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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 Associate 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 Associate Professor with the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, I have a courtesy appointment in the Department of Computer Science, and I am a faculty fellow at the Honors College at UIC.

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

In the past couple of years, my hometown of Saint Pierre and Miquelon has embarked on a project to build a relatively large district heating system, recuperating the heat from the 6 diesel motors that generate electricity for the archipelago. During a recent trip back, I was eager to see how the project was doing. While visiting the project with a friend of mine (who is a contractor on the project), I was amazed to see a street that showed all underground infrastructure systems that exist in Saint Pierre! In the picture on the right, can you identify all infrastructure systems? From the new district heating system on the far left, to the medium voltage electric lines, the wastewater system, and then water main on the right. In the middle of the picture, we can also see low voltage electric lines and telecommunication cables. Isn't amazing how the infrastructure systems that make cities function so well are so interconnected, interdependent, and collocated?


Underground Infrastructure, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, France
Underground Infrastructure, buildings, transport (roads), electricity (medium and low voltage), water, wasterwater (sewer), telecommunications, district heating, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, France

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.