The Centre will be an intellectual hub for ideas, and a workshop for forging those ideas into practical opportunities and applications, bringing together stakeholders from across the University sector, industry, government and beyond.
It will be where our world-class interdisciplinary expertise in engineering, informatics, architecture, geosciences, social and political studies, business, the arts, and humanities works with the external organisations, government departments and agencies facing infrastructure challenges.
It will be a space where partners from all sectors engage with our leading academics and outstanding students at all levels, to co-create infrastructure solutions, and to incubate major projects and new areas of business.
Just as infrastructure underpins society, it will be data – broadly construed – that underpins the work of the CFI. Considerable relevant data exist already, but much more will be gathered from smart sensors installed in the fabric of our infrastructure and its control systems. CFI will host a city and regional infrastructure database at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre that will form a data (re)source for researchers and innovators that will grow as this information is generated and then flows. With that increasingly valuable resource, the Centre will work with cities and regional administrators to develop the analytical techniques and management interfaces that will inform, quantify, and significantly improve, infrastructure decision-making.