The CUSP Network | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The CUSP Network

The CUSP Network is a cohort of professionals who partner with CUSP to open lines of communication across urban sectors, to collaborate cross-functionally on important research, to inform the direction of the center, and ultimately to contribute to the improvement of cities around the world. 

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About the CUSP Network

Network Mission

The CUSP Network aims to bring together academic researchers, industry and government professionals to work together in developing technological solutions for today’s urban challenges.


CUSP is a highly interdisciplinary research center created with the purpose of bringing data science perspectives to the forefront of city management. By studying urban environments, infrastructures, healthcare systems and more, CUSP uses varying methodologies to collect, analyze, and extrapolate insights from data sets in a way that can inform and improve upon city services in NYC and across the globe.

Why now?

The percentage of people choosing to live in cities is continually growing. The last few years have shown how extensive challenges can arise when our typical way of life is subjected to major disruption. CUSP exists to make cities stronger, more resilient, and more equitable. As more and more people live in urban spaces, we can work to ensure a better quality of life, as well as a more stable one, as we consider the challenges the next 50 years will bring.

CUSP Network Goals

  • Equity in Decision Making: Bring together experts from different domains who are trying to solve urban problems from a multitude of angles.
  • Collaborative Access: Synchronize research between interested parties and coordinate access to data, networks and stakeholders.
  • Creating Commonalities: Create industry-wide standards through common data definitions, network standards and computing platforms.
  • Support: Close technical and policy gaps that hinder proper city development.


By opening discussions between urban science professionals with varied perspectives and roles in city management, we can do a better job at communicating about real world issues and the different approaches we take to solve them.

Partners, faculty members, and students alike are invited to both share and learn specialized skills through workshops, data dives, and hackathons to ensure those working in urban science have mastered cutting edge techniques.

Large-scale conferences allow network members to gain a sense of the broad work being done at CUSP, as well as to present their own, and to find the synergies between academia, government, and industry.

As a degree-granting academic center, CUSP produces graduates with a highly distinct skill set and a passion for improving cities. CUSP Network members gain access to a new recruiting pipeline, while students get an inside view into potential future careers.


Meet the professionals who are part of the CUSP Network. 

Join the Network

If you’re interested in joining our cohort of dedicated urban science professionals, please reach out to