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Jennifer Whyte

Jennifer Whyte is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, where she is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and Royal Academy of Engineering / Laing O’Rourke Professor in Systems Integration. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Her research focus on systems integration in civil infrastructure, where infrastructure projects (whether new build or retrofit) are interventions into existing infrastructure; and she teaches on innovation in civil engineering. She sees infrastructure projects as organizationally complex and delivering both physical assets and digital asset information. Her ambition is to develop next-generation tools that use the digital asset information, and sensor data, about infrastructure to inform practitioners in time to make decisions on projects. Her research agenda is around rethinking infrastructure systems engineering to achieve this, and she also leads the ‘Data-driven Design under Uncertainty’ Grand Challenge in the Lloyds Register Foundation/Alan Turing Institute ‘Data-Centric Engineering’ Programme. She is co-curator of the World Economic Forum ‘Engineering and Construction’ transformation map.


Neil Carhart

Neil Carhart is a Lecturer in Infrastructure Systems and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol as part of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) and the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC).

Neil’s research includes investigating the planning and management of infrastructure interdependencies, the systemic resilience of infrastructure systems and infrastructure performance management.

This includes the exploration and use of Systems Theory and System Dynamics in organisational learning to improve safety, reliability and resilience.


David Fisk

Previously Chief Scientist and Policy Director in DOE, DETR and DTLR and until 2005 Chief Scientific Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Responsibilities included UK Climate Change policy including the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change, the Framework Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, the UK's first National Air Quality Strategy; policy on the safe release of genetically modified organisms and chemicals into the environment, and policy on the disposal of radioactive and other wastes. Council Member of the NERC from 1988 to 2001. Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Division Building Research Establishment in 1978, including projects such as the BRE low energy office.

Became Director Laing O'Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation in 2010. Published in the fields of engineering, environment modelling and analysis, energy and resource economics, knowledge management and risk. Served on the Commission for Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. Board Member EC Joint Research Centre (to 2011).


Patrick Godfrey

Patrick Godfrey has been a chartered civil engineering practitioner for 50 years of which he was a Director of Halcrow, a large firm of Consulting Engineers for 30 years and 10 years the Professor of Engineering Systems at the University of Bristol.   He is now an Emeritus Professor and his aim is to help people deliver practical engineering outcomes. He believes systems thinking and learning skills are two sides of the same coin required for success.

Patrick is a Fellow of: Royal Academy of Engineers, International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Energy Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.  He is co author on various books including: Doing it Differently - systems for rethinking: Construction (2001), Doing it differently - Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure and CIRIA “Engaging with Risk” (2014)


Robin de Graaf

Robin is assistant professor at the department of Construction Management and Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Strategic Urban Planning. His teaching, research and committee work primarily focus on Systems Engineering in the civil engineering industry.