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DAFNI Newsletter – January 2021

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January has seen a busy start for the DAFNI team with many new items, particularly around the introduction of the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD) onto DAFNI.

This important system of systems model, developed in the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) project, led by the University of Oxford, has helped to inform the architecture design and delivery of many of DAFNI’s ongoing enhancements to functionality for our users.

We are also very pleased to have released some significant new features for DAFNI in January. These developments have enabled us to provide model versioning capability amongst many other refinements on the platform, full details below.

We have been busy with events too and are delighted to be able to share outputs from our recent event with Imperial College London.

Finally we would also like to share a video we have just launched providing an introduction to DAFNI. This will appear shortly on our DAFNI homepage, however in the meantime, a sneak preview can be seen on the DAFNI YouTube channel.

 

Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Project Lead 

  Contents

  • DAFNI and Imperial College London 
  • New insight blog: Craig Robson of Newcastle on his work with DAFNI 
  • Recent DAFNI enhancements 
  • DAFNI events 
  • Our pick of funding & training calls 

DAFNI and Imperial College London 

 

On the 15th December, the DAFNI team met researchers from Imperial College London and learned about potential use cases for DAFNI.

Click the links below to see a selection of videos from the event:

Pathways to equitable healthy cities // Giulia Mangiameli, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

Smart District Data Infrastructure (SDDI) // Koen van Dam, Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London

Data-driven real options and flexibility analysis in systems design // Michel-Alexandre Cardin, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

Active travel and environmental impacts // Audrey de Nazelle, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London

Understanding aerosols and their contribution to pollution // Marc Stettler, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

Large scale model for the microsimulation of energy and mobility demands as a function of individual activity-travel patterns // Aruna Sivakumar, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

Demonstration of DAFNI’s data discovery service // Bethan Perkins, DAFNI, Technical Lead

Demonstration of DAFNI’s modelling service // Tom Gowland, DAFNI, Technical Lead

 

Craig Robson

New insight blog from super user Craig Robson

 

Craig Robson, Research Associate in the Geospatial Engineering group, School of Engineering, Newcastle University talks about his experiences of using DAFNI and what benefits DAFNI brings to his work at Newcastle.

Read his blog here.

 

  Recent DAFNI enhancements 

   Here is a snapshot of just some of the enhancements added to DAFNI     during January 2021: 

  • Model Versioning – you can now upload a model and then edit that model to create a new version.
  • Model owners can now see an edit button on the ‘Model details’ page that will allow them to upload a new model version.
  • Group details (name and description) can now be edited by group administrators.
  • When uploading a new model version for an existing model, you can provide a ‘Model Definition’, ‘Model Image’ or both.
  • To support model versioning, users are now required to add a version message when uploading a model.
  • Added version flags to model versions, three flags are available – ‘Latest’ (automatically assigned), ‘Default’ and ‘Deprecated’. Model owners are able to assign a single version to be the default version of their model and any number of versions to be deprecated.
  • The ‘Model Catalogue’ will prioritise displaying the default version of a model, falling back to the latest version of a model when there is no default defaulted specified. Currently, this means that these versions will be the only ones available to users in workflows. A future update will add functionality to select which version of a model to use in your workflow.
  • Added a version bar to ‘Model details’ page; regular users browsing models will be able to use the bar to browse the versions of models they can see, via a version history dialog and 2 convenience buttons to take you straight to the default or latest versions of the model.
  • Model owners will see extra buttons in this bar that will allow them to assign/remove the default and deprecated flags to/from versions.
  • Increased JWT expiry time to be 4 hours in order to reduce the likelihood of users being logged out mid-upload.
  • YAML and JSON problems in the model definition file are now much more clearly conveyed to the user with descriptive error messages.
  • Error is much clearer when model definition reference a dataset that doesn’t exist in DAFNI.
  • Added tool tips to model parameters within a workflow.

   The next release of additional functionality on DAFNI is currently                   planned for early February. Our next newsletter will provide more details.

