DREAM Symposium


One of the highlights of the academic year in the DREAM CDT, as well as being a fantastic opportunity for student integration across the four partner HEIs, is the Symposium. The 2017 DREAM Symposium was held at the end of April in Clare College in the University of Cambridge. The event saw the gathering of the DREAM PhD students from each university to participate in a packed academic programme of presentations, static poster displays and interactive demonstrations of research underway.

Clare College, University of Cambridge
Clare College, University of Cambridge
Clare College, University of Cambridge

The event importantly offers the DREAM Industrial Advisory Board (IndAB), and International Advisory Board (IntAB) an opportunity to meet the students and learn about all the ongoing work, a well as chance for the students to hear advice, benefiting from the Board members years of experience.rom

The Symposium provided an opportunity to hear presentations from leading international academics in the area of big data and risk, with keynotes from:

Dr Stephen Hallett
DREAM Centre Champion and Director
Professor Simon Pollard
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Water, Energy and Environment
Cranfield University
Professor Mitchell Small
The H. John Heinz Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Professor Rosén – Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics
Dr Lindhe – Assistant Professor, Civil and Environment Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Professor Tom Spencer
Professor of Coastal Dynamics, Director of Cambridge Coastal Research Unit
Professorial Fellow, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Ed Parsons, Google
Matt Smith, Microsoft
Dominic Stubbins, ESRI (UK)

In 2017, we were able to combine the annual Symposium with a wider industrial interface event, the 360o, part of our wider NERC-supported Innovation events. We were most fortunate to benefit from presentations and discussions from leading industrial exponents of Big Data and risk management, with speakers from Microsoft, Google, ESRI (UK) and Smith Herbert Freehills. Speakers were:

Ed Parsons
Geospatial Technologist, Google Inc.
David Coulling
Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
Dr Matthew Smith
Connected Digital Services, Microsoft
Dominic Stubbins
Esri, Chief Solution Architect

Networking
Steve Harris, Marsh Marine Insurance
Simon Pollard, Cranfield University