Complex Infrastructure Systems: science and practice
|Dates:||21 January 2016|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
|Speaker:||Professor Liz Varga|
Infrastructure systems embrace not only the disciplinary fields of energy, water and waste, transport, and telecommunications, but also the inter-connections between these systems, and the systems which they depend on and which depend on them, including the environment and the climate. The whole is a complex ecosystem of innovation, co-evolution and opportunity but the darker side involves issues of definition and pluralism, measures and beneficiaries, interdependency and resilience, and methods for science and practice. This seminar takes a broad overview of complex infrastructure systems, and elaborates on the perspective using a number of research project examples.
Professor Liz Varga
Role: Professor of Complex Infrastructure Systems
Organisation: Cranfield University
Biography: Liz Varga is Professor of Complex Infrastructure Systems and Director of the Complex Systems Research Centre at Cranfield University, UK. Professor Varga has expertise in trans-disciplinary research into interdependent infrastructure systems (energy, water and waste transport, and telecoms). The evolution of infrastructure systems and the interdependency to social systems, such as food, are a key focus, providing nexus challenges for policy and technology in increasingly stressed cities. She has experience of system transitions, modeling the effects of policy, technology and innovation under different future scenarios, and analysing computational results representing economic, environmental and societal effects. Liz has led or participated in over 15 government-funded research projects, has over 80 published articles or conference papers and is research active.
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