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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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AI Now

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.

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Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)

Created in 1983 as one of the State of New York's four 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, and network applications.

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Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. Using New York City as our laboratory and classroom, we strive to develop novel data- and technology-driven solutions for complex urban problems. CUSP's research and educational initiatives seek to improve city services; optimize decision-making by local governments; create smart urban infrastructures; address challenging urban issues such as crime, environmental pollution and public health issues; and inspire urban citizens to improve their quality of life. CUSP offers a Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, empowering our students with the knowledge and technical expertise to make cities around the world more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient.

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Connected Cities with Smart Transportation (C2SMART)

Connected Cities with Smart 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 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) 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, 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.

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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.

IIIE@Tandon empower's the School’s faculty to become thought leaders in scholarly and educational activities around invention, Innovation, and entrepreneurship and educates students to become innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers in addition to technology-savvy engineers.

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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.

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NYU WIRELESS is a vibrant academic research center that is pushing the boundaries of wireless communications, sensing and networking. Centered at NYU Tandon and involving leaders from industry, faculty and students throughout the entire NYU community, NYU WIRELESS offers its industrial affiliate sponsors, students, and faculty members a world-class research environment that is creating the fundamental theories and techniques for future mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets. Every January, NYU WIRELESS hosts an annual recruiting day for all of its students and Industrial Affiliate sponsors, and hosts a major invitation-only wireless summit every April, in cooperation with Nokia Bell Laboratories,  for the center’s Industrial Affiliates and thought leaders throughout the global telecommunications industry.


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. 

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