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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!

Back from a recent trip to Texas, I am featuring the HOPE outdoor gallery this time, located in Austin. I particularly like this picture that shows how art integrates well with the city and urban infrasturcture. See the electric lines running next to the gallery, seemingly going straight towards the Texas State Capitol? Texas was a fantastic destination for art, hosting many world renown museums, notably in Houston and in the Dallas Forth Worth area. Texas is also a booming place at the moment, with many large infrastructure projects that are not as sustainable and resilient as they could be, however.


Electric infrastructure next to HOPE outdoor gallery in Austin, TX
Picture of HOPE Outdoor Gallery in Austin, Texas (TX) with electric infrastructure lines running next to it.

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.