Joining SMART Infrastructure Facility as a Visiting Professorial Fellow, Dr Arnaud Banos will contribute a wealth of modelling and simulation expertise to the Facility’s projects.

A Research Director within Europe’s largest public research centre, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research), Dr Banos is responsible for the work undertaken by CNRS’s Géographie-cités lab. In his appointment at SMART, Dr Banos’ unique skillset will be applied to the PetaJakarta.org project, as he attempts to model water flows from mountains to flatlands in the Indonesian city, in order to anticipate flooding events.

“Professor Banos brings valuable experience to SMART in developing fit-for-purpose models of urban systems and moving away from current trend towards urban simulation juggernauts, said Professor Pascal Perez, Director of SMART, about the latest addition to the Facility’s research team.

“[SMART] is a very exciting place,” Dr Banos said of his time at the Facility so far. “The researchers are very focused and highly specialised.”

Dr Banos’ connection with SMART comes through the Prof. Perez. After meeting Prof. Perez in 2006, when Dr Banos was undertaking a Visiting Fellowship with the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), the Paris-based researcher invited SMART’s Director to the first Summer School hosted by LabEx DynamiTe in Florence during 2014. The Laboratoire d’Excellence Dynamique Territoriales – known in English as the Cluster of Excellence Territorial Dynamics – focuses on the effects of globalisation on space and societies, as well as issues related to sustainable development and global change. At the time Dr Banos was only a member of this group, and now he is preparing to take on its Directorship when he returns to France. In this new position, Dr Banos will be responsible for overseeing research in new, innovative fields.

Experiences shared with researchers here at SMART will assist Dr Banos in overseeing such collaborative work. “Sharing the workload with people is the only way to understand what they do,” he explained.

Additionally, Dr Banos’ recognition that the “scientific relationship between France and Australia is not that developed,” has led him to understand the benefits of fostering such an environment, something he will take back with him when he returns home.

“I think SMART is a very promising entity, and I look forward to it having more official connections with France.