Podwal 10/25/22

Bruce Podwal Seminar Series


Urban Stormwater Management as a Cyber-Physical System


Jonathan Goodall, Ph.D. P.E., Professor

Civil Engineering, University of Virginia


12:30 – 1:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Civil Engineering Department, Room 105, Steinman Hall

(Light lunch will be served)


Abstract:  Effective stormwater management is critical for reducing flood risk within urban communities. Often, stormwater systems are passive, gravity driven systems. This approach has worked well in the past, but climate change is placing increased stress on such systems. This is playing out for cities worldwide, but is being felt most acutely in coastal communities because they are experiencing both sea level rise and more frequent intense storms. In this presentation, I will describe research to bring concepts and approaches from the field of cyber-physical systems (CPS) to stormwater management. The goal of this research is to understand and mitigate the impacts of flooding in urban coastal communities more effectively. I will present modeling work to predict high resolution flooding impacts to transportation systems, crowdsourced data analysis for understanding flooding impacts to road networks, and the application of machine learning algorithms for controlling stormwater infrastructure assets. This research is in partnership with Norfolk, Virginia, a coastal community experiencing increased flooding impacts due to relative sea level rise and storm events, which serves as the research testbed. The research has been supported by the National Science Foundation under award numbers 2209139, 1951745, and 1735587.

Biography:   Jonathan Goodall is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia. Professor Goodall serves as the Associate Director of the Link Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab of 40 faculty at the University of Virginia focusing on cyber-physical systems. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering and a member of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Water Resources Research, Environmental Modelling & Software, and Computing in Civil Engineering. His research is in water resources engineering, hydrology, and hydro informatics with much of his current research aimed at the goal of advancing flood modeling and mitigation in urban coastal communities. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Professor Goodall was on the faculty at Duke University and the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He earned his PhD and MSE in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.

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