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Sybil Derrible, Ph.D.


Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Cities

Engineer, Planner, Complexity Scientist

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Welcome to my personal website. My name is Sybil Derrible, I am an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Lab. I am also a Research Assistant Professor with the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy at UIC.

Make sure to check the new Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Lab website!

Last December, I got the chance to spend a few days in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, on my way to France for the holidays. Besides being a great opportunity to catch up with my friend, Prof. Francisco Pereira who works at DTU, I finally got to see the famous new Amager Bakke Waste-to-energy power plant. The power plant is notorious because it is designed by the famous Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and it will host a ski slope. At a more functional level, the plant will burn waste to produce electricity. Moreover, CO2 emissions will not be emitted by a simply chimney, but as rings for every 250 kg of CO2 emitted. Although I cannot comment so much on the sustainability of the project, it is most certainly nice to see a power plant adopt different functions, become a place of gathering, and take the spot light in the media.


Waste-to-Energy Power Plant behind the Statue of the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark
ARC, Copenhill Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant, Ski Slope, Statue of the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

Research interests: My long-term interests include the planning, design and modeling of urban infrastructure. More particularly, I look at the geometric and topological network feature of infrastructure, which is a vital component of "smart cities". Whether it is the water/wastewater system, the electricity grid, the building stock, or the transportation system, all are part of a nexus of co-dependent and ubiquitous elements of infrastructure that is critical to our cities, acting as a significant generator of economic activity and social development. My main goal is to redefine infrastructure planning and develop new practices to address the challenges of the 21st century.