Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Center for Urban Science and Progress

Coordinates: 40°43′48″N 73°59′42″W / 40.73000°N 73.99500°W / 40.73000; -73.99500

The NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a degree-granting technology and research institute, that is located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. It is a graduate school of New York University focusing on urban informatics.[1] It opened in September 2013, and is temporarily located in the MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress
Type Private
Established 2013
Director Steve Koonin
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Campus Urban

Contents

History and backgroundEdit

In July 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a request for proposals to all universities worldwide to build an engineering and applied sciences campus in New York City. The winner(s) of this competition would receive significant funding from the city in order to build this campus.[2] NYU submitted a proposal to build a school of applied urban science in Downtown Brooklyn, in an underused MTA building, with the aim of confronting the world's pressing urban challenges. The proposal was declared the second winner in April 2012 by Mayor Bloomberg after various negotiations with the city government and the MTA. During the celebration ceremony, Steve Koonin was named as the director of CUSP.[3]

CampusEdit

CUSP will be located at 370 Jay Street in a 460,000 square feet (42,735 m2) building along with other academic units of NYU,[4] once the old MTA equipment in the building is removed and the building is completely renovated. In the meantime, NYU established CUSP in leased space in MetroTech and classes began in September 2013. The projected year of completion for the permanent building is 2017.[5]

AcademicsEdit

CUSP teaches the principles and scientific investigative tools and techniques to interrogate and combine city datasets to tackle real urban challenges.[6] Subjects developed for CUSP's curricula include urban engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering.[1] Besides students accepted directly to CUSP, graduate students from other schools of NYU will be invited to study at CUSP, as well as students from CUSP's partner universities, which include Carnegie Mellon University, CUNY, The Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, The University of Toronto, and The University of Warwick.[7] CUSP will also have industry partners to assist with research, which include IBM, Cisco, Siemens, Con Edison, National Grid, Xerox, Arup, IDEO, and AECOM.[5]

CUSP offers a M.S. degree in Applied Urban Science and Informatics,[8] and an Advanced Graduate Certificate program.[9] The M.S. program also has a track in Civil Analytics,[10] and an extended (2 year) form to allow students to meet full-time degree requirements on a part-time basis.

CUSP's inaugural class of 23 students was inducted on August 26, 2013, and graduated in July 2014.[11][12] CUSP's second cohort of 64 students graduated in July 2015. The current cohort, the class of 2016 has 89 students.

CUSP sponsored and contributed to "Big Data, Privacy, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement", a pioneering book on the intersection of big data, privacy and the public.[13][14]

ResearchEdit

Since its inception, CUSP has been engaged in a range of research projects across transportation, energy, pollution, waste management, light and sound pollution, including:[15]

  • New York's first comprehensive study of its largest buildings' energy use
  • The creation of an Urban Observatory sites in Brooklyn to measure energy emissions, extreme event detection and management as well as pollution tracking. The observatory began collection data as of December 2013
  • The Sounds of New York City (SONYC), a project which studies and creates technological solutions for noise problems
  • Quantified Community, and urban informatics sensing project for a mixed-use building in midtown Manhattan
  • Citizen Science: A project set to engage the public in widespread city data collection

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Center for Urban Science and Progress - NYU's Proposal to the City of New York". New York University. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR NEW OR EXPANDED ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS IN NEW YORK CITY" (Press release). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "City Hall's Selection of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress". New York University. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/budget/capital-budget.html
  5. ^ a b "Center for Urban Science and Progress". New York University. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Educational Programs". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NY CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "IIT-Bombay to set up a "Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)" in Brooklyn". The Economic Times. May 3, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Applied Urban Science And Informatics". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Applied Urban Science And Informatics Tracks". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "NYU'S CENTER FOR URBAN SCIENCE & PROGRESS GRADUATES INAUGURAL CLASS". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Graduation Ceremony 2014 - Full". Vimeo. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Privacy, Big Data, And The Public Good". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "About The Book". Privacy, Data and the Public Good. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Center for Urban Science and Progress. "Research: Disciplines, Domains, And Projects". Center for Urban Science and Progress. NYU CUSP. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

External linksEdit