Centers and Labs | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Centers and Labs

Lab Research


NYU Civil and Urban Engineering department hosts a number of research centers and faculty labs.  Research project and software resources websites are also listed below



Our mission is to build a solution-oriented research center that uses resources from a range of cities among its consortium members as a decentralized but comprehensive living laboratory, as well as the lead in research, education, and technology transfer of global state of the art engineering of transportation systems with an urban emphasis.

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International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)

It is the first academic center dedicated to organizational resilience and agility.  The center maintains a global outreach with a special focus on multi-party collaboration including business-to-business and public-private partnerships.

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Resiliency Resource Center

The Resiliency Resource Center (R2C) is a clearinghouse of NYU generated research to improve the resilience of the regional built environment as well as our organizational resilience capacity.

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NYS RISE (New York State Resilience Institute for Storms and Emergencies)

Established as a response to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy smartly by the State of New York and to better prepare the state for future storms, as well as shelter, power, potable water, sanitation, communication, transportation, medical care, emergency response, the environment and their interdependencies.

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Center for Construction Management Innovation

CCMI takes a two-pronged approach to improving construction productivity. Improving project delivery methods and contractual relationships is an aim in our courses and research in Leadership. CCMI has pioneered in the application of building information models in the management of construction.

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The AI4CE Lab works to advance fundamental automation and intelligence technologies, to enable their use in civil and mechanical engineering applications.

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Typical products of this lab include dynamic operating policies for flexible transport services, parking pricing and information system for travelers, decision support tool for evaluating multimodal infrastructure investment strategies, or other cyber-physical transportation systems.

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Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab­

It focuses on understanding the operational challenges associated with construction and operation of facilities and infrastructure systems in urban settings.

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Transparent Soils Lab

Primarily based on research conducted at NYU, but it also points to contributions by research teams elsewhere. Professor Iskander and his students at NYU have been leading the development of transparent soils and their use for physical modeling of geotechnical phenomena. 

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The Urban Intelligence Lab

The Urban Intelligence Lab is grounded in solving real-world problems and providing decision-makers with a comprehensive understanding of the inter-relationship between physical infrastructure systems, natural systems, and human systems to engage in long-term sustainability and resilience planning that is based on evidence and rigorous, objective research. 

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Urban Mobility and ITS Systems Laboratory

It combines a series of new concepts, technologies and services to integrate information, vehicles and transportation infrastructure to increase mobility, safety and comfort, and reduce energy waste and pollution. 

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Software Resources


MagicGeo features a user-friendly graphic user interface to perform standard and advanced digital image correlation (DIC), meso scale kinematic analysis and 2D particle kinematics analysis.

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Plastic Piles Wiki

This wiki summarizes work done at NYU Tandon School of Engineering to advance the state of the art in polymeric piling practice.  Polymeric piling is a sustainable piling alternative for waterfront applications.

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Transparent Soils Wiki 

This wiki is primarily based on research conducted at NYU, but it also points to contributions by research teams elsewhere. Professor Iskander and his students at NYU have been leading the development of transparent soils and their use for physical modeling of geotechnical phenomena. 

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Rapid Penetration into Soils

NYU geotechnical group has been studying terminal ballistics in soils, with emphasis on sand. This project provides information on (1) the response of sand under high strain rate (HSR) loading, (2) the mechanics of penetration in soils, (3) a summary of visualization experiments done at NYU and collaborating universities.

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Drilled Shaft Defects

This project presents the results of nondestructive integrity tests and axial static load tests on drilled shafts constructed in varved clay.

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Seismic Earth Pressure Calculator

This Calculator computes pseudo-static seismic earth pressure on rigid retaining walls supporting c-phi soils.   The equation accounts for sloping backfill, as well as wall inclination, and can readily accommodate layered soil profiles and the presence of groundwater.

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Rigidly Framed Earth Retaining Structures 

A simple method that can be used to determine the lateral deflections of rigidly framed structures is presented to0 simplify the design process and provide an efficient means to verify computer-aided calculations. The method is suitable for low-rise rigidly framed structures subjected to a variety of lateral force distributions varying with the height of the frame.

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Urban Sensing Project

The digital age has produced an incredible ability to collect, store, and analyze data. Bringing this “big data” to bear on societal problems — from clean air to transportation to healthcare — is at the heart of USP and a path to improvement of both existing and newly-built cities.

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