Headshot of Paul Torrens

Professor, NYU Tandon CSE

Professor, NYU CUSP

Dr. Paul M. Torrens is a Professor in Tandon’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University. 

Paul’s research focuses on modeling and simulation (agent-based modeling for autonomous driving in particular) and location-aware technologies and Geographic Information Systems (especially next-generation systems for autonomy, edge computing, and spatial computing for mixed reality). Paul runs a large motion capture facility (the “Simspace“) at NYU, where a lot of these technologies are put to work as engineered systems to support urban computing. Currently we are testing applications around shifting public behavior during the pandemic, behavioral simulation to make autonomous driving more responsive to pedestrians, and edge computing systems to help communities better understand their streetscapes.

Torrens was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, and in 2008 George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Research Interests: Modeling and simulation, autonomous driving, GIS, motion capture, urban computing