Our People

Gregory Dobler

Director, Urban Observatory;
Research Assistant Professor
gd825@nyu.edu 646-997-0526

Greg is a Research Scientist at CUSP and a Research Assistant Professor of Physics at NYU. His expertise is in image analysis, computer vision, time series, statistical analysis, and mathematical modeling of large data sets. Prior to joining CUSP, Greg was an astrophysicist specializing in multi-wavelength, full sky data sets from radio to gamma-ray energies, and led the discovery of one of the largest structures in the Milky Way.

As the Chief Scientist of CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” (UO), Greg applies data analysis techniques from astronomy, computer vision, and machine learning to images of New York City’s skyline to study air quality, energy consumption, lighting technology, public health, and sustainability.

For centuries, astronomers have used observations of the night sky to understand how the universe works through analysis of observational data. In analogy, CUSP’s UO goal is to derive actionable information and science about how the city of New York works through persistent, remote observations of its skyline.

Greg also leads data analysis projects related to equitable distribution of greenspaces, mapping long timescale economic trends across the city, surrogate measures for traffic safety, and geo-location of social media content.

To learn more about Greg’s work, please visit http://serv.cusp.nyu.edu/~gdobler/home/


G. Dobler, M. Ghandehari, S.E. Koonin, R. Nazari, A. Patrinos, M.S. Sharma, A. Tafvizi, H.T. Vo, and J.S. Wurtele, 2015, Dynamics of the Urban Lightscape, Information Systems, 54, 115

Liao, K., et al., Strong Lens Time Delay Challenge: II. Results of TDC1, 2015, Astro-physical Journal, 800, 11

G. Dobler, et al. Strong Lens Time Delay Challenge: I. Experimental Design.  Astrophysical Journal, 799, 168 (2015)

Planck Collaboration. Planck Intermediate Results. XII: Diffuse Galactic Components in the Gould Belt SystemAstronomy & Astrophysics, 557, 53 (2013)

Planck Collaboration. Planck Intermediate Results IX: Detection of the Galactic Haze with PlanckAstronomy & Astrophysics, 554, 139 (2013)

Dobler G.. Identifying the Radio Bubble Nature of the Microwave HazeAstro-physical Journal Letters, 760, L8 (2012).

Guo F., Mathews W.G., Dobler G., & Oh S.P.. The Fermi Bubbles II: The Potential Roles of Viscosity and Cosmic Ray Diffusion in Jet ModelsAstrophysical Journal, 756, 182 (2012)

Pietrobon D., et al.. Analysis of WMAP 7-Year Temperature Data: Astrophysics of the Galactic HazeAstrophysical Journal, 755, 69 (2012)

Dobler G.. A Last Look at the Microwave Haze/Bubbles with WMAPAstrophysical Journal, 750, 17 (2012)