A unique research center dedicated to the interdisciplinary application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. 

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Using New York City as our laboratory and classroom, we strive to develop novel data- and technology-driven solutions for complex urban problems. CUSP’s research and educational initiatives seek to improve city services; optimize decision-making by local governments; create smart urban infrastructures; address challenging urban issues such as crime, environmental pollution and public health issues; and inspire urban citizens to improve their quality of life.

To benefit the city and other partners, NYU CUSP’s research is both mission- and impact- oriented. We develop and integrate data analytics and technologies to specific ends and for the common good, such as improving building energy usage and controlling noise pollution. Our interdisciplinary research teams bring together experts in the physical and natural sciences, computer and data science, the social sciences, engineering, and professional fields such as policy, design, and finance.

CUSP offers a Master of Science and Online Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, empowering our students with the knowledge and technical expertise to make cities around the world more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient. Our graduate programs offer a unique and interdisciplinary approach that links data science, statistics and analytics, and mathematics with complex urban systems, urban management, and policy.

2022 Capstone Projects Announced
CUSP received its highest number of Capstone proposals to date for the 2022 cycle, coming from across the US and around the world.
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Online Advanced Certificate
NYU CUSP’s Online Advanced Certificate is flexible to adhere to your busy schedule and is taught by leading experts in engineering and urban informatics. Apply by February 15th for a 50% discount on tuition!
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