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Multidisciplinary team receives NSF grant to build ‘urban resilience’



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Top: Linyin Cheng, Song Yang, Xiao Liu Bottom: Hiba Baroud, Jennifer Pazour, Xiaowei Yue

Xiao Liu, assistant professor of industrial engineering; Linyin Cheng, Assistant Professor of Geosciences; and Song Yang, professor of sociology, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish international networks to improve national urban resilience. Collaborators from other universities include Jennifer Pazour, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Hiba Baroud, Vanderbilt University; and Xiaowei Yue, Virginia Tech.

The project, titled “International Networks Towards Future US Urban Resilience (Resilient-NET),” takes an integrated technical-social-climate perspective to bring together disparate disciplines and traditionally isolated networks to address the multitude of challenges facing urban dwellers. .

Urban resilience is the capacity of urban sociotechnical systems to resist and recover from catastrophic disturbances while adapting and transforming towards sustainability. Urban resilience is a global problem that requires a global solution, but existing urban resilience research networks are often shaped by their regional, institutional, disciplinary and social contexts.

Resilient-NET catalyzes new global interdisciplinary collaborations, synergizes complementary scientific expertise, and provides essential access to one-of-a-kind pilots, data, platforms and research capabilities for researchers to have global impact and strengthen their leadership role on emerging challenges in building the resilience of future urban socio-technical systems.

Participating networks include world-renowned urban resilience research centers from Asia and Europe, interdisciplinary national research communities, and stakeholders from the Internet of Things, Smart Cities technologies, and laboratory industry sectors. nationals. This collaboration will identify key research gaps and build capacity for building urban resilience.

“The deterioration of the country’s infrastructure, the emergence of digitized cyber-physical urban systems, the unprecedented disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the intensification of extreme natural events due to climate change are expected to increase vulnerability and the uncertainty of the resilience of U.S. socio-technical systems, significantly impacting over 80% of the U.S. population that resides in urban areas and 85% of U.S. GDP generated by the 259 largest cities,” Liu said. “This is a global challenge that requires a global solution.”

“Solving the world’s toughest problems requires the kind of multidisciplinary collaboration embodied by this group of researchers,” said Kim Needy, dean of the College of Engineering. “I have no doubt that their work will lead us to a place of greater resilience in our greatest cities.”