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Model to better predict how much heat waves will make Americans crank up the AC

During heat waves, people tend to crank up their home’s air conditioning not only because it got hotter outside, but also because it feels too humid. To more accurately predict how climate change will affect home electricity use during the summer, researchers have developed a model that takes into consideration how people respond to heat stress.

More accurate climate change model reveals bleaker outlook on electricity, water use

By 2030, global warming alone could push Chicago to generate 12% more electricity per person each month of the summer. If the city generated any less electricity, it would be risking a power shortage that may require drastic measures to avoid rolling blackouts, according to projections from a model designed by Purdue University researchers.

Using Twitter to study people's crisis responses

Often in the case of a disaster, there are too few resources available to the community. A new algorithm analyzes individuals' tweets to better understand how they respond to crises, offering a new way to inform decisions on disaster management.
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Welcome to the Laboratory for Advancing Sustainable Critical Infrastructure (LASCI)!

Sustainable & Resilient Urban Systems

Critical infrastructure systems underlie the economic prosperity of every society. These systems include energy, water, transportation, healthcare, information and communications technology, security, and financial services. Ensuring resiliency of these highly complex, interactive and interdependent systems is of utmost importance, due to the essential services that they provide.

Dr. Nateghi’s research is highly interdisciplinary and involves leveraging advanced analytical tools (e.g., statistical learning theory, simulation, optimization, risk and decision analysis) to address the sustainability and resiliency challenges of our aging infrastructure. Her past work has focused on modeling the impacts of extreme events and climate change on our energy infrastructure at various spatio-temporal scales. Her on-going research involves assessing the economic and environmental implications of the emerging changes in climate, technology, population growth and accelerated urbanization on patterns of demand for critical services such as water and energy. 

Please contact me to discuss your interest in joining in my research group.

Roshanak (Roshi) Nateghi
Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment in Environmental & Ecological Engineering)
School of Industrial Engineering
Grissom Hall Room 264
315 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023
E-mail: Rnateghi[at]purdue[dot]edu
Office: 765-494-7059
Fax: 765-494-7972