Welcome to CSIL!

The Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory (CSIL) was formed in 2016 by Dr. Benjamin Ruddell in the School of Informatics Computing & Cyber Systems (SICCS) at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Dr. Ruddell is affiliated with NAU’s world-class Ecological and Environmental Informatics applied/interdisciplinary computer science graduate program, the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (ECOSS), and the School of Earth and Sustainability (SES), and also with Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS).

The purpose of this laboratory is to advance interdisciplinary data-driven science and engineering for diverse applications to complex systems, sustainability, economics, resilience, ecology, cities, food/energy/water, climate, infrastructure, water resources, cyberinfrastructure, networks, coupled natural human systems, geoscience, hydrology, homeland security, emergency management, defense, planning, and policy.

Our core competencies are big data fusion, sensors, informatics, data privacy policy, data-driven learning, information theory, observatory science, practical visualization, university education, and systems thinking. Our projects and expertise are diverse, but we mostly work on water systems using 21st-century methods and theory. Most of our students and staff are Engineers, Ecologists, Social Scientists, and Geoscientists who love working with data—that is, we are dual specialists in both data science and its applications.

You can find an index of our publications on Google Scholar.

Community Collaborative Microclimate Temperature Network

CoCoTemp is a citizen science project empowering homeowners and students to collect scientifically robust temperature data in homes, yards, and schools.
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Data and Model Driven Hydrology Education

This endeavor is seeking to develop a collaborative cyber environment for instructors to develop and publish teaching modules incorporating exploratory data analysis and modeling tools.
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FEWSION

An ambitious NSF-INFEWS funded initiative, "FEWSION" will produce a complete public dataset mapping and new science explaining the evolution of the U.S. Food, Energy, and Water system in response to shocks and stresses.
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Great Lakes Virtual Water Economy

This method of assessing the true impact of water extraction on local water resources and ecosystem services is being used to provide a framework to account for "virtual water" in the Great Lakes Region.
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Information Theory in the Geosciences

Applying Information Theory (the foundations of knowledge, communication, and inference) in geophysical contexts to the fields of hydrology, ecology, and climatology.
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Mobile Hydrology

A citizen science hydrology application to create a personal history of water in your backyard, community, stream, spring, or lake and join a global community of hydrology scientists and engineers in doing so.
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National Water Economy Project

Illustrating the role of water in the U.S. economy and society in partnership with governments, NGO’s, and corporations to create systematic solutions to 21st century water scarcity problems.
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NAU-SRP Cooperative Agreement

An annual cooperative research agreement for the mutual advancement of applied research topics of public benefit to the State of Arizona and to the operations of SRP.
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PLACE4FEWS

PLACE4FEWS aims to develop and implement a strategic protocol for engaging communities, disseminating information, and communicating the impacts of local decisions through the Food, Energy, and Water nexus.
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Urban Microclimate, Water, and Energy

Field work and modeling science to understand the impact of urban climate on infrastructure; water and energy use; and human health especially at the “human scale” of 1-10 meters where people live and make important decisions.
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Water SRVC model

A groundbreaking application of network theory and complex systems concepts along with FEWSION technology creating a quantitative engineering framework for decision makers to optimize Water Sustainability, Resilience, Vulnerability, and Cost.
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Beyond our Projects

People
Most of our students and staff are Engineers, Ecologists, Social Scientists, and Geoscientists who love working with data. That is, we are dual specialists in both data science and its applications.
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Work & Study with CSIL
Explore current opportunities to work and study with the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at Northern Arizona University. These opportunities extend to faculty, students, and staff.

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About NAU & Flagstaff
Flagstaff offers an ideal, scenic environment for living, teaching, and learning. With a four-season climate and dynamic landscapes, you’ll discover outdoor adventures unlike anywhere else in Arizona.

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WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

Contact the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at the NAU School of Informatics, Computing & Cyber Systems if your passion lies in making a difference in the field of Informatics.

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