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IS&T Seminar: CUSP Urban Observatory

September 18, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: TA-3, Bldg. 1690, Room 102 (CNLS Conference Room)

Speaker: Masoud Ghandehari, New York University

Abstract:  The world’s urban population is growing by nearly 60 million per year; equivalent to five cities like New York annually. Access to untapped data on cities has tremendous potential for cities; to aid in the sustainable growth of small and medium size cities, where the majority of world’s urban growth is taking place, and to alleviate the extremes in Megacities, where conditions have reached a critical and unmanageable state. The Center for Urban Science and Progress is a university, industry, government partnership that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient. CUSP observes, analyzes, and models cities to prototype new solutions, formalize new tools, and develop new expertise and experts.

Through an integrated approach to the instrumentation of urban systems, CUSP’s Urban Observatory will collect data on range of spatial and temporal scales, on urban infrastructure (condition and operations), its environment (meteorological variables, air quality) and its people (mobility, patterns of life, and health). I will present the vision, the structure and some preliminary records from the Urban Observatory. The intention of this session is to engage in a dialogue on how physical, and environmental data, correlated with social data may be used as a complement to analytical models, for validation and/or definition of approaches that lead to actions for resiliency in areas ranging from operations optimization to emergency response and policy making.

Biography: 
Masoud Ghandehari is Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Head of the Urban Observatory at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, and President of Chromosense LLC, a company supported by the National Institute of Health for innovations in environmental monitoring. Masoud began his education at Columbia University followed by professional practice in the NYC office of Weidlinger Associates.  He did his graduate work at McGill University in Montreal and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a thesis on full field optical metrology for mapping strain localization. His current academic research is focused on the application of electromagnetics and optical metrology for the health assessment of urban environment., Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Transportation, U.S. industry, and various international funding agencies, he is interested in the development of approaches and methodologies for studying the evolution, state, condition, and interdependencies of urban systems through integration of physical, environmental and social data. The Urban Observatory employs these concepts for the assessment of the health and well-being of cities.

For more information contact the technical host Steve Brumby, brumby@lanl.gov, 667-3768.

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