Science Talks | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Science Talks

A seminar series for NYU Tandon faculty

The Science Talks seminar series is an opportunity for Tandon faculty to share their research on key scientific and engineering challenges. Each event will feature 4-5 different speakers presenting a ten-minute talk about his or her research, followed by an open discussion and mingling.

The seminars will take place in the CBE lounge on the 7th floor of Rogers Hall (6 MetroTech).


Professor giving a presentation in front of a group of faculty

Spring 2023

Urban Science @ CUSP

April 7, 2023 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Just like cities themselves, urban science is a field that is constantly changing and requires many different perspectives. At CUSP, we contribute fundamental research in sensing, informatics, and complexity to impact urban health, infrastructure, and the environment. Download Flyer


  • Andrea Silverman
    "FloodNet: academic-community-city government partnership for
    hyperlocal, street-level flood monitoring”
  • Daniel Neill
    "Machine learning for opioid and overdose prevention”
  • Qi Sun
    "Virtual and augmented reality for safe and efficient work”
  • Luis Ceferino
    "Risks of urban infrastructures to earthquakes and hurricanes”
  • Maurizio Porfiri
    "How police brutality in US cities defines our appraisal of the police”

Fall 2022


December 2, 2022 4:00 – 5:00 pm

In the future, robots will be intelligent machines seamlessly integrated in our society to help and assist humans in complex or dangerous tasks and augment their physical and cognitive abilities. NYU researchers are working at the forefront of several cutting-edge research problems to make this vision a reality. In this science talk, they will discuss the design of safe, autonomous, intelligent, and interactive robots as well as the key aspects to ensure their ethical design and use. Download Flyer


  • Giuseppe Loianno
    "How can we design super autonomous robots?”
  • Ludovic Righetti
    "Why is it so hard for robots to move in unknown environments?”
  • Farokh Atashzar
    "Can machines and robots learn to decode the neural code of motion?”
  • Joo Kim
    "Toward Biped Robots Walking Like Humans (and Penguins)”

Spring 2022


February 11, 2022 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Climate change and environmental pollution are among the greatest existential threats of our generation. NYU Tandon researchers are finding sustainable ways to meet society's needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. Come to listen to four interdisciplinary sustainability experts who are developing engineering solutions to avoid, mitigate, or remediate emissions responsible for climate change and environmental contamination. Download Flyer


  • Miguel Modestino (moderator)
    "Electrochemical Engineering for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing"
  • Jennifer Apell
    "Sustainable Chemical Pollution"
  • Joseph Chow
    "Advances in Logistics of Sustainable Urban Transportation"
  • Yury Dvorkin
    "How Can Renewable Power Grids Help Achieve Society-Scale Decarbonization via Electrification?"
  • Andre Taylor
    "Next Generation Solar Cells for Sustainable Energy Processes"

Intelligent Bio-X Interfaces

May 20, 2022  4:00-5:30 pm

In the century ahead, engineers will partner with scientists in the great quest to unveil, control and reprogram biological systems and functioning. From creating brain-machine interfaces and human tissue to developing new personalized drugs, and smart wearable biosensors.