Welcome back to CITIES. Check out a highlight of the main center activities for the academic year 2019/2020.
During the first eight months of activities, CITIES organized and participated in a broad range of amazing events, including World Urban Forum 2020, the first international CITIES symposium, several public lectures, and much more.
Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit (Oct ’19)
Prof. Monica Menendez (Center Director) talked about new avenues for collaboration and partnerships among the government, key industries, and academia to support pilot projects, collect data, and test technologies and solutions.
First CITIES Symposium (Nov ’19)
World-renowned international experts gathered for the first time at NYUAD to learn and discuss new ideas for increasing the Livability and Sustainability of our cities.
Automated Data Sources for Public Transport Systems (Dec ’19)
CITIES and NYUAD proudly hosted Prof. Nigel Wilson (Emeritus – MIT) for a lecture titled: Using Automated Data Sources to improve the performance of Public Transport Systems: a framework and applications.
A conversation with the Executive Director of the UN-Habitat (Feb ’20)
CITIES hosted Ms. Maimunah Sharif, the Executive Director of the UN-Habitat for a special conversation with the NYUAD and Abu Dhabi communities.
WUF 2020 Research Roundtable (Feb ’20)
Prof. Monica Menendez presented CITIES cutting edge research at WUF 2020, the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization and all its ramifications.
Tobias Horrocks on Cardboard Architecture (March ’20)
CITIES invited the architect and artists Tobias Horrocks for our community to learn more about its unique artistic style and identity: Cardboard Architecture.
Presentation at the NYU Wagner Urban Initiative Workshop
In March 2020, Prof. Pablo Hernandez-Lagos (Center Investigator) presented some of the CITIES research at the Urban Research Day, organized by the NYU Wagner Urban Initiative.
CITIES promotes excellence in research aiming to real improvements in terms of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and the overall quality of everyday life in urban areas, with a particular emphasis on Abu Dhabi and the UAE. CITIES’ research focuses on the interactions between two or more of the following urban layers: the physical layer, which includes physical infrastructure, instrumentation, and networks of devices; the digital layer, which includes data produced by human, devices, and sensors; and the social layer, which includes humans, their interactions, and the social networks that transpire.
Learn more about our research.
What's coming next?
Keep your seat belt securely fastened and stay tuned for the Issue #2 of our newsletter! Our upcoming issue will feature a deep dive in one of CITIES main research streams: surface transportation and traffic.
Current estimates by the United Nations anticipate that by 2030 urban areas will hold 60 percent of the world’s population, including over 40 megacities, most located in the global South. Thus, both the benefits and negative externalities associated with urbanization will be unequally shared across countries, or even within cities. This rapid rate of urbanization poses new economic, social, and environmental challenges. Rapidly evolving cities, such as those in the UAE, and the growing needs for mobility, energy, water, and other scarce resources demand new sustainable approaches for the design, development, and management of urban networks.
Inspired by both, Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision and NYUAD’s signature research themes, the NYUAD’s Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES – مدن) aims to address those challenges. In short, CITIES is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advance urban science and promote cutting-edge research that leads to tangible improvements fostering sustainable, resilient, and equitable cities.
CITIES brings together faculty members from NYUAD four divisions: Engineering, Science, Social Science, and Arts and Humanities, and a number of post-doctoral researchers and collaborators. They work in close connection with faculty and researchers across NYU Global network and beyond.