Urban Science: Complexity, Informatics, & Sensing
A track for students enrolled in a doctoral degree at NYU Tandon
What is the Doctoral Track?
The doctoral track is specifically designed for students who want to focus on urban science through a cohesive array of in-class and experiential learning activities, while pursuing their PhD at NYU Tandon.
To participate in the track’s pilot program, students must be enrolled in one of the doctoral degree programs listed below:
A holistic approach to improving cities
NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP) is introducing an interdisciplinary doctoral track in Urban Science: Complexity, Informatics, and Sensing. This pilot program offers a collaborative and inclusive environment to engage PhD students enrolled in a variety of doctoral programs at NYU Tandon with an interest in convergent research in urban science. The doctoral track will aim to facilitate the creation of multidisciplinary, cross-departmental groups of researchers with different backgrounds and methodological interests, united by their interest in urban science and its applications.
Doctoral track students will engage with CUSP’s urban science faculty, experts in methodological aspects pertaining to complexity (dynamical systems, multi-agent systems, network science, and risk engineering), informatics (AI, machine learning, and robotics), and sensing (Internet of Things, smart infrastructure, wireless).
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are now closed.
Connecting the Pieces
The field of urban science requires input from many different kinds of stakeholders. Reflective of that, this track aims to bring together students from all academic backgrounds to pursue their passions for solving complex urban problems. Our goal is to transcend the modularity of different academic disciplines in order to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and create an additional mechanism for incubating new research.
Maurizio Porfiri, PhD
The doctoral track is piloting the following requirements for completion:
- Enrollment in a qualifying doctoral program at NYU Tandon
- Nine elective credits to be chosen from a list of urban science courses offered at CUSP
- A mandatory 0-credit “Urban Science Colloquium” seminar course offered at CUSP to be taken each semester until completion of the PhD
- A significant component of the doctoral dissertation dedicated to urban science and related methodological aspects in complexity, informatics, and/or sensing (the equivalent of at least six credits)
- Membership of a core or affiliate CUSP faculty member in the dissertation committee
Elective Courses at CUSP
By taking electives at CUSP, students in the track gain a nuanced academic perspective that applies a unique urban focus to their existing doctoral studies. Students must take at least nine of their elective credits at CUSP.
For the pilot program, electives are categorized into three speciality areas: Complexity, Informatics, and Sensing. Students must focus on at least two of the specialties, by taking at least three credits (one course) in each of the chosen areas. Upon consultation with the Departmental Research Advisor and the CUSP Director, students may be able to replace a CUSP elective with a relevant course in their home department.
The CUSP courses offered for each area of focus include:
- Complex Urban Systems
- Disaster Risk Analysis and Urban Systems Resilience
- Urban Spatial Analytics
- Applied Data Science
- Machine Learning for Cities
- IoT Security & Privacy: A Data-Driven Perspective
- Monitoring Cities
- Urban Sensing
Urban Science Colloquium
The Urban Science Colloquium is a dynamic and interactive seminar course that intends to promote understanding of the problems that city stakeholders face and identification of innovative urban solutions. Students participating in the track are required to be enrolled in the Urban Science Colloquium for each semester of their PhD studies.
Throughout the course, our objective is for students to focus on topical themes for 4 weeks at a time. Themes may change each semester to reflect changing societal issues, such as Violence Reduction Initiatives in Cities, Climate Change Resilience & Environmental Justice in Cities, Healthcare Equity & Access in Cities, and Applied Technological Infrastructure for Smart Cities.
Urban Science Dissertation Component
Students in the track are required to devote a part of their dissertation credits (at least six credits) to research on urban science and related methodological aspects in complexity, informatics, and/or sensing.
CUSP Faculty Inclusion on Dissertation Committees
Students will be encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary doctoral committees, compatible with their individual program requirements, to ensure the scope of their dissertation aligns with urban science. Specifically, each doctoral committee must include a member from the core or affiliate faculty at CUSP.
How to Apply
Students who have matriculated into participating PhD programs at NYU may choose to join the track. To apply, fill out the form below with information about your current studies. CUSP will then reach out to your advisor to coordinate permissions and guidance. Once admitted to the track, students may begin enrolling in CUSP elective courses and the Urban Science Colloquium. Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are now closed.
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