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Structure of 311 service requests as a signature of urban location

While urban systems demonstrate high spatial heterogeneity, many urban planning, economic and political decisions heavily rely on a deep understanding of local neighborhood contexts. We show that the structure of 311 Service Requests enables one possible way of building a unique signature of the local urban context, thus being able to serve as a low-cost

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2017 Urban Science Intensive Capstone Presentations

On July 31st, the CUSP community came together for the 2017 Urban Science Intensive Capstone Presentations. NYU CUSP’s Urban Science Intensive (USI) Capstone program brings together student teams with government agencies or research partners to address real-world urban challenges through data. The USI Presentation event is the culmination of their four-month Capstone projects and marks the

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SONYC Is A NYC BigApps 2015 Finalist!

On November 11, BigApps NYC 2015 announced that CUSP’s researchers, Charlie Mydlarz and Justin Salamon have made it through to the competition’s finals. Their submission, the SONYC project has been selected as one of the finalists in the Connected Cities category. The finals will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The SONYC project team will

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SONYC Through to Semifinals of BigApps NYC 2015!

NYU CUSP’s own Charlie Mydlarz and Justin Salamon have made it to the semifinals of the NYC BigApps 2015 competition, with their project – Sounds Of New York City (SONYC). Their project will be on public display on Demo Day on Sunday, November 1, between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM at Made in NY Media Center, 30

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Alumni Interview: Graham Henke

Graham is a CUSP graduate from the Class of 2015. He is also a co-founder of ARGO (Advanced Research in Government Operations) Labs. Graham talked to us about his time and skills gained here at  CUSP, and the the road ahead in urban science for him and New York City. Go back to your first

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Alumni Interview: Varun Adibhatla

Varun is a CUSP graduate from the Class of 2015. He is also a co-founder of ARGO (Advanced Research in Government Operations) Labs, which has recently achieved LLC status. Varun took some time to share the experience of studying at CUSP, and the work done here, for Urban Science and Informatics. Go back to your

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Constantine Kontokosta and Christopher Tull Win Best Paper Award At D4GX 2015

On September 28, the NYC Media Lab – Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) awarded First Prize Paper to both Constantine Kontokosta, CUSP’s Deputy Director of Academics & Assistant Professor, and Christopher Tull, a student and Research Assistant at CUSP. D4GX’s evaluation team was impressed by their developed use of NYC open data and online

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CUSP Student Life

At the Center for Urban Science and Progress, students share skills from a range of disciplines to find solutions by putting cities under the microscope. Our students engage in vibrant and diverse programs that merge academia and urbanization as study and as lifestyle. By mixing these domains, students at NYU CUSP have the unique opportunity

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Education at NYU CUSP

At NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, its intellectual community engages city challenges with a diversity of tools, chief among which is the combination of urban informatics techniques and real life experience in New York City. The result is a unique approach to education programming that provides Urban Scientists with the resources and partnerships

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CUSP is Here!

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a unique public-private research center that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient. CUSP observes, analyzes, and models cities to optimize outcomes, prototype new solutions, formalize new tools and processes, and

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Congratulations Class of 2015!

Our congratulations to the second cohort of MS graduates on your commencement. CUSP is proud to send onwards this group of accomplished individuals and exceptionally fine urban informaticists. Here’s to you, Class of 2015!

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Julia Lane joins NYU as Full-time Faculty Member

  In May 2015, Julia Lane joined NYU as a Professor at CUSP. She also serves as a Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics. Dr. Lane has had leadership roles in a number of policy and data science initiatives at her previous appointments,

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Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good reviewed in Science

Earlier this year, CUSP, along with the American Statistical Association and its Privacy and Confidentiality subcommittee and the Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency, sponsored a book about the rise of big data and the privacy issues that brings up. The book, Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, published by Cambridge University Press and launched on

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Claudio Silva receives IEEE’s 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award

On November 11, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented its 2014 Visualization and Technical Achievement Award to Claudio T. Silva, Head of Disciplines at CUSP and professor of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. The award, one of the highest honors given by the IEEE Computer Science Society’s Technical Committee

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2014 AT&T Transit Tech Developer Day at CUSP

November 22, 2014 – November 22, 2014 2 MetroTech Center Map and Directions | Register Description: The 2014 AT&T Transit Tech Developer Day App is an opportunity to launch the development of your 2014 MTA App Quest entry. This day will allow you to: Hear from MTA experts about this year’s App Quest and the

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CUSP Research Seminar Series: Dr. Aaditya Rangan

October 29, 2014 – October 29, 2014 1 MetroTech Center Map and Directions | Register Description: A common problem in data analysis – including machine learning and genomics – is to detect, within a large array, small submatrices which are ‘structured’ in some way.Such submatrices, called ‘biclusters’ can represent a subset of features shared across

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AAAI 2015 Workshop on AI for Cities

