Argonne National Laboratory

The Complex Systems Landscape of Future Urban Transportation

In an effort “to examine the nexus of energy and mobility for future transportation systems,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation (SMART) Mobility consortium.

By studying mobility as a system researchers can predict future trends, an invaluable asset to policymakers as they prepare for the future of transportation. This enhanced prediction capability will enable researchers to design efficient technologies for reducing both consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing transportation assets with the larger transportation ecosystem.

Argonne National Laboratory’s broad multidisciplinary expertise and world-class facilities enable this forward-looking and complex perspective. For example, researchers at the laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility will provide the advanced modeling knowledge necessary for mimicking future scenarios and the extraordinary computing power for processing and analyzing the massive datasets inherent in simulating dynamic systems such as transportation. And Argonne’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility, with its unique benchmarking and testing capabilities, will be essential in determining the energy impacts for a range of vehicle innovation. Argonne’s unique capability to model the energy impacts of vehicles in a transportation system will also be employed.

Simply put, few places are better equipped to take on the unique challenge posed by DOE’s SMART Mobility Program than is Argonne. By quantifying the benefits of these promising technologies, the nation’s first national laboratory will guide their development and, by extension, the future of American transportation.

This brochure describes Argonne's research in this exciting new realm.