Cities are complex social-technical entities that must be addressed as a systems problem to make progress. At theCenter for Systems Science and Engineering we provide a means for the social and technical to come together and for systems-level solutions to be developed and understood. Cities are a complex array of inter-connected systems providing services as diverse as education and agriculture to basic economy, and are underpinned by an aging and interdependent infrastructure overseen by complex political processes that are at best imperfect. In short – they are exactly the kind of rich systems problems CSSE favors. Disaster resilience, sustainability, and the intersection of health and cities are just three of the specific topics of active research and great interest to our researchers.
Center for Systems Science and Engineering faculty and researchers bring new ways of thinking about these city problems that are different from the disciplinary perspective- i.e. different from the public health perspective and the strictly engineering perspective, or education perspective. CSSE works to integrate all these different views of a city problem and come up with more holistic perspectives and solutions. For example, urban sustainability research may focus on transportation planning in isolation or green space planning in isolation. However, transportation and local agriculture and where people live and work are all inextricably linked and advances towards urban sustainability must take the whole system into account – an approach much favored at theCenter for Systems Science in Engineering. We invite you to learn more about our efforts in cities and to join us in bringing systems solutions to the complex system most of humanity now lives and works in: the city.
This CDC-funded project modeled the effect of an earthquake in downtown Los Angeles on both the buildings and the people working there, during and immediately after the event. The damage to a typical office building was calculated and that information was used to simulate the behavior of the occupants as they evacuated the building.Learn More
Making Baltimore Bicycle Friendly Through a Public Health and Systems Engineering Analysis
In a world dominated by conversations about improving energy, environment, and health outcomes, tackling urban transportation issues is at the forefront of action items. A number of engineers, public health practitioners, and urban planners are promoting the redesign of our current urban transport infrastructure, which will require a fundamental change in commuting behavior. Transportation accounts for over 25,000TWh of annual energy consumption worldwide and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are expected to grow by 80% before the year 2030 and already account for a quarter of global emissions.Learn More
Many regions of the country experience repeated impacts from natural hazards. Repeated exposure to hazards has the potential to substantially…Learn More
The goal of this project is to create realistic disaster scenarios in a virtual city that can be used to…Learn More