‘Big Data’ has been championed as the key to understanding everything from who we vote for in elections, to what we buy in a store. For big cities, this ability to gather and analyze data could spawn great advances towards becoming more efficient, sustainable and successful. But to what extent?
New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress was created in partnership with the City of New York, University of Warwick and diverse international partners to advance this mission and build a practice to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient.
Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor of University of Warwick, and Steven Koonin, Director of New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, partners in this endeavour, discussed the emerging field of applied urban science and informatics, the opportunities it presents, and how it is challenging the way we think about information. The discussion is moderated by Sallie Keller, Director, Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.