Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/R013411/1
Title UKCRIC - CORONA: City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 5%;
Not Energy Related 80%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 5%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Principal Investigator Mr PM James
No email address given
Sch of Engineering
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2018
End Date 30 April 2020
Duration 27 months
Total Grant Value £1,011,544
Industrial Sectors Construction; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme UKCRIC
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr PM James , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (99.984%)
  Other Investigator Professor CA Taylor , Civil Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr T Tryfonas , Civil Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr M Pregnolato , Civil Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor CDF Rogers , Infra. Engineering & Management, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr SR Jude , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr AK (Anil ) Namdeo , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr RJ Dawson , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor S Glendinning , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr D Densley Tingley , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor M Mayfield , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor N Tyler , Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr DO Topping , Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr L Chapman , Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor D Coca , Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor J Evans , Environment, Education and Developmen, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor J Harris , School of Water, Energy and Environmen, Cranfield University (0.001%)
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Abstract The CORONA project will provide the research and technical resource needed to support and unlock the research potential of the UKCRIC investment in Urban Observatories.Cities generate the vast majority of the country's wealth and investment in its infrastructure amounts to billions each year. Cities are complex entities, with dynamic and interacting infrastructure, social and environmental aspects. Research typically focuses on single sectors, and limited timeframes and therefore is unable to understand the interwoven processes and systems.The UKRCIC Observatories equipment grant has provided resource for sensors and observation equipment to be deployed at the whole city-scale to monitor over long timeframes an unprecedented range of variables, systems and processes. CORONA uses advances in 'smart city' technologies and the Internet of Things to enable these Observatories. However, we are not just using this data in a 'smart' way to optimise the operation of city functions (e.g. transport systems), rather using this data to build a long term understanding of the complexity of cities and infrastructure in their short and long term.CORONA will achieve this by developing an understanding of how to apply scientific rigour to observation and learning (as one might expect in a typical laboratory) to measure a city and to start to unpick these patterns to enable decision makers, policy setters, citizens and scientists improve their understanding of how cities operate. Ultimately the research foundations put in place by CORONA and the UKCRIC equipment grants will enable us to collectively, make better decisions on investment and have a clear understanding of the potential impacts of our choices within urban areas.To achieve our long term vision we need a solid foundation in the science of urban sensing, the collection, management and governance of the data and to establish working practices that enable local authorities, utilities, scientists, citizens and policy makers to work together. In CORONA key societal challenges facing our cities will be addressed (Air Quality, Energy, Housing) as a means to understand the practical aspects of urban monitoring and to develop a clearer picture of how this new 'urban sciences and engineering' can enable better decisions to be made that will improve quality of life and benefit the economy.
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