Where unconventional engineers intersect
We're collaborating to build a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.
NYU Tandon is home to unconventional engineers — a vibrant group of researchers, students, technologists, and innovators working at the intersections of vital fields to engineer creative and smart, connected and secure, sustainable and healthy urban communities.
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WHAT ARE OUR UNCONVENTIONAL ENGINEERS CAPABLE OF?
We use data to stop viral threats
NYU Tandon researchers with the NYU Center for Cybersecurity found that Copilot, GitHub's new AI programming assistant can introduce security flaws nearly half the time. In a recent paper, they created 89 scenarios for Copilot to craft code for, resulting in 1,692 programs, about 40 per cent of which included bugs or design flaws that may be exploitable by an attacker. At the same time, Maurizio Porfiri and a team of researchers are creating a data-centric approach to reopening the economy for specific geographic locations based on a predictive agent-based model that takes vaccination rates and human mobility patterns into account, among other data inputs.
We make models that save lives
NYU Tandon researchers Rumi Chunara and Luis Ceferino employ machine learning and unique approaches to data gathering and analysis to help quantify risk, and enable more proactive planning. Chunara’s team unites expertise in computer science and public health, and recently identified that machine learning models used to predict cardiovascular disease perform better when they incorporate social factors. Ceferino’s approach to modeling natural disasters combines uncertainty quantification methods, machine learning, structural modeling, and optimization techniques to determine how extreme events impact urban systems and strategize solutions for resilience, focusing on vulnerable communities.
We make robotics a team sport
NYU Tandon researchers are working together across a rapidly growing spectrum of expertise, including mechatronics, advanced deep learning and AI systems, robotics, wireless communications, biomedical engineering and more. Continued innovation in robotics research and teaching at all levels — along with unprecedented collaboration across disciplines, schools, and geographies — is leading to significant advances in healthcare, transportation, logistics, and affordable new platforms that make it easier for other small labs and start-ups to do advanced modifications of their own. Learn more about robotics at Tandon.
We fight for data transparency
NYU Tandon researchers with Cybersecurity for Democracy and the Center for Responsible AI are actively advocating for greater transparency into how data is used to influence behavior and decision-making in ways that affect individuals, organizations, and society at large — including how election and vaccine misinformation spreads, and how automated decision systems are used in the hiring process. Their collective efforts to use data for good, from research to pedagogical advancements to policy-making, are helping to protect information integrity, create greater accountability, restore trust in institutions, and build a more equitable future.
We make big strides in big data
This past year, Tandon researchers Anna Choromanska and Christopher Musco joined the over 50% of NYU Tandon’s junior faculty members who hold National Science Foundation CAREER Awards or similar young-investigator honors. Both Choromanska and Musco are creating less resource-intensive, more scalable deep learning (DL) approaches that enable broader application. Choromanska is exploring new, more efficient ways of training DL models, while Musco is employing new algorithmic techniques that compress large datasets to reduce the computational effort required to analyze them.
We power students through new terrain
NYU Tandon’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program is a rapidly-growing experiential learning opportunity unifying faculty, students, and organizations around creating solutions to a variety of challenges. 30+ multidisciplinary teams collaborate on multi-year, large scale projects that span everything from urban farming to low-cost biomedical devices to robotics and rocketry for outer space exploration and motor vehicle development. Teams work in our 10,000 square foot MakerSpace to make their ideas a reality — with many achieving major wins at competitions, and all gaining invaluable design, business, innovation and collaboration experience to take into the workplace.
WHAT MAKES OUR ENGINEERS UNCONVENTIONAL?
We do not “stay in our lanes.”
The world faces complex and unpredictable issues, so we break through traditional department and school lines to form unexpected collaborations. We work together to tackle complicated problems from multiple angles. We invite companies, nonprofits, and government into our classrooms, centers and labs to shape research and curriculum.
We move the needle on current issues.
Being in the fastest-growing technology hub in the country gives us daily motivation to improve our cities and the lives of the people in them. Over the last year, our faculty, students, and alumni have made hiring more fair, software safer from hackers, misinformation harder to spread, manufacturing more sustainable, cities more connected, and cancer easier to treat — and those are just select examples.
We are born anywhere, made in Brooklyn.
We empower the people in our community, who come from around the world and down the block, to make their own American Dream possible with access to state-of-the-art facilities, NYU’s global campus network, and the entirety of New York City as a living urban lab.
We engineer for equality.
We’re building a culture as varied as the world we live in. We believe the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff is essential to excellence and innovation, and that we have a responsibility to create tools and systems that are more than just technically sound, but that are ethical, equitable and accessible for all.