Almost half of humanity today lives in urban environments and that number will grow to 80% or more by the middle of this century in different parts of the world. Cities are thus the loci of resource consumption, economic activity, social interactions, and education and innovation; they are the cause of our looming sustainability problems

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Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good

Massive amounts of new data about people, their movements, and activities can now be accessed and analyzed as never before. Numerous privacy concerns have been raised by use – or misuse – of such data in commercial and national security arenas. Yet we are motivated by the potential for “big data” to be harnessed to

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CUSP Collaborates in Public Mapping Mission

CUSP is teaming up with NYU’s Govlab, MIT Media Lab, Public Lab and Peer-2-Peer University to offer a novel hybrid of massive open online course (MOOC) and hands-on team-based field work. The theme of the mission is using cameras attached to tethered balloons and kites for environmental mapping. Online Seminar: Nov 22, 2013, 3:30PM EST –

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Feb 6: Analytics for Change

February 6, 2015 – February 6, 2015 1 MetroTech Center Map and Directions | Register Description: Analytics for Change CUSP and GovLAB present a 1 day program on how to frame and commission effective data-driven projects that lead to tangible, real-world outcomes. This program will also prepare you to partner with senior executives within your

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NYU CUSP Announces Lynn A. Goldstein as Chief Data Officer

Brooklyn, NY — August 29, 2013: NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), today announced that Lynn A. Goldstein, former Privacy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at JPMorgan Chase, has been appointed CUSP’s Chief Data Officer. Ms. Goldstein joins the CUSP leadership team as the Center prepares to welcome its inaugural class this

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Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress Inaugural Graduate Class

Brooklyn, NY — August 26: Mayor Bloomberg was on hand to welcome the inaugural class of graduate students at New York University’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP). The NYU center was designated just last year as part of the City’s groundbreaking Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which seeks to increase New York City’s capacity

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The Promise of Urban Informatics (Video)

Director, Dr. Steve Koonin gives an overview of the Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP).

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NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress and the Natural Resources Defense Council Team Up to Identify Energy-Efficient Commercial Real Estate Tenants in U.S

For Immediate Release July 30, 2013 New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) announced that it will team up with The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Center for Market Innovation to develop benchmarks for commercial tenant energy performance. The project has been made possible through a CBRE Group, Inc. (CBRE) Real Green

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Hottest Job of the 21st Century? Bet on This

Data Scientists have been named the sexiest job of the 21st century, and are so in demand that there won’t be enough of them to fill every position by 2018, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute. With the amount of volume and variety of data churned out by businesses, consumers and governments today,

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Life in the City Is Essentially One Giant Math Problem

Experts in the emerging field of quantitative urbanism believe that many aspects of modern cities can be reduced to mathematical formulas. Glen Whitney stands at a point on the surface of the Earth, north latitude 40.742087, west longitude 73.988242, which is near the center of Madison Square Park, in New York City. Behind him is

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NYU Opens New ‘Urban Informatics’ School in Downtown Brooklyn

Officials cut a ribbon Thursday to open New York University’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in Downtown Brooklyn. The center, which will focus on addressing the challenges cities face as their populations grow, is part of a larger plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to boost technology education in the city.

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A New Initiative, Leveraging Data to Improve Cities Globally

When it rains, it pours: following the inaugural symposium for Columbia’s Institute of Data Sciences, this morning we joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the open house celebration and ribbon-cutting for CUSP, NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress. Based in Downtown Brooklyn, CUSP is a public-private research center and graduate degree program that uses

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New high-tech NYU ‘genius’ school opens in downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s bid to become the next Silicon Valley took another step forward with the opening of a gleaming new tech center on Thursday. New York University’s new Center for Urban Science & Progress unveiled its new Downtown Brooklyn office that includes 26,000 square feet of office space, work stations for visiting faculty, and two huge

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NYC ‘Urban Informatics’ Program readies for start

A new New York City graduate program aimed at applying information technology to urban problems is gearing up to admit its first class this summer. The New York University-led Center for Urban Science and Progress Thursday showed off its temporary home in a Brooklyn office building Thursday to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President Sexton Join the Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) to Announce Partnerships with Microsoft and Lutron Electronics and Inaugurate New Brooklyn Office

At its Open House & Ribbon Cutting, NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) welcomed Mayor Bloomberg and President John Sexton as it showcased its new Downtown Brooklyn office and announced partnerships with Microsoft and Lutron Electronics. “The innovative faculty and students at CUSP will set out to tackle urban challenges and bring innovative

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NYU Selects Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP to Design the New Headquarters for CUSP, NYU’s New Applied Science Center

New York University announced today that the firm of Mitchell|Giurgola Architects, LLP (M|G) has been selected to design the renovation of 370 Jay Street, the future headquarters for the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), NYU’s new applied science research center. “M|G’s proposal demonstrated a strong vision for CUSP’s overall design needs,” said Steve

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Executive Perspective: Steven Koonin at NYU finds pathway from energy innovation to energy transformation

There are compelling reasons to improve our energy system – to increase accessibility, affordability and reliability and to reduce environmental impacts. Yet the energy system has historically evolved much more slowly than other technology-dependent sectors. It took eight decades for oil to overtake coal as the US primary energy source, while mp3s replaced CDs and

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Big data can turn real estate industry on its head: A dispatch from NYU’s Schack Institute conference

Big data — the collection of large and complex data sets — can transform building construction and management, investment, leasing and even government policy, according to scholars and experts on sustainable real estate. Read the full story on the Real Deal New York Real Estate News website.

