AUSG 2018 Speaker Series The Applied Urban Science Group (AUSG) is the graduate student & alumni group at NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress. Founded in 2017, AUSG is committed to advancing the fields of urban science, data-driven city management, and urban analytics.

AUSG hosted nine speaker events.

Lightning Talks

Each event began with a few 5 minute lightning talks from current CUSP students and alumni. Speakers included:

  • Jon Kastelan (CUSP 2017-18): Musings from the J-sprint with NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Isha Chatuverdi (CUSP 2017-18): Prototyping an immersive storytelling experience for visitors to Governor's Island
  • Ruben Hambardzumyan (CUSP 2017-18): Evolutional genetics of urban areas
  • Bailey, Tyler, Sebastian and Sofiya (CUSP 2016-18): The urban built environment and traffic accidents - findings from the London Data Dive
  • Nick Jones (CUSP 2017-18): Smartphone-based data acquisition for climate resilience in the Caribbean
  • Imran Khan (CUSP 2016-18): Establishing an Open-Data Demand Methodology
  • Charlie Moffett (CUSP 2017-18): Ethics and Accountability for Algorithms in Local Government
  • Jack Lundquist (CUSP 2017-18): Predicting Homeless Outcomes for Families in New York
  • Unisse Chua (CUSP 2017-18): Modeling Manila’s Jeepney: an Agent-Based Model with Driver Behavior
  • Dana Chermesh Reshef (CUSP 2017-18): Urban Built Environment of Tel Aviv
  • Avigail Vantu (CUSP 2015-16): MapMob
  • Geoff Perrin (CUSP 2016-17): Machine learning to support Detroit's urban renewal
  • Jonathan Pichot (CUSP 2016-17): The reality of data science in the city
  • Dara Perl (CUSP 2015-17): The Future of Urban Connectivity
  • Philipp Kats (CUSP 2015-16): The Value of Data Science Infrastructure at StreetEasy
  • Gaurav Bhardwaj & Isha Chatuverdi (CUSP 2017-18): WeR: Bringing Stadium to Your Living Room
  • Juan Sokoloff (CUSP 2017-18): How Far Do People Travel on Bike Sharing Systems?
  • Nick Jones (CUSP 2017-18): Mobilizing Citizens for Better Air Quality
  • Michelle Ho (CUSP 2015-17): Maps for All - Bringing Spatial Data Science to Everybody
  • Andrew Nell (CUSP 2017-18): Quantifying Informal Transit Networks in South Africa and Beyond


We heard from speakers with a variety of backgrounds, all involved in tackling complex urban problems with data-driven approaches and technologies.

Rimas Gulbinas, Maalka

"Data Technologies & Sustainability in Commercial Real-Estate"

Niiobli Armah IV, Bloomberg Associates

"Equity Intelligence Platform and Data informed Decision Making"

Tim Savage, CBRE Econometric Advisors

"Real Estate Analysis with Time Series Machine Learning"

Cassie DeWitt, Urban Data Scientist

"Using Data to Solve Detroit Fire Department Challenges: From Mobility to Data Visualization"

Geoff Boeing, UC-Berkeley

"Scalable Methods to Acquire, Analyze, and Visualize Urban Street Networks"

Jacqueline Lu (NYC Parks); Tayyab Walker (NYC Opportunity); Andrew Young (GovLab)

"Improving NYC Through Data & Technology: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Next 10 Years"

Mitra Akhtari, Airbnb

"Data Science and Cities: An AirBnB Perspective"

Jarrod Parker, Enigma

"Linking Data for the Greater Good"

Charles Fox, World Bank

"Applied Spatial Analytics at the World Bank: Examining Green Space in Tblisi, Georgia"

Rimas Gulbinas


Niiobli Armah IV




Moderated by Vipa Vijayarangan & Jon Kastelan

mitra Akhtari

jarrod parker

charles young

AUSG would like to thank all speakers & attendees for their support.

Stay tuned for a schedule of events for Fall 2018!

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