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UIC Civil and Materials Engineering, 2095 Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor Street (M/C 246), Chicago, Illinois 60607-7023

Office: 2071 ERF

Lab Location:  2095 ERF

Lab Website: Research Group Website – Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) lab

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Ph.D., Civil Engineering
University of Toronto

D.E.S.O., Industrial Engineering
Ecole Centrale of Lyon

M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London

Assistant Professor at the Civil and Materials Engineering Department

Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy

Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Lab

My main goal is to develop new planning and design practices for more intelligent, integrated and distributed urban infrastructure systems. 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 vital to our cities. This network aspect of urban infrastructure is paramount and may hold the key for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Research interests include:
• Sustainable and Resilient Urban Infrastructure Planning
• Transport, Water, Electricity, Building Energy Modeling
• Complexity Science
• Infrastructure Network Design
• Network Science
• Machine Learning
• Agent-Based Modeling

For a complete list of published and submitted paper, please visit the publication page of CSUN.

  1. Karduni, A., Kermanshah, A., & Derrible, S., “A protocol to convert spatial polyline data to network formats and applications to world urban road networks”, Scientific Data, 3:160046
  2. Kermanshah, A., & Derrible, S., “A Geographical and Multi-Criteria Vulnerability Assessment of Transportation Networks Against Extreme Earthquakes”, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 153:39-49
  3. Derrible, S., “Urban Infrastructure is not a Tree: Integrating and Decentralizing Urban Infrastructure Systems”, Environment and Planning B, published online before print
  4. Derrible, S., & Ahmad, N., “Network-Based and Non-Parametric Frequency Analyses”, PLoS ONE, 10(11): e0142108
  5. Derrible, S., & Reeder. M., “The Cost of Over-Cooling Commercial Buildings in the United-States”,Energy and Buildings , 108:304-306
  6. Derrible, S., 2015, “Inside the mind of an engineer”, Science, 349(6247):484-484
  7. Mohareb, E., Derrible, S., & Peiravian, F., 2015, “Intersections of Jane Jacobs’ Conditions for Diversity and Low-Carbon Urban Systems: Global Look at Four Cities”, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000287, 05015004
  8. Derrible, S., 2015, “Seeing the forest for the trees”, 347(6229):1426-1426
  9. Ahmad, N. & Derrible, S., 2015, “Evolution of Public Supply Water Withdrawal in the USA: A Network Approach”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12266
  10. Cottrill, C. & Derrible, S., 2015, “Leveraging Big Data for the Development of Transport Sustainability Indicators”, Journal of Urban Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2014.942094
  11. Peiravian, F. & Derrible, S., Ijaz, F., 2014, “Development and Application of the Pedestrian Environment Index (PEI)”, Journal of Transport Geography, 39:73-84
  12. Derrible, S., 2012, “Network Centrality of Metro Systems”, PLoS ONE, 7(7):e40575
  13. Derrible, S., Kennedy, C. 2010, “The Complexity and Robustness of Metro Networks”, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 389(17):3678-3691
  14. Derrible, S., Saneinejad, S., Sugar, L. & Kennedy, C. 2010, “Macroscopic Greenhouse-gases emissions model of urban transportation for municipalities”, Transportation Research Record, 2191:174-181
  15. Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C. 2009, “Characterising Metro Networks: State, Form, and Structure”,Transportation, 37(2):275-297
  16. Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C. 2009, “A Network Analysis of Subway Systems in the World using Updated Graph Theory”, Transportation Research Record, 2112:17-25