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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!

I recently got to visit Shanghai while attending ICOSSE 2016 in Suzhou (China). Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, and it feels like it! It is also a new city and a dream place for civil engineers. The photo on the right shows the transportation system around Nanpu Bridge. The massive double-story highway interchange is amazingly complex. I had originally heard about it from my student, now Dr. Amirhassan Kermanshah (congratulations!). We have actually developed GIS and python tools to convert any shapefile into a network, which you can download freely from CSUN codes and tools page. We also applied the tool to 80 cities in the world (find the data here and the paper here).



Infrastructure Complexity, Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai, China
Infrastructure Complexity, Highway Interchange, Road Circles, Nanpu Bridge, Inner Ring Road, Shanghai, China

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.