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Visualizing Metro Networks

CME Assistant Professor Sybil Derrible’s main research focus is to make our cities more sustainable and resilient in the 21stcentury. This task starts by better understanding the world we live in. As an advocate of the emerging movement to define an “urban science”, Professor Derrible is developing new tools and techniques to be able to compare and visualize critical urban infrastructure such as metro networks.

Professor Derrible said: “Cities are complex systems, and therefore they possess hidden, yet distinct, patterns. It is by discovering these patterns and then steering them in the right direction that we can make our cities more sustainable and resilient for future generations”.

The poster shows 33 metro networks in the world using a circular representation. Various metrics are available on the right-hand side of each figure such as the number of nodes and links. Overall, despite being built in vastly different conditions, metro systems all over the world exhibit common patterns, thus providing one more piece of evidence in the quest to make our cities more sustainable.

Click here to see poster in PDF format.

For more information, visit Professor Derrible’s webpage


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