DAFNI Example

Events – bookings now open!

 

DAFNI Roadshow @ Cranfield University

All welcome. Join us on: Thurs 4 February || 930-12

Hear from DAFNI Champion, Dr Simon Jude, plus our Cranfield researchers, see a demonstration of DAFNI and learn about potential use cases for DAFNI.

Follow this link to book now.

UKCRIC – DAFNI Roadshow @ University of Southampton

All welcome. Join us on: Monday 8 February || 2-5

Hear from UKCRIC and DAFNI Southampton researchers, see a demonstration of DAFNI and learn about potential use cases for DAFNI.

Follow this link to book now. 

DAFNI Digital Twin Roadshow @ University of Sheffield

All welcome. Join us on: Friday 26 February || 10-1

Connecting Digital Twins across sectors is one of the key challenges that researchers will have to face.

DAFNI provides a collaborative environment and a secure repository for data and models. In addition to the HPC facilities, DAFNI enables the creation of workflows that combine multiple models, datasets and visualisation tools.

Join the event to find out more about the Digital Twin research at the University of Sheffield and discover DAFNI and its plans for accommodating and connecting full-scale Digital Twins.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Daniel Coca, University of Sheffield, giving an introduction to Digital Twins
  • Dr Cristian Genes, University of Sheffield, presenting the Sheffield’s traffic Digital Twin
  • Dr Brian Matthews, DAFNI Project Lead, giving an overview of DAFNI
  • Rose Dickinson, DAFNI Technical Team, showcasing DAFNI’s capability around data, workflows and models
  • Dr Andy R Mills, University of Sheffield, presenting how Rolls Royce is using Digital Twins
  • Professor Martin Mayfield, University of Sheffield, giving an overview of Digital Twins for infrastructure systems

Follow this link to book now.

Funding & training calls

  • ATF moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions
    Deadline: 27 January 11:00 UK
    UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £7 million for economic or technical feasibility studies to support scale up of the UK’s high-value electrified automotive supply chain.
  • NERC highlight topics
    Deadline: 25 March 16:00 UK You can apply for funding for research projects which address environmental challenges covered by six new highlight topics. Your proposal must address issues within a single highlight topic.
  • NERC standard and new investigator grant
    Deadline: 9 February 16:00 UK This funding opportunity supports researchers to carry out world-class research projects in any area of environmental science within our remit.
  • Future Leaders Fellowships: Round 6  Deadline: 23 February 16:00 UK
    The Future Leaders Fellowships is a £900 million fund for early career researchers and innovators. It supports research and innovation by outstanding individuals and helps them to establish themselves in universities, UK-registered businesses and other research and innovation environments.

Funding & training calls cont…

  • NERC large grant
    Deadline: 9 March 16:00 UK
    This funding opportunity supports researchers to carry out world-class research projects in any area of environmental science within our remit.
  • EPSRC standard research grant
    Deadline: Proposals are welcome at any time. You can apply for standard research grants at any time in any area funded by EPSRC: chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics.
  • EPSRC programme grant
    Deadline: Proposals are welcome at any time.
    You can apply for large and strategic programme grants at any time in any area funded by EPSRC: chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics.
  • EPSRC network grant
    Deadline: Proposals are welcome at any time.
    You can apply for network grants to build new interdisciplinary research communities and topics at any time in any area funded by EPSRC: chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics.
  • Strategic equipment grant
    Deadline: Proposals are welcome at any time. You can apply for funding for cutting-edge equipment that improves your ability to carry out research in any area funded by EPSRC: chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics.
  • EPSRC discipline-hopping in ICT
    Deadline: Proposals are welcome at any time.
    You can apply for support to use your ICT skills in a new discipline or learn ICT research skills to apply them in your own discipline.
  • EPSRC new investigator award  
    Deadline:
    Proposals are welcome at any time.
    You can apply for this award at any time in any area funded by EPSRC if you are an academic and have not previously led a research group or received a significant grant
5th February 2021