UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Urban Observatories (Strand B)

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

Cities are already enormous laboratories - they provide numerous examples of trial and error, of failures and successes. We shall learn, form and test engineering principles and theories in 'city laboratories', or Integrated Infrastrcuture Observatories (IIOs), to systematically study success, failure and the reasons for it, in real cities.

IIOs provide an environment for researchers and users to co-create learning, innovation, sustainable behaviours and resilient agency through real-world urban observation, research and full scale experimentation and demonstrators. They provide a platform to establish a common purpose, vision and set of values for delivering future cities. The IIO (UKCRIC Strand B) will develop observational component of a suite of IIOs and some of the facilities that will enable co-creation and experimentation. The development of full-fledged ULLs will be enabled only the additional financial and co-operation support of the academic partners and their respective university, government, industry and societal partners, and the collective intellectual capability and skills that this creates.

To capture the imagination, mobilise and inspire other cities to join we shall begin to form a network of IIOs that will provide a focal point for advocacy of IIO research; knowledge sharing and dissemination; engagement; building capacity; and more generally maximising impact.

Planned Impact

Not required by EPSRC at this stage.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description CASE PhD Award
Amount £90,207 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Detecting the impact of vessels on air quality using emissions monitoring systems
Amount £29,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Transport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Energy Systems Catapult CDT
Amount £44,723 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Flood-Prepared: Predicting Rainfall Events by Physical Analytics of REaltime Data
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/P017134/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description HEIF Urban Flows
Amount £67,113 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Novel low-cost methods for marine mammal and environmental monitoring
Amount £450,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R014884/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description The science of carbon capture: creating a carbon capture garden at Newcastle Science Central for people and nature
Amount £17,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 01/2018
 
Description UKCRIC - CORONA: City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics
Amount £1,011,544 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R013411/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2019
 
Description UKCRIC - PLEXUS - Priming Laboratory EXperiments on infrastructure and Urban Systems
Amount £1,013,092 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R013535/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Title UO Main DB 
Description UO Environmental sensor DB; main DB for UO records 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Citations, many student projects, teaching, research proposals 
URL http://uoweb1.ncl.ac.uk
 
Title UO Radar DB 
Description UO Radar data; Radar DB and data lake 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact NERC Flood prepared 
URL http://uoweb1.ncl.ac.uk/radar
 
Title USB data 
Description USB sensor data; USB Sensor data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Further research grants, teaching 
URL https://api.usb.urbanobservatory.ac.uk/
 
Description CH2M/UoB 
Organisation CH2M HILL
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leveraging on NPIF studentship funding and industrial sponsorship
Collaborator Contribution Cash contribution to stipend, other in kind
Impact PhD Studentship
Start Year 2017
 
Description Google span 
Organisation Google
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of data visualisations
Collaborator Contribution Co-creation of visuals and soundscapes
Impact Google Span
Start Year 2017
 
Description Siemens Mindsphere Hub 
Organisation Siemens AG
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-development of tools
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in software
Impact Siemens Mindsphere Hub
Start Year 2017
 
Description WSP / UoB 
Organisation World Bank Group
Department Water and Sanitation Program
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leveraging on NPIF studentship funding and industrial sponsorship
Collaborator Contribution Cash contribution to stipend, other in kind
Impact PhD Studentship
Start Year 2017
 
Description briefing to the Adaptation Sub Committee of the Committee on Climate Change on Climate Change Risk Assessment and Infrastructure Interdependencies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richard Dawson gave a briefing to the Adaptation Sub Committee of the Committee on Climate Change on Climate Change Risk Assessment and Infrastructure Interdependencies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 2nd UKCRIC Smart Cities Collaboratory Meeting, Bristol, 16 & 17th October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Leading a discussion at the 2nd UKCRIC Smart Cities Collaboratory Meeting in Bristol to a mixed audience of 50 attendees to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Air Quality Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Workshop with participants in the research to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Briefing to HKU on Cities Research at Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion on Cities Research at Newcastle to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Briefing to HKUST on Cities Research at Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion to HKUST to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Briefing to Xiamen on Cities Research at Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion to Xiamen on Cities Research at Newcastle to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Digital Twin Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Took part at the Digital Twin Workshop to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Future Cities Catapult, Newcastle, 17/07/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion about the project with 25 attendees of the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GISRUK 2017, Manchester, April 18-21, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion about the project to 300 academics in order to inform them about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Google Span Newcastle/Gateshead 05/10/2017, Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Delivered a workshop and activities at the Google Span Newcastle/Gateshead event to showcase results to 400 members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Habits workshop Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Habits workshop between academics and the public to discuss the outputs for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited presentation at Euroscience open forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in a debate and presentation at the Euroscience open forum amongst fellow academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation to Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Living Labs event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation to Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Living Labs event to inform fellow academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at BCS Southwest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Theo Tryfonas delivered an invited talk at monthly chapter event for the BCS to raise awareness of the UO and UKCRIC in general and for networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Newcastle Bee monitoring Launch Event, Newcastle, 09/06/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Delivering an introduction to monitoring activities to 25 members of the general public about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Northumbria Water Innovation Week, 10 ~14 July 2017, Newcastle race course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion at Northumbrian Water's Innovation Week. Presentation was made to an audience of 50 attendees to inform and to discuss partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Optimistic workshop - Chengdu China sept 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at the optimistic workshop in Chengdu to discuss future partnerships amongst academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pint of Science - how do you turn a city into a lab? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Evening talk to public audience to inform and entertain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Roadmaps for Energy event, Newcastle, 11/05/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation and discussion about the project with a mixed international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Science of public event at Core- 28th sept 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to inform the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sheffield City Council Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop with Sheffield Local Council to inform the sensor build competition topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sheffield Digital Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and debate at the Sheffield Digital Conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Showcasing Bristol's region work in Brussels (Theo Tryfonas) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Theo Tryfonas promoted the Bristol research outcomes to the European Commission, MEPs, Project Partners and NGOs in order to raise the profile of the project and to network with potential grant application partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
 
Description Success project workshop 28th Sept 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of outputs at the Success project workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tees Valley Environmental Protection Group Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion about the project to inform the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Transport Systems Catapult Meeting, Milton Keynes, 07/10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivered a presentation and took part in a discussion at the Transport Systems Catapult Meeting in Milton Keynes to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Urban Flows City Council Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to Sheffield Local Council to form future partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Wuthering Bytes, Hebden Bridge, 04/09/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation about the project to a mixed audience of 75 attendees to inform and discuss partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description n8 green cities workshop 25th May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion at the N8 green cities workshop to inform different audiences about the Urban Observatories,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017