Energy-efficient Mobility Systems

The center is a joint initiative of UC Berkeley ITS and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Its goal is to establish research and educational platform to support development of energy-efficient transportation systems of the future.

Cities have grown into complex “systems of systems” saturated by ageing infrastructures of increasing running costs, fading control over private data, and a growing pool of interlinked socio-economic problems urging for immediate solutions. The scaling laws observed in the evolution and growth of the cities of today fundamentally contradict sustainability. At the same time, modern technology has brought to life unprecedented opportunities to approach these challenges in a data-driven way.

Energy-efficient Mobility Systems

Why study Cities?

Integration of IT and communication technologies into built infrastructure, inter-connectedness of systems, availability of data, proliferation of mobile devices and real-time information systems as well as growing citizen engagement provide new opportunities to make cities of the future more efficient, resilient and adaptive. This trend to make cities “smarter” poses new research and technological challenges in designing techno-social systems.

Cities worldwide are at the threshold of tremendous changes brought to life by ever increasing pace of urbanization.
Find fundamental laws of urban dynamics bridging the gap between individual human behaviors and evolution of urban systems at societal scale, resulting in predictive decision support tools based on data.
Support everyday decision making in city management informed by the enhanced understanding of inherent uncertainties and limits of controllability of complex spatial systems.

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