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DAFNI: the Data and Analytics Facility
for National Infrastructure
DAFNI is an £8million new national research facility
fo...
The national infrastructure database
DAFNI will provide
• a secure facility for assembling, hosting and creating
datasets ...
The National infrastructure modelling,
simulation and visualisation facilities
The DAFNI modelling and simulation platform...
Research and innovation in infrastructure systems
Data analytics, modelling and simulation are fields in which the UK has
...
Research challenges that
DAFNI will solve
• There are computational limits to our ability to
simulate and optimise large c...
Themes in the DAFNI research
programme
Research Theme 1: Complex systems modelling
and simulation
Research Theme 2: Data a...
DAFNI will be delivered by STFC and hosted at
the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell
Additional investment in compu...
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Prof Jim Hall, ECI, University of Oxford

DAFNI: Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure launch event

6 July 2017

We’ve started a year-long consultation process to ensure that DAFNI’s capabilities can be applied to the management and development of infrastructure systems, so addressing the challenges our society is facing. We’ll be looking for feedback, comments and guidance to create a facility that will transform the way that infrastructure is delivered in the UK and globally. We will work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will enhance the UK economy.

www.itrc.org.uk/dafni-data-and-analytics-facility-for-national-infrastructure/

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DAFNI: the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

  1. 1. DAFNI: the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure DAFNI is an £8million new national research facility for infrastructure systems analysis, modelling, simulation, visualisation and decision support DAFNI will be comprised of: 1. The national infrastructure database 2. National infrastructure modelling, simulation and visualisation facilities
  2. 2. The national infrastructure database DAFNI will provide • a secure facility for assembling, hosting and creating datasets on infrastructure assets and networks and the human and natural environments in which they are located. • management of licence arrangements, and a commitment to Open Data, as far as possible • tiered security arrangements • metadata listing
  3. 3. The National infrastructure modelling, simulation and visualisation facilities The DAFNI modelling and simulation platform will provide an e- science environment that will: • interface with the national infrastructure database • provide many-task computing facilities • facilitate coupling of simulation modules to enable system-of- systems simulation • link with visualisation facilities to enable scrutiny and communication of complex and high dimensional simulation results. DAFNI’s visualisation facilities, which will be located within participating universities as well as at Harwell, will enable scrutiny of big datasets and complex model outputs.
  4. 4. Research and innovation in infrastructure systems Data analytics, modelling and simulation are fields in which the UK has globally leading expertise, supported by an extensive portfolio of research, currently with a total value of >£84million funded by EPSRC alone Relevant topics include: • Simulation of flows on networks (electricity, gas, water, traffic) • Complex topological network analysis • Simulation of the performance/deterioration of infrastructure assets • Modelling of spatial environmental phenomena (e.g. floods, water resource systems) • Agent-based modelling and information on socio-economic activity • Big data analysis of use of infrastructure systems e.g. from smart meters or in-vehicle sensing • Spatial data analytics • Optimisation and uncertainty analysis • Strategic infrastructure decision analysis
  5. 5. Research challenges that DAFNI will solve • There are computational limits to our ability to simulate and optimise large complex systems. • Interpretation of the results of complex simulations is challenging, but can be assisted by visualisation facilities. • High quality datasets of infrastructure systems and their performance to parameterise and validate models are rare and time-consuming to obtain. • Coupling of models for system-of-systems analysis is very time-consuming because of a lack of agreed interfaces and protocols.
  6. 6. Themes in the DAFNI research programme Research Theme 1: Complex systems modelling and simulation Research Theme 2: Data assimilation, model calibration and validation Research Theme 3: System optimisation and uncertainty analysis Research Theme 4: Visual analytics and decision support
  7. 7. DAFNI will be delivered by STFC and hosted at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell Additional investment in computer hardware (including visualisation facilities) within UKCRIC partner universities will help to optimise the use of DAFNI

Prof Jim Hall, ECI, University of Oxford DAFNI: Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure launch event 6 July 2017 We’ve started a year-long consultation process to ensure that DAFNI’s capabilities can be applied to the management and development of infrastructure systems, so addressing the challenges our society is facing. We’ll be looking for feedback, comments and guidance to create a facility that will transform the way that infrastructure is delivered in the UK and globally. We will work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will enhance the UK economy. www.itrc.org.uk/dafni-data-and-analytics-facility-for-national-infrastructure/

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