NYC Taxis


  • Karen Chapple, Professor of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, will visit us for the week of November 6 as part of her Fulbright Global Scholar award. 
  • Huy Vo will have two visiting students joining us: Julia Fei Lau, a CUNY undergrad; and Peng Zhao, a PhD student from Tongji University.


  • Congratulations to Sattik Deb, who has had presentations accepted for the American College Personnel Association National Convention in Houston in March, and for the National Association of Student Personnel Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia also in March.
  • SBIR/STTR Grants Workshop: November 7, 1:30-5:30pm, 16 Washington Pl at Greene St:  Leslie eLab is hosting a special workshop on applying for NSF & NIH SBIR/STTR grants Attend this seminar to learn how you can apply for SBIR and STTR grants, in order to fund the commercial development of your research and inventions. Space is limited and registration is required to attend, so please sign up ASAP here.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Neill who has been named an Associate Editor of three journals: ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Security Informatics, and Decision Sciences.
  • Daniel will also be delivering the opening keynote address, “”Event and Pattern Detection at the Societal Scale,” at LENS 2017: 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Local Events and News, November 7 in Redondo Beach, CA. And, Daniel has been invited to deliver seminars on Machine learning, big data, and development by the International Monetary Fund at their Washington, DC offices in March 2018 (part 1) and June 2018 (part 2).
  • Congratulations to Constantine Kontokosta and his team, who have been selected as one of six finalists from a pool of more than 300 applicants for the UN Data for Climate Action challenge. Constantine will present this work at COP23 in Bonn, Germany on Nov. 12th.
  • Congratulations to Juan Bello and his team, who have been awarded an NSF I-CORPS grant to explore opportunities for technology transfer coming out of the SONYC and BirdVox projects. I-CORPS is a 7-weeks, very intense program that asks academics to go out into the real world, interview at least 100 people from potential customers to competitors to influencers, and start to scope out a scalable business model for a new venture.


  • “Socioeconomic characterization of regions through the lens of individual financial transactions” in PLOS ONE
  • “Twitter Connections Shaping New York City” in Hawaii International Conference In System Sciences 2018 (also with CUSP alumn and Constantine)
  • And, resulting from a capstone project: “Vulnerability of Transportation Networks: The New York City Subway System under Simultaneous Disruptive Events” in Procedia Computer Science


  • Recent press has featured Daniel Neill’s work. NBC News’ MACH, a blog charting the future from technology to the scientific breakthroughs changing our lives, discusses his work on predictive policing. The Atlantic Monthly’s CityLab features his work on rodent prevention.


  • Debra Leafer’s work is one of October 2017’s Research Picks by Inderscience Publishers. They feature her study showing that the inherent nature of the building materials is more important than the ambient temperature in determining the ultimate effectiveness of soundless chemical demolition agents (SCDAs).