Future Infrastructure Systems Symposium identifies challenges to delivering integrated infrastructure systems. New workshops announced

Posted on: 08/11/2017

As part of the KTN’s Complex Systems programme, 4 workshops have been announced to address challenges to delivering integrated infrastructure systems.

The KTN’s Complex Systems programme got off to a flying start at our Symposium featuring Complex Systems at the heart of Future Infrastructure, held in March at Digital Greenwich. Since then we have been developing a follow on programme of workshops and activities that will culminate in a series of events early in 2018.

There will be two events featuring case studies from successful Infrastructure Systems competition winners. These workshops will allow delegates to learn more about the process of developing a strong proposal using live examples from previous competitions. There will also be an opportunity to network and seek possible collaborators with the view to strengthening the proposition and consortium to deliver it. They will be held in January and February.

At the Future Infrastructure Systems Symposium, several challenges to delivering integrated infrastructure systems were identified. We have taken these on board and are planning 4 workshops in the areas of Business Models for Infrastructure Systems Innovation; Applying Artificial Intelligence in Infrastructure Systems; Data Management in Infrastructure Systems and Security and Resilience of Infrastructure Systems. Dates have been set for 3 of these events, as follows:

Business Models for Infrastructure Innovation is on January 16th 2018. This workshop will focus on identifying the key contributions and value added by investment in an Infrastructure System development. Critical for public sector officers looking to evaluate and justify their proposals for change and innovation in Smart Cities, Smart Energy and Connected Transport services. Professor Alan Brown from the University of Surrey will be leading the workshop, which allows delegates to raise their challenges and issues, and will seek to provide a tool kit to be applied in developing a justification for business investment.

Security and Resilience in Infrastructure Systems is scheduled for February 7th 2018. This session will centre on the application of the new EU Directive on Network and Information Systems to Infrastructure Systems including Utilities, Connected Transport, Future Cities. Professor Chris Hankin of Imperial College will lead the exercise with support from experts Robin Bloomfield of City University and Siraj Shaikh of Coventry University, all leading academic/practitioners with solid theoretical and application experience close to our National Cyber Security Strategies for Critical National Infrastructure. Again the event will encourage delegates to raise their concerns and discuss them with colleagues and the experts present. This event will be held in London.

The Digital Transformation using data in public services and utilities workshop is scheduled for March 20th as part of The Data Lab Data Fest 2018 to be held in Scotland. There are many issues related to use of data in delivery of information services and this session will seek to highlight strategies for success in data aggregation, cleansing and analytics. We are delighted that Professor Dave Robertson from Edinburgh University will be able to join us for this event and we plan to include several local organisations with an interest and experience in using data to develop and deliver services.

Finally, we are pioneering a special event in the Application of Artificial Intelligence in Infrastructure Systems; we will look at tools for machine learning, pattern recognition, guidance for optimising routing and augmenting decision making in control centres. Colleagues from the KTN Robotics and AI Special Interest Group will assemble a cast of experts, case studies and opportunities to get your key questions answered. This event is planned for January/February and will take place in London.

The events will shortly be confirmed and registration will be opened up. There will only be space for up to 40 people at each event, to ensure that there is time to respond to queries and get involved in working through challenges to find solutions.

Events will be listed here when registration opens.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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