Security, Resilience and Sustainability
Our urban infrastructure, and increasingly our social fabric, rely on the integration of both the cyber world (with its communication networks and computational nodes) and the physical world with sensors, machines and people. It is essential to be able to understand the interdependencies between physical, cyber, geographical, financial and other networks, and to design feedback loops that allow communities to be resilient in the face of natural disasters and emergencies, while also being robust to cyber and physical attacks. In addition, we must address questions of privacy and security that will require close collaborations between engineers, legal scholars and policy-makers. Penn Engineering is leveraging its unique ability to nurture and sustain cross-disciplinary interactions across schools to make investments that build toward a secure, sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure and improve our understanding of social and behavioral relationships in today’s society.