Global Data Dive

CUSP’s annual immersion program for graduate students that takes place in London, one of the leading smart cities around the world.

A Global Perspective on Urban Skills

Hosted by the Center for Urban Science and Progress London, the annual Data Dive invites students, researchers and academics from King’s College London, University of Warwick, University College London, Newcastle University, and NYU CUSP to participate in a four-day hackathon that applies data science skills to real-world urban issues facing London. 

Each year, partners from public and private sectors (e.g. emergency services, London councils, etc.) join the Data Dive to pose research questions and provide relevant data sets. CUSP students, as well as students from other participating universities, form small teams to analyze a different question throughout the week. 

The event culminates with final presentations of findings and proposed solutions. Students receive special recognition and a certificate of participation, with prizes awarded to especially impressive teams. The closing ceremony is open to the public with a wide range of guests invited. 

The 2022 Data Dive will be held from April 4-7 at King’s College London. NYU CUSP students will participate virtually. View the schedule of events.

2022 Theme: Working Towards Healthier Cities

Healthier cities enhance the quality of the lives of the people that live in them. Working towards healthier cities is advantageous for the planet, and future generations. It also engages the whole of society, encouraging the participation of all communities in developing new technologies, processes and strategies, all aiming towards the pursuit of peace and prosperity. Healthy cities lead by example to achieve change for the better; this is done by tackling inequalities, outdated unecological regimes and promoting good governance and leadership for health and well-being. Innovation, knowledge-sharing, and health diplomacy are valued and nurtured in healthy cities.

Potential Research Areas

People

Could any insights be derived through monitoring and evaluating the delivery of the Mayor's equality, diversity and inclusion strategy among boroughs?

Participation

How could information derived from reoccurring Residents Surveys reflect localized “inclusive participation” in questions of urban wellbeing?

Prosperity

Is it possible to derive forensic estimations on the economic performance for future years, using London’s Economics COVID-19 Labor Market Analysis and related datasets, to make further recommendations?

Planet

Could any insights be derived through monitoring and evaluating the delivery of the Mayor's equality, diversity and inclusion strategy among boroughs?

Place

How can the built environment, especially street greenery, exert positive effects on residents’ health and well-being? Are there any applicable measures to improve the environment further towards better influences on local health?

Peace

Can we conduct enhanced analytics into the topic of hate crime, including both historic trends as well as the future; diving into some boroughs to reveal new insights; and explore the links between recorded hate crime and potential reasons?

Why should students participate?

Networking Opportunities

Meet students, researchers, and urban data science practitioners from around the world.

Develop Consulting Skills

Hone your abilities to quickly understand a client's challenges and communicate a pragmatic yet creative solution.

Resume Building

Highlight your talents for future employers by adding the Data Drive participation to your resume or CV.

Partner: Systematica

Systematica will serve in a mentorship capacity for NYU CUSP students. 

Established in 1989, Systematica is a transport planning and mobility engineering consultancy based in Milan, Italy. Systematica operates at multiple scales and provides a wide array of integrated consultancy services in the sectors of transportation planning with a special focus on urban mobility engineering in complex cities.

This includes national, urban and development-scale transport planning, strategic advisory and due diligence for infrastructure investments, traffic analysis and traffic management schemes definition, mobility engineering in complex buildings and events with a special focus on people’s movement, pedestrian flow analysis, parking design, vertical transportation, application of advanced information mobility systems and technologies, servicing and deliveries and several other related topics.

Join our introductory webinar hosted by Systematica to set the stage for a week of urban focused data analysis! 

How Big Data is Transforming the Way We Plan Our Cities

Friday, April 1st, 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET​

Speaker: Rawad Choubassi currently acts as Partner and Director of Systematica and Member of the Board of Directors of Transform Transport where he leads planning and research projects on mobility in urban environments and complex buildings. Choubassi gained experience prior to joining Systematica in 2008 through intensive work on large-scale projects with Arata Isozaki (Tokyo), Kliment-Halsband Architects (New York) and others. He leads a team of multi-disciplinary consultants for expanding the limits of the science behind mobility engineering dynamics on every scale: regional, national, urban, etc. 

Abstract: The availability of ubiquitous location-based data in cities has had far-reaching implications on analytical powers in various disciplines. The webinar will focus on some of the accrued benefits to urban transport planners and the urban planning field at large. It will contend that the gains of Big Data and real-time information has not only improved analytical strength, but has also created ripple effects in the systemic approaches of city planning, integrating ex-post studies within the design cycle and redefining the planning process as a microscopic, iterative and self-correcting process. Case studies from the field are used to further highlight these newfound abilities to process fine grained analyses and propose more customized location-based solutions, offered by Big Data. A detailed description of the Torrance Living Lab experience maps out some of the potentials of using movement data from Big Data sources to design an alternative mobility plan for a low-density urban area. Finally, the presentation will reflect on Big Data’s limited capacity at present to replace traditional forecast modeling tools, despite demonstrated advantages over traditional methods in gaining insight from past and present travel trends.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

VIRTUAL

Data Dive 2022 Schedule

Activities listed below are for participating members of the Data Dive only, with the exception of the Final Presentations on Thursday, April 7th which are open to the public. 

Day One: Monday, April 4th

ET (DST)

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 PM

Activities

Introductions of CUSP London, mentors, and collaborators

Team meetings and warm-ups

Research questions assigned; team planning & brainstorming

End of Day One scheduled activities

BST (GMT)

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Day Two: Tuesday, April 5th

ET (DST)

n/a

n/a

n/a

8:30 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Activities

Daily briefing, US team reports

Group work: devise methodology, preliminary analyses

Break

Q&A session

Group work: discuss outputs, improvements, further analysis

Team reports on descriptive statistics

End of Day Two scheduled activities

BST (GMT)

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Day Three: Wednesday, April 6th

ET (DST)

n/a

n/a

n/a

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Activities

Daily briefing, US team reports

Group work: develop key message about data and visualization

Break

Q&A session

Group work: policy recommendations, begin preparing presentation

Team reports on data insights

End of Day Three scheduled activities; presentation template released

BST (GMT)

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Day Four: Thursday, April 7th

ET (DST)

n/a

n/a

8:00 AM

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Activities

Group presentation preparation

Break

Final Presentations (open to the public)
Virtual Access

Break

Prize winners announced

End of Day Four scheduled activities

BST (GMT)

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

4:00 PM