Urban Systems

City of Chattanooga Birdseye

The city of Chattanooga has emerged as a pioneer in urban renewal and sustainable development. As part of this renewal an extraordinary infrastructure has been put in place that includes high-speed, high bandwidth information networks that connect a large number of citizens to the internet. This infrastructure provides the foundation for the collection and exploitation of large amounts of heterogeneous data intended to improve city services. It allows for more effective transportation systems, energy efficiency, production and delivery, and for improving quality of life in general, including human wellness and health management and care delivery. Some of these potential benefits can be realized with current knowledge, tools and technologies. Many more remain to be discovered and realized by new developments.

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The high complexity of flows and processes involved in urban systems drives the need to model and simulate so as to develop planning, design and control strategies. Our ability to collect, transmit and analyze data, and to derive information from large amounts of data enables modeling and simulation.  Data rates and volumes, and the complexity and scale of models drive the need to use increasingly powerful computing systems.

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For example, traffic data already being collected, and additional data that could be measured can inform models serving to develop better adaptive control algorithms for more efficient operation and traffic flow. Modeling and simulation based on high-resolution multi-spectral remote sensing data can be a source of rich information regarding energy use and efficiency, and inform decisions on planning for improvements, and on energy production and transmission. Similarly, models and simulations of airflow and airborne particulate transport in the city and region can inform planning and zoning decisions as well as real-time information critically important to emergency responses.

Modeling and simulations resulting from this effort will help us learn how to increase population density in the city, while protecting our natural resources that make the city attractive in the first place.

This is a rapidly emerging focus area for SimCenter and UTC.