Smart Cities

Enabling communities to improve built infrastructure and resources through cyber technologies.

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Many of the systems that civil and environmental engineers design, build, and maintain are going through a revolution involving the adoption of technological advances. These advances include the Internet of Things for real-time and ubiquitous sensing, computer control and automation to create adaptive and cyber-physical infrastructure systems, virtual and augmented reality for creating digital twins, and new machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches for simulation and prediction.

Smart cities approaches that take advance of these technological advances include creating more adaptive infrastructure systems, such as smart buildings, smart roads, or smart stormwater systems, which adapt to current or future conditions. There are unique challenges associated with bringing these technical advances to cities and communities, including ensuring the adoption of technology is trusted by residents and does not become an instrument for harm through surveillance or bias. Across all civil and environmental engineering subfields, our department is working to advance technology for the public’s best interests so it can best serve societal needs while also limiting harmful impacts.

CEE Faculty in Smart Cities

Negin Alemazkoor

Assistant Professor
The overarching objective of my research is to develop sensing and computing methodologies for fast and reliable analysis of smart and interconnected infrastructure systems under uncertainty. My research is inherently multi-disciplinary and aims to advance reliability and resilience of…

T. Donna Chen

Associate Professor

Dr. Chen joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia in August 2015.

Teresa B. Culver

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Chair for Academic Programs

My lifelong love for the outdoors translated directly into the study of environmental and water resource engineering. At UVa, I have the honor of working with a new generation of engineers who will work to create a sustainable future.

Diana Franco Duran

Assistant Professor Academic General Faculty Teaching Track Director Construction Engineering and Management Concentration

Diana Franco Duran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She manages the newly initiated Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) concentration.

Jose Gomez was recently the Director of Research for the Virginia Transportation Research Council, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s research division until he retired in 2016. Highlights from his career include co-Principal Investigator on 16 external grants totaling over $5.4 million in research and co-author of 42 research reports.

Jonathan L. Goodall

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Director, UVA Engineering Link Lab

Jonathan Goodall is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA) and Director of the UVA Engineering Link Lab

Devin K. Harris

Professor of Civil Engineering Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Harris is chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching interests focus on large scale infrastructure systems with a primary focus on condition monitoring and system performance.

Arsalan Heydarian

Associate Professor

Arsalan Heydarian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as the UVA Link Lab. His research broadly focuses on user-centered design, construction, and operation of intelligent infrastructure with the objective of enhancing their sustainability, adaptability, and resilience. 

Leidy Klotz is filling in underexplored overlaps between engineering and behavioral science, in pursuit of more sustainable systems. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in venues that include top academic journals in built environment engineering, engineering education, and design, as…

Venkataraman Lakshmi

John L. Newcomb Professor of Engineering President-Elect Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union

Venkat graduated from University of Roorkee in 1987 with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1996 from Princeton.

James H. Lambert

Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor Director, Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems Director, UVA Site of the NSF Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security & Trust Professor of Systems & Information Engineering Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Professor Lambert is the Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor, and a Professor in the Department of Systems & Information Engineering and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is the Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems and a Site…

Osman Ozbulut is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia.

B. Brian Park

Professor Director, Traffic Operations Laboratory

Brian Park is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA, he was a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at NC State University,

Lisa Colosi Peterson

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Chair for Research & Strategic Initiatives

Lisa Colosi Peterson is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the UVA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Lab.

Julianne Quinn

Assistant Professor

Quinn's research focuses on optimization and simulation methods used to inform the design and management of water resources systems with the goals of protecting people from nature (floods and droughts), and nature from people (pollution and consumption). She is interested in how advanced sensing and forecasting techniques inform this optimization.

Majid Shafiee-Jood

Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program Director

Majid Shafiee-Jood is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Brian L. Smith, PE

Professor Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Associate Dean for Research

Brian L. Smith, PE is a leader in advanced technology in surface transportation systems - specifically "connecting" the infrastructure to travelers to improve transportation safety and efficiency. His research has contributed to innovations such as mobile phone navigation systems and urban freeway management.