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A First Look At NYU’s Big Data Campus

Noise, pollution, parking: A high profile physicist takes on the quest to solve the daily miseries of city living. Learn how NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress aims to use big data to help mitigate urban issues. Read the full story in Crain’s New York Business’s profile of the New York University Center for

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SimCity, for Real: Measuring an Untidy Metropolis

NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (NYU-CUSP) develops a “science of cities.” A public-private partnership between the city of New York and NYU-CUSP will use big data to tackle urban issues and help build better “SimCities.”

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Join CUSP for Science and the City Hackfest

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress is proud to sponsor the “Science and the City,” a hackfest dedicated to science for cities, in collaboration with the Citizen Cyberscience Centre. Topics range from tracking your trash, measuring the carbs in a restaurant meal, preparing for the next hurricane and even putting New York

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NYU’s CUSP Assembles Leadership Team with Appointment of Deputy Director & Chief of Staff & Welcomes Associate Director For External Affairs

NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has added new members to its leadership team with the appointment of Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE, as Deputy Director, Dr. Michael Holland as Chief of Staff, and Kimonia Alfred as Associate Director for External Affairs. Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE has been selected as CUSP’s Deputy Director. As

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Data Scientists Will Unlock Big Data’s Promise

CUSP executive-in-residence, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, talks big data on the CIO Journal blog from the Wall Street Journal and articulates the important distinction between big data and data science.

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From the PhD to Research Policy

Michael Holland, Chief of Staff at NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress discusses how he went from imaging aluminum uptake in soybean roots to overseeing multi-billion dollar federal research programs in a talk at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). > Watch Michael Holland’s talk at the NYAS

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Physics: A Different Kind of Impact Factor

“Physicists are good at finding [the data] and ferreting out new phenomena,” said Koonin [CUSP Director], who likes to joke that his ideal candidate is a graduate student that helped discover the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, but now wants to do something with more immediate social impact The American Physical Society discusses

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NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) Receives New York State Curriculum Approval and Begins Accepting Student Enrollment Applications

NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in Downtown Brooklyn announced today that the New York State Education Department has approved its curriculum for a new Master of Science and Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics. “The intent of CUSP’s educational program is to develop a robust, dynamic, and cohesive educational program

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University of Warwick Appoints Scientists for ‘Living Lab’ Research

Two researchers have joined the University of Warwick to tackle the challenges faced by cities in the 21st century as part of CUSP.

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Empirical State Building

A Distinguished Lecture and podcast from Dr Steven Koonin, Founding Director of CUSP, given at the University of Warwick, CUSP’s only European partner. New York. Bright lights? Certainly. Big city? Unquestionably. Lab experiment?… In this Distinguished Lecture for the University of Warwick, Steven Koonin discusses his new role as the head of New York University’s

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Can Megacities Be Resilient?

On October 24, Leah Cohen, New York City’s climate resilience advisor; Steven Koonin, inaugural director of NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress; and David Biello, energy and environment editor at Scientific American had a wide-ranging discussion on how cities will cope with a century of accelerating change. In the coming decades, cities will

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New York City Council Committees Hear Testimony on CUSP

CUSP Director Steve Koonin and CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small testified at the September 28, 2012 oversight hearing, “The Applied Science NYC Initiative – Plans for a dramatic transformation of the City’s economy,” held jointly by the New York City Council Committee on Higher Education, the Committee on Technology, and the Committee on

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Steve Koonin speaks at DataGotham 2012

DataGotham was a celebration of New York City’s data community, bringing together professionals from finance to fashion and from startups to the Fortune 500. The day-and-a-half event consisted of intense discussion, networking, and sharing of wisdom, taking place on September 13th – 14th at NYU Stern’s Paulson auditorium. Steve Koonin was invited to discuss his

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Mayoral Press Conference Announcing Launch of CUSP

Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President John Sexton and MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota announce a historic partnership to to create the Center for Urban Science + Progress, a new applied sciences center, in downtown Brooklyn. The academic and private-sector consortium is the city’s next step in the City’s Applied Sciences NYC Initiative.

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NYU Names Renowned Physicist Steven Koonin Director of New Center for Urban Science and Progress

NYU today named Steven E. Koonin – a theoretical physicist who has served as Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Chief Scientist of BP, and Provost of the California Institute of Technology – as the Director of the new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), an applied science and engineering institute created by NYU as

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