Forecasting Model for new local train stations
Dr Simon Blainey
Southampton University

Urban Observatory: flood prepared - real-time data. Results from the Hackathon Week
Stuart Barr
Newcastle University


Closing Remarks and Opportunities for Involvement – aligned funding strategies

- Prof. Jim Hall

16:45 Showcase close

DAFNI Visualisation Hackathon

You will need: A laptop and your thinking caps.

Purpose: Exploring visualisation methods to enhance communication of national infrastructure models, research and data.

The day will be structured to allow a very free form approach and foster as much innovation as possible. We will have datasets pre-configured and made accessible to participants alongside access to specialist equipment such as HoloLens, HTC Vive, etc.

Challenge themes will be released prior to the event to help scope thinking. Participants will need to provide their own equipment to support development.


Sessions will be held in the Dining Room unless otherwise stated.

The programme below may be subject to alteration.

Time Session
08:00 Registration and refreshments

Welcome and introduction

– Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead and DAFNI Team

09:15 Team formation
09:30 Ideas formation
10:00 Begin hacking
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Hacking continues
17:00 Judging
18:00 Hackathon closes


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