People in Complex Systems

Master of Science in Civil Systems, CEE
Area of Interest: Smart Cities

Cities, buildings, campuses, transportation, energy, or water networks are examples of complex systems built for people. New ubiquitous computing technologies like Apps, learning thermostats, GPS, Tweets, Facebook, or check-ins are creating avenues for engagement between the citizen and infrastructure. When all of this interaction is well designed, one realizes a virtuous dynamic wherein the systems learns more about the citizen, and the citizen gets more out of the infrastructure. This emphasis offered by the systems program is focused on the models, computing technologies, and theories empowering engineers designing the relationship between citizen and infrastructure.

Example Curriculum

  • CE 264 – Behavior Modeling
  • CE 290I – Internet Based Systems
  • CE 2XX - Data Analytics for Smart Cities
  • At least 1 of the remaining 4 Systems Core Courses
  • 1 Survey methods course like Public Health 219D - Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods
  • 1 Econometrics course like Mathematical Methods for Agricultural and Resource Economists
  • 2 Courses in Psychology or Behavioral Economics

The above example can be adapted to particular interests and career goals with an approval by your Graduate Academic Advisor.

Area of interest advisor: Prof Joan Walker,