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Assistant Professor


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

Contact Information

Office: 2071 ERF
Phone: 312 996 2429
Fax: 312 996 2426
Research Group Website - Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) lab
Personal Website

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Ahmad, N., Derrible, S., & Cabezas, H., “Measuring Stability, Disorder, and Regime Shifts in Transit Systems Using Concepts of Fisher Information”, under review

Kermanshah, A., & Derrible, S., “A Geographical and Multi-Criteria Vulnerability Assessment of Transportation Networks Against Extreme Earthquakes”, under review

Ahmad, N., Derrible, S., Eason, T., & Cabezas, H., “Using Fisher Information in Big Data”, available on arXiv while under review

Karduni, A., Kermanshah, A., Peiravian, F., & Derrible, S., “A geographic information systems protocol to convert polylines to network format and applications on world urban road networks”, under review

Peiravian, F., & Derrible, S., “Manifestation of Coupled Geometric Complexity in Urban Road Networks under Mono-Centric Assumption”, available on arXiv while under review

Peiravian, F., & Derrible, S., “Multi-Dimensional Geometric Complexity in Urban Transportation Systems”, available on arXiv while under review

Derrible, S., "Urban Infrastructure is not a Tree: Integrating and Decentralizing Urban Infrastructure Systems", Environment and Planning B, in press

Amini, B., Peiravian, F., Mojarradi, M. & Derrible, S., “Comparative Traffic Performance Analysis of Urban Transportation Network Structures”, Transportation Research Record, available on arXiv while in press

Derrible, S., & Ahmad, N., “Network-Based and Non-Parametric Frequency Analyses”, PLoS ONE, 10(11): e0142108

Derrible, S., & Reeder. M., “The Cost of Over-Cooling Commercial Buildings in the United-States”, Energy and Buildings , 108:304-306

Derrible, S., 2015, “Inside the mind of an engineer”, Science, 349(6247):484-484

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

Derrible, S., 2015, “Seeing the forest for the trees”, 347(6229):1426-1426

Dijkema, G., Xu., M., Derrible, S., & Lifset, R., 2015, “Complexity in Industrial Ecology: Models, Analysis, and Actions”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12280

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

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

Peiravian, F. & Derrible, S., Ijaz, F., 2014, “Development and Application of the Pedestrian Environment Index (PEI)”, Journal of Transport Geography, 39:73-84

Derrible, S., 2012, "Network Centrality of Metro Systems", PLoS ONE, 7(7):e40575

Derrible, S., 2012, "Reviewing and Assessing the Toronto Metro System", Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 39(2):154-162

Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C., 2010, "Applications of Graph Theory and Network Science to Transit Network Design", Transport Reviews: A Transnational Transdisciplinary Journal, 31(4):495-519

Derrible, S., Kennedy, C. 2010, "The Complexity and Robustness of Metro Networks", Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 389(17):3678-3691

Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C., 2010, "Evaluating, Comparing, and Improving Metro Networks: an application to the Toronto plans",Transportation Research Record, 2146:43-51

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

Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C. 2009, "Characterising Metro Networks: State, Form, and Structure", Transportation, 37(2):275-297

Derrible, S. & Kennedy, C. 2009, "A Network Analysis of Subway Systems in the World using Updated Graph Theory", Transportation Research Record, 2112:17-25

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