DAFNI Conference 2019
The Royal Society London, 10 - 11 June 2019
Following 2 years of intense development effort, we are delighted to unveil to the wider community the exciting advancements within the facility and how it will relate to and revolutionise infrastructure business and research nationwide.
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: 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; Marcus Young and Dr Simon Blainey, Southampton University; Nik Lomax and Andrew Smith, Leeds University)
Sir John Armitt
Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission
Prof. Jim Hall
Chair of DAFNI Governors, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, Oxford University
DAFNI Project Lead,Science and Technology Facilities Council, UKRI
Senior Analyst, Tessella (Altran Group)
EPSRC Strategic Lead for UKCRIC
Chief Geospatial Scientist, Ordnance Survey
Prof. Liz Varga
Professor of Complex Systems at UCL
Team Leader, National Infrastructure Commission
Chair of the DFTG and Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald
Research and Development Manager, Northumbrian Water Group
Head of Data Insight, Costain Ltd
Dr Edward Oughton
Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford
Dr Adrián Carro
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford
Dr Simon Blainey
Associate Professor in Transportation, University of Southampton
Dr Nik Lomax
Associate Professor of Data Analytics for Population Research, University of Leeds
Dr Andrew Smith
Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Senior Research Assistant in GIS and Transport Engineering Data, University of Southampton
Prof. Stuart Barr
Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering and Director of Spatial Analytics and Modelling Lab, Newcastle University
Dr Theo Tryfonas
Reader in Smart Cities, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol
Prof. Daniel Coca
Head of Department, Professor of Nonlinear & Complex Systems, University of Sheffield
All sessions will be held in the Welcome Trust Lecture Hall unless otherwise stated.
The programme below may be subject to alteration.
|08:30||Registration & refreshments|
Welcome and introduction
- Jim Hall, Chair of the DAFNI Governance Board, University of Oxford
National Infrastructure Assessment & National Infrastructure Resilience Study and
how DAFNI will support this.
Unveiling of DAFNI 1.0
A service for Academia, Government and industry
- live demonstration of DAFNI’s capabilities and a first look at the modelling service.
Questions and Panel session
Chaired by Jim Hall
Philippa Hemmings, EPSRC Strategic Lead for UKCRIC
Update from the Digital Twin Hub and how DAFNI can support practice.
NWG's digital transformation and the technical drivers for a National Facility
Questions and Panel session
Chaired by Jim Hall
Setting the scene
Audience participation – What the community needs?
|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 Pilot Projects on DAFNI
- Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead
Highlights from the DAFNI Pilot Projects
Four workshops running in parallel (refreshments served throughout)
Parallel sessions will be repeated during these times: 14:30, 14:50, 15:10, 15:30
Digital Communications Model – Mobile and Fixed
Agent based Housing Model
Automated Demand Forecasting Model for new local train stations
Population Estimation and Scenario Projection model
The role of the Observatories - the opportunities, future direction and challenges
University of Bristol
University of Sheffield
University of Newcastle
- Prof. Jim Hall, Chair of DAFNI Governors
DAFNI Visualisation Hackathon
A one day intense Hackathon working with data to answer a challenge question set on the day. The day will focus on visualisation and in particular how we can make the data and outputs meaningful to the general public.
|08:30||Registration and refreshments|
Presentation from DAFNI about the day and how it will work
– Samuel Chorlton, DAFNI Project Lead and DAFNI Team
|09:25||Selection of “Specialist Equipment”|
|09:30||Groups split into sub-teams|
|16:30||Presentations of work done in the day|
|17.15||Judging of the work and prize giving|
|18:00||Close of the Hackathon|