Symposium 3: Sustainable Global Wellbeing

The third Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium will take place from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 September 2017, with guests arriving the evening before for a welcome reception and dinner. The event will take place at the Oxford Union, Oxford, UK. 

The Event chairs

Professor Jennifer Whyte

Jennifer is the Laing O’Rourke / Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration. Her research focuses on infrastructure projects, systems approaches to their design and delivery, and the digital transformation of infrastructure. Based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, she is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); was a Shimizu Visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2015; and is co-curator of the World Economic Forum Engineering and Construction transformation map

Professor David Clifton

David is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford, and a Governing Body fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His research focuses on the development of 'big data' machine learning for tracking the health of complex systems. His previous research resulted in patented systems for jet-engine health monitoring, used with the engines of the Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Since 2008, he has translated his work into the biomedical context for healthcare applications. He has worked on the world's first FDA-approved multivariate patient monitoring system, and systems that are now used to monitor 20,000 patients each month in the NHS.  Prof. Clifton was recently awarded a Grand Challenge award from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is a personal award that provides long-term strategic support for nine 'future leaders in healthcare'.

Symposium theme: Sustainable Global Wellbeing

Session themes: 

  • The Future of Global Health
  • Sustainable Cities and Infrastructure
  • Innovation for Sustainable Development

Session chairs and speakers to be announced. Please check back here soon for more information.


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