"Urban Science and Engineering for (quantitative) Sustainability and Resilience (USERS)"

The International Research Network (IRN) known as "Urban Science and Engineering for (quantitative) Sustainability and Resilience (USERS)", of which the University of Bordeaux is partner, was signed on July 8th in Marseille, France.

  • 26/07/2019

Based on the research area of Urban Physics, the USERS Network brings together an international panel of scientists from organizations in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States of America and Canada. Mixing the seemingly very different disciplines of physics and urban planning, this topic aims to use concepts and methods from statistical physics in order to improve our understanding and modeling of urban phenomena.

In 2019, with increasing urban population, planning cities topology and interconnections, the questions for urban planning are numerous: How can we understand and model these evolutions? How can we help and suggest inflections for future trends? How can we  use the growing data at our disposal?

Urban Physics collects data from urban “observatories”, exploits this data for the construction of models, thus permitting the deduction of general laws and concepts that can be applied to planning and optimizations of cities. The IRN USERS will use physics and material science concepts and tools to monitor, understand and predict city evolutions so that they may become more livable, equitable, and resilient. The following topics will be analyzed: Cities materials, Mapping and monitoring cities from space, Better cities through imaging, Validation of a spatially fine scale statistical urban air temperature model, Carbon management of pavement infrastructure using data analytics of pavement life cycle impacts.

With the support of its partner organizations, the USERS Network will lead international scientific seminars and workshops that examine how concepts and methods from physics are improving our understanding and modeling of urban phenomena while taking into account the urban phenomena and intellectual traditions of other urban sciences.

The IRN USERS is scheduled to run from 2020 to the end of 2024 (5 years) and is composed of scientists from the following organizations: CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Bordeaux, Sorbonne University, University of Montpellier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Georgetown University.



*Information source: CNRS summary document

Photo caption - from front to back and from left to right: Antoine Petit, CNRS Chairman and CEO, Yvon Berland, President of Aix-Marseille University, Robert Armstrong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative’s Director, Roland Pellenq, MultiScale Material Science for Energy and Environment<MSE>² Director,  William Jack, Georgetown University Vice-Provost for Research, Franz-Josef Ulm, MultiScale Material Science for Energy and Environment<MSE>² Deputy director, Astrid Lambrecht, CNRS Institute of physics Director, Pierre Chiappetta,  Aix-Marseille University Vice-president for Research, Philippe Moretto, University of Bordeaux Vice-president for Research, Laurent Servant, University of Bordeaux Vice-president for International Networks