Smart Cities, Regions & Nations

Smart Cities, Regions & Nations Research Theme:

This research theme represents a concerted effort to generalize sustainability, and resilience across research themes to interdependent smart city infrastructures. We are particularly interested in systems where two or more intelligent engineering systems are integrated together.

Intelligent Networked Engineering System Diagram

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Key Achievements in Smart City Thought Leadership:

The LIINES has been fortunate to be a part of several smart city thought leadership activities:

Smart City Drivers and Challenges in Energy and Water Systems (2020):

Smart City Drivers and Challenges in Urban Mobility, Healthcare and Interdependent Infrastructure Systems (2020):

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Key Achievements in Generalized Engineering System/Smart City Theory and Methods:

As part of a concerted effort to generalize its research, the LIINES has developed generalized theory and methods in engineering systems and smart cities:

Evaluating Engineering System Interventions (2022): This work presents a holistic understanding how to best evaluate interventions into engineering systems of various types.

Design of Large Engineering Systems (2021): This textbook chapter introduces engineers to the fundamentals of designing "in the large" relative to traditional design activities "in the small".

A Hetero-functional Graph Theory for Modeling Interdependent Smart City Infrastructure (2019): This book presents a hetero-functional graph theory that explicitly recognizes the heterogeneity and hetero-functionality found in interdependent smart city infrastructure applications.

Axiomatic Design in Large Systems: Complex Products, Buildings, and Manufacturing Systems (2016): This book emphasizes that applicability of Axiomatic Design to large systems including complex products, buildings, and manufacturing systems.

An Engineering Systems Introduction to Axiomatic Design (2016): This work explicitly shows the methodological origins of hetero-functional graph theory in Axiomatic Design and goes on to explain how the two can be applied to the engineering systems field.

Static Resilience of Large Flexible Engineering Systems (2014): This work presents how hetero-functional graph theory can be used to calculate resilience measures for large flexible engineering systems with explicit heterogeneity.

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Key Achievements in Additional Smart City Infrastructures:

As part of our smart city research, the LIINES has expanded its application domains to healthcare delivery systems and refugee housing:

Healthcare System Design (2021): This textbook chapter introduces engineers to design considerations for healthcare systems.

A Dynamic System Model for Personalized Healthcare Delivery and Managed Individual Health Outcomes (2021): Building on the 2017, this work uses hetero-functional graph theory to understand the dynamics of healthcare delivery systems in concert with the evolution of patients' health.

Architecting a System Model for Personalized Healthcare Delivery and Managed Individual Health Outcomes (2017): Building upon recent work in mass-customized production systems and applying hetero-functional graph theory, this work presents an architectural model for personalized healthcare delivery systems.

The Need for Systems Tools in the Practice of Clinical Medicine (2016): This work emphasizes the need for model-based systems engineering tools in the practice of clinical medicine as it transitions to personalized healthcare delivery systems.

An Application of Quality Function Deployment and Axiomatic Design to the Conceptual Design of Temporary Housing (2016): This work recognizes the worst ongoing refugee crisis in history and applies QFD and Axiomatic Design to produce a temporary housing design.

Axiomatic Design Based Volatility Assessment of the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Labor Market (2015): In this work, we showed that as the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has developed in recent decades, its ability to retain its healthcare labor capital has significantly degraded.