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Webinar 7, 28th September 2020, 18:00-19:00

Digital modelling has revolutionised knowledge acquisition and knowledge utilisation in many academic disciplines. This webinar features two researchers working at the cutting edge of digital modelling in their respective fields, Archaeology and Engineering, giving us glimpses of complex historic reconstruction and futurescoping undertaken by modellers.

Dr Andreas Angourakis is a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. His talk will introduce us to the still young discipline of Computational Archaeology and touch on new insights into the evolution of complex social structures in conjunction with historic climate change evidence.

Dr Timea Nochta is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering. Timea's work sits at the interface of Civil Engineering and policy making; her talk will cover how digital models, model projections and digital urban imaginaries – as ‘evidence’ – influence decision-making outcomes in multi-actor settings.

The event will be run as a Zoom Meeting, with Q&A and breakout rooms, without recording. Attendance is free. 
Please register your interest on Zoom; this will help us with running the virtual event.

Your sign-up details are collected for the purpose of the webinar only and will not be made available to third parties, in accordance with GDPR principles. You will receive a joining link and password automatically after registration.

The Meetings are planned as a way to help you connect with other people who share your same interest in the digital world, so just bring a glass of any drink you like and enjoy an informative as well as refreshing digital happy hour. The series is supported by 



Speaker profiles

Andreas holds a PhD from the University of Barcelona. At Cambridge, one of his major research areas is the Indus Civilisation and its adaptation to historic climate variabilty as part of the international TwoRains project. He develops simulation models of socio-ecological dynamics in the past using agent-based modelling, and assembling multivariate statistical protocols for analysing and interpreting archaeological data. Andreas has published widely on land use, food security and evolution of societal structures in periods spanning from Bronze Age to Early Medieval times.


Timea completed her PhD in Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham after obtaining an MSc in Architecture and Engineering (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary). She investigates the complex interplay between digital technologies and urban governance in infrastructure planning, management and associated service delivery.   Timea is currently responsible for leading the governance stream of the “Digital Cities for Change” Programme, funded by The Ove Arup Foundation. 


Monday, 28 September, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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