Urban Systems

Permanent human settlements generally need complex systems for sanitation, utilities, land usage, housing, and transportation. We challenge the status quo of mobility, energy use, and logistics. Where there are cities, there are suburbs and rural areas that function as their own entities. There are coastal systems that are complex systems in themselves.

Key areas include:

  • Transportation, e.g.: mobility electronic market for optimized travel (MeMOT); the SMART “Future Mobility” project; the road to future urban mobility; estimating social welfare of traffic information systems
  • Networks, e.g. motion coordination and vison-based control of unmanned air and ground vehicles; resilient design of networked infrastructure systems: models, validation, and synthesis;
  • Sensing and data mining, e.g.: mining big data to link affordable housing policy with traffic congestion mitigation in Beijing, China
  • Urban and regional systems, e.g. a simulation-based optimization algorithm for dynamic large-scale urban transportation problems


Saurabh Amin

Professor Saurabh Amin introduced freshmen to game theory applied to improve resilience of cyber-physical systems during Fall 2015 orientation. A burgeoning field, Systems Engineering leverages new sensing, actuation and communications technologies to better manage and control large-scale infrastructure networks.