Center for Urban Science + Progress
New York City's Leader in Urban Science
NYU CUSP offers a Master of Science and Online Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, as well as a Doctoral Track in Urban Science. We empower our students with the knowledge and technical expertise to make cities around the world more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient.
We develop and integrate data analytics and technologies to conduct interdisciplinary research in the service of urban communities across the globe.
Calling all urban professionals, researchers, leaders, alumni, and students! Get involved at CUSP and start creating an impact from day one.
What is Urban Science?
Just like cities themselves, urban science is a field that is constantly changing and requires many different perspectives. At its core, urban science studies how cities operate, how they grow, and how they can be improved–all using data and evidence-based practices. At CUSP, we break this down into different methodologies. Sensing technology allows researchers to collect a city’s data (i.e. sound scapes, flood patterns, energy usage, spreading of disease) in novel and creative ways. Informatics practitioners analyze that data to formulate computational insights about the challenge at hand. Complexity researchers can then create models to make predictions about a city’s potential future. Sensing, informatics, and complexity can help to inform policy and decision-makers at the city level. Specifically, CUSP focuses on using technology to impact urban health, infrastructures, and environmental concerns.
Impact the cities of today and tomorrow