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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Lakes Hydro-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEWSION for Community Resilience Network
The FEWSION for Community Resilience Network (F4R) engages local communities, collects last mile supply chain data, and initiates conversations about the local Food, Energy, and Water nexus.
Urban Climate and Infrastructure
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.
Water SRVC Model for Portfolio Water Security
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.