Paul Torrens

Recruiting computer science Ph.D. students for Fall 2024. Students with deep interests in the simulation architectures that drive VR/AR systems are a great fit for our group, as well as those with interests in applications of VR/AR to real-world physical and human/behavioral phenomena. If you are doing development work (i.e., building algorithms, sensors, systems) in geographic information science, you would also enjoy our group. Most students in our group have an undergraduate degree and a Master's degree in computer science before joining.


Dr. Paul M. Torrens is a Professor in Tandon's Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University. 

Paul's research focuses on modeling and simulation (especially the simulations that drive VR/AR) and location-aware technologies and Geographic Information Systems (especially next-generation systems for autonomy, edge computing, and spatial computing for mixed reality). Paul runs a large motion capture facility (the "Simspace") at NYU, where a lot of these technologies are put to work as engineered systems to support urban computing. Currently, we are testing applications around shifting public behavior during the pandemic, behavioral simulation to make autonomous driving more responsive to pedestrians, and edge computing systems to help communities better understand their streetscapes.

Torrens was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, and in 2008 George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Physical simulation

AI model

Agent model

motion capture

VR lab

Research Interests
Simulation-based engineering and science (SBE&S); models underpinning VR/AR (virtual human behavior and virtual environments), Geographic Information Science, GeoAI

University College London 2004, Ph.D.



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