The Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES) at NYUAD promotes excellence in urban science research that leads to real improvements in terms of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and the overall quality and sustainability of everyday life in urban areas. It is fundamental research that can ultimately be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities, with a special emphasis in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
The selected candidate will work in a unique interdisciplinary environment, where faculty from across the four NYUAD divisions (Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities) synergistically work on cutting-edge urban science-related studies. The fine details of the research project will depend on the candidate-specific interests and should focus on the main research areas to which CITIES efforts are targeted, namely the interactions among three of the main layers that compose each city: (i) the physical layer, which includes physical infrastructure, instrumentation, and networks of devices; (ii) the digital layer, which includes data produced by human, devices, and sensors; and (iii) the social layer, which includes humans, their interactions, and the social networks that transpire.
Applicants can apply for a broad range of urban science opportunities including, but not limited to, multimodal mobility systems, traffic flow dynamics, supply chain management, AI (development of AI based decision support tools), Urban Dynamics (use of social media data to develop methods for monitoring urban activity), Smart Urban Infrastructure (design of innovative building materials). If you have interest in any of these fields, please explain in your cover letter.
The candidate may apply to work with any of the faculty currently affiliated with CITIES, namely Monica Menendez, Azza Abouzied, Saif Jabari, Kinga Makovi, Ali Diabat, Kemal Celik, Pablo Hernández-Lagos, Surabhi Sharma.
Tutoring by any faculty at NYUAD is possible, provided that the research project aligns with CITIES main research objectives.
Possible responsibilities may vary according to the specific interests of the candidate, the research project, the faculty supervisor within CITIES, and the research project that is ultimately selected.
Responsibilities may include: analyzing data sets and running computer models, data acquisition, contributing to writing a scientific paper, produce a report at the end of the project.