Centers and Institutes

NYU Tandon is a place where faculty and students work closely with their peers, other research institutions, and industry partners to advance their fields. Their research helps us create a better world.

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With artificial intelligence (AI) rapidly moving into everyday life and being woven into our core social institutions like health care, employment, education, criminal justice, AI.Now is working towards a deeper understanding of its effects and exploring ways to harness AI’s power for good. The initiative’s core research areas include rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)

Created in 1983 as one of the State of New York's 4 original Centers for Advanced Technology, CATT continues to fulfill its mission to stimulate economic development in information technology through research and education.

Companies that partner with CATT in joint research gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experts who understand how to turn technological breakthroughs into commercially-viable products and services. CATT’s research program focuses on 3 key areas that are crucial to the needs of businesses today:

  • wireless networks
  • network security
  • network applications

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)  is a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) for research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities. The main research priority of this solution-oriented center is “Mobility of People and Goods in Urban Areas” with a focus on “Smart and Connected Cities.” Rather than just focusing on developing technologies to make a city smarter, C2SMART is dedicated to a related critical step: how to connect these disparate technologies with cities of different population and infrastructure scales and different systems of systems. The NYU Tandon-led UTC includes University of Washington at Seattle, University of Texas El Paso, Rutgers University, and City University of New York, which explore and field-test innovations in their home cities.

The Governance Lab (The GovLab)

At no other time in history has innovation brought about more challenges and opportunities for government. The Governance Lab (the GovLab) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering studies the impact of technology on governing. This "think" and "do" tank partners with public institutions to design, implement and assess innovative ways of using technology to advance more effective and legitimate governing. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of public institutions — including but not limited to governments — and people to work more transparently and collaboratively to make better decisions, solve public problems, and advance social justice.

The GovLab's team has advocated for and designed open data policies and platforms and studied the impact of open data globally. We have done pathbreaking work to advance public-private big data partnerships, known as data collaboratives, with such partners as UNICEF, designed and studied how expert networks can improve how federal agencies issue patents or examine medical devices, and pioneered the use of "smarter crowdsourcing" to tackle problems such as Zika in Brazil or corruption in Mexico. The GovLab coordinates the MacArthur Foundation funded Research Network on Opening Governance. The GovLab also trains NYU students and professionals in government and civil society in public entrepreneurship — learning to pioneer and implement innovative approaches to tackling societal problems to the end of improving people's lives.

Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon)

The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon), serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship into its academic culture and to advance student and faculty appreciation of and skills in inventiveness, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial and design thinking.

With a vision to empower the School’s faculty to become thought leaders in scholarly and educational activities around invention, Innovation, and entrepreneurship and to educate its students to become innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers in addition to technology-savvy engineers, the IEEE will realize its mission through a wide range of activities such as

  • Serving as a one-stop shop for all school-wide activities that promote invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Generating a nurturing environment for the translation of science and engineering breakthroughs into new technologies, products, and processes in service to society
  • Exploring new learning opportunities that will provide every student with the basic knowledge and experience of entrepreneurial thinking
  • Connecting faculty and students with the NYU Tandon Future Labs, the Nexus Labs, PowerbridgeNY, NYCRIN, theVR/AR Lab as well as with innovation-and entrepreneurship-related activities across all of NYU
  • Linking the NYU Tandon community to the broader NYC technology ecosystem through hack-a-thons, workshops, competitions, guest lectures, and tech talks

International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)

The International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP) 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. INTERCEP is dedicated to strategic risk management and organizational resilience. Acknowledging that "risk and reward" are at the core of all undertakings in both the public and private sectors, the Center focuses on the development of strategies to most effectively address uncertainty so as to achieve targeted objectives — in essence addressing "risks" to achieve "rewards". 

NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy landscape on issues of technology and security. The Center is a collaboration among NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and other NYU schools and departments. The Center has physical locations in New York City and at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi, as well as a network of scholars and practitioners in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.


The world’s first academic research center combining Wireless, Computing, and Medical Applications

NYU and the School of Engineering have created several new faculty positions, have invested $3.5 Million in funding, and are providing an additional $4 Million in world-class research space upgrades to form a new center of excellence, NYU WIRELESS, the first academic center of its kind in the world. NYU WIRELESS is an interdisciplinary research center that is equipped to develop revolutionary circuits and systems for several business sectors, including the wireless industry, the distributed computing and data center industry, and the medical profession. NYU WIRELESS brings together faculty and students with expertise in millimeter wave wireless communications and circuits, distributed networking and computing, and many branches of medicine. Just launched this year, already there are 24 faculty and 100 graduate and undergraduate students participating in this new interdisciplinary center.

NYU WIRELESS conducts about $10 million/year in funded research, and allows its industrial affiliates to maximize the value of their investment by leveraging industrial affiliates funds with large NSF, NIH, and other competitive research programs. NYU WIRELESS affiliates enjoy close and frequent interaction with the center’s faculty and students, who come from the School of Engineering's Electrical and Computer engineering department, NYU’s Courant Computer Science department, and many different branches of NYU’s Langone School of Medicine.

Visualization and Data Analytics ViDA Lab

Data scientist at ViDA are working on a variety of projects to better harness the power of big data, including focused web crawlers, open-source scientific workflow and provenance management systems, domain discovery tools, and methods for ensuring computational reproducibility.