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Academic Centers


A world-renowned multidisciplinary academic research center, NYU WIRELESS is creating the fundamental theories and techniques for next-generation mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets. Research conducted at the center, which was founded by Professor Theodore “Ted” Rappaport, has been instrumental in making 5G cellular a commercial reality, thanks to studies of the millimeter-wave spectrum.

It was not until 2013, when Rappaport published the seminal paper “Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work,” that the world awoke to the possibilities of tapping that underutilized spectrum.

While consumers will enjoy speeds up to 1,000 times faster than those obtained with 4G devices, the move means much more for the world than effortlessly streaming movies and sharing selfies. Fifth-generation wireless is predicted to usher in an era in which physicians use sophisticated virtual-reality gear to operate from remote locations on patients; cars sharing a road communicate in order to avoid accidents; hundreds of millions of illiterate adults around the globe have access to needed educational materials; and smart buildings make the most efficient possible use of energy.

Because 5G opens the possibility of better service in rural regions as well as in densely populated urban areas, NYU WIRELESS research is helping democratize access to the digital world — an outcome that speaks directly to Tandon’s core goal of creating technology that will serve society.


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.

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)

One of New York State’s original Centers for Advanced Technology, CATT aims to create economic impact through research, technology transfer, and faculty entrepreneurship. CATT encourages collaborations between industry and university experts who understand how to turn technological breakthroughs into commercially viable products and services.

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)

A U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) for research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities, C2SMART takes as its priority the “Mobility of People and Goods in Urban Areas” with a focus on “Smart and Connected Cities.”

Rather than just focusing on developing technologies, this solutions-oriented center 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, and The Governance Lab (The GovLab) studies the impact of technology in that sphere. This “think-and-do-tank” partners with public institutions to design, implement, and assess new ways of using technology to advance more effective and legitimate governing. Its goal is to strengthen the ability of institutions and people to work more transparently and collaboratively to make better decisions, solve public problems, and advance social justice.

NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)

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, CCS is a collaboration among Tandon and its experts in both hardware and software security with the NYU School of Law; the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; NYU Abu Dhabi; and other NYU schools and departments.

Resiliency Resource Center (R2C)

With recent storms exposing critical shortcomings in the resilience of our built environment and capacity for organizational resilience, sharing information on better practices has never been more important. R2C takes an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to providing the latest research and information to stakeholders involved in the prediction of, response to, and recovery from catastrophic events — and in organizational resilience and business continuity.

Visualization and Data Analytics (ViDA)

The data scientists 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.