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Sybil Derrible, Ph.D.


Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Cities

Engineer, Planner, Complexity and Data Scientist




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!

After having left Singapore in 2012 (where I did a one-year post-doc), I finally got the chance to go back in May. The picture on the right shows Marina South, which is at the back of the famous Marina Bay Sands complex (see picture in the gallery). The picture shows three important elements. First, we can see the Gardens by the Bay with its two large greenhouses and its metallic trees. Second, we can see many container ships in the background; Singapore has the second largest port in the world. Third, roughly in the middle of the picture, we can see the Marina Barrage; all the water left of the barrage is freshwater and all the water right of the barrage is salt water. This seemingly small barrage represents the culmination of what has got to be one of the largest engineering projects in human history to enable Singapore to provide its own water needs. Singapore has such a fascinating story, I invite you to read more about the Marina Bay and the role of the Barrage here.


Marina South with Barrage and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Marina South, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, Ships in Singapore Strait, Singapore

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.