DAFNI Champions

Introduction to the DAFNI Champions programme

Professor Jim Hall, Chair of DAFNI’s Governance Board, said, “It’s fantastic to see the diversity of projects. Having curated models already in workflows on DAFNI and datasets with accompanying visualisations means that people in government or industry or local authorities can not only look at our results but can get their hands on what we’re doing and try it out for themselves. That’s a really compelling message.”

Watch the video message from Jim Hall welcoming and introducing the work of Champions on DAFNI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaXvdyyau64&t=2s


Mr Adrian Hickford, University of Southampton

DAFNI and the transport research community


Adrian will carry out advocacy and community-based work to develop and strengthen relationships with transport bodies and researchers regionally and nationally to promote how the NISMOD transport model running on DAFNI can be applied in different areas.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j7x1ievOT0&t=11s.  Access the slides here.

Find out more about Adrian’s work for DAFNI.

Dr Cristian Genes, University of Sheffield

DAFNI as a Digital Twin platform

Cristian’s focus is on demonstrating the unique, advanced technological capabilities that make DAFNI an ideal platform for collaborative development, validation and implementation of Digital Twins for large-scale complex systems.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBZmTm7NmyM&t=5s. Access the slides here.

Find out more about Cristian’s work for DAFNI.

Dr Simon Jude, Cranfield University

DAFNI’s interaction with the Cranfield Living Laboratory and Urban Observatory 

Simon will develop a pilot Digital Twin using DAFNI to link real-time and near real-time water quality data from Cranfield Urban Observatory and the National Water and Water Treatment Test Facility.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jvn-In-6gk&t=196s. Access the slides here.

Dr Juste Raimbault, UCL

Integrating the MATSim multi-agent transport simulation framework into DAFNI 

Juste will develop the MATSim model to apply it to the current Covid crisis, using the EpiSim model to add pandemic indicators to travel indicators and to model them on DAFNI.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SAFLbTDobQ&t=5s.  Access the slides here.

Professor Liz Varga, UCL

Project name: Infrastructure Research Ontologies

The project includes seven work packages as outlined below and will culminate in the development of an ontology for infrastructure research, the absence of which is seen as a challenge to DAFNI’s sustainability.

Watch her video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr6fH1_zQl0&t=1s.  Access the slides here. 

Lauren McMillan, UCL

Work package 1: different types of infrastructure research ontology

Lauren will analyse device ontology, domain ontology and estimation ontology as well as specialist ontologies from water pollution management, for example, to dertermine the types of ontology created for infrastructure research and the gaps across economic infrastructure sectors.

Watch her video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQWhMHx-_Zs&t=5s. Access the slides here.

Find out more about Lauren’s work for DAFNI.

Professor Stephen Hallet and Ian Trucknell, Cranfield University

Work package 2: datasets

Co-champions Stephen and Ian will focus on the 800 datasets already on the DAFNI National Infrastructure Database and identify issues such as gaps, which are the key ontologies for infrastructure research and which are peripheral.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FisKMBo55c&t=9s.  Access the slides here.

Dr Andrey Postnikov, UCL

Work package 3: industrial ontologies

Andrey will examine the relationship that industrial ontologies have with infrastructure ontologies, to determine overlaps required, key stakeholders and gaps.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQSpEiA8m7o&t=9s. Access the slides here

Find out more about Andrey’s work for DAFNI.

Tom Russell, University of Oxford

Work package 4: ontologies and scale

Tom will be examining the impact of spatial and temporal scale on models and processes.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crxRsFy0M68&t=3s.  Access the slides here.

Dr Luke Smith, Newcastle University

Work package 5: ontology of ontologies

Luke will tackle the area of links between the multiple infrastructure research ontologies that will be needed, and questions such as how they can help to maintain high quality infrastructure research outputs.

Watch his video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHNI2QV9Vjw&t=14s.  Access the slides here.

Dr Nik Lomax, University of Leeds

Work package 5: ontology for data visualisation

As well as providing general support across work packages, Nik will look at the ontology of the interlink between data and visualisation

Interested in collaborating with DAFNI?

If you would be interested in using DAFNI, would like to access Data on DAFNI or involve us in a new project, we would like to hear from you.  Please complete your details on the contact form using the link and we will be in contact with you by email.