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Implications are global in new study predicting Human exodus in Bangladesh due to sea-level rise

Researchers led by Maurizio Porfiri, an engineer at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, are using data science to predict how the cascading effects of the migration in Bangladesh will ultimately affect… Continue Reading Implications are global in new study predicting Human exodus in Bangladesh due to sea-level rise

Twice as good: combining mask wearing, social distancing suppresses COVID-19 virus spread

While both masks and social distancing help slow the spread of airborne pathogens, a new study by Institute Professor Maurizio Porfiri shows that viral outbreaks can be prevented if at least 60% of a population complies with both measures (press release… Continue Reading Twice as good: combining mask wearing, social distancing suppresses COVID-19 virus spread

City Gone Silent

How the sounds of New York City changed in the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic: featuring research from the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) project (via Scholastic Magazine). As you read, think about what sounds you hear in your own community. VROOM! A car roars along a busy street. RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT! A worker cracks the pavement open with a jackhammer. WEE-WOO-WEE-WOO! An ambulance blares its sirens. These are the sounds you’ll hear in a big city. The hustle and bustle is exciting. But excessive noise, called noise pollution, can harm people’s health. In 2016, researchers at New York University began studying noise pollution in New York City (NYC) using high-tech sensors. The project, called Sounds of New York City (SONYC), aims to pinpoint where loud sounds are coming from so something can be done to quiet them down. During the project’s first four years, the sensors picked up sounds from things like traffic, roadwork, and street musicians. But in the spring of 2020, NYC became quiet. That’s because schools, stores, and offices closed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. This event, together with other data the researchers had collected, revealed new insights into NYC’s sounds.   Keep Reading Recent News

Data Project May Drive Policy for Hyperlocal Flooding in NYC

The Floodsense Project was named the MetroLab Innovation of the Month, which highlights impactful tech, data and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. Congratulations! (via Government Technology). Work in New York City collects systematic data on street-level flooding, partnering with… Continue Reading Data Project May Drive Policy for Hyperlocal Flooding in NYC

New discoveries on the containment of COVID-19 finds travel bans are of limited value

NYU Tandon researchers, including Institute Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies Maurizio Porfiri, join collaboration with Politecnico di Torino revealing that after spread, travel bans are of limited value in thwarting the spread of COVID-19 (Press Release via NYU Tandon… Continue Reading New discoveries on the containment of COVID-19 finds travel bans are of limited value

NYU Tandon-led effort sheds light beneath the surface for NYC disaster response

Project (led by Professor Debra Laefer) gets NSF City Innovation Challenge award to help communities respond to floods, storms and other disasters by making info on underground infrastructure viewable, usable and shareable (Press Release via NYU Tandon School of Engineering).… Continue Reading NYU Tandon-led effort sheds light beneath the surface for NYC disaster response

New COVID-19 model shows little benefit in prioritizing high-risk individuals for vaccination

A research team led by NYU CUSP and NYU Tandon Institute Professor Maurizio Porfiri has developed a new theory & simulation platform that could prove invaluable in the fight against COVID-19 (Press Release via NYU Tandon School of Engineering). BROOKLYN, New York,… Continue Reading New COVID-19 model shows little benefit in prioritizing high-risk individuals for vaccination

NYU Tandon research to advance environmental sound classification wins IEEE Best Paper Award

Research by Juan Pablo Bello, Director of CUSP, and Justin Salamon, Research Scientist at Adobe Research and former Senior Research Scientist at CUSP, has won the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society (SPS) Signal Processing Letters Best… Continue Reading NYU Tandon research to advance environmental sound classification wins IEEE Best Paper Award

Researchers release 3-D data tracking human interactions outside of coronavirus hotspots

A new article examines the recent NSF Rapid Research Award by CUSP Professor Debra Laefer that observes individual behaviors outside of COVID-19 hotspots (via Medical Xpress). In March, just as New York City began a strict lockdown, a team of 16… Continue Reading Researchers release 3-D data tracking human interactions outside of coronavirus hotspots

Researchers to Study Air Quality, Traffic, and Walkability in Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn Paper explores a new partnership between NYU CUSP, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), and urban tech startups Walkspan and Aclima. Take a whiff of that! A group of researchers is planning to measure the air quality, walkability, and traffic patterns in Downtown… Continue Reading Researchers to Study Air Quality, Traffic, and Walkability in Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Announces Latest Living Lab Cohort to Pilot Smart City Technologies

A new partnership between NYU CUSP, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), and urban tech startups Walkspan and Aclima will use Downtown Brooklyn as a testing ground for technology that has the potential to make cities more livable (via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership). Downtown Brooklyn… Continue Reading Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Announces Latest Living Lab Cohort to Pilot Smart City Technologies